Get out of Dubai for the weekend and enjoy a short break
Amazing summer hotel deals Ajman Saray This new Ajman hotel is already popular with overseas guests, and has a large number of Russian-speaking staff on the floor. That said, the impressive summer deal will no doubt appeal to cash-strapped Dubaians keen to save but still enjoy a little bit of luxury – the price includes a buffet breakfast and dinner at Vista restaurant. From Dhs399 per person, per night (excluding 20 percent taxes and fees). Valid June 1-August 31. Ajman Corniche, Ajman, www.ajmansaray.com (06 714 2222).
Al Ain Rotana Head to the UAE’s lush green Garden City (or City of Roundabouts…) to take advantage of a raft of special deals. The weekend escape package (from Dhs660 per room per night, until June 30) includes a two-night stay, buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids under the age of six and horseback riding for two for 30 minutes. The short break escape (from Dhs575 per room per night, until December 30 includes breakfast for two adults and two kids, 20 percent discount on spa treatments, 20 percent discount on food and beverages, 4pm check out, welcome drinks and a room upgrade. The romantic escape (Dhs750 per room per night, until December 31) includes a stay in a spacious studio or one-bedroom suite, in-room breakfast and selected treatments in a couples’ suite at the spa. The tee-off escape (Dhs750 per room per night, until June 30) includes a two-night stay, buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids, one round of golf for one person and free classes for kids on Fridays 4pm-5pm. From Dhs575. Al Ain, www.rotana.com/alainrotana (03 754 5111).
Beach Resort by Bin Majid One of our favourite reasonably priced retreats in the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah’s Beach Resort by Bin Majid Hotels & Resorts (not to be confused with Beach Hotel by the same firm) has everything you need for a fuss-free, fun weekend away with friends: swim-up bar, bargain drinks and live entertainment. Price includes a buffet breakfast, too. From Dhs350 per room per night (including taxes and fees). Until July 31. Al Jazera Road, Ras Al Khaimah, www.binmajid.com (07 244 6644).
Concorde Hotel Fujairah Though not located on the Al Aqah beach, as many of the emirate’s resorts tend to be, the Concorde offers good rates for those who might already be splashing out on a diving or snorkelling trip, and is just a short drive from most dive centres. Rates include a buffet breakfast for two, welcome drinks, free cable internet, free shuttle buses to Fujairah City Centre and free use of spa and recreational facilities. From Dhs225 per room per night (including and fees). Valid June 1-September 30. Fujairah, www.concordefujairah.com (09 224 9000).
Check out this ‘Caribbean Getaway’ on the east coast of the UAE. Overlooking the Omani Gulf, the price includes a night’s stay in a classic room, a buffet breakfast at Mozaique restaurant and a Caribbean-style seafood set menu dinner at sea-facing restaurant Waves. From Dhs710 per person per night (including taxes and fees). Ongoing, valid Thu and Fri only. Al Aqah Beach, Fujairah, www.rotana.com (09 244 9888).
Marjan Island Resort & Spa
Situated on Marjan Island (surprise) in Ras Al Khaimah, this Andalusia-inspired resort offers brilliant sea views, international restaurants, a kids’ club, sports facilities and a spa. Deals include three nights for the price of two, five nights for the price of three or seven nights for the price of five, along with discounts on beach activities and spa treatments. From Dhs550 per room per night (excluding taxes and fees). Until August 31. Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.marjanislandresort.com (07 203 6666).
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Nothing short of stunning, this minimalist yet luxurious hotel on Saadiyat Island is offering guests two nights for the price of one with its summer sunshine promotion. Alternatively, stay three nights for the price of two, or four for three. Once at the hotel, you’ll also be able to enjoy 20 percent off treatments at the spa. There’s also 20 percent off in restaurants and bars, free stay for kids under 12 (maximum two children, accompanied by paying adults) plus free breakfast, lunch and dinner for the kids. From Dhs500 per room per night (excluding taxes and fees). Until September 30. Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.hyatt.com (800 4097).
Rixos Bab Al Bahr One of the most unique getaway options for summer is the all-inclusive package at this property on Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Island. Fed up with getting caught out by additional expenses whenever you book into a hotel? This deal includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything you order in between those meals, whatever the time of day. Dine in any of the hotel’s 14 restaurants and bars, or order room service and pay no extra. If you’re feeling active, sports facilities and watersports are also available, though these are priced separately. From Dhs1,260 per room per night. Until July 31. Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.rixos.com (07 244 4400).
St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Ideal for keen golfers, this deal at the luxury island resort includes two rounds per room, either both at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club or the second at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, plus a daily breakfast. You also get 20 percent off food and beverages at the golf club and selected outlets in the St Regis, free wi-fi and 20 percent off all spa treatments. From Dhs1,199 (single occupancy) Dhs1,299 (double occupancy) per room per night, including fee and taxes. Valid June 1-August 31. Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, firstname.lastname@example.org (02 498 8888).
