Eid al-Adha 2018: 19 top holiday deals

From UAE short breaks to further afield

Eid al-Adha is happening this week (Tuesday August 21), and as many people have several days off, we’ve rounded up the best deals to help you make the most of your time – with staycations and trips further afield.

Here are our pick of top deals to book

Dubai
Brunch and staycation at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

Fancy enjoying unlimited amounts of delicious food during the Eid break? Then Niikki Beach Hotel & Resort’s breakfast and brunch package is just for you. For Dhs1,100 per two people, you and a special someone can take on the Saint Tropez Friday brunch at Café Nikki from 1pm to 4pm, and head over straight to your room or lounge by the pool to relax for the rest of the day.
Dhs1,100 per two people. Until Fri Aug 31. Pearl Jumeira, www.nikkibeachhotels.com (04 376 6000).

Cruise through the weekend with the QE2 Eid package
Cruise-ship-turned-hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) has a variety of packages just for Eid al-Adha, for those looking for a mighty bite to eat and along with a luxurious stay on a historic cruise. From Dhs1,449 per two people, guests will get an all-inclusive package with a daily buffet breakfast, lunch or special Eid brunch and dinner in the Lido restaurant – as well as free-flowing house beverages from The Golden Lion, the Yacht Club or Lido throughout their stay. To save a few more dirhams in your wallet, the full board package for Dhs899 is also available. All guests will also get two inclusive tickets for the nearby Laguna Water Park https://www.timeoutdubai.com/aroundtown/features/83537-inside-dubais-lag... at La Mer for fun-filled splash-tastic day.
From Dhs1,499 per two people (all aboard package), from Dhs899 per two people (full board package). Thu Aug 23-Fri Aug 24. Mina Rashid, Deira, www.qe2.com/offers (600 500 400).

Discounted stays at InterContinental Dubai Marina
If you’re thinking about checking out all the excitement the Marina has to offer, then why look further than InterContinental Dubai Marina? Not just because of its location, but because of its amazing deals to celebrate the occasion. Guests can book into a suite for as little as Dhs750, or a deluxe room for Dhs500. That’s not all, as guests will also get a Dhs150 voucher to be used at the Accents restaurant when booking for three nights or more, along with a full breakfast buffet every morning. Oh, and kids get to stay and dine for free.
From Dhs750 per suite per night, Dhs500 per room per night. Wed Aug 22-Fri Aug 31. Dubai Marina www.icdubaimarina.com (04 446 6669).

Eid deals at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
If you’re looking for a deal on the Palm, you’ll get reduced room rates if you make your booking for a room or apartment on www.anantara.com. You’ll also be treated Dhs100 in resort credit, while reserving a villa will get your Dhs300. Enjoy a luxurious Eid.
From Dhs738. From Aug 21-Aug 24 (dates subject to change). Palm Jumeirah www.anantara.com/en/palm-dubai (04 567 8999).

Eid escape at Rixos Premium Dubai
Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, has set up a special Eid Escape package. Staycationers booking between Monday August 20 and Friday August 31 in any room category will receive an upgrade to half board, a room upgrade, a Dhs100 voucher for a soothing treatment at Natureland Spa and complimentary shuttle transfers to The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates for a hassle-free shopping. With outstanding views of the Arabian Gulf and Ain Dubai, along with its brilliant restaurants attached, this escape seems like a no brainer.
Prices vary. Mon Aug 20-Fri Aug 31. The Walk, JBR, premiumdubai.rixos.com (04 520 0000).

Free ski lesson when you book into Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Not only does this special Eid al-Adha package offer up 30 percent off your stay at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, guests will get full access to Magic Planet, Ski Dubai and its Snow Park. Fancy some retail therapy? It also offers Majid Al Futtaim’s Hands Free Shopping Service, which lets customers drop off their bags collection desks to then be sent straight to their room. In addition, those who book into lush Aspen Chalets over the Eid al-Adha holiday will get a free ski lesson. Now that’s a package to get involved with.
20 percent discount (three nights), 25 percent discount (five nights), 30 percent discount (seven nights. Until Fri Aug 31; Aspen Chalets: From Aug 21-Aug 24 (dates subject to change). Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 0000).

Staycation package at Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
The Dubai Festival City hotel is setting up an array of activities, including swimming lessons for the kids, water basketball and coin throwing games, all while the adults cool down at the pool. Even better, the team will give out complimentary smoothies, delicious lollies and delightful fruit skewers throughout the celebrations. Finish it all off with a family feast Sirocco. Rates start at just Dhs222 with the Summer Staycation Package offering 20 percent discounts throughout the hotel.
From Dhs222. From Aug 21-Aug 24 (dates subject to change); Summer Package: Until Sat Sep 1. Dubai Festival City, www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/dubai/dxbfc/hoteldetail (04 603 5000).

