5 awesome Eid vacations from the UAE
It’s a popular choice for UAE travellers for a good reason – the tiny island in the Indian Ocean is simply beautiful. The vast greenery of the rugged rainforest means that its packed with wildlife and it has the highest density of leopards in the world. You’ll find elephants, wild buffaloes and sloth bears amongst the 91 species that call Sri Lanka home. It’s also got plenty of surf, beautiful historical sites and pristine beaches.
Flight time: 4.30 hours
Hotel: Anantara Tangalle Peace is an Instagrammer’s dream.
Price: From AED750 per night
Mumbai is so densely populated that it’s packed full of all walks of life. Artists, workers, fishermen and Bollywood stars call this place home, making it full of energy. If you fly overnight, try to get to the Sassoon docks at 7am for sunrise and you’ll see local fishermen haul in their catch of the day. Take a boat trip to Elephanta Island from the Gateway’s wharf and wander around the ancient archaeological remains and Indian rock art that make up the islands famous “city of caves”.
Flight time: 2.40 hours
Hotel: Set in a lush garden near the centre of Mumbai, Grand Hyatt Mumbai is an escape within the city.
Price: From AED480 per night
Head straight for the beach – and it doesn’t matter whether that’s the enormous Mughsayl Beach, a seven kilometre stretch of wild, unspoilt sand with ample bird life, or the nearby Fazayeh Beach, with azure waters that rush up the shoreline. The coast here is spectacular, with rock formations, caves and blowholes making it ideal for exploration as much as extended lounging. There is plenty of history in the vicinity, too, with the region’s associations with frankincense found in the markets of the town centre, the ruins of the ancient port of Sumhuram and in the trees in the hills above.
Flight time: 1.50 hours
Hotel: Salalah Rotana Resort. The UAE-based chain opened this sprawling beachside resort in 2014, and it offers excellent value for the full range of modern amenities.
Prices: From AED600 per night
Trust us when we say that you should visit Petra. The edge has just been taken off the summer in Jordan, so the temperature is mild enough to enjoy the famous archaeological site. While you’re there, make some time to head to the Dead Sea which offers the requisite blend of landscape, luminosity and luxury for which Jordan has become famed.
Flight time: 2.40 hours
Hotel: The Movenpick Petra for convenience and the Marriott Petra for spectacular views.
Price: From AED531
The island’s rich and varied history makes for multilingual state. It was colonised by the Dutch in 1598, abandoned in 1710, then taken over by the French in 1715 and seized by the British in 1810. A popular place, clearly. The reason for the prominent Asian influence is mainly due to it being situated in the Indian Ocean and as for the African dialects, Mauritius is an African state that lies only 1,132km east of Madagascar. Go there and drink in its beauty.
Flight time: 6.30 hours
Hotel: It comes with a hefty price tag but Constance Le Prince Maurice is worth splashing out on.
Price: From AED2,920 per night