Within the UAEArabian Adventures’ new-year packages
The ‘Just for You’ package (Dhs850) features a drive into Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by 4x4 truck, followed by a camel ride to a secluded spot in the dunes with a barbecue and unlimited selected beverages. The ‘Rise and Shine’ package (Dhs850) involves leaving early for a Bedouin ‘futoor’ breakfast in the desert and a tour of the rolling dunes, returning to Dubai around noon. Finally, on the ‘Starlight Express’ overnight safari in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (Dhs650), you’ll set up camp at sunset and tuck into a barbecue feast (for an additional Dhs85) before retiring to your tent. The next morning features a safari. Prices vary. Valid until April 30 2012; also available October 1-31 2012. www.arabian-adventures.com (04 303 4888).
All-inclusive weekday mountain retreat at Hatta Fort Hotel
Escape the stress of city life and relax in a deluxe chalet-style room while absorbing the scenery of the Hajar Mountains. This offer is available for UAE residents and includes three meals, soft drinks and selected house drinks during lunch and dinner. Avoid the weekend rush and stay midweek (Saturday to Thursday).
Dhs549. Sat-Thu only. Ongoing. Hatta Fort Hotel (04 809 9333).
Dive packages in Fujairah
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).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray deals
Book your stay before May 31 2012 and enjoy a deluxe room starting at Dhs1,500 per night. Stay for three consecutive nights and choose between a 60-minute signature Talise massage or traditional Turkish hammam at Talise Ottoman Spa, or one bottle of house grape and a sushi platter for two at Voda Bar.
From Dhs1,500 per room per night. Valid until May 31 2012. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah (04 364 7133).
Luxury spa stay package at Atlantis
Enjoy one night’s stay for two people and a two-hour spa experience for two adults, which includes a one-hour full-body massage, full-body scrub, scalp massage, foot massage, unlimited use of the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym, and access to Aquaventure and Lost Chambers.
Dhs2,315 per room, per night. Valid February 1-10, February 18-March 23, April 15-May 5 2012. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
The Valentine’s package includes a welcome drink upon arrival, a five-course gourmet dinner at Jeema Restaurant, chocolate covered strawberries/rose petals and aromatherapy candles in the deluxe chalet-style room where you will be staying overnight, topped off with a full breakfast.
Dhs1,650 per couple per night; upgrade to a one-bedroom deluxe chalet-style suite for Dhs3,000 per couple per night. Valid February 9-14 2012. Hatta Fort Hotel (04 809 9333).
Play the Montgomerie golf course and stay at Atlantis
Enjoy two games of 18-hole golf and one night’s stay for two in a deluxe room at Atlantis on the Palm Jumeirah. The price includes club and shoe hire.
Dhs2,465 per night. Until May 5 2012. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Valentine’s weekend package at Centro
This weekend package includes brunch or a special Valentine’s dinner set menu with a bottle of bubbly.
Dhs1,160 for two nights including dinner or brunch for two (rate includes municipality fees and service charge). Valid until February 11 2012. Centro Barsha (04 704 0000).
Further afieldAmari Hotel Valentine’s getaways in Thailand
The Amari hotel and resort chain has launched its two-, three- and four-night Valentine’s Day-inspired romantic packages. With candle-lit dinners for two and spa treatments, the Amari packages offer couples a relaxing and romantic break in Krabi, which includes meet-and-greet return airport transfers. Thai Airlines flies from Dubai to Krabi for around Dhs3,229.
Dhs4,227 for a four-night stay in a deluxe room including breakfast. Valid until February 29 2012. www.amari.com.
Chinese New Year hotel offer
Dusit Hotels & Resorts in Thailand and the Philippines are offering a 10 per cent discount off your first room booking and 20 per cent off your second.
Room rates from Dhs500. Valid until February 11 2012. www.dusit.com.
Live it up in the Maldives
The five-star Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Resort & Spa is offering a three-night stay for the price of four in a deluxe beach villa, as well as daily breakfast and dinner and airport pick-up and drop off by seaplane. Flights aren’t included, but Emirates flies direct to the Maldives from Dhs3,440 return (www.emirates.com).
From Dhs6,180 per person. Valid for travel until April 30 2012. www.zitahlikudafunafaru.com.
Romantic hotel stays in Vienna
Stay at Holiday Inn Vienna City (prices start at Dhs4,120), Vienna Marriot Hotel, (prices start at Dhs4,740), or Hotel Sacher Wien (prices start at Dhs6,270), all of which include flights from Dubai. Prices are per person on twin-sharing basis and include economy-class return airfare, three nights’ accommodation with American breakfast, room tax and service charges.
From Dhs4,120. Valid until February 29 2012. Emirates Holidays www.emiratesholidays.com/ski (800 5252).
Romance package at Zighy Bay
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, as well as breakfast 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.
Package from Dhs3,200 per person per night. Valid until May 2012. Zighy Bay, Musandam, www.sixsenses.com/SixSensesZighyBay (+968 2673 5555).