Aloft City Centre Deira
For some of us, the weekend means one thing only – binge-watching our favourite movies. But why do it on a regular TV when you can watch it on a cinema screen in your very own hotel suite? Stay at Aloft City Centre Deira’s newly launched “Cinema Suites” and you can stay in your room and get the silver screen experience, and a whole lot more. The hotel in Deira has four different rooms each with their own theme, with each of them including a cinema screen, a built-in vending machine with snacks and a streaming service with all your favourites. The various rooms include an “Agent House”, a superhero suite, Hollywood and Bollywood suite for those who want to live like a star. Rooms go from Dhs1,386, with the option to include breakfast as well.
From Dhs1,386. Ongoing. Baniyas Road, Deira, (04 210 3333).
Book a room for Wild Wings Wednesday and you’ll get a platter of wings and unlimited beverages along with your stay. The casual hotel in Production City also offers residents ten percent off the best available room rate, and 20 percent discount on F&B.
Dhs340. Ongoing. Dubai Production City (04 248 7070).
Aloft Palm Jumeirah
This funky new hotel is not only offering a one-night stay for two people for Dhs799, it’s throwing in brunch as well. Bring your appetite as the Mucha Lucha Brunch, at fun new Mexican rooftop and cantina Luchador is the first stop on your weekend of relaxation. The next morning you’ll get breakfast as well as pool and beach access and the deal is available on both Thursday and Friday, so whether you want a pre- or post-brunch hotel stay is up to you.
Dhs799 per two per room (including breakfast and brunch). Ongoing. Thu-Fri, Fri-Sat. Mucha Lucha Brunch: Every Fri 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Palm Jumeirah, (04 247 5555).
Fancy spending some quality time with your family? Amwaj Rotana’s family getaway package includes connecting rooms or suites and a breakfast buffet at Horizon.
From Dhs730. Ongoing, Thu-Fri bookings only. The Walk, JBR (04 428 2000).
Anantara The Palm Dubai
Book a stay at this stunning resort (complete with its own lagoon-style pools and secluded over-water villas) on anantara.com and get free resort credit of up to Dhs400. Your credit can be redeemed throughout your stay, whether in one of the hotel’s restaurants and bars, Anantara Spa or even a long-tail boat ride.
Prices vary. Ongoing. East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, www.anantara.com.
Armani Hotel Dubai
Want a taste of the designer lifestyle? Stay for two nights or more at this classy Downtown hotel, and you’ll get an airport transfer via Bentley, breakfast for two, daily spa credit, along with a two-hour tour of the highlights of the city.
From Dhs3,800. Until Dec 28. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3999).
Dubai International hotel
Looking for a luxury layover stay at a hotel near DXB airport? Dubai International Hotel is the place to go. With each stay, you can now earn rewards with the hotel’s new loyalty scheme. And, if you’ve stayed at the hotel any time since January 1, 2015, you can claim backdated points.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Dubai International Airport (04 224 4000).
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).
If you’re planning on staying in the heart of the city, book a stay at Fairmont Dubai. The bed and breakfast deal offers guests a buffet breakfast at Cascades, 20 percent off best available room rates, spa treatments and even a free shuttle service to The Dubai Mall and Kite Beach.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 5555).
Hatta by Meraas
fancy going camping in the cool mountains at Hatta but still feel like you’re getting the five-star treatment? Meraas has just launched a “first-of-its kind” trailer-style hotel, and it’s something worth checking out. From Dhs250 per night, travellers can camp along the banks of the Hatta dams in a decked out trailer, each with their own terrace with couches and chairs to lounge in. The Hatta Sedr trailers also have a kitchenette attached for home-style cooking, while guests can use the barbecue facilities and gather round the communal fire pit when it gets a bit nippy. What better place for all to sing a good old campfire song? Also starting at Dhs250 a night are the Hatta Damani Lodges. It may look like a regular hut on the outside, but guests can expect to be treated to their own private terrace, large TV and communal bonfire.
