While temperatures are going up hotel prices are going down in Dubai
Al Bustan Rotana Why stay? Within striking distance of Dubai’s airport, the Al Bustan Rotana has positioned itself as a predominantly business hotel. Not that it’s all work and no play – far from it: the Al Bustan offers a vast amount of leisure facilities for when the ties are loosened, including a spacious swimming pool, numerous restaurants and a well-equipped, if poorly attended, gym. Beat the heat with either single or double-occupancy and enjoy its host of facilities such as the temperature-controlled swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi for a truly refreshing experience. Valid until August 31.
Al Murooj Rotana Dubai Why stay? It’s the little things at the Al Murooj. Book a three-night or five-night stay at this sophisticated five-star hotel and get free pressing of a dishdash twice per stay, free pressing of an abbaya twice per stay, free internet, complimentary fruit basket, mineral water, complimentary Arabic coffee and dates on arrival.
Amwaj Rotana Why stay? The Amwaj Rotana, whilst lacking its own private beach, still manages to compete through its enviable laid-back approach and impressive facilities. The restaurants – Italian Rosso in particular – are worthy of a visit, regardless of whether you’re a guest or not. Stay in one of the hotel’s stunning classic sea view rooms, boasting some of the best sea views in Dubai, stretching from the Marina entrance to the mighty Burj Al Arab.
How much? Dhs369 per person. Valid on double occupancy per room only for half-board. Single occupancy available with a supplement of Dhs200. A minimum of two nights’ stay is required for bookings on Thursdays and Fridays. Valid until August 31.
Dubai Marina (04 428 2000) www.rotana.com/amwajrotana
Bab Al Sham Desert Resort & Spa Why stay? For a touch of old style Arabia, without losing any modern comforts, the desert resort of Bab Al Shams is one of a kind. It means ‘gateway to the sun’ and they really weren’t kidding, especially if you visit in summer. Be warned, summer stays make most outdoor pursuits impossible. Get free buffet breakfast, free beach access for the duration of stay, free Aquaventure Water Park access of one per stay, minimum stay three nights, and 25 per cent discount on spa treatments.
Bonnington Hotel Why stay? Whether they want to ice skate or stare at sharks, keep the kids entertained with the extras on offer during summer at the Bonnington. Get two Wild Wadi or Kidzania tickets per stay and a daily buffet breakfast for two with the hotel’s gold package until August 31. Minimum of two nights’ stay in a deluxe room for two. Or get two Dubai Ice Rink or Dubai Aquarium passes and a daily buffet breakfast for two with the bronze package until August 31. No minimum stay.
How much? Gold package Dhs699 per night, bronze package Dhs599 per night.
Jumeirah Lakes Towers, (04 356 0000) www.bonningtontower.com
Burj Al Arab Why stay? Nobody said the luxurious “seven-star” (why are there no six-star hotels?) Burj Al Arab was cheap. In fact, a single night at the all-suite hotel costs about the same as a month’s rent in a modest apartment in JBR. But if you want luxury, this summer offer is about as good (cheap) as it gets. Get luxury airport transfers in a BMW 7 series to and from Dubai International Airport, sumptuous breakfast buffet for two in the privacy of your suite or selected restaurants, dinner buffet for two in selected restaurants, Assawan Spa treatment for two (once per stay), 20 per cent discount on food in Junsui, Bab Al Yam or Al Iwan restaurant, full range of Hermes luxury goodies, unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water Park and a free stay for up to three children aged below 12.
Crowne Plaza Deira Dubai Why stay? Book a deluxe room for two adults and two kids and get free breakfast, free access to Dubai Dolphinarium, free internet, a choice of shopping vouchers from Mirdif City Centre, The Dubai Mall and BurJuman, free shuttle service to the malls, a 15-minute foot massage, 30 per cent discount at the beauty salon, 15 per cent laundry discount and kids get a special VIK (Very Important Kid) kit. Throw in an additional Dhs250 per night and get a suite upgrade with an additional four passes to Aquaventure or a dhow cruise dinner for two adults and two kids. Valid until August 31.
Dusit Thani Dubai Why stay? Stay in a deluxe room at Dusit Thani Dubai this summer and enjoy breakfast for two, 20 per cent discount in any of Dusit Thani Dubai restaurants, free internet access on all guests areas and key public areas, complimentary shuttle service to Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Mall, Jumeirah Beach Park and other selected key business and leisure places, access to the pool and fitness gym facilities and 24 hour stay and flexibility check-in/check-out time on Dusit Grand and Club Rooms. Valid until August 31.
The Fairmont Why stay? Ah, the ‘staycation’. A clever bit of word-play if there ever was one. Sounds a bit like vacation, but means the opposite. Sort of. Anyway, the Fairmont’ hopes its ‘Summer Tale of Two Cities’ promotion will persuade people not to go on holiday abroad, or ‘back home’ this summer, and keep them right here in the UAE.
