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Our picks of the week

1 Shop around the world with Conrad Hotels & Resorts
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2 Winter in Switzerland at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
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3 Spa time at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo
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4 Christmas Day in Oman at Six Senses Zighy Bay
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5 Work out at Anantara Hotel Resort and Spa, Abu Dhabi
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Within the UAE

Anantara Hotel Resort and Spa, Abu Dhabi
A three-night fitness event to test physical endurance. Prize packages include Anantara getaways in the Maldives, Thailand and the UAE.
Entry fee Dhs4,000. Valid December 10-13. www.anantara.com (02 656 2000).

Further afield

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
This year the Engadin Valley, where St. Moritz is located, celebrates 150 years of winter tourism. The St. Moritz Gourmet Festival takes place in January and features award-winning British chef Angela Hartnett. This package includes three nights’ accommodation, buffet breakfast, three gourmet food events, private butler service and spa access.
From Dhs7,700 per person. Valid January 26-29, 2015. www.carlton-stmoritz.ch (+41 81 836 7000).

Conrad Hotels & Resorts
This brand of hotels is getting ready to globally launch its ‘Shop the City by Conrad’ retail experiences. It launches at Conrad London St. James this month (running until December 21 this year) and finishes at Conrad New York in December next year. The event reaches Conrad Dubai in April 2015. The package includes a two-night stay in a suite, a private chauffeur-driven car and a personal shopping assistant who will guide shoppers through high-end retailers in the city.
Prices vary. Until December 2015. www.conradhotels.com/ShoptheCity.

Housetrip
Rent holiday properties such as the Novum apartment in Istanbul (a newly refurbished two-bedroom home that sleeps four), located ten minutes walk from the Galata Bridge.
From Dhs382 per night. www.housetrip.com (+44 203 463 0087).

Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona, Switzerland
This promotion includes a three-night stay with buffet breakfast, complimentary access to the Eden Roc Spa, a 20-minute helicopter flight and a daily voucher worth CHF100 for use in the hotel’s restaurants and lounges.
From Dhs5,480 per person (in a double room). Until January 4 and March 6-26, 2015. reservations@edenroc.ch (+41 91 785 7171).

Raffles Praslin Seychelles
The resort has introduced new experiences for guests organised by the resort’s concierge, including birdwatching on Aride Island and cycling through cinnamon and vanilla plantations in La Digue.
From Dhs2,763 per villa per night. Price of experiences available on request. Ongoing. bookus.praslin@raffles.com (+248 429 6780).

Six Senses Zighy Bay
Those wishing to venture outside the Emirates for their Christmas Day celebrations can try this set menu brunch experience at the luxurious Omani resort, prepared with
ingredients from the property’s  herb garden and local farms.
From Dhs458 (brunch only). From noon. Valid on December 25, 2014. (+968 2673 5555).

The Dolder Grand, Zurich
A festive package exclusively for GCC residents. The Christmas package offers a two-night stay with breakfast, three-course dinner, tickets to Dolder Kunsteisbahn open-air ice-skating rink and a surprise Christmas gift.
Dhs4,991 for two. Valid November 28 to December 21, 2014. reservations@thedoldergrand.com (+41 44 456 6000).

Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo
Reopening this month, this resort is offering three different spa packages, which include three nights’ accommodation in a double room, breakfast, lunch and 15 to 16 treatments in the spa.
From Dhs10,188. Until March 31, 2015. thermesmarinsmontecarlo@sbm.mc (+377 9806 6900).

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