From Dhs250 per night. Hajar Mountains, Dubai (800 637227).
JA Ocean View Hotel
Thinking about a weekend at the beach? Stay at the JA Ocean View Hotel at JBR, and you can have a beach escape for less. Stay for three nights to get a 25 percent discount on best available room rates, along with a free buffet breakfast every morning.
Prices vary. Stays during Thu-Sat. Ongiong.The Walk, JBR (04 814 5599).
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
For a budget stay at a Jumeirah hotel, take your weekend bag over to this Garhoud property. A starting rate of Dhs400 per room, per night is admirable value, considering the price includes Wild Wadi tickets, the opportunity to use Jumeirah Zabeel Saray facilities and even a buffet breakfast and refill of your room’s mini-bar. From Dhs400 per room, per night.
Ongoing. Garhoud, www.jumeirah.com (04 230 8555).
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Stay two nights or more at this swanky Abu Dhabi hotel and you’ll get up to Dhs600 credit per room to be used to pamper yourself at the Talise Spa. More in the mood for dinner? You can use it at the hotel’s luxury eateries, including Italian restaurant BiCE and contemporary steakhouse Ray’s Grill.
Prices vary. Ongoing. West Corniche, Abu Dhabi (02 811 5888).
JW Marriott Hotel Dubai
Sometimes, a holiday all about food is needed, and the JW Marriott Hotel has Dubai just the offer. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and international cuisine at The Market Place restaurant along with your stay.Just use the promotional code D60 and the deal is all yours.
From Dhs650. Until Dec 25. Deira (04 262 4444).
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
It’s been a long, sweltering summer, but Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai has just the chilly offer to cool us off so we can fully enjoy a much needed holiday. The five-star hotel has a winter escape package the whole family can enjoy, that’s almost as good as jetting away to the Alps (almost). As well as a luxurious stay, guests will get access to Ski Dubai to fittingly celebrate their winter holiday. You’ll also have the option of a tour of Old Dubai or the chance to explore on a desert safari. That’s not all, as those who stay three to five nights can look forward to 15 percent off their room, while staying six nights or more gives a nifty 20 percent discount. Winter is here, and what better way to celebrate than a trip down a ski slope. Hopefully not that kind of trip.
From Dhs800. Until March 31, 2019. Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 0000).
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Sometimes a couple of nights away just doesn’t cut it. Which is why Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa is putting on a special deal for guests who want to stay longer. If you’re looking to stay five nights or more, you can take on the new “Extended Stay Package”, which features a buffet breakfast at Brasserie 2.0 to tuck into every morning, a 60-minute Balinese or Swedish massage at Caracalla Spa, along with a food and beverage voucher of Dhs750 to be used at any of the restaurants. Guests will of course get access to the resort’s three lengthy swimming pools to take a plunge in, too. Just use the code L9Z when booking and the deal is all yours for the taking.
From Dhs899 per night. Until Sep, 2019. Dubai Marina (04 399 5555).
Luxury summer stay offer at Address Boulevard
Imagine dining in one of the highest destinations in the world. Well, why imagine when you get a complimentary dinner and tickets to At The Top, Burj Khalifa when booking your stay at Address Boulevard? Starting at Dhs2,346, guests will get to stay at the exclusively designed Boulevard Suite, kitted out with modern tech and lavish décor, along with sweeping views of Dubai. If you’re a U By Emaar member, you’ll also get ten percent off best available rates.
Dhs2,346 (without club access), Dhs2,794 (with club access). Ongoing. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 423 8888).
Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf
This is a special treat for a couple looking for a romantic getaway. Admire the views of the Dubai skyline from your deluxe room, and if that’s not high enough, you can sightsee from the sky with complimentary tickets to At The Top – Burj Khalifa. Even better, there’s also a 30-minute massage thrown in, along with a Dhs100 food and beverage voucher and a free mini bar. There’s no excuse not to book that weekend away (well, away-ish) now.
