Ready for an escape from work and a well-deserved holiday? Here are 10 to try this Easter.
If you’re looking for romance and culture in equal doses, look no further than the Malaysian capital. A land of contrasts, with the ultra-modern airport and KL tower, against a backdrop of caves, cafés, and bustling local markets. A good public transport system means getting from A to B is easy peasy, and cheap. A good idea for a short trip, on a budget. Flights start from Dhs1500. www.kl-hotels.com
Venice: This famed Northern Italian city has been described as being akin to ‘eating a box of chocolate liquors in one go’. There is simply no city in the world like it. Catch a Gondola to get around the city built on an archipelago made up of 118 islands; check out the breathtaking view from atop St. Marks Campanile; see the sights that have inspired figures such as Marco Polo, Tintoretto and Goldini. Book your flight from Dhs2200 through www.mytravelchannel.com and check out the range of hotels on
Disneyland Paris: One for the whole family. Your kids will have an experience they won’t ever forget - just ask anyone who was lucky enough to be given this magical trip as a child. There are countless other cultural, historical, and culinary spots dotting the landscape of the renowned ‘City of Light’ too - once you’ve had your fill of Mickey and his friends.
www.disneylandparis.com for the best rates on rooms and pick up flights from Dhs2000 a person from
www.mytravelchannel.com. The weather’s pretty nice in France in the Spring too.
Bangkok: This is one of those cities standing at a cross-roads between ultra-modernity and rich history. Spend your day exploring the numerous temples that symbolise Bangkok internationally. Take a cruise down one of the world-famous canals. The choices are never ending. And, as dusk descends upon the Chao Praya River, you can check out any of the metropolis’s six nightlife districts. This city is undoubtedly one of Asia’s ‘Crown Jewels’. Flights start at Dhs1900 from www.mytravelchannel.com. Check out the choice of hotels and things to do on
Ibiza: What can we say that hasn’t already been said about the so-called ‘clubbing capital of the world’? Does anything sound better than grabbing a group of friends and hitting up the Worlds biggest party spot? Over 50 beaches spread across a 200km coastline, fabulous restaurants, chic bars and even a massive hippy market! Need we rave more? Just be aware than Easter is still low season so a lot of the mega clubs won’t be open. Flights start from Dhs2400 and there’s a range of accommodation from villas and apartments to boutique abodes and budget hotels. Log onto www.toibiza.com for details on the best deals.
Germany: Fancy something different? What about a driving holiday? There is probably no better place on the planet to drive in than Germany. It has the famed Autobahn highway, large parts of which have no speed limit. The perfect place to relieve the stresses brought about by driving in the Gulf. One of the more scenic routes to try out is the Mosel Valley. See the legendary castles of Western European folklore. Stop in Trier, to marvel at the Roman-built bridge that is still in use today. Flights start from Dhs2600.
Here are a few Trier hotels to try
Maldives: Looking to experience the most picturesque and attractive beaches, corals and water? The abundance of colours and variety of underwater life has fascinated visitors since the discovery of this secluded nation of islands, and they’re only a short hop from Dubai. There is arguably no better way to get away from the hustle, bustle and pace of life in the UAE. If you’re not lucky enough to pick up cheap flights with Al Jazeera – few people are – then Emirates do a variety of routes from around Dhs2500. Hotel-wise, it ain’t cheap, but it’s worth the expense. Check out this UK website for ideas on where to go before booking direct to save some cash www.maldives-resorts.co.uk.
Morocco: If you’re in the mood for something slightly more adventurous, try a hiking holiday and burn off that Dubai stone. Marrakech and the surrounding High Atlas mountain range is probably the most enticing option available. Wipe the dust off those old boots, hit the gym and prepare yourself for a rough, but satisfying, quest. You will be guided by the Berbers- the self-sustaining, tough-as-nails mountain folk of Morocco. If you don’t feel up to this journey on foot-fear not! There will be mules available for hire to give you a more relaxed trip. Fly from Dubai from Dhs900 and check out hotels/accommodation on www.travellerspoint.com.
Goa: For an exotic break, with a bit of soul, try Goa in India. The weather’s great there at the minute and it’s pretty easy to get to, either direct with Emirates or via Columbo with Air India. Prices start from Dhs1800. Accomodation-wise, take your pick from big hotels to beach huts or pretty cottages. See what’s on offer on
Oman: And finally, if a long flight’s not your bag, check out Oman for a few days away. The rugged coastline, diving and dolphins make it feel like a proper holiday, without the hassle. Flights start from a few hundred dirhams, direct from Dubai. Hotel-wise, the Shangri La is pretty special but there are plenty of other options on offer. Take a look at the choices on