Travel deals in Dubai

Hatta Fort, Atlantis or Rome from April 18-24

Within the UAE

Arabian Adventures’ desert packages
The ‘Just for You’ package (Dhs850) features a drive into Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by 4x4, followed by a camel ride, a barbecue and unlimited beverages. The ‘Rise and Shine’ package (Dhs260) involves a Bedouin ‘futoor’ breakfast and a tour of the dunes, returning to Dubai at noon. Finally, on the ‘Starlight Express’ overnight safari (Dhs650), you’ll set up camp and tuck into a barbecue (for an extra Dhs85).
Valid until April 30 2012; also available October 1-31 2012. (04 303 4888).

Atlantis luxury spa package
Enjoy a one-night stay for two and a two-hour spa experience, which includes a one-hour full-body massage, scrub, scalp massage, foot massage, use of the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym, and access to Aquaventure and the Lost Chambers.
Dhs2,315 per room, per night. Valid until May 5 2012. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

Desert Islands Resort & Spa wildlife package
Enjoy a wildlife-inspired weekend for two. Travel by Seawings plane from Jebel Ali for a two-night stay on Thursday and Friday nights, a wildlife drive, a massage for two, and a choice of kayaking or archery.
Dhs11,770 per room, including flights (minimum two passengers). Ongoing. Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (02 801 5400).

Dusit Thani Dubai’s Songkran Splash
Celebrate Thai New Year with Dusit Thani Dubai throughout April. Enjoy a 25 percent discount off the best room rate for the days of your stay, including complimentary daily buffet breakfast for two and a 20 percent discount on the Songkran brunch or Songkran theme night buffet.
Prices vary. Rates subject to 10 percent service charge and 10 percent government fees. Valid until April 30 2012. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4212).

Hatta mountain getaway
Avoid the weekend rush and stay in the scenic Hatta Fort Hotel in the Hajar Mountains midweek (Saturday to Thursday). Includes three meals, soft drinks and house beverages during lunch and dinner.
Dhs549 per person per night sharing a double room. Ongoing. Hatta Fort Hotel (04 809 9333).

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray deals
Get a deluxe room from Dhs1,500 per night at this luxury Palm Jumeirah hotel. Stay for three nights and choose between a 60-minute massage or Turkish hammam, or a bottle of grape and a sushi platter for two at Voda Bar.
From Dhs1,500 per room per night. Valid until May 31 2012. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (04 364 7133).

Kempinski’s ‘meet the penguins’ packages
Stay in a superior room with breakfast at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates and head next door for a 45-minute Peng-Friend encounter with the gentoo and king penguins at Ski Dubai.
From Dhs1,909 per couple per night. Ongoing. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0000).

Majestic’s Time Out Dubai discount
Quote ‘Time Out’ for a special rate with a free upgrade to a deluxe suite. Dhs660 includes breakfast, double occupancy for two days.
Valid May 15-June 15 2012; bookings should be made April 18-30 2012. Majestic Hotel Tower Dubai, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

Pullman wellness break
Book two nights and get privileged access to the Fit Lounge with a spa gift card. You can also get a third night for free.
Dhs2,681 per person for three nights. Ongoing. Pullman Dubai, Mall of the Emirates(04 702 8000).

Sheraton Dubai Jumeirah’s
Once in a Lifetime Experience by Bliss Lounge This pricey deal includes limousine pick-up from your home, a helicopter tour of the city, dinner on a private beach with plenty of premium French bubbly, a one-carat diamond ring and a stay in a Royal Suite.
Dhs100,000. Ongoing. Sheraton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 399 5533).

The Address Dubai Mall’s Ultimate Wellness Retreat
A typical day will include a full-board programme of healthy and nutritious meals, beverages and snacks at Cabana. The programme also includes a range of complimentary treatments at The Spa to de-stress and unwind over the course of your stay.
From Dhs8,050. Available April 21-27 and May 12-18 2012. The Address Dubai Mall (04 423 8888).

The Address Montgomerie Dubai golf deals
Spend one night at The Address Montgomerie Dubai and enjoy one round of golf on its championship course.
Dhs1,620 per person. Valid until May 31 2012. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

Yas Viceroy Ferrari World and ESPA package
For adrenaline junkies who also need to relax, the package includes two day tickets to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, then recharge with a treatment of your choice in ESPA at Yas Viceroy and use the male and female spa relaxation facilities. Prices include deluxe room for two with breakfast, as well as lunch or dinner in Origins. Minimum stay two nights.
From Dhs950 per night. Valid May 1-September 15 2012. Yas Viceroy, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi (02 656 0700).

Further afield

Albergo-Caffe Carcani, Switzerland
Located in the charming town of Ascona, this three-star property is offering a new-opening deal, which comprises three nights’ accommodation including breakfast buffet and a trip to the Brissago Islands, as well as admission to the Botanical Gardens on the islands.
Flights to Geneva start at Dhs3,500 return ( From Dhs1,465 per room per night. Valid April 26-May 31 2012. (+4191 785 1717).

Emirates Holidays discounts for Visa cardholders
Visa cardholders can now travel for less to selected destinations through an exclusive new partnership with Emirates Holidays. Visa debit and credit card holders can get a 15 per cent discount on select Emirates Holidays destinations throughout 2012. This month, you can travel to Egypt or France for 15 per cent less until May 31. Alternatively, cardholders can get a five per cent discount on all destinations at any time during 2012.
See for further details.

France, Switzerland and Italy tour
Spend 13 nights and 14 days enjoying Disneyland Paris, Lucerne, Interlaken, Rome, Geneva, Venice and Florence, with daily continental breakfast. The package includes train travel, sightseeing tours and flights with Austrian Airlines.
Dhs10,580 per person, based on two sharing. Travel to be completed by September 30 2012. (04 321 1066).

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