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal Head to this luxury hotel in the capital for the ‘intrigue you summer package’ which offers three nights for the price of two in deluxe rooms, club rooms, executive suites and one-bedroom villages. Guests get access to the 1,600 sq metre pool, private beach, breakfast in Giomotte restaurant and free local calls. From Dhs1,020 per night (excluding taxes and fees). Until August 31. Abu Dhabi, email@example.com (02 818 8181).
Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri Boasting great sunset views, this Abu Dhabi hotel’s weekend getaway deal offers a fun, great value city break. Get a free buffet breakfast for two at Afya, Dhs300 of barbecue dining credit, free internet access and a late, 2pm check-out. From Dhs675 per room per night (excluding taxes and fees). Until December 31. Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, www.tradershotel.com (02 510 8888).
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Save 20 percent on your stay at this luxurious new RAK resort, which has a 350 metre private beach, a spa, numerous restaurants and bars and an 18-hole championship golf course. There’s also horse riding, archery and watersports available. This season’s offer includes breakfast and dinner at Qasr Al Bahar restaurant with every night’s stay. From Dhs1,200 per room per night (excluding 10 percent service charge). Until August 31. Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com (07 203 5555).
Near and far
Over in Oman Alila Jabal Akhdar
Enjoy views of the dramatic Hajar mountain range at this hotel, located in Jabal Akhdar, meaning ‘The Green Mountain’. Alila Hotels and Resorts’ first property in the region, the hotel officially opens on Thursday May 8. Special opening rates including two nights’ stay in a mountain view suite, daily breakfasts at Juniper restaurant, free resort activities, wi-fi, gym and pool access. From Dhs934 per room per night (minimum stay two nights, excluding taxes and fees). Ongoing. Jabal Al Akhdar, Nizwa, Oman, www.alilahotels.com (+968 2534 4200).
The Chedi Muscat A gorgeous, tranquil resort, the Chedi is offering a ‘summer breeze’ special rate for GCC residents, with a 30 percent discount at the spa thrown in. For those who stay for two nights instead of one, there’s a complimentary three-course dinner for two included. OMR95 per room per night (excluding 17 percent taxes). Valid May 15-August 31. Muscat, firstname.lastname@example.org (+968 2452 4400).
Millennium Resort Mussanah This huge resort located just three-and-a-half hours’ drive from Dubai has five swimming pools, a mini golf course, tennis courts, a climbing wall, a marina, spa, four restaurants and lots more. The summer rate includes breakfast and dinner, and a Dhs60 supplement will land you a sea view room. From Dhs600 per room per night (including fees and taxes). Until September 30. Wudam Al Sahil, Mussanah, Oman, www.millenniumhotels.com (+968 2687 1555).
Just 20km from Salalah Airport, this new hotel sits enviably in one of the coolest (and we do mean temperature-wise) parts of Oman. While the summer rate only includes breakfast, the region is well worth a visit, with beautiful beaches, mountains, freshwater springs and flora and fauna. From Dhs1,285 per room per night (including taxes and fees). Valid July 17-September 15. Salalah, Oman, www.rotana.com (800 7744).
Six Senses Zighy Bay A secluded, village-style resort on the Musandam peninsula, the Omani hotel is running a family-friendly package this summer. Kids under the age of 12 get to eat free from the kids’ menu and stay for free in the parents’ pool villa when staying for a minimum of three nights. From Dhs2,644 per room per night (excluding taxes and fees). Valid May 16- September 30. Dibba, Musandam, www.sixsenses.com (+968 2673 5555).
Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
This Asia-inspired hotel’s short breaks offer with a minimum two nights’ stay includes a free mixed drink or mocktail per person per stay, a 20 percent discount on 90-minute oil massages and dining, as well as a free breakfast buffet each day. You’ll also get a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) and a late, 4pm check out. More exciting still, the hotel’s July deal offers great rates on over water villas. Short breaks offer from Dhs1,340 per room per night (excluding 20 percent fees). Until December 31. July offer Dhs1,999 per villa per night (excluding 20 percent fees). Valid July 1-29. Palm Jumeirah, www.anantrara.com/dubai-the-palm (04 567 8888).
Sofitel Dubai Downtown Having just opened its doors in the heart of the city, this hotel is running a discovery offer from now until the end of September. The rate includes breakfast, a welcome drink and free wi-fi. From Dhs750 per room per night. Until September 30. Downtown Dubai, www.sofitel.com (04 338 7521).
Atlantis The Palm Check out the landmark hotel’s ultimate family package, which includes one night’s stay, a full buffet breakfast in Kaleidoscope or Saffron, lunch or dinner, two spa sessions for the price of one and access to the kids’ club or Club Rush. Guests also get unlimited access to The Lost Chambers and Aquaventure, plus preferential rates at Dolphin Bay. Guests must use a Visa card when booking to take advantage of this offer. From Dhs1,595 per room per night. Valid May 15-September 30. Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).