From Dhs480 per night. Ongoing. Al Jaddaf (04 317 7777).
MeliÁ Desert Palm
Based just 15 minutes from Downtown Dubai, Meliá Desert Palm is set in a lush landscape with a polo club attached. The Spa Retreat Getaway package includes a one-night stay with breakfast, a 60-minute Swedish massage for two, a refreshing 30-minute facial and afternoon tea with freshly baked scones and gourmet cakes.
From Dhs1,300. Until Dec 28. Meliá Desert Palm, Al Awir Road (04 323 8888).
Millennium Hotels and Resorts
With more than ten hotels throughout the UAE, Millennium Hotels and Resorts is offering 30 percent off stays at each one of them, all to celebrate the winter season. Whether you want to stay in the heart of the city at the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai or along the capital’s beautiful corniche at the Bab Al Qasr Hotel, get in on the deal while you can.
Prices vary. Until Apr 30, 2019. Various locations including Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights, www.millenniumhotels.com.
Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai
It’s hard to say no to a luxury hotel suite situated in the heart of Dubai when it’s offering 30 percent off best available rates. Stay at Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai and that’s what you’ll get, along with a complimentary breakfast to kick-start your day.
Prices vary. Until Dec 31. Near Emirates Towers Metro Stationm Sheikh Zayed Road (04 387 7777).
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).
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Sometimes, all you need is a little weekend getaway to recharge your batteries, and where more convenient than at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach? Not only does the weekend escape include a buffet breakfast, but guests will get 30 percent off their room rate, along with a late check-out.
From Dhs600. Ongoing. The Walk, JBR (04 449 8888).
Sometimes a vacation just needs an extra day, so it’s a good thing Premier Inn hotels around Dubai and Abu Dhabi have a “Stay 3, Pay 2” package. The deal does exactly what it says on the tin. Simple.
From Dhs143 per night. Until Dec 31. Various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 278 2222).
Qasr Al Sultan
You could imagine staying in a fancy suite for two with your own majlis and private Jacuzzi all for Dhs650, or you could live the fantasy and stay a night at Qasr Al Sultan and enjoy your own private outdoor garden as well. The choice is yours.
From Dhs650. Ongoing. Jebel Ali (04 820 8888).
Radisson Blu Dubai Media City
If you book in for a weekend stay at this Media City location, you’ll get dinner with a grape pairing at Certo, two drinks at Tamanya Terrace, a private transfer to Base nightclub and back, a one-night stay in the hotel, breakfast in the room, a one-hour couples’ massage and 4pm check out, all for just Dhs399 a person. Sounds like a great deal to us.
Dhs399. Fri-Sat. Until Dec 31 2018. Radisson Blu Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Rixos The Palm Dubai
Sun, sand and discounts – three top traits that make for the perfect staycation, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Rixos The Palm Dubai. And for three-night stays (or more) until May 2019, holidaymakers will be treated to 20 percent off their booking. This is an all-inclusive offer, too, so expect free access to non-motorised sports including wake boarding and banana boat riding during your stay, while the kids are entertained by the Roxy Kids’ Club. Or just chill out and lounge around at the private beach. You’ll even get complimentary mini bar drinks that are refilled daily to keep you refreshed throughout your stay. Now it’s winter it’s the perfect time to make the most of al fresco dining and lazing on the beach. You might as well get 20 percent off while doing it...
Prices Vary. Until May 2019. Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555).
Looking for a (really) extended holiday? Rove Hotels across Dubai are offering a special rate of Dhs120 a night for those staying 30 days or more. All you have to do it punch in the promo code “longterm” and the deal is yours.
Dhs120 per night (30 days or more). Ongoing. Various locations including Downtown Dubai, www.rovehotels.com.
