18 travel deals in the UAE this week

Within the UAE

Anantara festive packages
Celebrate the festive season and welcome the New Year in luxury at one of Anantara’s properties across the UAE. Choose between the majestic backdrop of the legendary Liwa Desert at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, the exotic wildlife at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, or join in the revelry at the new urban retreat, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa.
Rooms start at Dhs950 (Eastern Mangroves), Dhs1,600 (Desert Islands), Dhs1,800 (Qasr Al Sarab). Valid December 24 2012. www.gha.com.

Burj Al Arab UAE residents’ offers
Enjoy a suite complete with a complimentary breakfast buffet. Includes full range of Hermès luxury amenities. The offer is open to UAE nationals and residents only – quote ‘UAE Resident’ when booking.
From Dhs3,990 per night in a one-bedroom suite, Dhs6,490 in a two-bedroom suite. Valid until December 22 2012. BAAreservations@jumeirah.com (04 301 7400).

Hilton Dubai’s gourmet getaway
A four-course dinner for two at acclaimed restaurant Table 9 by Nick and Scott, and an overnight stay at the hotel with breakfast included.
Dhs999 (before tax). Sun-Fri sunset-midnight. Valid until November 30 2012. Hilton Dubai Creek (04 227 1111).

Jumeirah Rotana’s ‘Escape’ packages
The hotel is offering a Romantic Escape (including a bottle of bubbly, late check out, pick-up and drop-off to any location in Dubai, and discount vouchers to all hotel outlets); a Weekend Escape (buffet breakfast, spend the day by the pool and enjoy a late check out); and the Business Escape (buffet breakfast at Five Dining, free WiFi access and free use of a meeting room for up to three hours).
All packages cost Dhs550. Ongoing. Jumeirah Rotana, www.rotanatimes.com/escapes (04 345 5888).

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s The X Factor Packages
The Palm Jumeirah hotel, which recently hosted The X Factor, is offering royal and deluxe packages to celebrate. Minimum three-night stay.
From Dhs2,700 per person (royal package), Dhs950 per person (deluxe package). Until November 30. www.jumeirah.com/JumeirahZabeelSaray (04 364 7133).

Pullman Dubai packages
The hotel is offering three different packages: the Wellness Break (a three-night stay with access to leisure and fitness facilities, plus a Dhs250 spa voucher); Golf Getaway (three-night stay and play at The Els Club), and Sand and Snow (three-night stay, desert safari and access to Ski Dubai).
From Dhs748 per room per night. Ongoing. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.pullman-dubai-malloftheemirates.com (04 377 2000).

St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort’s Festive Escape
Special stay and dine packages in Abu Dhabi.
Dhs1,400 (food and accommodation). Valid on Monday December 24 and Tuesday 25. St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, www.stregissaadiyatisland.com/festive (02 498 8888).

St Regis Saadiyat Island’s National Day celebrations
Stay on Saturday December 1 or Sunday December 2 and enjoy special rates, as well as an Arabic lunch buffet at Oléa (includes a selection of mezze, grilled seafood and live cooking stations).
Dhs1,500. Valid only for stays on December 1 and 2 2012. St Regis Saadiyat Island, www.stregissaadiyatisland.com (02 498 8888).

The Ritz-Carlton’s desert night-golf package
Stay for a minimum of five nights in a Ritz-Carlton club room or suite and play into the night at the floodlit Faldo course, complete with private hotel transfer to Emirates Golf Club, complimentary club rental and access to the Club Lounge.
From Dhs2,450 per room per night, double occupancy. Valid until December 25 2012. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk at JBR, rc.dxbrz.reservations@ritzcarlton.com (04 399 4000).

Further afield

Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland
Shop for seasonal treats on festive streets at European Christmas markets over eight days. See the majestic Ringstrasse and the charming sights of Vienna.
Prices start at Dhs4,885. Departure date: Friday December 7. nonairgsa@dnata.com (04 316 6671).

Christmas in Paris
Try an eight-day, glittering stay and sightseeing tour. Expect to see the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Élysées.
Starting from Dhs3,330 per person. Departure date: Sunday December 23. nonairgsa@dnata.com (04 316 6671).

Emirates direct flights to Adelaide
The Dubai-based airline is flying to this Australian hub from Thursday November 1.
Prices TBC. www.emirates.com.

Etihad flight deals to London
Fly to the English capital for less this Christmas.
Dhs2,780. Valid December 23-December 26; December 31-January 25 2013. www.etihadairways.com.

Etihad flight deals to Seychelles
Fly to this island paradise for Dhs2,970 (a saving of at least Dhs1,000) before March 31 2013.

Hilton Abu Dhabi’s wellness package
The wellness package includes a one-night stay, a 30-minute massage at the Hiltonia Spa and an in-room juice bar, plus yoga, Pilates or a different healthy activity of your choice at the Hiltonia Health Club.
From Dhs750 per person per night. Ongoing. abudhabi.info@hilton.com (02 681 1900).

KLM’s autumn offers to the USA or Canada
Fly to New York for Dhs3,990, Chicago for Dhs4,710, Vancouver for Dhs5,040 or LA for Dhs5,170 – a saving of at least Dhs1,000. Book before March 31 2013.

Surf Goddess Retreats in Sri Lanka
This retreat provides an enchanting setting where ladies can learn how to surf. There is also ample time to unwind. Note: there are only seven places on each trip.
Prices start at Dhs9,898 (USD2,695). Trips run from Friday November 23-Friday 30, Sunday December 2-Sunday 9, Friday December 14-Friday 21 2012. www.surfgoddessretreats.com/srilanka /srilanka@surfgoddessretreats.com.

The Carlton Penthouse St Moritz
Splash out on this swanky penthouse. The price includes breakfast buffet; dinner; use of the spa, private butler service; drinks from the mini bar; free Wi-Fi access and airport shuttle.
Dhs71,312 (for up to six guests). Penthouse opens December 14 2012. Sonnenbergstrasse, Switzerland, en.tschuggen.ch (+41 813 789 999).

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