5 Last-Minute Regional Escapes You Can Still Book Ahead of the Holidays

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Holiday season is officially upon us, and if you’re searching for a Christmas or New Year’s Eve getaway, you’re just in the nick of time as the official end of 2022 is a mere two-weeks away. But, it’s never too late to book a last-minute trip with plenty of fresh destinations in our dear region that will activate some serious wanderlust. Whether you’re seeking sand, sun, or turf, our side of the world has it all so you needn’t jet off to a far-flung destination for a much-needed winter escape. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or soak beneath thermal waterfalls, below, our top picks of last-minute getaways you can still book ahead of the holidays.

Mzaar Kfardebian, Lebanon

Mzaar Ski Resort

Winter is here, which means it’s officially time to hit the slopes. If you’re seeking to live out your winter wonderland reality without leaving the region, Mzaar Ski Resort is definitely the place to go. As the largest ski resort in the Middle East, it’s an experience not to be missed. It has carried its reputation as Lebanon’s best ski resort, with slopes for skiers at all levels, and the some of the region’s most majestic views. 


Longbeach Campground, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

longbeach campground

If you’re looking to unwind and remove yourself from the bustle of city life, an outdoor escape in the wild is just what’s needed. Located along a 300 meter stretch of beach, the Longbeach Campground is the ideal opportunity to relax and be one with nature, without having to sacrifice life’s basic comforts like a bed, bathroom, or electricity. 


Alila Al Jabal Akhdar, Oman

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Nestled amid scraggy, limestone cliffs 145km southwest of Muscat in Oman’s Al Hajar mountains, the boutique property is a must-visit for those seeking a remote and rugged escape this holiday season. Don’t forget to book an early-bird cliff-side yoga session for Instagram-worthy views of the sunrise.


Ma’in Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Jordan

Ma’in Hot Spring Hotel

Here, a series of waterfalls pour down an undulating hillside and collect into a number of piping hot thermal pools situated 866 feet below sea level for you to soak in for the ultimate relaxing experience. 


Habitas AlUla, Saudi Arabia


Our list wouldn’t be complete without the chic, millennial-focused hotel located on a site that was once traversed by the ancient Nabateans. Set amid striking sandstone cliffs, the ecofriendly 96-room property offers a secret paradise like no other. To make the most of your stay, we suggest paying a visit to the hotel’s plethora of facilities, including a spa retreat, yoga room, and pool overlooking beautiful cliffs. 


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