17 travel deals in the UAE this week

Stay at the Burj Al Arab for less or play golf on a top course

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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’s festive offers
Spend your winter break with Jumeirah at either the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residence, or Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Package includes ten percent off best available rate, daily buffet breakfast, private beach access and more. GCC residents only.
From Dhs1,260 per room per night. Until December 31 2012. jbhinfo@jumeirah.com (04 348 0000.

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 Wi-Fi access and free use of a meeting room for up to three hours). All packages 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 s(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 in Paris
Try an eight-day stay and sightseeing tour in the French capital. Guests can expect to see the famous Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Élysées.
From Dhs3,330 per person. Trip departs December 23. nonairgsa@dnata.com (04 316 6671).

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 during your trip.
Prices start at Dhs4,885. Trip departs December 7. nonairgsa@dnata.com (04 316 6671).

Etihad flight deals to London
Fly to the English capital for less this Christmas with this Abu Dhabi-based airline.
From Dhs2,780. Valid December 23-26 2012; December 31 2012-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. www.klm.com.

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.
From Dhs9,898 per person. Trips run December 2-9 and December 14-21 2012. www.surfgoddessretreats.com/srilanka (+1 858 997 0808).

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