February 13, 2021 | tourism

Romantic rendezvous in the desert


Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, has unveiled a series of memorable experiences to celebrate the most romantic day of the year.

Set against the dramatic landscape of Arabian deserts, the resort promises an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with intimate moments and pampering luxury.

Desert enthusiasts are welcome to celebrate love in ultimate luxury and royal Arabian styled setting. As a reflection of the evening that is about to unfold, the couples are greeted into an upgraded deluxe room with delicious chocolate pralines.

What entails is an evening of redefined tranquility with a three-course dinner served at the private cabana of the hotel’s pool. A gastronomic affair begins with a choice of starters between Pan-Seared Foie Gras served with caramelized shallots, honey glazed persimmon, foie gras soil, and brioche or exquisite Diver Scallops presented with roasted beets puree, edamame mousse, and braised baby leeks.

The main course comprises of an enticing Wagyu Fillet served with a generous serving of snake river farm wagyu tenderloin celeriac puree, wild mushroom strudel, and veal jus. An option of Canadian Lobster Risotto tossed with green pea, dried freeze raspberry and lemon foam is also presented to guests.

The evening culminates into a divine dessert of a Valrhona chocolate texture bar featuring strawberry sorbet, chocolate soil, and chocolate marshmallows. For those with a romantic heart, a red-themed dessert of Red Berry Vacherin with yuzu caviar, yoghurt foam and pistachio frangipane is available as an alternative.

Exclusively available for stays on February 14, the package starts from AED2,500 ($680.5).

Romantic Valentine’s Day dining experiences

For romantic diners with a taste of adventure, Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa has curated unique experiences offering a dose of luxury and privacy. Set in the courtyard of an Arabian village, an exquisite dinner under stars is presented.

A magical evening is in store with a three-course menu featuring exotic starters, appetizing mains and heavenly desserts. The starters include a choice between Pan Seared Foie Gras or Diver Scallops. Guests will be spoiled for choice with tempting mains such as Wagyu Fillet and Canadian Lobster Risotto. Sweet treats include dessert of Valrhona chocolate texture bar or an indulgent treat of Red Berry Vacherin.

For grill lovers, an optional three-course menu of starters, mixed grill and dessert is offered. The offering includes cold mezzes; a fisherman’s platter consisting of gulf prawns, squid, fried snapper, yuzu soy dip and wasabi mayo; mixed and seafood grills; and lamb mansaf. The evening ends on a sweet note with a dessert of Valrhona chocolate texture bar and a plate filled with exotic fruits.

The dining experiences cost AED1,200 ($326.6) per couple.

One for the thrill-seekers, the resort offers a live BBQ experience with an extensive selection of starters, salads, hot and cold mezzes. Meat dishes such as shish tawok, lamb kofta, beef kebab, lamb chops along with a seafood grill of red snapper, salmon, tiger prawns, Omani lobster, mussels are prepared in front of the guests as they take in the romantic ambiance of the desert. The dessert includes an exotic Valrhona chocolate texture bar along with exotic fruits.

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