A day by the beach
Most hotels on the island have their own private beach with free sunloungers and parasols, so you won’t have to venture far to enjoy soft sands and glittering ocean views. When you’re not working on your tan, you can have a go at windsurfing, wakeboarding and jet skiing at one of the watersport centres. Thanks to the area’s subtropical climate and sheltered bays, the warm, clear water is also ideal for swimming.
While each island has beautiful beaches to offer, Dream Island is most well known for its glorious stretch of shoreline and is popular choice for sun-seekers. Along the 5,000-metre-long beach you’ll find plenty of sunbathing spots, exclusive beach clubs, a marina and a choice of family-friendly restaurants and cafés to enjoy a refreshing drink or bite to eat.
Upmarket restaurants and swanky bars
As you would expect from a luxurious holiday destination, Al Marjan Island offers a range of deluxe dining options. Many of the hotels are All Inclusive and have their own choice of restaurants where you can enjoy both local and international cuisine at any time of day. If you fancy a change of scenery, the local dining scene is also well worth sampling. Throughout the interconnected islands, you’ll find a variety of waterfront restaurants and cafés with top-notch menus and scenic views across the Arabian Gulf.
Although some of the hotels are alcohol-free, the island certainly doesn’t fall short when it comes to nightlife. Party-goers can head to one of the hotel’s swanky bars or beach clubs that stay open until the early hours. Some of the hotel’s even have rooftop lounges with panoramic views, happy hours and live music on a weekly basis, so you’re bound to find somewhere to keep you entertained of an the evening.
When you’re not enjoying the laid-back lifestyle of Al Marjan Island, there’s plenty of exciting day-trips on offer. For those who are craving the hustle and bustle of a city, Dubai is just a 40-minute drive through the desert. You can easily spend a day marvelling at the city’s iconic architecture, browsing the ultra-modern shopping malls and dining in world-class restaurants.
If relaxation is what you’re after, Khatt Springs is also just a 40-minute car journey from Al Marjan Island. Located in the shadow of the Hajar Mountains, tourists and locals flock here to unwind and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich hot pools. If you prefer something more action-packed, you can head into the desert on an exhilarating 4×4 off-road safari to explore the silky sand dunes and watch the sun set across the peaks.
For a truly unique experience, the eerie Jazirat Al Hamra ghost town is just a 15-minute drive away. Left abandoned since the 1960s, this old fishing village will transport you back in time as you get lost down ghostly alleyways and explore the well-preserved houses, shops and mosques.