An ideal itinerary – as selected by our editors every week
Time Out Dubai staff
Our picks of the week
1 Bird watching and more at Raffles Praslin Seychelles See further afield.
2 Find a place to stay in Istanbul with Housetrip See further afield.
3 Spa time at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo See further afield.
4 Namaste Nepal! with Yoga Retreats See further afield.
5 Workout at Anantara Hotel Resort and Spa, Abu Dhabi See within the UAE.
Within the UAE
Anantara Hotel Resort and Spa, Abu Dhab A three-night fitness event to test physical endurance. Prize packages include Anantara getaways in the Maldives, Thailand and the UAE. Entry fee Dhs4,000. Valid December 10-13. www.anantara.com (02 656 2000).
Carlton Hotel St. Moritz This year the Engadin Valley, where St. Moritz is located, celebrates 150 years of winter tourism. The St. Moritz Gourmet Festival takes place in January and features award-winning British chef Angela Hartnett. This package includes three nights’ accommodation, buffet breakfast, three gourmet food events, private butler service and spa access. From Dhs7,700 per person. Valid January 26-29, 2015. www.carlton-stmoritz.ch (+41 81 836 7000).
Housetrip Rent holiday properties such as the Novum apartment in Istanbul (a newly refurbished two-bedroom home that sleeps four), located ten minutes walk from the Galata Bridge. From Dhs382 per night. www.housetrip.com (+44 203 463 0087).
Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona, Switzerland This promotion includes a three-night stay with buffet breakfast, complimentary access to the Eden Roc Spa, a 20-minute helicopter flight and a daily voucher worth CHF100 for use in the hotel’s restaurants and lounges. From Dhs5,480 per person (in a double room). Until January 4 and March 6 to 26, 2015. email@example.com (+41 91 785 7171).
Raffles Praslin Seychelles The resort has introduced new experiences organised for guests by the resort’s concierge, which include birdwatching on Aride Island and cycling through cinnamon and vanilla plantations in La Digue. Stays from Dhs2,763 per villa per night. Price of experiences available on request. Ongoing. firstname.lastname@example.org (+248 429 6780).
Six Senses Zighy Bay Those wishing to venture outside the Emirates for their Christmas Day celebrations can try this set menu brunch experience at the luxurious Omani resort, prepared with ingredients from the property’s herb garden and local farms. From Dhs458 (brunch only). From noon. Valid on December 25, 2014. (+968 2673 5555).
The Dolder Grand, Zurich The ‘Zurich and art’ package offers two nights’ stay with breakfast, a three-course dinner and one ticket per person to the Egon Schiele – Jenny Saville exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich including audio guides and guided art tour on request. From Dhs5,804 per couple. Valid until January 18. email@example.com (+41 44 456 6000).
Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo Reopening this month, this spa resort is offering three different spa packages, which include three nights’ accommodation in a double room, breakfast, lunch and 15 to 16 treatments in the spa. From Dhs10,188. Valid until March 31, 2015. firstname.lastname@example.org (+377 9806 6900).
Tschuggen Grand Hotel This weekend away for ladies focuses on outdoor activities with a personal trainer. You can also book catwalk training with the official coach of the Miss Switzerland competition. From Dhs2,483 per person. Valid November 28 to December 4. email@example.com (+41 81 378 9999).
Yoga Retreats Head here for yoga, mountain trekking and sightseeing in the Himalayas of Nepal. Dhs4,450 per person (excluding flights). Valid November 28 to December 3. www.yogaretreats.ae (04 453 4600).