Within the UAE
Sofitel Dubai Downtown
A summer staycation deal. Book rooms starting from Dhs800 and get Dhs200 cash back to spend during your stay. Double cash back will be given for bookings on suites.
From Dhs800 per room. Valid until August 31. www.sofitel-dubai-downtown.com.
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
The Arabian Summer package at this new property offers a 33 percent discount for a minimum three nights’ stay.
Prices vary. Until September 30. www.dubaicreek.regency.hyatt.com (04 209 6922).
Marriott Hotels, MENA
A summer sale at Marriott properties across the Middle East and North Africa, including the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa, Doha Marriott Hotel and Salalah Marriott Resort in Oman. Book two nights and get a third night for free, plus 50 percent off dining and spa treatments, and 30 percent off your next stay when booked directly on www.marriott.com until the end of 2015. Quote ‘B4F’ when booking.
Prices vary. Until September 13. www.marriottsummer.com.
The Oberoi Dubai
Book the ‘Weekend. By The Oberoi’ package from Thursday to Saturday and get a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Suite. Stays also includes 24-hour butler service, daily breakfast for two at Nine7One, 20 percent discount at the Oberoi Spa and 20 percent discount at a choice of three restaurants. Quote ‘Weekend Offer’ when booking.
From Dhs1,250. Until September 15. TODB@oberoihotels.com (04 444 1444).
Hong Kong Foodie
The company has launched a brand-new four-hour food tour of Tai Po Market. Local guides will take you to six family-run eateries serving Hong Kong specialities including snake soup. Takes place weekly from 3pm.
Dhs421 (adults aged 15 and above). Dhs303 (children aged five to 14). Ongoing. www.hongkongfoodietours.com.
This ten-day tuk tuk challenge across Sri Lanka raises money for local charities. The rate for participation for a team of two includes the hire and use of one tuk tuk, accommodation for ten nights’ half board, access to ‘Challenge Logistics’ (mechanics, ambulance, support team), a welcome pack (sim card, map, T-shirt, bag, phrasebook), and a ten percent contribution to Meaningful Travel projects.
Dhs9,550 per person (team of two). Dhs9,180 per person (team of three). Valid September 4-14. www.lankachallenge.com.
Le Gray Beirut
GCC residents get a special deal. Book a deluxe room and get a free upgrade to a premium room. Book a premium room and get upgraded to an executive suite, including a buffet breakfast for two.
From Dhs1,175. Until July 16. www.legray.com, email@example.com (+961 196 2828).
Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resorts
The property celebrates its ten-year anniversary with a unique deal. Pay an additional ten euros and bookings for superior rooms will be upgraded to an exclusive room with sea view and free breakfast at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Bookings for a superior prestige room will be upgraded to a duplex suite with sea view and free breakfast.
Prices vary. Until September 29. www.montecarlosbm.com.
The ‘Arabian nights’ package includes four nights’ accommodation in a deluxe double room, breakfast and a free pass on the Tschuggen Express. Several rooms in the hotel are equipped for prayer, with room service ‘that is respectful of Ramadan hours’, traditional halal food, plus private butler service and Arabic speaker available.
From Dhs8,600 per person. Valid July 3-September 20. www.tschuggen.ch (+41 81 378 9999).
This yoga retreat at Hikkaduwa, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, takes place for four weeks, with a minimum one-week stay required. Weekly rates include transportation to and from Colombo airport, seven days’ half-board accommodation, six hours of Montessori-qualified teaching a day, one yoga session a day and discounted ayurvedic treatments.
From Dhs2,750 (mum and one baby). Dhs3,050 (mum and two children). Dhs5,050 (mum, dad and one baby). Valid July 19-August 16. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yogaretreats.ae.
Best time of year to go to…
As the rest of the Gulf bakes like an oven in the summer heat, head to southern Oman for the monsoon season and enjoy unseasonably cool weather, and freshly rain-soaked greenery and nature.
Tanabata Festival, July 7
During Japan’s star festival, observants hang their wishes on bamboo trees.