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Have a once-in-a-lifetime weekend at Zighy Bay

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A brunch and stay at The Fairmont
Enjoy Spectrum on One’s popular Friday brunch, then amble up to your room to rest. With this deal you’ll get brunch for two adults, a one-night stay in the hotel, valid on the same day as your brunch (check in at 3pm and check out at noon), complimentary access to the health club and swimming pools, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a daily newspaper. Sounds right up our alley. Dhs1,290 for two people with non-alcoholic brunch; Dhs1,490 with hops and vines brunch; Dhs1,890 with bubbly brunch. Quote ‘Room and brunch offer’ when booking.
Valid until December 31 2011. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).

A romantic weekend at The Pullman
Couples can head to this classy, design-led spot at Mall of the Emirates in Barsha for a two-night stay, where they’ll get a signature massage for two, a welcome bottle of bubbly and late check-out. You should leave liking each other more than when you walked in. Dhs1,999 per couple.
Valid until December 31. (04 377 2000).

Big discounts at the Burj Al Arab
To celebrate the UAE’s 40th birthday (and UAE National Day) on December 2, the Burj Al Arab is offering a 40 per cent discount for UAE nationals and residents only on their best available room rate. The offer is valid for 40 days between November 10 and December 20. It’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience (we’ve heard the service is impeccable). Rooms from Dhs4,190 a night, after discount.
Valid until December 20. (04 301 7400).

Dive packages in Fujairah
The Nour Arjaan by Rotana has just launched a new dive and stay package – get a night’s stay, breakfast, late check-out at 6pm and a dive (for both qualified and new divers) at the five-star IDC Padi centre, Divers Down.
Dhs550 per person. Ongoing. Nour Arjan by Rotana, Fujairah (09 202 5507).

Spa and stay at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
The winter spa getaway package at this newly renamed trackside hotel includes 50 minutes of treatment time in the ESPA, use of the facilities, a one-night stay in the high-design hotel and breakfast. Dhs1,450 for two people.
Valid until December 30. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, (02 656 000).

Visit Abu Dhabi’s new Rocco Forte Hotel
This classy hotel chain is known for impeccable interiors and regal aspirations. The Abu Dhabi property – which opened on November 7 – has a 2,000 sq m spa with indoor swimming pools, a hammam, a gym, 15 treatment rooms and a yoga/Pilates studio, alongside high-end restaurant options (including a Martin Brudnizki-designed Italian restaurant, Oro). Special introductory rate from Dhs1,200 per room per night.
Valid until December 31. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi, (02 617 0000).

Further afield

A canal-side retreat in Amsterdam
Stay four nights for the price of three in the canal-side Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand in The Netherlands. Nestled between two quiet canals in the heart of the city, the hotel has retained its 15th-century architectural heritage but still boasts five-star facilities. Built around a 17th-century 100km canal ring, the capital of the Netherlands is often referred to as ‘The Venice of the North’, and is a wonderful city to visit thanks to its bicycle-friendly streets, trendy bars and beautiful tulips, with plenty of opportunities for sightseeing. From Dhs8,213, including transfers, accommodation and return flights from Dubai with Emirates.
Valid until December 27. (800 5252).

A carbon-neutral trip to Tanzania
Join the region’s first carbon-zero travel company on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tarangire National Park in Tanzania – the 2,600 sq km park hosts the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. You will also visit the world’s largest caldera (that’s the collapsed part of a volcano), the Ngorongoro Crater, and the beautiful Lake Manyara.
From Dhs4,775 for four days; Dhs8,815 for seven days, excluding flights. (04 442 2946).

Romance package at Zighy Bay
This Six Senses resort in Oman (which is just a three-hour drive from Dubai) is unparalleled when it comes to rustic luxury, and the new romance package ensures maximum pampering. Stay for a minimum of two nights in a beachfront villa with its own private pool and you’ll also get one paraglide jump for two people, one sunset cruise with house beverages and canapés for two, and one sunrise breakfast on the beach for two, as well as breakfast at Spice Market every other day, one couples’ spa treatment and one destination dinner at the top of the wine tower, in the Summer House or at Sense on the Edge, which boasts a beautiful cliffside location. Package from Dhs3,200 per person per night.
Valid until May 2012. Zighy Bay, Musandam Peninsula, Oman, (+968 2673 5555).

Viennese escape
Travel to the city where the spirit of the Austrian Empire is still alive. Vienna is a great destination for art fans who want to see the works of pioneering Viennese greats Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Stay for four nights in one of Sharaf Travel’s partner hotels – the package includes a city tour and a trip to the Schonbrunn Palace. Flights aren’t included, but you can fly direct on Austrian Air from Dhs2,260 return (
Dhs1,050 per person based on two sharing. Valid until December 31. (04 397 6161).

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