Address Boulevard A stay at this luxury hotel can be fun for all of the family. Not only do you get prime Downtown views and great service, if you book for three nights, you’ll also get complimentary tickets to Reel Cinemas, Dubai Ice Rink and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo thrown in, too. Prices vary. Until December 29. Downtown Dubai, www.theaddress.com (04 561 8888).
Atlantis The Palm It might just be the ultimate UAE staycation resort. A true holiday environment that’s cut off from the real world (an underwater kingdom theme will do that for a hotel) but close enough that you don’t need to bother with all the faff of actually leaving the country, Atlantis The Palm throws in plenty of freebies, too. Rooms are large enough for two adults and two kids, and come with free access to Aquaventure waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Pay with a MasterCard and get 40 percent off the best available room rate, a further 25 percent off Atlantis’ restaurants, plus ShuiQi Spa deals, too. From Dhs1,054 per room, per night. Until October 15. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1000).
Anantara The Palm Dubai Staying a little longer is well worth your while at this plush Palm Jumeirah hotel. Not only will you benefit from more time to enjoy one of 293 luxurious rooms, you can also save a few precious dirhams. Stay for three nights or more and you’ll save 15 percent on the cost of your room and get daily breakfast thrown in, too. From Dhs656 per room, per night. Ongoing. Palm Jumeirah, www.anantara.com (04 567 8888). Jumeirah Beach Hotel UAE residents can stay at the iconic hotel this summer half-board, meaning free buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner at any of Jumeirah’s hotels – and there is a choice of more than 60 restaurants. Added to that, you’ll get free access to Wild Wadi while the kids can play at Sinbad’s Kids’ Club without you having to shell out any extra dirhams. All this for just Dhs900 per room, per night, excluding taxes. The savings are well worth considering. Dhs900 per night room, per night (minimum three nights). Until December 30. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 0000).
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel For a budget stay at a Jumeirah hotel, take your weekend bag over to this Garhoud property. A starting rate of Dhs400 per room, per night is admirable value, considering the price includes Wild Wadi tickets, the opportunity to use Jumeirah Zabeel Saray facilities and even a buffet breakfast and refill of your room’s mini-bar. From Dhs400 per room, per night. Ongoing. Garhoud, www.jumeirah.com (04 230 8555).
Radisson Blu Dubai Media City If you book in for a weekend stay at this Media City location, you’ll get dinner with a grape pairing at Certo, two drinks at Tamanya Terrace, a private transfer to Base nightclub and back, a one-night stay in the hotel, breakfast in the room, a one-hour couples’ massage and 4pm check out, all for just Dhs399 a person. Sounds like a great deal to us. Dhs399. Fri-Sat. Until Dec 31 2018. Radisson Blu Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Take your pick at Address Hotels + Resorts UAE residents can get a pretty nifty little discount across all Address Hotels + Resorts properties across Dubai this summer. Whether it’s a chilled staycay at the Boulevard, Dubai Mall or Palace Downtown, bag yourself 20 percent off all dining at Emaar Hospitality Group restaurants. In addition to some cheaper eats, staycation packages include two complimentary tickets to a number of attractions, for every day you book – including Reel Cinemas and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. You can also upgrade your staycation package for just Dhs150 extra, per room, night to stay at Address Dubai Marina, a great way to get away, but stay right in the thick of it. Prices vary. Ongoing throughout summer. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8888); Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8888); Palace Downtown (04 428 8888); Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Capital Centre Arjaan A budget option that comes with a handful of activity passes and some onsite discounts – could you want more from a local escape? The hotel itself is not the swishest, but we really can’t fault the free tickets to Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld, buffet breakfast at Tamarind and a collection of further money-off promos on spa treatments, food, beverages and even theme park merchandise. From Dhs375 per room, per night. Ongoing. Capital Centre by Arjaan, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, www.rotana.com (02 495 4444).
