Within the UAE
Arabian Adventures’ ‘Just for You’ package
Head into the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by 4x4, then continue your journey on camel back to your own very private and secluded spot in the dunes with a barbecue and unlimited selected beverages. You’ll be driven back once you’re done star-gazing.
Dhs850. Valid until October 31 2012. www.arabian-adventures.com (04 303 4888).
Arabian Adventures’ Rise and Shine package
Leave early for a Bedouin ‘Futoor’ breakfast in the desert and a tour of the rolling dunes. Return to Dubai around noon.
Dhs260. Valid until April 30; also available from October 1-31. www.arabian-adventures.com (04 303 4888).
All-inclusive weekday mountain retreat at Hatta Fort Hotel
Escape the stress of city life and relax in a deluxe chalet-style room while absorbing the scenery of the Hajar Mountains. This offer is available for UAE residents and includes three meals, soft drinks and selected house drinks during lunch and dinner. Avoid the weekend rush and stay midweek (Saturday to Thursday).
Dhs549. Sat-Thu only. Ongoing. Hatta Fort Hotel (04 809 9333).
Play the Montgomerie Golf Course and stay at Atlantis
Enjoy two games of 18-hole golf and one night’s stay for two in a deluxe room at Atlantis. The price includes club and shoe hire.
Dhs2,465 per night. Until May 5, 2012. Atlantis The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
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).
Hatta romance package
Take a break from the bustle of city life. The deal includes a bottle of bubbly and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, breakfast in bed and a half bottle of premium bubbly and a three-course dinner served in the room.
Dhs1,670 (per couple Sat-Thu), Dhs1,850 (Fri). Ongoing. Hatta Fort Hotel (04 809 9333).
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, featured in the latest Mission Impossible flick. The package includes breakfast, private beach access, complimentary access to nearby Wild Wadi waterpark and dining privileges at the hotel.
Rooms start at Dhs1,620. Valid until April 30 2012. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (800 5863 4724).
Ritz-Carlton DIFC First Anniversary Package
Have dinner at one of the four hotel restaurants, and spend the night in luxury.
Dhs1,300. Valid until January 31 2012. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2222).
The ‘Starlight Express’ overnight desert safari
Head deep into the vast expanse of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, set up camp at sunset, and tuck into a barbecue feast (additional Dhs85) before retiring to your tent. The next morning features a safari to see the Arabian Oryx, gazelles and other local wildlife.
Dhs650. Until April 30 2012; also available from October 1-31 2012. www.arabian-adventures.com (04 303 4888).
Weekend spa deals at Jebel Ali Golf Resort
Enjoy a 60-minute Swedish, European, Thai or Balinese massage or root reflexology at The Spa at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa every Friday or Saturday. Also, take advantage of a complimentary lunch buffet at La Fontana restaurant, plus pool and beach access.
Dhs495, free for children aged three to seven. The Spa at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5810).
Winter Dreams at the Burj Al Arab
Get breakfast for two in the privacy of your suite, dinner buffet for two, a relaxing Assawan Spa treatment for two (a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage), 20 per cent discount on food in Junsui, Bab Al Yam or Al Iwan restaurant, a full range of Hermès luxury amenities, unlimited access to Wild Wadi waterpark, and complimentary stay for up to three children below the age of 12.
Starting at Dhs5,500 per night (minimum four nights). Until February 28 2012. Burj Al Arab (04 366 5000).
Free night’s stay with Hilton HHonors
When you join HHonors and stay five nights at any of Hilton’s 100+ resorts, you’ll earn a certificate for a free night that can be redeemed at any of our 10 distinct hotel brands. Sign up and book your resort escape by January 31, 2012.
Holidays must be taken before April 31 2012. For details see www.hiltonhhonors.com.
Live it up in the Maldives
The five-star Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Resort & Spa is offering a three-night stay for the price of four in a Deluxe Beach Villa, as well as daily breakfast and dinner and airport pick-up and drop off by seaplane. Flights aren’t included, but Emirates flies direct to the Maldives from Dhs3,440 return (www.emirates.com).
From Dhs6,180 per person. Valid for travel until April 30 2012. www.zitahlikudafunafaru.com.
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, 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.
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 Muscat 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 discounts at The Restaurant and The Spa.
Valid until January 31 2012. Muscat (+968 24 52 4401).