The longer you stay, the bigger the discounts at Manzil Downtown
Nothing quite beats a dip in a pool during these hot summer days, and where better than with a deal at Manzil Downtown? The longer you stay at this modern hotel, the more you’ll save. Stay two nights to enjoy ten percent off best available room rate, while staying up five nights can score you 25 percent. As for suites, you can save up to 35 percent staying for five nights.
Prices vary. Until Sep 30. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 423 8899).

Thirty percent off at JA Resorts & Hotels
If you’re struggling to choose, JA Resorts & Hotels has a variety of resorts placed in ideal locations, and, especially for Eid al-Adha promotions, each of them are cutting 30 percent off rooms. If you’re up for a holiday brimming with activities such as horse riding, watersports or playing a round at a nine-hole golf course, your best bet is staying at Jebel Ali Beach Hotel or the all-suite JA Palm Tree Court. For the beachfront city slickers looking to stay in the lively location of The Walk, JBR, opt for the JA Oasis Beach Tower or JA Ocean View Hotel, with the latter putting on a special EID lunch buffet at Le Rivage. JA Hatta Fort Hotel will be in on the deal as well, set against the Hajar Mountains amid lush greenery and manicured lawns. There are loads of activities and it’s also offering a special buffet lunch and dinner just for Eid.
30 percent discount. From Aug 21-Aug 24 (dates subject to change). Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, JA Palm Tree Court, JA Oasis Beach Tower, JA Ocean View Hotel, JA Hatta Fort Hotel, www.jaresortshotels.com (04 814 5500).

Ten percent off Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai’s luxurious suites
Treat yourself with a stay at one of Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai’s suites. Get ten percent off your room as well as a daily buffet breakfast, along with Dhs150 credit to be used at the relaxing CHI, The Spa and pool bar. To top it all off, guests will get exclusive access to the hotel’s private Horizon Club Lounge for breakfast, snacks and evening drinks, as well as the exclusive Club leisure facilities on the 42nd floor. Go ahead, celebrate in luxury.
Ten percent discount on all suites. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.shangri-la.com/dubai (04 405 2825).

Ultimate Eid getaways at Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort
With impressive views of the Indian Ocean and the Hajar Mountains serving as the picturesque backdrop, Fujairah’s family-friendly resort, Le Meridien Al Aqah is the ideal getaway for the whole team. Especially as the chefs at the hotel’s Views restaurant are planning a special lunch and brunch for Eid al-Adha, priced at Dhs185 for the first and third day of Eid, and Dhs233 (soft drinks) or Dhs288 (house beverages) on the second day. That’s not all, as the hotel is also setting up an exclusive day out package, where families can lounge by the pool or stroll along the private beach for Dhs200.
Prices vary (rooms), from Dhs185 (Eid brunch), Dhs200 (day out package). From Aug 21-Aug 24 (dates subject to change). Fujairah (09 244 9000).

UAE
Discover an oasis this Eid at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

For Eid al-Adha, guests can indulge in a luxurious Anantara Pool Villa including a daily breakfast starting from Dhs1,999. For the explorers, the Desert Discovery package for Dhs1,390 is right up your alley, including two desert activities and a breakfast during a two-night stay.
From Dhs1,999 (pool villa), from Dhs1,390 (Desert Discovery). Ongoing. Qasr Al Sarab Road, Abu Dhabi, www.anantara.com/en/qasr-al-sarab-abu-dhabi (02 886 2088).

Further afield
Be a rock star in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

Perched 2,000m above sea level, the resort’s mountainous landscape makes for the perfect backdrop for viewing an incredible light show in the complimentary stargazing session, along with an astronomer to guide you through the night sky. All that gazing making you peckish? Good, as the Rock Star package also comes with a private starlight dinner for two. Along with its other activities, including a geological walk and an adventure along the 3km long Butterfly Trail, this amazing package starts from Dhs1,170.
From Dhs1,170 per night (rock star experience). Until Sun Sep 30. Flight time: one hour from Dubai. Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman, www.alilamoments.com/jabalakhdar/en/home/adventures/stargazing-2/.

