Try a green tour of Tanzania or get Burj Al Arab deals
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. Valid until December 31. www.pullmanhotels.com (04 377 2000).
Big discounts at the Burj Al Arab To celebrate the UAE’s 40th birthday on December 2, the Burj Al Arab is offering a 40 per cent discount for UAE nationals and residents only on their best available room rate. The offer is valid for 40 days from November 10 to December 20. It’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Rooms from Dhs4,190 a night, after discount. Valid until December 20. firstname.lastname@example.org (04 301 7400).
Brunch and stay at The Fairmont Enjoy Spectrum on One’s popular Friday brunch, then amble up to your room to rest. With this deal you’ll get brunch for two adults, a one-night stay in the hotel, valid on the same day as your brunch (check in at 3pm and check out at noon) and access to the health club and swimming pools. Sounds right up our alley. Dhs1,290 for two people with non-alcoholic brunch; Dhs1,490 with hops and vines brunch; Dhs1,890 with bubbly brunch. Quote ‘Room and brunch offer’ when booking. Valid until December 31 2011. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Dive packages in Fujairah The Nour Arjaan by Rotana has just launched a new dive and stay package – get a night’s stay, breakfast, late check-out at 6pm and a dive (for both qualified and new divers) at the five-star PADI centre, Divers Down. Dhs550 per person. Ongoing. Nour Arjan by Rotana, Fujairah (09 202 5507).
Spa and stay at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi The winter spa getaway package at this newly renamed trackside hotel includes a 50-minute treatment at ESPA, use of the facilities, a one-night stay in the hotel and breakfast. Dhs1,450 for two people. Valid until December 30. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/abudhabi (02 656 000).
Spend Christmas day in a luxury desert resort Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, a luxurious desert hideaway in the Empty Quarter desert, is offering festive deals from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. The Christmas Day deals include a gourmet lunch at Suhail Rooftop Bar and Grill starting from Dhs550, or a brunch buffet for Dhs250 and a dinner buffet for Dhs300 (including three beverages). Rooms from Dhs1,400 a night. Minimum stay of three nights applicable if staying on December 29 or 31. Qasr Al Sarab, near Liwa, qasralsarab.anantara.com (02 886 2088).
Visit Abu Dhabi’s new Rocco Forte Hotel This classy hotel chain is known for impeccable interiors and regal aspirations. The Abu Dhabi property – which opened on November 7 – has a 2,000 sq m spa with indoor pools, a hammam, a gym, 15 treatment rooms and a yoga studio, alongside high-end dining options (including a Martin Brudnizki-designed Italian restaurant, Oro). Introductory rate from Dhs1,200 per room per night. Valid until December 31. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi, www.roccofortehotelabudhabi.com (02 617 0000).
A carbon-neutral trip to Tanzania Join the region’s first carbon-zero travel company on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tarangire National Park in Tanzania – the 2,600 sq km park hosts the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. You will also visit the world’s largest caldera (that’s the collapsed part of a volcano), the Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara. From Dhs4,775 for four days; Dhs8,815 for seven days, excluding flights. From December 29. www.wildguanabana.com (04 442 2946).
Romance package at Zighy Bay This Six Senses resort in Oman is unparalleled when it comes to rustic luxury, and the new romance package ensures maximum pampering. Stay for a minimum of two nights in a beachfront villa with private pool and you’ll also get one paraglide jump for two people, one sunset cruise with house beverages and canapés, and one sunrise breakfast on the beach, also for two people, as well as breakfast at Spice Market every other day, one couples’ spa treatment and one dinner at the top of the grape tower, in the Summer House or at Sense on the Edge, which boasts a beautiful cliffside location. Package from Dhs3,200 per person per night. Valid until May 2012. Zighy Bay, Musandam, www.sixsenses.com/SixSensesZighyBay (+968 2673 5555).
Special rates at The Chedi, Muscat This gorgeously sleek, tranquil hotel has special rates on Thursday and Friday nights for GCC residents keen to treat themselves. Pay Dhs1,250 per room per night and you’ll be able to stay in a Serai room, get free mini bar, breakfast for two and 10 per cent discounts at The Restaurant and The Spa. Available until December 22 and from January 3-31. Muscat, www.ghmhotels.com (+968 24 52 4401).
Spend the festive season at Le Gray in Beirut This contemporary hotel in Beirut’s Central District is a design and art lover’s haven and is offering a festive package, which includes a three-night stay in an executive suite, daily breakfast, your choice of a festive lunch on December 25 or a dinner on December 24 with a bottle of Lebanese grape and a special holiday gift. Fly to Beirut from Dhs930 return on Flydubai (www.flydubai.com). From Dhs5,200 for two people for three nights. Valid December 22-27. Subject to availability. www.legray.com (+961 196 2828).