Fairmonts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the two cities in question, are offering rooms with breakfast for two, use of health club and beach facilities and a 50 per cent discount on a second room. At the Dubai hotel, the shopping credit offer includes Dhs500 at the Mall of the Emirates. At its Abu Dhabi sister, the dining credit offer The dining credit offer allows Dhs500 to be spent on any of the restaurants and lounges at the hotel, including CuiScene, or the two-time award winning Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar and Time Out Abu Dhabi’s coveted ‘Best Steakhouse’ award- the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill. Available until July 31.
How much? From Dhs699 per night, based on a minimum two-night stay
The Fairmont, Sheikh Zayed Road (1-800-441-1414) www.fairmont.com/dubai
Hilton Why stay? Hilton’s Great Getaway promotion offers up to 40 per cent on stays until September 5 in hotels in Dubai Creek, Fujairah, Jumeirah, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Al Ain – which, admittedly, is not the greatest ‘getaway’ possible for UAE residents. But the offer also stands in participating Hilton hotels in London, California, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur and Barbados.
Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha Why stay? For those who just want a room and a bed, Holiday Inn in Barsha is spot-on. We at Time Out would stop short at calling the place cheap, so let’s call it affordable and cheerful. Book and get a buffet breakfast at The Gem Garden plus free internet access. Valid until September 15.
Hyatt Hotels Why stay? Stay for three nights or more between May 5 and September 10 and get a Hyatt ID Card, which will entitle you to the following benefits throughout your stay (deep breath … ); children eat breakfast, lunch and dinner free of charge at the hotel you are staying in, complimentary stay for children, 20 per cent discount on treatments in three spas, excluding retail items, 20 per cent discount in all 29 restaurants and bars located in Hyatt hotels in Dubai, excluding tobacco and retail items, free access to all swimming pools, gyms and recreational facilities across Dubai’s three Hyatts, free access to ice skating rink at Hyatt Regency Dubai, including skates hire, 25 per cent discount on all shows at Dubai Dolphinarium at Dubai Creek Park, and 25 per cent discount on Seawings, seaplane sightseeing services. And relax.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City Why stay? Every child below 16 years receives a VIK (Very Important Kid) club membership card with privileges that include a free bed, free meals, and free pizza and ice cream. They’ll be in sugar-rush heaven. Grown-ups that stay three nights or more also enjoy the VIP (Very Important Parents) experience, which includes complimentary shopping vouchers, dining vouchers, cinema tickets, bowling vouchers and Spa discounts.
How much? From Dhs700. Available until September 15 for a minimum of three nights.
Festival City (04 701 1111) www.intercontinental.com
Jumeirah Beach Hotel Why stay? Other than the chance to sleep in a giant wave? How about free flights over Dubai or a diving course? The hotel is offering some intriguing extras for summer guests. Book a one-night stay with Jumeirah Beach Hotel and choose either a one-hour private tennis lesson, 40-minute Vacunaut or Hypoxi body contouring session, Segway tours, a 30-minute massage, a one-hour personal training session or 30-minute boat trip. Book a five-night stay and get either a Seawings Flight Experience with thrilling water take-off and landing, or a dive course at The Pavilion Dive Centre.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Madinat Jumeirah Why stay? Another hotelier pushing the stay-at-home holiday for Dubai residents. If you own a residents’ visa for the GCC, get a 10 per cent off Jumeirah’s best rate at some of its most popular hotels. Add to that exclusive private beach access, buffet breakfast, entry to Sinbad’s or Selim’s Kids Clubs, free entry to Wild Wadi Waterpark and free internet.
How much? 10 per cent off the best rates of Dhs899 at the Zabeel Saray, Dhs799 at Emirates Towers and Dhs899 at Madinat Jumeirah. For more details, click here .
JW Marriott Dubai and Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community Why stay? Get a 20 per cent discount on all rooms, including the 52 elegantly designed suites provide superior luxury and exclusive services. Guests who book with Visa before September 5 will receive a 20 per cent discount off weekend benchmark rates, when the guest pays with Visa. This offer is available only as an advanced purchase (non-refundable) rate.
How much? JW Marriott Hotel Dubai Dhs595 per night, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites Dhs1,000 per night, Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community Dhs450 per night.
Deira (04 262 4444) www.jwmarriottdubai.com
Majestic Hotel Tower Why stay? Set in the heart of Bur Dubai, the Majestic Hotel Tower sets the scene for a unique experience of Dubai hospitality. Traditional values entwined with a solid service ethic make the Majestic Hotel Tower a favourite with tourists and business travellers, who enjoy the convenience of the central location, the plentiful dining options and the comfortable ambience of this four star hotel.
How much? Book a standard room and upgrade to a deluxe room for only Dhs25 or a luxurious family suite for Dhs50.
