Grab yourself a bargain with this week's top holiday offers
Within the UAE
A romantic weekend at The Pullman Couples can head to this classy, design-led spot at Mall of the Emirates in Barsha for a two-night stay, where they’ll get a signature massage for two, a welcome bottle of bubbly and late check-out. You should leave liking each other more than when you walked in. Dhs1,999 per couple. Until December 31. www.pullmanhotels.com (04 377 2000).
A ladies’ desert retreat at Bab Al Shams Join ladies-only travel company The World At Her Feet for a three-day break at the five-star Bab Al Shams resort in November. It will include a welcome drink, a daily buffet breakfast, lunch every day, one dinner at Masala (try the tandoor oven creations), one dinner at Al Hadheerah with a show, one spa treatment and one archery lesson. Dhs2,500 on a twin-sharing basis. Trip runs November 17-19. Bab al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, near Endurance Village, www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams (04 381 3231).
Extended opening hours at Al Ain Zoo Throughout October and until the end of the Eid al-Adha holiday, this wonderful zoo will be extending its usual opening hours to 10am until 10pm, allowing wildlife lovers the chance to explore at night. Don’t miss the majestic white tigers while you’re there – they have serious attitude. Entry Dhs15 for adults, Dhs5 for kids aged three to 12. Open 10am-10pm until end of Eid al-Adha. Al Ain, www.alainzoo.ae (800 2977).
Special fares to the UK British Airways is offering special rates for those flying to the UK until the end of March 2012, meaning an economy return flight to London Heathrow costs around Dhs2,690. Until March 31. www.ba.com (800 0441 3322).
Visit The Chedi Muscat’s new pool and spa The Chedi Muscat is known as one of the most refined and relaxing hotels in the region, and it’s just upped its game with a new 12,000 sq m spa and fitness facility. There’s a 103-metre outdoor swimming pool, a 400 sq m health club, eight new private spa treatment rooms and separate men’s and women’s steam and sauna areas. There are also two more pools, cabanas and two floodlit tennis courts. Rooms from Dhs1,700 per night. The Chedi, Muscat, www.ghmhotels.com (+968 24 52 44 00).
Eid al-Adha trips
A canal-side retreat in Amsterdam Stay four nights for the price of three in the canal-side Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand. Nestled between two quiet canals in the heart of the city, the hotel has retained its 15th century architectural heritage but still boasts five-star facilities. Built around a 17th-century 100km canal ring, the capital of the Netherlands is often referred to as ‘The Venice of the North’, and is a wonderful city to visit thanks to its bicycle-friendly streets, trendy bars and beautiful tulips. From Dhs8,213, including transfers accommodation and return flights from Dubai with Emirates. Valid November 1-December 27. www.emiratesholidays.com (800 5252).
Kenya getaway Head to the Masai Mara safari area (which is considered one of the best safari spots in the world) for three days and two nights and stay at a full-board safari lodge. The price including game drives, park entrance fees and economy-class return flights. Dhs4,050 per person. Ongoing. www.sharaftravel.com (04 390 0646).
Spa and diving packages in the Maldives Baros Maldives, an intimate boutique resort that’s a 20-minute boat ride from Malé Airport, is offering packages for both spa and sea lovers. The diving package involves a 90-minute to two-hour course for two on the basics of scuba diving, during which you’ll enjoy your first dive experience at the Baros Reef. The spa package allows two guests to try a signature body scrub. The packages include transfers and breakfast (with a minimum stay of four nights). From Dhs2,200 per night until October 30; from Dhs2,100 per night November 1-December 15. www.baros.com (+960 664 2672).
Spend Eid in Jordan Try a trip to this historic country with the carbon-neutral team at Wild Guanabana. During the five-day, four-night trip, you’ll enjoy canyoning in al Mujib and a night at the Dead Sea (make sure you have a swim, as the high salt content means you’ll float effortlessly on the surface). You’ll also visit the ancient city of Petra, plus Wadi Rum and an authentic Bedouin village, before spending a final night in the capital, Amman. Flights aren’t included, but you can fly to Amman with Air Arabia (www.airarabia.com) from Dhs1,520 return. Dhs3,700 per person, including all activities and accommodation.Trip runs November 4-7. www.wild guanabana.com (+2 016 0400 070).
Stay palatial in the Golden Triangle of India Experience unbeatable views of the Taj Mahal from the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas. Built in a Moorish and Mughal architectural style, the hotel is located 600m from the breathtaking monument. Stay in a premier room with balcony for three nights with breakfast, private transfers from Delhi and return economy flights with Emirates. From Dhs9,070. Valid November 4-20. www.emiratesholidays.com (800 5252).
Two-for-one nights at Rocco Forte Hotels This European luxury hotel group has 13 properties spread across the EU: book a night at any of them and you’ll receive a second room for half price. We fancy a stay at Brown’s Hotel in London’s super-swanky Mayfair suburb. Quote ‘Eid Celebration Offer’ when booking. Prices vary. Valid October 26-November 30. www.roccofortehotels.com (8000 65 0592).
Viennese escape Travel to the city where the spirit of the Austrian Empire is still alive. Vienna is great for art fans who want to see the works of Viennese greats Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Stay for four nights in one of Sharaf’s partner hotels – the package includes a city tour and a trip to the Schonbrunn Palace. Flights aren’t included, but you can fly direct on Austrian Air from Dhs2,260 return (www.austrian.com). Dhs1,050 per person based on two sharing. Until December 31. www.sharaftravel.com (04 397 6161).