Sir Ban Yas, Florence and Paris deals from April 11-17
Within the UAE
Arabian Adventures’ desert packages The ‘Just for You’ package (Dhs850) features a drive into Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by 4x4, followed by a camel ride, a barbecue and unlimited beverages. The ‘Rise and Shine’ package (Dhs260) involves a Bedouin ‘futoor’ breakfast and a tour of the dunes, returning to Dubai at noon. Finally, on the ‘Starlight Express’ overnight safari (Dhs650), you’ll set up camp and tuck into a barbecue (for an extra Dhs85). Valid until April 30 2012; also available October 1-31 2012. www.arabian-adventures.com (04 303 4888).
Atlantis luxury spa package Enjoy a one-night stay for two and a two-hour spa experience, which includes a one-hour full-body massage, scrub, scalp massage, foot massage, use of the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym, and access to Aquaventure and the Lost Chambers. Dhs2,315 per room, per night. Valid April 15-May 5 2012. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Desert Islands Resort & Spa Wildlife Package Enjoy a wildlife-inspired weekend for two. 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). Ongoing. Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (02 801 5400).
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 PADI centre, Divers Down. Dhs550 per person. Ongoing. Nour Arjan by Rotana, Fujairah (09 202 5507).
Dusit Thani Dubai’s Songkran Splash Celebrate Thai New Year with Dusit Thani Dubai throughout April. Enjoy a 25 per cent discount off the best room rate for the days of your stay, including complimentary daily buffet breakfast for two and a 20 per cent discount on the Songkran brunch or Songkran theme night buffet. Prices vary. Rates subject to 10 per cent service charge and 10 per cent government fees. Valid until April 30 2012. Dusit Thani Dubai, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4212).
Hatta Fort Hotel spring escapes Enjoy a variety of activities in the picturesque setting, including swimming, mini golf and movie nights. Dhs225 per person including breakfast (weekdays), Dhs450 (weekends). Prices based on two people sharing. Valid until April 30 2012. Hatta Fort Hotel (04 809 9333).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray deals Book by May 31 2012 and get a deluxe room from Dhs1,500 per night. Stay for three nights and choose between a 60-minute massage or Turkish hammam, or a bottle of 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, Palm Jumeirah (04 364 7133).
Kempinski’s ‘meet the penguins’ packages Stay in a superior room with breakfast at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates and head next door for a 45-minute Peng-Friend encounter with the gentoo and king penguins at Ski Dubai. From Dhs1,909 per couple per night. Ongoing. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0000).
Pullman Wellness Break Book two nights and get privileged access to the Fit Lounge with a spa gift card. You can also get a third night for free. Dhs2,681 (US$730) per person for three nights. Ongoing. Pullman, Mall of the Emirates (04 702 8000).
Sheraton Dubai Jumeirah’s Once in a Lifetime Experience by Bliss Lounge Limousine pick-up from your home, a helicopter tour of the city, dinner on a private beach with plenty of premium French bubbly, a one-carat diamond ring and a stay in a Royal Suite. Dhs100,000. Ongoing. Sheraton Dubai JBR (04 399 5533).
The Address Dubai Mall’s Ultimate Wellness Retreat A typical day will include a full-board programme of healthy and nutritious meals, beverages and snacks at Cabana. The programme also includes a range of complimentary treatments at The Spa to de-stress and unwind over the course of your stay. From Dhs8,050. Available April 21-27 and May 12-18 2012. The Address Dubai Mall (04 423 8888).
The Address Montgomerie Dubai golf deals Spend one night at The Address Montgomerie Dubai and enjoy one round of golf on its championship course. Dhs1,620 per person. Valid until May 31 2012. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Emirates Holidays discounts for Visa cardholders Visa cardholders can now travel for less to selected destinations through an exclusive new partnership with Emirates Holidays. Visa debit and credit card holders can get a 15 percent discount on select Emirates Holidays destinations throughout 2012. This month, travel to Egypt or France for 15 percent less until May 31. Alternatively, cardholders can get a five percent discount on all destinations at any time during 2012. www.emiratesholidays.com.
Hotel Missoni Kuwait: three nights for the price of two The five-star luxury Hotel Missoni, nestled in the bay of Kuwait City and just a short journey from the airport, is offering guests a complimentary third night, when booking a two-night stay. Dhs850 per night (from Dhs1,700 for a three-night stay). Valid until April 30 2012. www.hotelmissoni.com (+965 2577 0000).
Salviatino’s Gucci Experience in Florence Includes two nights’ bed and breakfast at Il Salviatino hotel, two tickets to the Gucci Museum in Florence, a three-course dinner by Michelin-star chef Carmine Calò, and a one-hour massage. Return flights on Emirates start from Dhs5,040 (www.emirates.ae). From Dhs4,152 per couple for two nights. Valid until December 28, 2012. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Niyama & Huvafen Fushi Maldives This stunning island retreat in the Maldives is home to the world’s first underwater spa. Fly with Emirates from Dhs3,440 return (www.emirates.ae). From Dhs2,387 per room per night. Valid April 16-July 31 2012. www.peraquum.com (+65 6595 0300).
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha ‘Stopover 2012’ The package, in association with Qatar Airways, is for one room and one night based on single or double occupancy. Return flights with Qatar Airways from Dhs670 (www.qatarairways.com). Dhs1,461 per person single occupancy, Dhs789 per person double occupancy. Valid until May 31, 2012. (+974 4484 8000).