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Step into an oasis at Kingfisher Lodge in Sharjah.

Words by Aneesha in The Lifestyle · Apr 18th, 2019

Welcome to an experience like no other. Located in Sharjah’s Kalba, an exclave of the city, Kingfisher Lodge is situated on the Gulf of Oman’s coast near the Omani border. A little slice of paradise, Khor Kalba was once only known for its lively fish market. Now, it currently offers a site for eco-tourism.

The Kingfisher lodge is a boutique hotel featuring 20 luxuriously appointed tents, each of which has its very own private pool encircled by unrivaled tranquil surroundings. Its views overlook the Indian Ocean, whilst the neighboring mangroves are home to a turtle breeding area and many rare species of birds. Embracing its Arabian heritage and culture, you can expect world-class hospitality. Each room has been designed with your every need in mind. Chic and comfortable, they all feature modern amenities, with a calming colour palette designed to allow full relaxation. The beauty of the pristine beach and Indian Ocean waters is matched perfectly by refined interiors in soft beiges, blues and desert browns. Different to any other hotel in the UAE, you feel like you are on safari ready for your next big adventure. Each room also features awe-inspiring views, whilst also retaining privacy. It offers a space to indulge in sumptuous food, or a chance to simply relax by one of the fire pits.


Dining options are available aplenty at this venue. The lodge provides decadent buffets and a-la carte menus for guests. You can start your day with a fresh fruit surprise and a spot of tea or coffee out on your private deck after a morning dip. There is an array of freshly pressed juices, cocktails and snacks available throughout the day. At your meals, you will be treated to an array of seafood, traditional and wholesome Arabian cuisine and a range of contemporary dishes. At night, the main tent serves dinner and is transformed into a buffet set-up.

For those looking to simply relax, the onsite spa will massage away any stresses with its fully qualified therapists and locally sourced ingredients, including camel’s milk.

As for those seeking a little bit of adventure, the mangroves are home to a whole host of activities. Kayak or paddle board through the water, looking from the sky to the sea to experience the spirit of Kalba’s vast animal life. Be on the lookout for the many species, which call it home, in particular, the sea turtles and rare species of birds that include the White Collared Kingfisher and Sykes’s Warbler. You can also search for the beautiful creatures on a guided nature walk or bird watching expedition.

Pick up the pace by heading to the surrounding mountains, where you can hike down to the marshes, or even try your hand at archery at the Kalba Absolute Adventure Camp. Take things to new heights with the most comprehensive high ropes course in the UAE or test your stamina on mountain bike skill track. If that’s not enough, the beach calls for fat bike riding and water sport activities, from fishing to diving and even paragliding. 

Images courtesy of Kingfisher Lodge 

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