Bur Dubai (04 359 8888) www.dubaimajestic.com
Media One Hotel Why stay? Media One’s 24-hour party takes in two of the hotel’s best-known food promotions , Steak Night and Friday Brunch, plus a room stay. Check-in is at 6pm on Thursday and the party starts immediately in Z:ONE, where you can sample Beijing cocktails until 8pm. Then move upstairs to enjoy a steak dinner for two in The MED before escaping to the comfort of a HIP room for the evening. A leisurely breakfast will be served in caféM, before the Early Bird’s Brunch until 4pm. Then there is just enough time to cool down in the pool, or even have a snooze before checkout at 6pm with a farewell drink.
How much? Dhs969 per couple, available until the beginning of Ramadan. Extend your stay into Friday night for Dhs240 per room.
Dubai Media City (04 427 1000) www.mediaonehotel.com
The Meydan Hotel Why stay? Package includes buffet breakfast, free beach access for the duration of stay, free shuttle service to Dubai Mall, free wifi, free Aqua venture Water Park access- one per stay (minimum stay is three nights), one free session per stay for each guest at the shooting stimulator and 25 per cent spa treatments.
How much? Grand Deluxe Single/Double rates from Dhs525 and is subject to 10 per cent municipality fees and 10 per cent service charge.
Nad Al Sheeba (04 381 3231) www.meydanhotels.com/meydan
Movenpick Hotels Why stay? At the Movenpick in Deira, UAE residents can claim summer room rates plus transfer to Mirdif City Center, Al Ghurair Mall and Outlet Mall during the summer months, as well as free access and transfer to Oceana Beach Club on the Palm. Plus, book in any of the Movenpick hotels and get a discount of 25 per cent discount during the summer.
How much? From Dhs292 to Dhs425 .
Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai (04 336 6000); Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach (04 449 8888); Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, The Gardens (04 444 0000) ; Mövenpick Hotel Deira (04 444 0111) www.moevenpick-hotels.com
One&Only Royal Mirage Why stay? Families staying three nights or more receive 50 per cent off on the second room for up to three children when they book the first parent-only room for two adults. Families receive one free ticket per person per stay to nearby Aquaventure water park at Atlantis, The Palm. Adults enjoy a 50 per cent discount on every second treatment booked at the One&Only Spa and Oriental Hammam throughout their stay.
How much? From Dhs975 per room, per night at The Palace and Arabian Court and Dhs1,450 at the Residence &Spa. Two children under 12 years of age sharing parents’ accommodation will stay for free. Valid until August 31.
Jumeirah (04 399 9999) www.royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com
Pullman Hotel, Mall of the Emirates Why stay? Hugely handy for the adjoining Mall of the Emirates it is connected to, the Pullman is offering a one-night suite stay and enjoy breakfast for two adults and two children at Sanabel Restaurant, get a Dhs50 voucher for Sanctuary Spa, unlimited ice cream for children at Soda Box, a Dhs250 gift voucher for Liali Jewellry and free beach access and transfers. Offer valid until July.
The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC Why stay? The Rizt-Carlton is introducing 11 ways to customize the Dubai vacation with the “11 Summer Selections for 2011” promotion. Guests may select any 11 activities from the following list of 20 attractive amenities; airport transportation to and from Dubai International Airport, daily breakfast in Can Can restaurant for two adults and two children under 12 years old, one butler-drawn signature bath per stay, 11 pieces of laundry per day, kids in the kitchen pastry experience with chef, daily in-room internet, one 50-minute spa treatment per stay, connecting Junior Suite, upgrade to two-bedroom apartment, early check-in and/or check-out, daily Club Lounge access, afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge for two adults and two children, daily VIP kids’ turndown, Business Center services, 20 per cent savings on food and drink, 20 per cent savings on massages in the spa, a Desert Safari for two adults and two children per stay, entrance to Kidzania for two adults and two children per stay, daily transport to Dubai Mall for two adults and two children, entrance to Wild Wadi Water Park for two adults and two children.
How much? From Dhs2,011 in an Executive Suite. Valid until September 15.
Dubai International Financial Centre (04 3722222) www.ritzcarlton.com/DubaiIFC
Sofitel Hotel Why stay? The Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach hotel is a good bit cheaper than most resort hotels on the Palm in Dubai, and in many ways, just as good. It’s a got a modern city feel – there’s a giant tree with lights hanging off it in the lobby but aside from that, it’s quite tasteful (not always a requisite in Dubai).
The Westin Why stay? Check in at 2pm on July 15 and join Dubai 92 at The Westin Dubai to celebrate all things heavenly. For an overnight rate, you’ll get a double room, a glass of bubbles and snacks each at a welcome cocktail party at Oeno, breakfast at Blue Orange the next morning and all the food and soft drinks you can scoff at the Yum Cha brunch on Saturday (alcohol additional).