Unmissable staycations

We explore the best places for a summer getaway without the airfare

Unmissable staycations

Summer is well and truly here, which means it’s time to pack your swimming gear, slather on the suntan lotion and look for the ultimate holiday package – maybe one that’s only a car ride away? We’ve narrowed down some of the best offers for whatever you’re looking for this summer – whether you’re after a weekend of adventure with the kids or merely want to splash about in a swimming pool, ice popsicle in hand.
We’ve lined up the top deals for Dubai, Abu Dhabi and beyond, at rates that won’t break the bank. Get booking.

Stay in Dubai
20 percent off at Four Points by Sheraton

Dubai may be one of the most technologically advanced places on the planet, but the city is also rich in history and culture. Smack in the middle of the Emirate’s Bur Dubai area, the Four Points by Sheraton is the ideal location from which to explore the oldest part of town. If you book before September 30, you’ll get 20 percent off your room. Bargain.
Prices vary. Until Sep 30. Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai (04 354 3333).

A paw-fect Staycation at W Dubai
Who says your furry friend doesn’t need a vacation as well? At W Dubai, all pets are welcome to share a luxurious stay with you. They’ll get the pampering of a lifetime, with complimentary toys, treats, food and even a W Hotel pet bed for an extra Dhs100 per night. As for you, expect cool, modern design throughout the property and kids-friendly dining at the W Brunch, which serves the sweetest colourful treats.
From Dhs773. Ongoing. W Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 436 6666).

Enjoy 25 percent off rooms at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Whether its bashing in bumper cars at Magic Planet, throwing snowballs at Ski Dubai or indulging in the buffet at Olea that catches your eye, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates is offering a family getaway you can’t miss. Get 25 percent off the price of suites, along with free tickets to Ski Dubai’s Snow Park and Magic Planet, and restaurant discounts too.
From Dhs937 (prices vary). Until Dec 31, 2019. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 9000).

Get pampered at The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
Right in the heart of Dubai’s financial district lies The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC – a luxurious hotel that’s now offering a “Discover You” package. From Dhs865 for a deluxe room for two adults and one child, you can enjoy a daily international buffet breakfast, a whopping 50 percent off tickets to see the stunning aquatic performance La Perle by Dragone, an insightful hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city, and a relaxing dhow cruise along the waters of Dubai Creek.
From Dhs865 (deluxe room). Until Dec 31. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2555).

Get vouchers when booking at Holiday Inn
This summer, the new Holiday Inn at Festival City is offering an amazing deal that pretty much guarantees the cost of your room back in activities with the Eat, Play or Work promotion. Foodies will want to go for the Eat option, which gets you a Dhs510 voucher per night to use at selected restaurants in the vicinity, including Sirocco, which offers an extensive kids’ menu with creative picks and healthy treats, and Zeste. Choose Play and you’ll receive a 30-minute massage or a Dhs100 voucher to be used at Dubai Festival City Mall – home to Fabyland theme park, Stay & Play kids’ area and Novo Cinemas. As for Mum and Dad’s business-related requirements, Work gives you free travel to wherever your daily meeting is, laundry service and more.
From Dhs325 per night. Until Sep 30. Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City (04 603 5000).

Get 30 percent off at Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai
Sometimes, all you need is a little weekend getaway to recharge your batteries. The Mövenpick is offering reduced rates so you can explore the city’s old town. A buffet breakfast is included in the rate, which is 30 percent cheaper than the usual price. 
From Dhs420. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, Oud Metha (04 336 6000).

Kids eat free at Aloft Me’aisam
Fancy a getaway to a fresh hotel with a modern twist? The new Aloft Me’aisam smart hotel is making it easier for the whole family to have a relaxing break without having to empty the savings account. Enjoy the hotel’s contemporary feel and comfortable setting for less, thanks to a great offer where kids up to the age of 12 can eat for free and parents get 50 percent off a second room for kids and young adults up to the age of 21. There’s another deal for GCC residents that sees them get 20 percent off food and beverages throughout the hotel, along with early check-ins and late check-outs. 
From Dhs260. Ongoing. Aloft Me’Aisam, Dubai Production City (03 713 8891).

Meals included at Courtyard by Marriott Green Community
Need an escape from Dubai’s soaring temperatures? Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community has the perfect staycation offer so you can enjoy the venue to its fullest. With the Unwind package, you’ll get complimentary breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner at any of their dining outlets including Italian eatery Cucina, which offers kids’ pizza-making classes, complete with a chef’s hat. Just enter the promotional code P50 when booking online, and enjoy all the offers.
From Dhs845. Until Sep 19. Courtyard Dubai, Green Community (04 885 2222).

Money off rooms and spa treatments at One&Only Royal Mirage
Do white soft sands, warm crystal waters and lush tropical gardens pique your interest? That’s only the start of what One&Only Royal Mirage has to offer with its summer Legendary Staycation deal. The resort is giving people 20 percent off the best available rates on rooms, 25 percent off spa or Oriental hammam treatments, along with a complimentary pass to Aquaventure Waterpark and a candlelit yoga session. From Dhs865. Until Sep 30. One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 9999).

Polynesia getaway at Lapita hotel & Resort, Dubai Parks and Resorts
A hotel package that involves hula hoop classes means they’re already winners in our eyes, but the perks of a stay at Lapita Hotel are even better than that. From Dhs1,200 a night, you’ll be able to float away on lagoon-style swimming pools and a lazy river. Expect an overnight stay in a deluxe room, a limbo and hula hoop session and a soothing massage at Ola Spa. To book, head over to www.lapitadubaihotel.com and punch in the promotional code: 9EZ. However, if you prefer your getaway to be filled with personalised pampering (we hear you mamas), the Hawaiian Wellness package may be more up your alley. Book a room and enjoy a soothing Lomi Lomi massage on the house at the hotel’s Ola Spa. Who needs to fly all the way to Hawaii when you can get it right here in Dubai?
From Dhs1,200 (Polynesia package), From Dhs815 (spa package). Until Sep 1. Lapita Hotel & Resort, Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali (04 810 9999).

