9 great value Eid escapes in the UAE
As Ramadan comes to an end, we’re all preparing for Eid celebrations – and the sudden jump in prices that come with it. But if you’re looking for a quick escape this weekend, we’ve got it covered. Luxurious island retreats, city pads and beachside breaks, here’s our ShortList of staycations to suit every budget.
Sheraton Grand, Dubai
Sheraton’s hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road does prime location without the eye-watering price tag. Ideal for shoppers and foodies, this is the ideal cash pad for an action packed Eid.
Eid: The Stay For Free is AED500 for the night, and the hotel will give you AED500 in credit to spend in the restaurants or spa.
Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai – Editor’s Pick
There aren’t many hotels in Dubai that can describe themselves as ‘boutique’, but Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is the antidote to the mass-market hospitality industry. The adults-only resort is rustic, understated and extremely luxurious, with Bedouin style villas, private pools, and desert as far as the eye can see.
Eid: Stay for three nights, pay for two. Rates start at AED2,800 for a Bedouin suite including breakfast, lunch, dinner and two desert activities.
Details: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai - Al Ain Road, 800 0441 3231, www.al-maha.com
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa, Abu Dhabi
With beautiful views of the mangrove lagoon, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa is the perfect staycation for those looking for peace and quiet. The property’s Anantara spa has a first class reputation, just in case you want to take relaxation to the next level.
Eid: From AED1,000 for overnight stay with breakfast for two.
Details: Sheikh Zayed Street, +971 2 656 1000, www.abu-dhabi.anantara.com
Home to gorgeous restaurants such as Catch and Dokuz, as well as weirdly wonderful nightclub Cirque Le Soir, Eid at Fairmont Dubai can be as relaxed or outgoing as you want it to be. Those who aren’t there for a party can chill (or sweat) by the rooftop pool with plenty of Instagram opportunities of Downtown Dubai.
Eid: The Eid package includes an overnight stay and AED495 to spend in Dubai Mall, Marina Mall or Souk Al Bahar. Prices from AED1,028.
Details: Sheikh Zayed Road, + 971 4 332 5555, www.fairmont.com
Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah – Editor’s Pick
Straight from Park Avenue in New York, Waldorf Astoria brings retro glam to Ras Al Khaimah. While the resort is fit for an American society darling, the Middle Eastern twists – such as the design of Peacock Alley and the huge swimming pool with a swim up bar – make this resort the perfect staycation.
Eid: The Summer Sale promotion runs throughout Eid with 30 percent off the best available rate.
Details: Vienna Street, +971-7-2035555, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
Fairmont Ajman is relitevely new addition to the emirate. Just 30-minutes outside Dubai, the beachfront hotel has 200 metres of private sand reserved for guests. Most of the modern rooms come with unbeatable views of the Arabian Gulf, making it a fantastic spot for a mini break.
Eid: Enjoy an upgrade to the next available room or suite. Prices from AED625 per night.
Details: Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street, + 971 6 701 5757, www.fairmont.com
Millennium & Copthorne, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman & Fujairah
This range of hotels are great for those looking for an affordable escape this Eid. All have fantastic outdoor pools, and the Abu Dhabi property’s location makes it a perfect base for shopping trips at the nearby malls.
Eid: The Eat For Free package gives guests two complementary meals per day.
Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi
It’s difficult to believe that Sir Bani Yas Island is just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The small island is home to flamingos, lagoons and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Al Yamm, on the eastern shore, is a romantic escape for those looking to feel worlds away from home.
Eid: From AED1,800 for an overnight stay and breakfast for two.
Details: Sir Bani Yas Island, +971 2 801 5400, www.al-yamm.anantara.com
Tila Liwa Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Although this is one of the more basic hotels on the list, the Arabian style, huge expanse of desert and plentiful activities make it a favourite amongst UAE residents. We highly recommend taking the hotel’s quadbikes out for a spin.
Eid: An overnight stay, breakfast, dinner, camel ride, and room upgrade for AED699.
Details: Madinat Zayed, +971 2 894 6111, www.tilalliwahotels.com