The H Dubai
Spa staycation, anyone? The H Dubai has just the offer. The five-star hotel’s Spa Stay package includes your choice of two 55-minute treatments at the Mandara Spa, unlimited use of the spa facilities throughout your stay, along healthy organic breakfast at Eat & Meat.
From Dhs990. Ongoing. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
The Meydan Hotel Dubai
Looking for something super swanky to round off 2018? You’re in luck. The Meydan Hotel is dishing out a whopping 40 percent discount on suites. There are three suites to choose from – the panoramic suite that stars stunning views of the famous Meydan racetrack below, the presidential Meydan Suite, which peers out across to Burj Khalifa, along with the presidential duplex suite. The latter has two floors featuring two master bedrooms, an expansive living room, private library and a dining room that can accommodate eight. That’s not either, all the discount offers guests a buffet breakfast at Farriers, exclusive access to the club lounge.
From Dhs1,259. Ongoing. Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3231).
The Retreat Palm Dubai Mgallery by Sofitel
Tucked away on the coastline of Palm Jumeirah’s East Crescent is The Retreat Palm Dubai, with a package brimming with activities focused on rejuvenating yourself from the stresses of every day life. For a 24-hour retreat, there’s about a week’s worth of luxurious treatments to keep you occupied. From laughter yoga and group spa sessions, to superfood-rich lunches and refreshing lemon juice deliveries upon waking up, this retreat wants to ensure you a revitalised return to busy city life after a day of reconnection.
Dhs999. Ongoing. East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah (04 524 7777).
The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
The Ritz-Carlton’s “Discover You” package in its DIFC hotel includes a daily international buffet breakfast, 50 percent off tickets to La Perle by Dragone and a relaxing dhow cruise along the Creek.
From Dhs865 per night. Until Dec 31. Gate Village, DIFC (04 372 2555).
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
To celebrate two decades of hospitality and luxury treatment, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is dishing out a special five-day experience. Some highlights include luxury two-hour boat trip around Dubai Marina or the Palm and a visit to the spice souk and fish market with the hotel’s head chef Rami Al Maket, which is followed by a cooking class at Amaseena, sundowners and stargazing at Palm Grill and a camel ride along the beach. There’s also a private one-on-one yoga session and tennis lesson for two. And just in case that wasn’t enough, the beachfront resort has even thrown in a daily breakfast and 20 percent off spa treatments, watersport activities and food and drink. Happy birthday, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai.
Dhs2,800. Until Dec 26. The Walk, JBR (04 399 4000).
TRYP by Wyndham Hotel
There’s a bed and breakfast deal at TRYP by Wyndham Hotel for the whole family to enjoy – and it’s going for just Dhs400 per night. Families can expect to wake up and be treated to a buffet breakfast at LOCAL restaurant for up to two adults and two children below the age of five.
Dhs400 per night. Ongoing. Barsha Heights (04 247 6666).
Weekend offer Address Dubai Marina
If you’re seeking a weekend of beach fun and shopping, Address Dubai Marina can be a perfect base. And with ten percent off room rates, as well as a 20 percent dining discount, this is one staycation to keep in mind.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Dubai Marina (04 423 8888).
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 a dining scene including the super Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant Namu.
From Dhs773. Ongoing. W Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 436 6666).
Zabeel House Al Seef by Jumeirah
This new hotel in Al Seef is doing away with precise check-in and check-out times, which means no more waiting around until 3pm to get in your room. Zabeel House by Jumeirah is letting guests arrive any time, day or night, so you can take your time enjoying your stay near Dubai Creek.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Al Seef, Dubai Creek (04 707 7077).
Al Forsan International Sports Resort
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 within the overnight rate of Dhs575, which also includes breakfast. It’s time to get active.
From Dhs575. Ongoing. Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 201 4000).
Brunch Staycation The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Wish brunch would last a little longer? Head to St. Regis Abu Dhabi and it will. Not only will you get a tasty spread of top brunch dishes, but you’ll get to spend a night at the top hotel, too. Dig into seafood, sushi, grills and more (did we mention the dedicated cheese and chocolate rooms?). After you quench that appetite, doze off in the hotel’s superior sea view room.