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr - 36-hour deal How would you describe your perfect weekend? Well, how about a stroll on a private sandy beach, unrivalled views of the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and lunch enjoyed by the pool? If that’s pretty close to the mark, check in for the 36-hour weekend package at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. Highlights include a poolside lunch for two, breakfast and a late check-out at 6pm. From Dhs1,699 (for two). Until December 31. Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, www.fairmont.com (02 654 3333). Rosewood Abu Dhabi This elegant hotel has something for everyone, from classy restaurants and a wealth of shopping outlets in The Galleria (attached to the property) to superb views looking out onto Al Maryah Island. If you want to linger a little longer, when you book for two nights you get a third night for free. Prices vary. Until December 31. Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, www.rosewoodhotels.com (02 813 5550).
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort We quite like the idea of putting down roots and staying more than just a night or two in a city hotel, so the Sheraton’s Linger Longer for Less offer is a campaign we like. Stay for three nights and you’ll be given a fourth free. Or, in real terms, five days and four nights for as little as Dhs267 per night. Not bad when you look at the sandy lagoon and collection of swimming pools to luxuriate alongside. Dhs1,070 (four nights). Ongoing. Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, www.sheratonabudhabihotel.com (02 677 3333).
St. Regis Saadiyat Island There are plenty of options for a staycation deal at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. Spa-and-stay packages at the Iridium Spa include a night’s stay, plus a 60-minute, full-body massage per day, while dining packages include a complimentary breakfast and generous credit vouchers for the various food and beverage outlets across the resort. Additional pool and beach access deals include complimentary dining coupons and a free 30-minute watersports activity. Prices vary. Ongoing. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).
Aloft Al Ain
Fancy a getaway to The Garden City of the UAE? Al Ain’s high-tech new hotel is making it easier for the whole family to have relaxing break, without having to empty the savings account, thanks to a great offer whereby kids up to 12 can eat for free and parents get 50 percent off a second room for kids and young adults up to the age of 21. Prices vary. Ongoing. Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Ain, www.alofthotels.com (03 713 8891).
Kempinski Hotel Ajman Ajman might be the UAE’s smallest emirate, but there’s nothing miniscule about this majestic hotel, boasting a secluded 500-metre beach and special rates at the new Al Zorah Golf Club. Book at least seven days in advance and get ten percent off a one-night stay, 20 percent off four nights and 30 percent off seven nights. Time to get planning. From Dhs336 per person, per night. Until December 31, 2018. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street, Ajman, www.kempinski.com (06 714 5555).
Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah Have a local stay with a difference when you book the Romance Package in Fujairah. With flowers and chocolates in your room, a three-course dinner, breakfast served by a butler and, somewhat less romantic but important nevertheless, free wi-fi, this is a chance to enjoy a weekend away with a loved one without the stress of airports. From Dhs999 per room, per night. Ongoing. Al Aqah, Fujairah, www.radissonblu.com (09 244 9700).
Ras Al Khaimah
Acacia By Bin Majid The hotel’s all-inclusive offer could be one of the best value promotions in the UAE this summer. Particularly for anyone who likes buffets and kayaking. The Ras Al Khaimah resort manages to shoehorn in three buffet meals, unlimited drinks, free kayaking and beach access, all for less than Dhs400. With early check-in you can stretch a single night here out to a lot of entertainment. Dhs399 per room, per night. Ongoing. Al Jasirah, Al Hamrah, Ras Al Khaimah, www.binmajid.com (07 243 4421).
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah For so long a penguin-themed waterpark was the greatest highlight out in these parts. But the past few years have seen some top-notch resorts open that make short breaks in RAK all the more enjoyable. The Waldorf Astoria is an excellent recent addition, with 350 metres of private beach and impressive mountain and sea views. This summer, the hotel is offering 20 percent off room rates and both breakfast and dinner at its restaurants that make a trip to RAK more sense than ever before. From Dhs1,020 per room, per night. Ongoing. Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah, www.rotana.com (07 203 5555).
