18 top travel deals

Seychelles, Budapest, Barcelona, Beirut and more

Within the UAE

Abu Dhabi Islands tour
Explore the islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi in a luxury power boat, with activities including snorkelling and enjoy a chance to spot some wild dolphins.
From Dhs800 for five people for two hours. Ongoing. www.x-ventures.ae (055 540 4500).

Atlantis’ summer deal
This summer, guests can book a stay at the hotel taking advantage of discounted rates.
From Dhs1,125 per room per night. Valid until September 27 2013. reservations@atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2000).

Mafraq Hotel weekend getaway
Guests can enjoy a one-night stay in Abu Dhabi in a deluxe double room with late check-out. Complimentary shuttle services to the beach and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque are included, and guests can also enjoy 20 percent off food and beverages across the hotel’s outlets.
From Dhs288 plus fees. Valid until May 31. Abu Dhabi, www.mafraq-hotel.com (02 659 6666).

Sandance party-and-stay package
The music festival returns to Atlantis beach with a stellar line-up for the final event before the summer on Friday May 10. See English DJ Nightmares on Wax, Brit indie band Keane, and alternative sensation Florence and the Machine before you dance into the night with a DJ set from Groove Armada. The deal includes a one-night stay for two, two regular tickets to Sandance, and breakfast for two at either Kaleidoscope or Saffron restaurants.
From Dhs2,215 for two people per night. Valid until May 10 2013. reservations@atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2000).

The Address Montgomerie
Dubai golf package Golf enthusiasts have the opportunity to discover one of Dubai’s most acclaimed golf courses, with special room rates that include a round on the 18-hole championship course.
From Dhs1,700 per room double occupancy. Valid until September 30 2013. www.theaddress.com (04 390 5600).

Towers Rotana Hotel shopping deals
Book a classic room at this Sheikh Zayed Road hotel, including a buffet breakfast and dinner at Flavours on Two, and receive a voucher for Dhs200 to spend at The Dubai Mall.
From Dhs780 per night. Ongoing. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).

Further afield

Art lovers’ package in Barcelona
U232 Hotel in Barcelona is offering a special package where guests have the opportunity to enjoy the permanent collections and temporal exhibitions the Spanish city has to offer.
From Dhs469 per room per night. Ongoing. www.u232hotel.com (+34 93 322 41 53).

Corinthia Hotel London GCC special
Located just off London’s Trafalgar Square, this is a ‘Suite Life’ experience designed especially for Middle East guests.
Valid until December 31 2013. London@corinthia.com (+44 20 7930 8181).

Discover Munich’s cultural scene with The Charles Hotel
Best known for its annual Oktoberfest hops festival, why not try something more cultural by sampling this Florentine-style historic villa, which has been carefully restored back to its former glory by British architect Norman Foster.
From Dhs2,573 per couple per night. Valid until May 13 2013. www.roccofortehotels.com (+49 89 544 5550).

Free family travel with Swiss Pass
The Swiss Pass provides free travel via rail or bus for children under 16, in addition to free admission to 450 museums and public transport in cities. Offer includes Swiss Flexi Saver Pass and Swiss Family Card.
From Dhs995 per person. Valid until December 31 2013. rail@dnata.com.

Half-price on supplements at Le Victoria hotel, Mauritius
Family-based attractions include exploring marine life in a glass-bottomed boat, scuba-diving or relaxing poolside. During the Easter season, guests get a 50 percent discount off the range of all-inclusive supplements.
From Dhs7,463 per person sharing. Valid May 25-July 31 2013. www.beachcombertours.co.uk (+44 1483 445 610).

Le Gray Beirut recreational break
Enjoy a double upgrade from a deluxe room to an executive suite with daily breakfast for two when booking for a minimum two-night stay. Package includes airport transfers and bespoke tours of Beirut city.
From Dhs2,001 per room per night. Valid until June 15 2013. reservations@legray.com (+961 196 2828).

Raffles Praslin, Seychelles Body & Soul package
The offer includes a villa with private plunge pool, daily breakfast and an itinerary of fitness and wellness treatments.
From Dhs4,230 per night for two adults for a minimum of four consecutive nights. Ongoing, bookus.praslin@raffles.com (+248 429 6791).

Street food and Berber pancakes at Dar Arbala, Morocco
Located 25 minutes from the centre of Marrakech, Dar Arbala is a great place to get away from it all. Located in a five-acre citrus tree-filled garden, with a huge pool, local cook Habiba is on hand to conjure up magical feasts, from beef tagine to spiced baked bananas and Berber pancakes. At dinner, guests can also choose to book belly dancers and musicians.
The accommodation sleeps up to 12. From Dhs19,600 per week excluding flights. Ongoing. www.scottwilliams.co.uk (+44 1963 33046).

Special Gulf package at Switzerland’s Dolder Grand
To celebrate its fifth birthday, the Zurich hotel has launched a special ‘Khamsa Package’ for stays of three to four days, with limousine airport transfers, 12-course restaurant tasting menu and even a caviar spa treatment.
From Dhs16,080 per package. Valid until December 30 2013. www.thedoldergrand.com (+41 44 456 60 00).

Raffles Praslin Seychelles
The ‘short and suite’ package offers a four-night stay for the price of three. The luxurious resort has poolside villas and an open-air pavilion at the spa.
www.raffles.com/praslin (+248 429 6780).

Tour the Inca trail with G Adventures
The 14 day tour, starting and finishing in Lima, features visits to Machu Picchu in Peru, Lake Titicaca in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia and a stay in a rainforest lodge.
Dhs11,100 per person (based on twin sharing), nonairgsa@dnata.com.

Wizz Air to fly to Budapest and beyond
The low-cost carrier will be the first airline to fly from the new Dubai World Central Al Maktoum Airport. Its first route on Monday October 28 will be to the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

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