Dhs1,390 (two people). Until Dec 30. Nation Tower, Corniche, Abu Dhabi (02 694 4444).
Capital Centre Arjaan
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 part 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 is included. The rate includes a buffet breakfast at Tamarind as well as further discounts on a range of spa treatments.
From Dhs651 for two. Until Dec 31. Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi (02 495 4444).
Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort
A two-night stay at this five-star luxury hotel nestled between the desert and theArabian Gulf just isn’t enough – which is why the resort is offering a third night’s stay, for free.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Danat Jebel, Abu Dhabi (02 801 2222).
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Located in the heart of the UAE capital with plenty of sand to laze on and endless shopping on your doorstep, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi has your weekend getaway sorted.
From Dhs350. Ongoing. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi (02 674 2020).
Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi
A staycation all about brunch should never be passed up. The Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi’s PLAY package includes a four-hour brunch at rooftop restaurant AT25, along with a stay in the luxurious superior room and a breakfast for two to kick start the day.
From Dhs805. Until Dec 28. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi (02 304 7777).
Radisson Blu Hotel
Fancy complimentary tickets to Yas Water World and Ferrari World? Stay for two nights or more at the Radison Blu at Yas Island and get unlimited access to both parks for a true family playcation.
From Dhs499 per room, per night. Until Dec 31. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (02 656 2000).
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
You can’t visit Abu Dhabi without going to at least one of its amazing theme parks, and Rosewood Abu Dhabi knows that too well. Guests will get one ticket per night to either Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi or Yas Waterworld.
From Dhs700. Until Dec 31. Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi (02 813 5550).
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
We quite like the idea of putting down roots and staying more than just a night or two in a city hotel, so the Sheraton’s Linger Longer for Less offer is a campaign we like. Stay for three nights and you’ll be given a fourth free. Or, in real terms, five days and four nights for as little as Dhs267 per night. Not bad when you look at the sandy lagoon and collection of swimming pools to luxuriate alongside.
Dhs1,070 (four nights). Ongoing. Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, www.sheratonabudhabihotel.com (02 677 3333).
St. Regis Saadiyat Island
There are plenty of options for a staycation deal at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. Spa-and-stay packages at the Iridium Spa include a night’s stay, plus a 60-minute, full-body massage per day, while dining packages include a complimentary breakfast and generous credit vouchers for the various food and beverage outlets across the resort. Additional pool and beach access deals include complimentary dining coupons and a free 30-minute watersports activity.
Prices vary. Ongoing. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
With this five-star hotel being a five- minute drive from Abu Dhabi’s top tourist locations including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and 15 minutes from Yas Island, this staycation is an absolute steal.
Dhs340 per room, per night. Ongoing. Eastern Ring Road, Abu Dhabi (02 657 3333).
Tilal Liwa Hotel
Looking for a getaway with a loved one? Tilal Liwa’s romantic desert escape package includes an in-room breakfast, a 15-minute massage, complimentary bottle of bubbly along and a dreamy candle-lit dinner under the stars. Now that’s romantic.
From Dhs495. Ongoing. Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi (02 894 6111).
Yas Island Rotana
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).
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
It can be hard to keep up with New Year resolutions, but Yas Viceroy’s “Journey to Wellness” package features a tailored personal training session, nutritious and healthy meals, combined with a luxury overnight stay and more.
Dhs1,400 per room, per night. Ongoing. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi (02 656 0000).
Aloft Al Ain
It’s nice to wake up knowing there are two tasty beverages of your choice prepared by mixologists waiting for you completely free of charge, and that’s exactly what Aloft Al Ain offers all who stay. The lush resort wants you to sip in style over at WXYZ lounge, offering with two complimentary drinks per day throughout your stay.
From Dhs175. Until March, 2019. Al Ain (03 713 8888).
