53 top weekend getaways

Beach huts or extreme sports on your ultimate 72-hour break Comments

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41 St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Find a state of Zen with a nine iron in your hands by heading to Abu Dhabi’s newly opened St Regis hotel on Saadiyat Island, which is currently offering a number of golf-related packages. If sport isn’t your bag, enjoy a weekend of fine dining or have a pampering session in the Iridium Spa. Rates from Dhs1,710 per night.
Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.stregis saadiyatisland.com (02 498 8888).

42 Tilal Liwa Hotel, Liwa
Located by the edge of the Empty Quarter desert, you can expect dune views as well as luxury amenities and restaurants. The swimming pool overlooking the sand will offer an experience nothing short of memorable. Book the Romance Package (valid until March 31) for Dhs799 per double, which includes a three-course dinner.
Liwa, Abu Dhabi Western Region, www.danathotels.com (02 894 6111).

43 Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
A haven of spaceship-style white lacquer and boldly-hued lights, Yas Viceroy is every inch the modern five-star venue, and offers great views of the adjacent marina (not to mention the Yas Marina F1 circuit, which runs beneath the hotel). What’s more, it’s a mere five minutes from the world’s first and only Ferrari theme park (housing the world’s fastest rollercoaster). Rates from Dhs933 per room per night.
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com (02 656 0000).

44 Zighy Bay, Oman
A long-standing favourite with city-dwellers looking for a little R&R along the mountain-lined coast. With numerous wellness programmes, private pools in all villas and a ban on mobile phones in all public areas, this five-star Six Senses resort is a great place to detox. The chance to paraglide into the resort from the surrounding mountains is worth the visit alone. Rates from Dhs3,816 per night.
Zighy Bay, Musandam, www.sixsenses.com (+968 2 673 5555).

Dubai Staycations


45 Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
This luxury resort could have been taken from the pages of 1001 Arabian Nights. Set in the middle of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, expect to step out onto your private patio (with pool) to experience breathtaking desert views, and find yourself nose to snout with the UAE’s most cherished animals, including oryx, sand foxes, gazelles and more. Rates from Dhs5,700 per room per night.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, www.al-maha.com (04 832 9900).

46 Atlantis The Palm
Dubai’s largest hotel, which holds state at the tip of the Palm Jumeirah, offers regular deals for local residents. For Dhs2,315 per night you can enjoy a one-night stay for two people and a two-hour spa experience for two, which includes a full-body massage and scrub, scalp massage and foot massage, plus unlimited use of the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym.
Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

47 Armani Hotel Dubai
Designer Giorgio Armani’s first hotel venture happens to be located in the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa. It’s not cheap, but if you book in advance there are discounts to be had. You’ll pay from Dhs3,600 for a two-night stay (advance booking required).
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, dubai.armanihotels.com (04 888 3888).

48 Desert Islands Resort & Spa, Sir Bani Yas Island
Try a weekend on the wild side at Desert Islands Resort & Spa, located amid the nature reserve of Sir Bani Yas Island. Travel by Seawings plane from Jebel Ali for a two-night stay on Thursday and Friday nights, a wildlife drive, a massage for two, and a choice of kayaking or archery. Dhs11,770 per room, including flights (minimum two passengers).
Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (02 801 5400, 04 883 2999).

49 Dusit Thani Dubai
Stay in a Dusit Grand Room at this Thai hotel, shaped like two hands in Thai greeting, and enjoy a set meal for two at Benjarong restaurant and bottle of bubbly, as well as a cake, plus laundry service. Dhs888 per room per night (minimum three-night stay).
Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4212).

50 Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Head to one (or should that be two?) of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks. The hotel is offering weekend city-break packages, including breakfast at Mosaico, free access to Wild Wadi, private beach access via a free shuttle service, and discounts on food and drinks. Prices start from Dhs975 per room per night.
Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8500).

51 Hatta Fort Hotel
This secluded hotel, located in the heart of the Hajar Mountains, is offering an all-inclusive package for Dhs700 per person (sharing), including three meals with selected house beverages.
Hatta, www.hattafort.com (04 809 9333).

52 Park Hyatt Dubai
Feed your body and soul for a weekend at the scenic Park Hyatt, which offers guests special spa or food vouchers worth Dhs550. Prices start at Dhs1,920 per room per night.
Baniyas Road, Deira (04 602 1234).

53 The Ritz-Carlton DIFC
Not only does this package include a stay at the swanky Ritz-Carlton, but also the chance to learn a little more about the city with a trip to the bustling spice souk in the company of a local chef. The package also includes hotel credit of Dhs185 to spend in the restaurants and bars. Prices start at Dhs1,350 per room per night.
DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 372 2222).

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

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