Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai welcomed a whopping 15.79 million tourists in 2017. While the “City of Gold” may be synonymous with grandeur, it goes beyond towering skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa, massive malls, and mega-resorts. This under-the-radar wellness mecca offers action-packed excursions in the Arabian Desert and Hatta Mountains, extensive bike paths, free yoga at Dubai Marina, and world-class spas to relax and rejuvenate. Health-conscious travelers will also love these awesome wellness retreats.
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Ideally situated between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, Sharm el-Sheikh has a lot to offer warm-weather worshipers. Its wide, sandy beaches and warm, crystal-clear waters appeal to sunbathers and swimmers alike. Plus, coral reefs and diverse marine life make it a diver’s dream. At Ras Mohammed National Park, bathroom fixtures from the Thistlegorm shipwreck float alongside colorful schools of fish. Adding to its appeal are upscale accommodations, like Rixos Seagate Sharm and the Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, and upscale nightlife.