AGENTS seeking to deliver the perfect wildlife experience would do well to consider the four-star Mirfa Hotel in Abu Dhabi, which bills itself the perfect example of a safe haven for local flora and fauna.
Set on an island, the hotel’s lush grounds are a natural haven for many indigenous species such as the Grey Francolin and Red-backed Sandpiper, and the hotel’s management has carefully documented the details of the elusive creatures in a set of books for guests to enjoy during their stay.
Abu Dhabi’s west coast is largely undiscovered with only a few roads, settlements and farms. As well as the endless dunes, visitors are pleasantly surprised by the rolling hills of fodder and afforestation found along the road to Mirfa and Liwa.
The hotel plans to expand its environmental cache with guided nature walks, interactive children’s activities and garden teas to make the environment a part of the guest experience. Already, avid bird watchers have made Mirfa Hotel a weekend base for expeditions and report back on regular sightings of local and unusual breeds.
“Mirfa is a lush oasis surrounded by desert, and the flora and fauna on our grounds alone are worth a visit to the hotel,” said hotel manager, Mel Barisic. “Mirfa Hotel offers an authentic taste of Arabia with an opportunity to explore the undiscovered region of western Abu Dhabi, which is one of the fastest growing tourism regions in the Middle East.”
Managed by Danat Hotels & Resorts, the hotel is located 160 kilometres from Abu Dhabi city, offering 50 rooms with a full range of complimentary leisure and recreation facilities including access to golf and putting greens, as well as two floodlit tennis courts, a volleyball court, fitness centre, swimming pool plus a climate-controlled child’s pool and play area.