Hot springs in the desert? Who needs 'em? Well, if your bones ache or your muscles are sore, the 40°C mineralised water gushing forth from the natural hot springs at the Harmony Ayurveda Centre apparently does wonders in limbering you up. Relax in gender-segregated pebble-floored pools or choose from the huge spa menu (honey-and-sesame body polish, anyone?). Admission is free if you’re staying at the Golden Tulip Khatt Springs hotel above the springs.

Khatt is about 25km southeast of RAK City. Follow Hwy E18 past the airport, then look for signs.