Within the UAE
A romantic weekend at The Pullman Treat your other half to a two-night stay, signature massage for two, a welcome bottle of bubbly and late check-out.
Dhs1,999 per couple. Valid until December 31. Pullman Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, www.pullmanhotels.com (04 377 2000).
Atlantis golf and suite deals
Fancy a round on the golf course? Enjoy two games of 18-hole golf and one night’s stay for two in a standard room at this impressive Palm Jumeirah hotel. The price includes club and shoe hire. Alternatively, enjoy a night’s stay in a luxury suite at a special rate. The deal also includes breakfast, access to Aquaventure waterpark, preferential rates for swimming with dolphins, and pick-up service.
Golf deal Dhs2,185 per night; suite deal Dhs3,620 per night. Until May 31, 2012. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
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) and access to the health club and swimming pools. 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).
Dive packages in Fujairah
Get a night’s stay, breakfast, late check-out at 6pm and a dive (for both qualified and new divers) at the five-star PADI centre, Divers Down.
Dhs550 per person. Ongoing. Nour Arjan by Rotana, Fujairah (09 202 5507).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray winter breaks
Enjoy Ottoman elegance and luxury for 10 per cent less when you book a winter break at this high-end Palm Jumeirah hotel. The package includes breakfast, private beach access, complimentary access to Wild Wadi waterpark and dining privileges.
Rooms start at Dhs1,620. Valid until April 30, 2012. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (800 5863 4724).
Spa and stay at the Yas Viceroy
Abu Dhabi The winter spa getaway package at this newly renamed trackside hotel includes a 50-minute treatment at ESPA, use of the facilities, a one-night stay in the hotel and breakfast.
Dhs1,450 for two people. Valid until December 30. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/abudhabi (02 656 000).
Spend Christmas day in a luxury desert resort
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, a luxurious desert hideaway in the Empty Quarter desert, is offering festive deals from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. The Christmas Day deals include a gourmet lunch at Suhail Rooftop Bar and Grill starting from Dhs550, or a brunch buffet for Dhs250 and a dinner buffet for Dhs300 (including three beverages).
Rooms from Dhs1,400 a night. Minimum stay of three nights applicable if staying on December 29 or 31. Qasr Al Sarab, near Liwa, qasralsarab.anantara.com (02 886 2088).
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 pools, a hammam, a gym, 15 treatment rooms and a yoga studio, alongside high-end dining options (including a Martin Brudnizki-designed Italian restaurant, Oro).
Introductory rate from Dhs1,200 per room per night. Valid until December 31. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi, www.roccofortehotelabudhabi.com (02 617 0000).
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 Lake Manyara.
From Dhs4,775 for four days; Dhs8,815 for seven days, excluding flights. From December 29. www.wildguanabana.com (04 442 2946).
Emirates flights to Hong Kong
Bag remarkably cheap last-minute return flights to this buzzing Asian hub until the end of the year. A great excuse to escape the UAE for a last-minute holiday.
From Dhs3,790 return. Until December 31, 2011. www.emirates.com (04 214 4444).
Romance package at Zighy Bay
Stay for a minimum of two nights in a beachfront villa with private pool and you’ll also get one paraglide jump for two people, one sunset cruise with house beverages and canapés, and one sunrise breakfast on the beach, also for two people, as well as breakfast at Spice Market every other day, one couples’ spa treatment and one dinner at the top of the grape 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, www.sixsenses.com/SixSensesZighyBay (+968 2673 5555).
Special rates at The Chedi, Muscat
This tranquil hotel has special rates on Thursday and Friday nights for GCC residents. Pay Dhs1,250 per room per night and you’ll be able to stay in a Serai room, get free mini bar, breakfast for two and 10 per cent discounts at The Restaurant and The Spa.
From January 3-31. Muscat, www.ghmhotels.com (+968 24 52 4401).
Spend the festive season at Le Gray in Beirut
A festive package; three-night stay in an executive suite, daily breakfast, your choice of a festive lunch on December 25 or a dinner on December 24 with a bottle of Lebanese grape and a special holiday gift. Fly to Beirut from Dhs930 return on Flydubai (www.flydubai.com). From Dhs5,200 for two people for three nights. Valid December 22-27. Subject to availability. www.legray.com (+961 196 2828).