We all love holidays. Looking forward those much-needed days off makes the weeks at work go quicker, and there’s nothing better than soaking up the sun, chilling on the beach and indulging in spa treatments and great food.
Of course, living in Dubai means you don’t even need to board a flight to enjoy the aforementioned beaches and sun. A weekend in the emirate feels like a holiday, only without the tedium of packing, hauling your bags to the airport and plane delays. Happy days.
So if you’re yearning for a break but want to ditch the airfare, we have 22 incredible daycation deals for you to snap up now.
Saturday afternoons at the Fairmont Dubai are all about Liquid Nation – a fiesta of swimming, beats and eats at the hotel’s rooftop pool. With a range of bars to choose from, a massive menu of bites to dig into and a cracking view of the Dubai skyline to enjoy, this is an ideal spot to see you through the summer. What’s more, ladies get in for free, and get unlimited complimentary slushy mixed drinks all afternoon and evening. Entry for gents, meanwhile, costs Dhs100, which comes with a complimentary slushy mixed drink. Perfect to kick back and chill out.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for gents. Sat 5pm-10pm. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
DIP & DINE DEALS
Cantonese brunch and free pool access at Hikina
Love Cantonese cuisine? It’s time to try out Hikina’s Friday brunch at Lapita Hotel at Dubai Parks And Resorts. There’s dim sum, mains and desserts to choose from, and you’ll get free pool access, too, to kick back and enjoy the rest of the day.
Dhs150 (soft drinks). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Ongoing. Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali (04 810 9999).
“Free” pool day at The DEK on 8
In need of a refresh? Media One Hotel is here to help. Every day (yes, even weekends), The DEK on 8 is offering a daycation pass for just Dhs75. It includes pool access and a towel, and that Dhs75 entry fee can be redeemed for food and drinks.
Dhs75. Daily 7am-7pm. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Have a lazy Monday at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
Ladies, this brilliant daycation bundle will see you spend a luxurious Monday at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa for just Dhs150. Included in the price are six free selected beverages and bites from the Soul Lounge terrace menu and a whopping 50 percent off massages at Nikki Spa. There’s live music from 4pm to 9pm, and if you want to stay the night, you’ll also get 50 percent off room rates and at least Dhs200 worth of food and beverage vouchers.
Dhs150. Ongoing. Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).
Laze poolside with brunch at 3in1
Spend a lazy Saturday afternoon hanging out in a cabana and picking at an unlimited buffet. Vida Downtown’s 3in1 Saturdaze Brunch features a super-affordable brunch deal and detoxing juice bar, while an extra Dhs100 will get you a private cabana by the pool. Well worth the extra few dirhams, we say.
From Dhs139. Sat 11am-3pm. Ongoing. Vida Downtown (04 428 6888).
Lunch and beach access at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
There’s a super lunch deal at this JBR spot. Tuck into a meal at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant Oceana and get free access to the beach for the day, too. Plus kids under six dine free.
Dhs145, half price (kids six-12), free (kids under six). Until December 1. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR (04 318 2582).
Spend a day of indulgence at Palace Downtown
Take a jaunt over to the Palace Downtown where you can enjoy an entire day at the pool with lunch at Ewaan or afternoon tea at Al Bayt for Dhs300.
Dhs300. Pool times: Sat-Thu 6am-8am; lunch: Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm; afternoon tea: sun- Thu 2pm-6pm. Ongoing. Palace Downtown (04 428 7805).
Rejuvenate at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
After a morning of fun at the pool at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, relax at Talise Spa and spend a few hours treating yourself to a massage, sauna, hot tub, steam room and plunge pool.
From Dhs325. 6am-9.30pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8800).
Salute the sun at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
For something a little more active, enjoy a 60-minute, early morning yoga class. Then enjoy a healthy breakfast and experience a 60-minute green tea hammam, with access to the extensive Talise Ottoman Spa facilities for the day (which includes an ice cave, perfect when it’s more than 40ºC outside).
Dhs595. Thu 8.30am-9.30pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0455).
Sip afternoon tea after the spa at Palace Downtown
If you want to push the boat out a little treat yourself to a two-hour pampering session including a 50-minute massage, a 30-minute body scrub and a 30-minute facial. Continue the indulgence at Al Bayt with afternoon tea, where the in-house tea sommelier will recommend blends to match the scones, pralines and sandwiches.
Dhs1,100. Daily 9am-10pm. Ongoing. Downtown Dubai (04 428 7805).
Spa and afternoon tea at Armani Hotel Dubai
Spend your afternoon in an award-winning spa with a 50-minute treatment of your choice, then take afternoon tea at Armani/Lounge, where a selection of light sandwiches, cakes and scones with home-made jams and preserves, all served with tea or coffee, await.
Dhs690 per person. Ongoing. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).
Treat the family at Address Boulevard
Saturdays are made for families and The Restaurant at Address Boulevard knows this well. This quirky new spot (which is laid out like an apartment with rooms including the lounge and the kitchen) has a deal every Saturday, whereby parents who dine with two kids under the age of ten can enjoy a set menu of the restaurant’s classic dishes, as well as three hours of pool access. Bargain.
Dhs350 per family. Sat 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8888).
Take high tea on Palm Jumeirah
Harking back to the Waldorf Astoria New York’s renowned afternoon tea spot Peacock Alley, the Palm Jumeirah hotel has a traditional teatime deal for summer. Indulgent Saturdays comprise a series of savoury and sweet canapés and a bespoke tea trolley. You can upgrade your deal to enjoy a range of mixed drinks, too, plus there’s live music from Soul Groove Trio to while away a few hours taking in the Palm views.
Dhs185 per person (tea and coffee), Dhs295 per person (bubbly and mixed drinks). Sat 1pm-4pm. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).