City break at Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo at Nile Plaza
There’s not a lot that quite says Eid more than Cairo’s glittering night sky, and the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza is preparing a special celebration just for Eid al-Adha. From Tuesday August 21 until Saturday August 25, the hotel’s restaurant Zitouni will have an authentic all-day brunch buffet, along with a dim sum brunch on the last day of Eid. Before that, make sure to lounge by the pool and enjoy Pool Grill’s drinks and DJ tunes every night throughout Eid. Just to finish off the holiday right, superstar Mohamed Abdo is set to ignite Cairo’s Eid celebrations with an impressive performance at the Plaza ballroom. Whether you’re looking for an escape with summer parties or quality time with family, along with best available room rates, this is an Eid escape no foodie will want to miss.
Prices vary. Tue Aug 21-Sat Aug 25. Flight time: 3 hours 45 minutes. Cairo, Egypt, www.fourseasons.com/caironp/offers (+20 2 27917000).

Escape to Alila Bangsar, Malaysia
Elevated above the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur’s cosmopolitan district is Alila Bangsar, and it has a special offer perfect for those venturing abroad this week. From Dhs400, holidaymakers can kick start their day with the “Stay for Breakfast” package, before heading out to explore the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur with transfers to and from KL Central, Bangsar Village and Mid Valley City.
From Dhs400. Until Dec 31. Flight time: 7 hours from Dubai. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia www.alilahotels.com/bangsar#offers (+60 32268 3888).

Explore India at Alila Diwa Goa
Alila Diwa Goa, is the perfect place to explore it all, especially during Eid al-adha. For Dhs1,382, explorers will get a two-night stay at the quiet and peaceful resort in the heart of Goa, along with experiencing five different themed activities as part of the package. The themes include Cultural Learning (love of history and artisanship), Conscious Living (wellness, environs and community), Active Spirits (outdoor sporting pursuits), Culinary Arts (cooking school and food trails) to a Couples’ Celebration. Along with a daily breakfast to fill you up before you start your day, why not make this Eid the time to explore Goa?
Dhs1,382 per two nights. Ongoing. Flight time: five hours from Dubai. Goa, India, www.alilamoments.com/diwagoa/offers/rediscover-goa (+91 832 274 6800).

Go on an Indian adventure
Marking its first successful year (and birthday), Alila Fort Bishangarh, with its rich heritage of Bishangarh at the 230-year-old warrior fort, is offering an enticing rate to guests. Guests can get 25 percent off packages the resort offers until Sunday September 30. The hotel, set among lush greenery and a jaw-dropping landscape, is the ideal escape to India for all adults and kids. With complimentary access to a range of Play Alila activities, the hotel’s team will let you know the best locally inspired adventures that offer a glimpse of traditional Rajasthan.
25 percent off packages. Until Sun Sept 30. Flight time: 3 hour 15 minutes from Dubai. Bishangarh, India, www.alilahotels.com/fortbishangarh (+91 1422 276 500).

Short breaks special at Al Baleed Salalah by Anantara
Stay two nights or more in the stunning Al Baleed Salalah by Anantara to take advantage of the “Short Breaks Special” made just for Eid al-Adha. The hotel has put together an exclusive dinner at the restaurant Sakalan for Dhs171, where guests can dig into an array of Arabic dishes served from the restaurant’s open kitchen and deli counters. As for the staycation, it includes a free breakfast, 20 percent off spa treatments, a late check out and resort credit of Dhs90 per stay per room and Dhs239 per stay per villa.
From Dhs1,307 per room per night. Al Baleed, Salalah, Oman, www.anantara.com (+968 2322 8222).

Two-in-one Eid escape at Alila Villas Uluwatu & Alila Ubud, Bali Indonesia
From the pristine white sandy beaches of Alila Villas Uluwatu to the lush rainforest of Alila Ubud, this experience offers two very different sides of Bali. From Dhs2,385 per night, vacationers looking for a beach and jungle getaway will stay four days in two of the luxurious resorts. It all begins with a two-night stay at the Alila Uluwatu Villas, perched on limestone cliffs. Guests will get a complimentary breakfast and dinner at the resort’s restaurant.

Afterwards, guests will climb the Bali foothills to discover Alila Ubud. If all that travelling has you aching, unwind with a traditional (and free) Balinese treatment at Spa Alila and feel all tensions melt away.
Dhs2,385 per night. Until Sun Sep 16. Flight time: nine hours from Dubai. Bali, Indonesia www.alilamoments.com/uluwatu/offers/two-bali-beauties (+62 8113856729).

Staying in the city? Take advantage of some great deals and don’t miss the fireworks across town, either.

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