Reduced Summer prices at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
For this splash-tastic summer staycation, not only can UAE residents enjoy special rates on executive sea view rooms and luxurious suites, but the resort is offering 50 percent off food, treatments at The Heavenly Spa and water sports. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina has a 500-metre private beach and pools to choose from, so you can have a go at paddle boarding or try out a fun banana boat ride before being pampered.
From Dhs600 (sea view room), Dhs900 (executive sea view room), Dhs1,200 (suite). Until Aug 31. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 4141).

Stay and play at Dukes Dubai
From relaxing on a private beach, to daily breakfasts at the Great British Restaurant and tickets to a theme park, this sister hotel to the London DUKES has a stay and play staycation deal you don’t want to miss. Guests get two free tickets to Dubai Parks And Resorts, which means you get to choose from Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, LEGOLAND or LEGOLAND Water Park for a day of fun. 
Prices vary. Ongoing. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1100).

Stay at the world’s tallest hotel
Want to boast about staying at the tallest hotel in the world? Book a room at Gevora Hotel before Sunday September 30 and get summer rates for two nights for two people, along with tickets to the exciting IMG Worlds of Adventures or Dubai Autodrome. It also includes 20 percent off food and beverage in the hotel for all the foodies hankering for some good bites. Plus, book for three nights or more and receive a free upgrade to half board with breakfast and lunch or dinner.
From Dhs900 per two people, two nights (without breakfast), from Dhs1,000 per two people, two nights (with breakfast). Until Sep 30. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 524 0000).

The ultimate summer retreat at Rixos Premium Dubai
As part of this three-night Dubai Summer Getaway package, guests can expect tickets for two to the thrilling Aquaventure Waterpark, a lavish dhow cruise from the Marina and even an upgrade to half board with complimentary breakfast and dinner. Along with free shuttle services to and from Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, where the kids have plenty of dining and entertainment to choose from, this is a top Marina stay deal.
From Dhs1,234 (deluxe room).Until Sep 30. The Walk, JBR, (04 520 0000).

Vacation in Abu Dhabi
Brunch included in your stay

If your idea of a brilliant weekend away includes an all-you-can-eat-and-drink bonanza, then Yas Island Rotana has you covered. The hotel is also in close proximity to loads of attractions including Yas Links Golf Club, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Book a weekend staycation and you’ll get a buffet breakfast plus Friday brunch thrown in.
From Dhs599. Until Dec 31. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (800 7744).

Free tickets to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Keen on experiencing the g-force of a NASA rocket launch? At Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, you can do just that (well it’s only half of that in a rocket, but still pretty impressive) and your tickets to the theme park will be free if you stay at the Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana. You’ll also get the chance to cool off after, as entry to Yas Waterworld, the mega cool, Emirati-themed waterpark with over 40 slides, rides and attractions, is included. The rate includes a buffet breakfast at Tamarind as well as further discounts on a range of spa treatments. Pampering galore.
From Dhs651 for two. Until Dec 31. Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi (02 495 4444).

Wakeboarding included in the rate
Who says staycations are all about chilling out? Not the Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, that’s for sure. One of the hotel’s summer deals includes an hour of wakeboarding at Al Forsan International Sports Resort, where kids can take part in numerous sports activities, within the overnight rate of Dhs575 – plus a yummy brekkie. It’s time to get active, kiddies and parents.
From Dhs575. Ongoing. Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 201 4000).

Great UAE discounts
Breakfast for Dhs1, free for kids and transport to attractions at premier inn
With the rates Premier Inn hotels across Dubai and Abu Dhabi are offering, you’ll have a few dirhams left in your pocket even after booking. Rooms start at Dhs143, but kids under the age of 16 stay and eat breakfast completely free of charge. While adults don’t get breakfast free, it will only cost you Dhs1 for the privilege.
Rooms from Dhs143. Until Sep 30. Premier Inn hotels across Dubai and Abu Dhabi www.global.premierinn.com.

Discounts on rooms or save on dining and attractions with address hotels + resorts
Whether you want to head into the thick of the Dubai action with a staycay at the Address Boulevard, Address Dubai Mall or the newly-reopened Address Downtown, or maybe some Arabian-style luxury at Palace Downtown, you’re in luck. Basically the longer you stay at any of the properties, the more you’ll save, with up to 25 percent off rooms if you stay five nights and up to 35 percent off suites. UAE residents can also go for the residents’ exclusive offer that includes 20 percent off dining at all Emaar outlets, free dining for kids and two free tickets to Reel Cinemas or IMG Worlds of Adventure.
Prices vary. Until September 30. Various locations (04 423 8888).

Get 30 percent off rooms at JA Resorts & Hotels properties
Whether you’re in it for the thrills or the chills, JA Resorts & Hotels has the getaway for it. Throughout its seven hotels placed around Dubai, there’s something for all sorts of vacationers. Exclusively for GCC residents, all JA properties are offering 30 percent off your stay. Whether you want to go on inspirational mountain adventures at JA Hatta Fort Hotel or experience a view of Dubai from a Seawings seaplane tour out of JA Palm Tree Court, the deal covers it all. Happy staycation-ing.
Promotional code: JAX30. Offer applies to all JA properties. Ongoing throughout summer. www.jaresortshotels.com (04 814 5500).

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