From taking a walk on the wild side on safari in Kenya to soaking up the iconic sights of Egypt’s River Nile, Fairmont delivers iconic travel experiences to remember
An unforgettable journey is more than just the sum of its parts; it is influenced by the connections you make along the way. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is renowned for helping travellers create special memories, from sharing cherished moments with friends and family to finding ways to weave yourself into the social fabric of the locale and making a genuine connection with the hotel staff.
Born in 1907 in San Francisco, the Fairmont brand boasts more than 70 hotels around the world, including the iconic The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, and Fairmont The Palm in Dubai. Part of AccorHotels, Fairmont is historically a hideaway for the rich and famous and today is known for its unique brand of approachable luxury.
Sustainability is at the top of the agenda, with carbon neutral choices for guests (think linen napkins, china and glassware instead of disposables), and a global mandate to donate untouched food to local food banks. Its Willow Stream Spas follow the lead, offering locally-inspired treatments designed to energise.
So where do you start? In the UAE, your options include Fairmont Dubai, which is just 10 minutes from glamorous Downtown Dubai and is home to Noire, the Middle East’s only ‘dine in the dark’ concept. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi is perfectly positioned for you to admire the capital’s amazing architecture, with great views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and luxurious touches at every turn, from the Olympic-length swimming pool to the Marco Pierre White restaurant from the former three-Michelin-star British chef. For sunshine and stunning white sand beaches, Fairmont Ajman has cleverly maintained a low profile as an idyllic staycation spot with mangroves, museums and malls on the doorstep. Lastly, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort is a draw card for nature fans, with the dramatic Al Hajar Mountains as its backdrop and fascinating archeological and heritage sites nearby that beg discovery.
If embarking on safari appeals, you can follow in the footsteps of film star William Holden, who enjoyed his African adventure in 1959 so much that he bought the resort he was staying at. It lives on to this day as the exclusive Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, located within the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy. Here you can live your wildest dreams by taking part in game viewing on horseback, trekking to Mount Kenya base camp or simply playing a round on the 9-hole golf course (the only one in Africa to bisect the equator). The Conservancy cares for and rehabilitates animals and breeds rare and endangered species, such as mountain Bongo antelope, for eventual release.
If soaking up the Nile is on your wish list, Fairmont Nile City in Cairo is hard to beat, with its sweeping vista of the river and the Pyramids.
In Jordan, you can base yourself in the glitzy Abdoun district at Fairmont Amman, which has six restaurants and a Fairmont Gold Lounge with great city views. Be sure to pay a visit to the spa, which has one of the best hammams in the region and a Dead Sea Pool offering pampering mud treatments.