Eid al-Fitr 2018: 5 great staycation offers in the UAE
With Eid al-Fitr just days away, we've shortlisted five great staycation deals to help you and your family celebrate the occasion in style and comfort. Pack your bags because a mini-vacay awaits.
Anantara, the Palm Dubai
For a staycation that manages to give the illusion that you’re in a completely different place in the world, then you need to head to Anantara. The luxury destination on the Palm Jumeirah is home to some of the most idyllic and picturesque accommodation across the emirate.
Right now the Thai-inspired resort is hosting a “book now, stay now” package. Simply book a stay four days prior to going up there and you can save 10 percent on your accommodation. Nice.
And, if that’s not enough to sway you into visiting, if you book a trip on anantara.com you will get resort credit of AED150 (rooms and apartments) or AED400 (villas) to spend at the restaurants, bars or spas. You can even use it for a tranquil longtail boat ride around the crystal clear waters.
Deal: Save 10 percent on accommodation and get resort credit on bookings through anantara.com
Contact: +971 4 567 8888, website
No more than half an hour’s drive from Dubai and with its sugary white beaches and sun-soaked landscape overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Ajman could be the most underrated emirate for a weekend break.
In fact, at this moment in time they’ve got a special 36-hour staycation offer that’s perfect for a quick getaway. Brilliantly, it means you can arrive at 6am (check-in at 12pm) to really maximise your relaxation time. You’ll also get AED200 dining credit so you can indulge in the many restaurants and cuisines that the resort has to offer.
Deal: Fairmont view room (AED999) or signature room (AED1,399) with breakfast for two, early check-in and AED200 dining credit per room, per night.
Contact: +971 6 701 5757, website
Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi
Getting there is just as fun as staying there. Don’t believe us? You will. Take a road trip down to the capital’s Saadiyat Island and catch a ride in one of the boats heading to Zaya Nurai. Once you get there, you won’t even feel like you’re still in the UAE.
Sitting on white sandy shores and overlooking the Arabian Gulf, your private villa will have the perfect sunset view through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. And with great restaurants serving sushi and organic dishes, this is also a foodie haven, and then some.
Deal: Beach villas from AED2,205
Contact: +971 2 5066 222, website
The Ritz-Carlton, Al Wadi Desert
Located in the heart of the Wadi Khadeja sanctuary, this five-star offering is perfect for those looking for something that’s edgy but not too over the top. Aside from spending the afternoon trying to spot the odd Arabian oryx, guests are free to try their hand at archery, cycling, horse and/or camel riding. Those who’d rather soak up the sun, can do so in their very own private pool which each of the villas have.
Deal: Luxury accommodation in private pool villas plus a complimentary buffet breakfast and 20 percent off on rooms, dining and spa treatments.
Where: Ras Al Khaimah
When: Valid until September 30
Contact: +971 7 206 7777, website
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
If you’re after something that’s a bit more classy, then this is the place for you. The rooms are packed with state of the art technology that includes a massive HDTV and an iPad to control the lights, curtains and more. Venture outside your room and you’ll find two outdoor pools to explore, a private beach where you can rent paddle boards or go on an inflatable banana ride.
Deal: UAE nationals and residents receive up to 20 percent off the best available room rate, starting from AED1,000 per night. Complimentary breakfast and half board dinner allocation as well as unlimited access to all of the resort’s facilities.
Where: Ras Al Khaimah
When: Until December 31
Contact: +971 7 2035 555, website