Summer travel deals from Dubai to top holiday destinations

Fly to Thailand, The Maldives, Italy and India from Dubai for less this summer

Summer travel deals from Dubai to top holiday destinations

The temperature is rising and residents are fleeing the scorching heat for climates a bit more bearable – but reaching those kinder conditions comes with a hefty price tag. The thought of you melting in the desert is a sorry one, though, so we’ve searched the globe for holiday deals to help you escape the heat and see some remarkable parts of the world while you’re at it. It’s time to get packing.

Bangkok, Thailand
Bustling markets, mouth-watering street food and buzzing nightlife. You don’t get much better than Thailand for a holiday destination and this Eid you can take the family without it costing you an arm and a leg. Royal Orchid Holidays has a limited time offer this summmer where two adults and one child can jet off to Bangkok from Dhs6,900, including breakfast, from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Must see spot: Get down to Chatuchak market for everything from dresses to livestock.
Must eat at restaurant: Krua Apsorn Thai in Banglamphu is said to be a favourite of the royal family, serving up authentic Thai dishes.
Flight time: Six hours 20 minutes.
From Dhs6,900. Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand, www.thaiairways.ae (04 268 1701).

Dhigurah, The Maldives
When you think of white sandy beaches and lazing around getting a nice tan in the beautiful sunshine, the Maldives most probably springs to mind. And, why not? The islands are a stunning place to take a well-earned holiday. The newly-opened The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah is offering 40 percent off stays and we don’t need any more reason to head to this tropical island. The offer includes complimentary domestic flights with a minimum stay of four nights and a complimentary upgrade to standard all-inclusive meal plan.
Must see spot: Hit the beach for island vibes and diving adventures.
Must eat at restaurant: Get to Hermit’s Café for tasty local dishes
Flight time: Four hours five minutes (to Malé).
Prices vary. The Maldives. www.cenizaro.com.

Emboodhu Finolhu, The Maldives
Take a seaplane from capital Malé to the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa for total relaxation. Practise meditation, rejuvenate yourself in the spa and sprawl out on your very own secluded stretch of beach. Book a three-night stay until September 30 for free breakfast, 24-hour speedboat airport transfers, personalised butler service and watersports activities.
Must see spot: Spend your days dolphin-spotting as the sun sets, snorkelling around coral reefs and romancing your other half.
Must eat at restaurant: Head to Kanusan for the views if nothing else.
Flight time: Four hours five minutes (to Malé).
From Dhs3,895 (private villas). Emboodhu Finolhu, The Maldives, www.tajhotels.com.

Koh Samui, Thailand

This June, take the stress and expense out of planning your Eid escape and book a trip to the idyllic island of Koh Samui to enjoy a strain-free stay at Samujana villas. The resort is offering 20 percent off room rates over the Eid break, as well as having kids to stay for free. Kids under 12 will also eat free during family meal times, plus get an activity pack.
Must see spot: Na Muang Waterfalls are an absolute spectacle that are not to miss.
Must eat at restaurant: Head to Full Moon restaurant for fresh seafood on the beach.
Flight time: Eight hours 55 minutes (with one change in Bangkok).
From Dhs4,650. Koh Sumui, Thailand, www.samujana.com.

Lake Como, Italy
A massive lake, Mediterranean sunshine and any amount of pizza and pasta. It really doesn’t get much better than this. Mandarin Oriental Lago Di Como has just reopened after a massive renovation and it’s bringing with it a brand new deal. Starting from $575 (around Dhs2,100) you’ll get a lakefront breakfast for two, a three-course lunch or dinner at CO.MO Bar & Bistrot, daily access to The Spa’s facilities and ten percent off treatments. It’s not the cheapest but if you’re pushing the boat out (get it?) it’s a stunning destination.
Must see spot: The 29 mile-long lake itself
Must eat at restaurant: Enoteca 84 is a snug local serving a handful of traditional dishes
Flight time: Six hours 40 minutes
From Dhs2,100 (per night), Lake Como, Italy, www.mandarinoriental.com.

Pune, India

Book a long weekend getaway in a luxury Indian wellness retreat and you’ll get your flights thrown in for free if you stay for ten nights or more. Or, if you book a five-night stay you’ll get a complimentary night, too. Atmantan, close to Pune, is running the Fly Free and Pay and Stay offers to celebrate Eid al Fitr.
Must see spot: Stop by Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway. It’s a nerd’s paradise.
Must eat at restaurant: All food is included.
Flight time: Three hours five minutes.
From Dhs4,628. Pune, Maharashtra, www.atmantan.com.

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