17 new UAE travel deals

Madinat stay for National Day and Christmas shopping in Madrid

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 on SIr Bani Yas Island, 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 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).

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).

Jumeira Rotana’s ‘Escape’ packages
The packages include a Romantic Escape (bubbly, late check-out, pick-up and drop-off within Dubai, and discount vouchers to all hotel outlets); a Weekend Escape (buffet breakfast, pool access and late check-out); and a Business Escape (buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi and use of meeting room). All packages Dhs550.
Ongoing. Jumeira Rotana, www.rotana.com/jumeirarotana (04 345 5888).

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s
The X Factor Packages The 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).

Madinat Jumeirah’s National Day package
The hotel group, which includes Al Qasr, Mina A Salam and Dar Al Masyaf villas, offers a programme of family-friendly events, including camel riding and henna painting, as well as a 20 percent discount at Talise Spa.
Rooms from Dhs2,300 per night. Valid November 30-December 8 2012. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6200).

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’s National Day celebrations
Stay on Saturday December 1 or Sunday 2 and enjoy special rates, as well as an Arabic lunch buffet at Oléa, including mezze, grilled seafood and live cooking stations. The hotel is also offering special Christmas escape packages, available to book now, which include food and accommodation on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
National Day package Dhs1,500 per room per night. Valid December 1-2 2012. Christmas package Dhs1,400 per room per night. Valid December 24-25 2012. St Regis Saadiyat Island, www.stregissaadiyatisland.com (02 498 8888).

The Ritz-Carlton DIFC’s suite promotion
Book a suite at the hotel and receive an upgrade to the next level of suite: for example, a Junior Suite will be upgraded to an Executive Suite, a Club Room to a Club Suite, and so on. From Dhs1,350 per suite per night.
Valid Thu-Sat. Until December 22 2012. The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Gate Village (04 372 2555).

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.

Christmas shopping in Madrid
Stay for four nights at the Gran Meliá Felix. The deal includes a premium room, breakfast, a private transfer for shopping at El Corte Inglés (Serrano or Castellana), and a 90-minute session with a personal shopper.
Dhs3,632 per person. Until December 25 2012. Gran Meliá Felix, Madrid, Spain (+34 9143 16700).

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
Ladies can learn to surf and unwind in this enchanting setting. Places are limited to seven per 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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