Danat Al Ain Resort
Escape the city and take a break with a loved one at Danat Al Ain Resort – the team will make sure to treat you right. Couples can enjoy a stay in a romantic-themed room, along with a buffet breakfast, a heart-shaped cake and a bottle of bubbly on arrival, plus a romantic dinner buffet with a complimentary bottle of grape.
From Dhs595. Until Dec 30. Al Salam Street, Al Ain (03 704 6000).
Ajman might be the UAE’s smallest emirate, but there’s nothing miniscule about this majestic hotel, boasting a secluded 500-metre beach and special rates at the new Al Zorah Golf Club. Book at least seven days in advance and get ten percent off a one-night stay, 20 percent off four nights and 30 percent off seven nights. Time to get planning.
From Dhs336 per person, per night. Until December 31, 2018. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street, Ajman, www.hotelajman.com (06 714 5555).
Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche
Book at stay at the newly-opened Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche. With access to a private beach club, lush swimming pool and 25 percent off at Seascape restaurant, you don’t want to miss it.
From Dhs249. Ongoing. Ajman (06 701 4444).
Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah
Have a local stay with a difference when
you book the Romance Package in Fujairah. With flowers and chocolates in your room, a three-course dinner, breakfast served by a butler and, somewhat less romantic but important nevertheless, free wi-fi, this is a chance to enjoy a weekend away with a loved one without the stress of airports.
From Dhs999 per room, per night. Ongoing. Al Aqah, Fujairah, www.radissonblu.com (09 244 9700).
Acacia By Bin Majid
The hotel’s all-inclusive offer could be one of the best value promotions in the UAE this summer. Particularly for anyone who likes buffets and kayaking. The Ras Al Khaimah resort manages to shoehorn in three buffet meals, unlimited drinks, free kayaking and beach access, all for less than Dhs400. With early check-in you can stretch a single night here out to a lot of entertainment.
Dhs399 per room, per night. Ongoing. Al Jasirah, Al Hamrah, Ras Al Khaimah, www.binmajid.com (07 243 4421).
Al Wadi Desert resort
Explore the great outdoors at this 1,235-acre reserve. Gather survival skills, learn about rare species out in the desert, go on a camel caravan or just chill out in your private pool.
From Dhs2,000 per villa. Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-wadi-desert/offers.
Chill out on a 600-metre, pristine white beach at the Cove Rotana Resort. Located on the a water inlet of the Ras Al Khaimah beachfront, stare endlessly at the Arabian Gulf, play some watersports, dip in one of the two infinity pools, or just hang out in your villa.
From Dhs600 per room, per night. Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, www.rotana.com.
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
There are lots of treatments available for a chilled weekend away, but start off by relaxing on the 450-metre private beach, before taking a dip in any of the seven outdoor heated pools, or an indoor ladies-only pool. Have a quick workout, or head straight to one of the two spas that feature nine treatment rooms, sauna, steam and whirlpool options. There are also 13 food and beverage outlets to explore.
From Dhs599 per room, per night. DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.doubletree3.hilton.com.
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
Make full use of the kids’ club, grab your clubs and go play a round at the 18-hole championship course. There are also six different food and beverage outlets to explore after the round, and watersports facilities on-site to help you unwind.
From Dhs489 per room, per night. Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, www.hilton.com.
Go camping, Bedouin style
One of the UAE’s most popular pastimes is Bedouin-style desert camping. Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp is offering a desert dinner, with a dune bashing safari for an extra Dhs300.
From Dhs120 per person. The Bedouin Oasis, Ras Al Khaimah, arabianincentive.com/Bedouin-Oasis.aspx.
Go pirate at Marjan Island Resort & Spa
The Pirates Club at Marjan Island Resort & Spa offers a chance to really treat the kids to a fun-filled, action-packed programme involving cookery classes, boat races, water football and other pool-based watersports at this five-star resort. Crash out in front of a movie at the kids’ cinema at the end of the day.
