Free upgrades in Beirut, yoga retreats in Sri Lanka and more travel ideas
Time Out Dubai staff
Within the UAE
Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Abu Dhabi Book one night and get a second night or an additional room for free at one of five Anantara Hotels & Resorts in Abu Dhabi. Book online before Wednesday July 15 and use promotional code ‘RMFREE’. Valid for GCC residents only. From Dhs500 per night including breakfast. Until August 31. www.anantara.com/abudhabisummer.
Marriott Hotels, MENA A summer sale is taking place at Marriott properties across the Middle East and North Africa, including the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa, Doha Marriott Hotel and Salalah Marriott Resort in Oman. Book two nights and get a third night for free, plus 50 percent off dining and spa treatments and 30 percent off your next stay when booked online. Quote ‘B4F’ when booking. Prices vary. Until September 13. www.marriottsummer.com.
The Oberoi Dubai Book the ‘Weekend. By The Oberoi’ package from Thursday to Saturday and get a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Suite. Stays also includes 24-hour butler service, daily breakfast for two at Nine7One, 20 percent discount at the Oberoi Spa and 20 percent discount at a choice of three restaurants. Quote ‘Weekend Offer’ when booking. From Dhs1,250. Until September 15. TODB@oberoihotels.com (04 444 1444).
Hong Kong Foodie The company has launched a brand-new four-hour food tour of Tai Po Market. Local guides will take you to six family-run eateries serving Hong Kong specialities including snake soup. Takes place weekly from 3pm. Dhs421 (adults aged 15 and above). Dhs303 (children aged five to 14). Ongoing. www.hongkongfoodietours.com.
Lanka Challenge This ten-day tuk tuk challenge across Sri Lanka raises money for local charities. The rate for a team of two includes the use of one tuk tuk, accommodation for ten nights half board, access to ‘Challenge Logistics’ (mechanics, ambulance, support team), a welcome pack (sim card, map, T-shirt, bag, phrasebook), and a ten percent contribution to Meaningful Travel projects. Dhs9,550 per person (team of two). Dhs9,180 per person (team of three). Valid September 4-14. www.lankachallenge.com.
Le Gray Beirut GCC residents get a special deal. Book a deluxe room and get a free upgrade to a premium room. Book a premium room and get upgraded to an executive suite, including a buffet breakfast for two. From Dhs1,175. Until July 16. www.legray.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (+961 196 2828).
Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resorts The property celebrates its ten-year anniversary with a unique deal. Pay an additional ten euros and bookings for superior rooms will be upgraded to an exclusive room with sea view and free breakfast at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Bookings for a superior prestige room will be upgraded to a duplex suite with sea view and free breakfast. Prices vary. Until September 29. www.montecarlosbm.com.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich The summer getaway includes two nights’ stay with breakfast, a three-course dinner, and 60-minute spa treatment use of the facilities. Dhs6,802 per couple. Until August 31. email@example.com (+41 44 456 6000).
Tschuggen Grand The ‘Arabian nights’ package includes four nights’ accommodation in a deluxe double room, breakfast and a free pass on the Tschuggen Express. Several rooms in the hotel are equipped for prayer, with room service ‘that is respectful of Ramadan hours’, traditional halal food, plus private butler service and Arabic speaker available. From Dhs8,600 per person. Valid July 3-September 20. www.tschuggen.ch (+41 81 378 9999).
Yoga Retreats This yoga retreat at Hikkaduwa, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, takes place for four weeks, with a minimum one-week stay required. Weekly rates include transportation to and from Colombo airport, seven days’ half-board accommodation, six hours of Montessori-qualified teaching a day, one yoga session a day and discounted ayurvedic treatments. From Dhs2,750 (mum and one baby). Dhs3,050 (mum and two children). Dhs5,050 (mum, dad and one baby). Valid July 19-August 16. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yogaretreats.ae.