Al Wadi Desert resort Explore the great outdoors at this 1,235-acre reserve. Gather survival skills, learn about rare species out in the desert, go on a camel caravan or just chill out in your private pool. From Dhs2,000 per villa. Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-wadi-desert/offers.
Cova Rotana Chill out on a 600-metre, pristine white beach at the Cove Rotana Resort. Located on the a water inlet of the Ras Al Khaimah beachfront, stare endlessly at the Arabian Gulf, play some watersports, dip in one of the two infinity pools, or just hang out in your villa. From Dhs600 per room, per night. Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, www.rotana.com.
Waldorf Astoria Eating your way through the summer isn’t a bad idea. The Waldorf Astoria has nine cracking restaurants and lounges to explore, temperature-controlled pools, kids’ club and a spa featuring floatation beds. From Dhs825 per room, per night. Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com.
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort Make full use of the kids’ club, grab your clubs and go play a round at the 18-hole championship course. There are also six different food and beverage outlets to explore after the round, and watersports facilities on-site to help you unwind. From Dhs489 per room, per night. Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, www.hilton.com.
Go camping, Bedouin style One of the UAE’s most popular pastimes is Bedouin-style desert camping. Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp is offering a desert dinner, with a dune bashing safari for an extra Dhs300. From Dhs120 per person. The Bedouin Oasis, Ras Al Khaimah, arabianincentive.com/Bedouin-Oasis.aspx.
Go pirate at Marjan Island Resort & Spa The Pirates Club at Marjan Island Resort & Spa offers a chance to really treat the kids to a fun-filled, action-packed programme involving cookery classes, boat races, water football and other pool-based watersports at this five-star resort. Crash out in front of a movie at the kids’ cinema at the end of the day. Dhs395 per room per night. Marjan Island Resort & Spa, www.marjanislandresort.com.
Treat the teenagers at Rixos Teens Republic will keep the teenagers happy all weekend, with ten- to 17-year-olds able to join in with tournaments on X-Box or PlayStation consoles, pool tables, dart boards, table football or Jenga. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy any of the eight restaurants on offer, swimming pools, spas and more at this luxury resort. Dhs1,200 per room, per night. Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.babalbahr.rixos.com.
Hit the spa at DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island There are lots of treatments available for a chilled weekend away, but start off by relaxing on the 450-metre private beach, before taking a dip in any of the seven outdoor heated pools, or an indoor ladies-only pool. Have a quick workout, or head straight to one of the two spas that feature nine treatment rooms, sauna, steam and whirlpool options. There are also 13 food and beverage outlets to explore. From Dhs599 per room, per night. DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.doubletree3.hilton.com.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Live it up at the highest five-star resort in the Middle East. If you really want to get away from it all, there’s no better place to come. The majestic hideway provides a range of superb rooms, including rooms with captivating canyon views and private villas with their own pools in garden seclusion or overlooking a cliff. Best of all, you get 30 percent off the best flexible rate for a room or villa, a daily buffet for two at Al Maison restaurant and discounts at the spa. From Dhs1,049 per room, per night. Ongoing. Jebel Akhdar, www.jabal-akhdar.anantara.com (+968 2521 8000).
Radisson Blu Hotel Muscat Is a weekend really long enough to explore the wonders of Oman? If you fancy hanging around a bit longer, you can make a tidy saving of 15 percent on the room rate when you book for three consecutive nights at this plush hotel, which is just a short drive from popular beaches. It’s also in close reach of landmarks such as the Royal Opera House, and has top facilities, too. Prices vary. Ongoing. Muscat, Oman, www.radissonblu.com (+968 2448 7777).
Salalah Rotana Resort
Watch your worries wash away as you immerse yourself in luxury at this five-star waterfront resort with a range of state-of-the-art facilities. Book two nights and you’ll get 15 percent off signature restaurants and spa treatments. From Dhs1,574 per room, per night. Ongoing. Salalah, Oman, www.rotana.com (+968 2327 5700).