Dhs395 per room per night. Marjan Island Resort & Spa, www.marjanislandresort.com.
The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert
Living in the city can be hectic, so why not head over to Ras Al Khaimah to reconnect with nature? The Ritz-Carlton in Al Wadi Desert invites guests to stay in its stunning villas, along with a breakfast buffet for two.
From Dhs1,764. Until Dec 31. Ras Al Khaimah (07 206 7777).
Treat the teenagers at Rixos
Teens Republic will keep the teenagers happy all weekend, with ten- to 17-year-olds able to join in with tournaments on X-Box or PlayStation consoles, pool tables, dart boards, table football or Jenga. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy any of the eight restaurants on offer, swimming pools, spas and more at this luxury resort.
Dhs1,200 per room, per night. Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.babalbahr.rixos.com.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
Beautiful mountain summits, crystal clear blue waters and unspoiled coastlines – Ras Al Khaimah’s leading resort was made for summer getaways. And if you’re a UAE resident it’s just got better. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is offering an exclusive 20 percent discount off stays, which also includes complimentary breakfast and dinner, along with unlimited access to the resort’s lengthy beachfront, spa and kids’ club.
From Dhs1,000. Ongoing. Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah (07 203 5555).
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
Live it up at the highest five-star resort in the Middle East. If you really want to get away from it all, there’s no better place to come. The majestic hideway provides a range of superb rooms, including rooms with captivating canyon views and private villas with their own pools in garden seclusion or overlooking a cliff. Best of all, you get 30 percent off the best flexible rate for a room or villa, a daily buffet for two at Al Maison restaurant and discounts at the spa.
From Dhs1,049 per room, per night. Ongoing. Jebel Akhdar, www.jabal-akhdar.anantara.com (+968 2521 8000).
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
True, you might be tempted to get on a plane for this one, but if you book to stay at the mountaintop Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort and the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara you’ll receive 25 percent off the best flexible rates for a room or villa at both resorts, a daily buffet for two and 20 percent off treatments at the Anantara Spa. Both destinations are superb in their own right, from the unbeatable views from Oman’s Jebel Akhdar mountain range to the beachfront location in Salalah, which will be cool and lush during the Khareef season (until September). From historical sightseeing to the coastal beauty of the Arabian Sea, this is a real treat.
From Dhs1,027. Until Dec 31. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort (+968 2521 8000). Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Rotana (+968 2322 8222).
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
Available in three, five or seven-day packages, expect therapeutic activities such as yoga and hiking the beautiful mountains on the coast of Salalah at this wellness retreat. You’ll also enjoy dishes from Italian vegan chef Valeria Agnelutto and can pamper yourself with a luxury hammam. You’ll come back feeling as fresh as ever.
From Dhs1,470. Ongoing. Salalah, Oman (02 322 8222).
Alila Jabal Akhdar
Where better to stargaze than perched 2,000m above sea level on the Al Hajar Mountains? Alila Jabal Akhdar (pictured) is inviting guests to get away from the lights of the city and enjoy the night sky instead, with a host of stargazing masterclasses.
From Dhs2,500 per room, per night. Until Dec 16. Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman (+968 25 344200).
Radisson Blu Hotel Muscat
Is a weekend really long enough to explore the wonders of Oman? If you fancy hanging around a bit longer, you can make a tidy saving of 15 percent on the room rate when you book for three consecutive nights at this plush hotel, which is just a short drive from popular beaches. It’s also in close reach of landmarks such as the Royal Opera House, and has top facilities, too.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Muscat, Oman, www.radissonblu.com (+968 2448 7777).
Salalah Rotana Resort
Watch your worries wash away as you immerse yourself in luxury at this five-star waterfront resort with a range of state-of-the-art facilities. Book two nights and you’ll get 15 percent off signature restaurants and spa treatments.
From Dhs1,574 per room, per night. Ongoing. Salalah, Oman, www.rotana.com (+968 2327 5700).