Check out the best places to visit over Eid weekend (July 17 to 19)
Angelica Hotel Hydra, Greece Overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf and built in the shape of an amphitheatre, Hydra is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobbled streets and secluded squares make it the ideal destination for relaxation. Book a four-night package through www.travelplan.gr and as well as accommodation in a double room, you’ll get ferry tickets from the Port of Piraeus Hydra Island and private transfers to Athens International Airport. From Dhs1,739 (EUR424) per person based on a four night stay. Valid for Eid weekend stays only. Hydra, Greece, www.travelplan.gr (055 593 4566).
Angsana Balaclava Balaclava, Republic of Mauritius With blue skies and crystal-clear water, Mauritius is perfect for couples seeking a laid-back long weekend. ‘The Live for Spa’ package includes half board meals, a daily 90-minute spa experience and a yoga session. For adventurous guests, a special lunch under the sea can be arranged aboard a submarine. Dhs1,560 per room per night. Until October 28. Turtle Bay, Balaclava, Republic of Mauritius, www.angsana.com (+230 204 1888).
Baros Maldives Republic of Maldives This secluded island is the ideal sanctuary for a special Eid getaway. Stay four nights and pay for three with breakfast included per couple. The resort offers special experiences including couple’s private spa treatments and a beach dinner under the stars on an isolated sandbank. Eid packages include a complimentary sunset cruise per couple. From Dhs2,479 (US$675) per room per night for a deluxe villa. Valid for Eid weekend stays only. Republic of Maldives, www.baros.com (+960 664 2672).
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Republic of Maldives Just a short four-hour flight from Dubai, a trip to the Maldives is ideal for a weekend of relaxation. The ‘Voyager’s Retreat’ package includes overnight accommodation in a Superior Water Villa, which features a whirlpool, daily breakfast served in a choice of two restaurants and a return seaplane transfer for two people. From Dhs17,612 (US$4,795) based on a minimum four-night stay. Until June 30, 2016. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Republic of Maldives www.conradhotels3.hilton.com (+960 668 0629).
Corinthia Hotel Prague Prague, Czech Republic Experience the ‘Best of Prague’ package this Eid Al-Fitr, which offers accommodation in a superior room, breakfast buffet and a choice of one ticket per person per night to a variety of attractions. Included are visits to the Old Town Tower, Alfons Mucha Museum, Zizkov Tower and the Franz Kafka Museum. Dhs345 (EUR84) per person per night. Valid for Eid weekend stays only. Prague, Czech Republic, www.corinthia.com (+420 261 191 111).
Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Stay four nights and pay for three at Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh. Located close to Egypt’s historic landmarks, activities include shopping at Naama Bay, camel expeditions, quad biking, mountain treks and Bedouin-style tented dinners. Dhs1,500 based on a minimum four nights’ stay. Until September 30. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, www.sharmelsheikh.regency.hyatt.com (+20 69 360 1234).
Iniala Beach House Phuket, Thailand This luxury ten-suite private residence offers guests tailor-made experiences. Enjoy your own private beachfront villa, with three stunning suites ideal for families. Eid specials include a gastronomy package including iftar and suhoor, a large celebratory Eid buffet and a pre-dawn breakfast buffet. Other perks include a two-hour massage or spa treatment per adult per day with male and female masseurs, a dedicated villa manager throughout your stay and free transportation. From Dhs2,920 (US$795) per room per night. Stay four nights and get a 20 percent discount. Valid for Eid weekend stays only. Natai Beach, Phuket, Thailand, www.iniala.com (+66 76 451 456).
Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Jordan Book a two-night stay and get one the third night for free, plus a 50 percent discount on dining and spa treatments. Guests are also eligible for a 30 percent discount on their next stay when booking online for dates until the end of 2015. From Dhs668 per room per night. Until September 13. Dead Sea Road, Jordan, www.marriot.com (+962 5 356 0400).
Jumeirah Bodrum Palace Torba Bay, Turkey Set along the Bodrum coast with the Aegean Sea as its outlook, the hotel offers a variety of watersports including parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing, fishing, sailing and scuba diving. Guests staying at Jumeirah Bodrum Palace over the Eid weekend can enjoy a premium suite with breakfast. Dhs3,290 (EUR799) per room per night. Valid for Eid weekend stays only. Torba Bay, Turkey, www.jumeirah.com (+90 252 311 0030).
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris Paris, France Escape the heat with Parisian flair this Eid. Guests can enjoy special amenities in each room or suite including a Qibla, Qur’an and prayer mat, ensuring privacy and convenience. Guests staying in a Signature Suite will get a piece of jewellery from Messika. Those in search of some retail therapy can also take advantage of VIP treatment at the Printemps Haussman department store, one of Paris’ finest shopping destinations, with an Arabic-speaking personal shopper. Dhs3,342 (US$910) per room per night. Until the end of Eid. 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France, www.leroyalmonceau.com (+33 1 42 99 88 00).
Raffles Praslin Anse Takamaka, Seychelles Book a luxury villa suite, complete with private outdoor plunge pool and butler service in Arabic. When booking a minimum of four nights in a one- or two-bedroom villa, guests also get free return airport car transfers, as well as a private in-villa barbecue with the resort’s chef. Dhs2,567 (US$699) per room per night. Anse Takamaka, Seychelles, www.raffles.com (+248 4 296 000).
Six Senses Zighy Bay Oman Opt for a three-night package and get USD50 (Dhs183) worth of food and beverage credit nightly throughout your stay, a signature couple’s spa treatment and a sunset cruise with sparkling date juice and canapés. From USD775 per room per night. Until September 30. Oman, www.sixsenses.com (+968 2673 5555).
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Republic of Maldives Take advantage of a 15 percent discount on stays at the hotel’s top-category beach and water villas during Eid. Guests get one extra night free when booking a three-night stay, with breakfast and dinner included each evening. During their stay, guests will also get a 15-minute free trial massage at the spa and a 15 percent discount on laundry services. Dhs1,830 per person per night based on a minimum three nights’ stay. Valid for Eid weekend stays only. Republic of Maldives, www.thesunsiyam.com (+960 656 0591).
The Dolder Grand Zurich, Switzerland The ’Summer Taste of the Dolder Grand’ package includes a two-night stay with garden breakfast, three-course dinner, spa treatment and use of the Dolder Grand Spa. Dhs6,828 based on a two-night stay. Until August 31. Zürich, Switzerland, www.thedoldergrand.com (+41 44 456 60 00).
Tschuggen Grand Switzerland The ‘Arabian Nights’ package includes a deluxe double room for four nights, breakfast, a Thalese bath and a free pass on the hotel’s private mountain railway. The hotel can also arrange a private butler and Arabic speaker. Dhs8,600 per person based on a four-night stay. Until September 20. Sonnenbergstrasse, Switzerland, www.tschuggen.ch (+41 81 378 99 99).