Home is where the hol­i­day is

Friday - - Welcome to Friday -

There was a time when a stay­ca­tion was pitch­ing a tent in the desert, cook­ing on a bar­be­cue and even­tu­ally hav­ing a ‘shower’ with a wet wipe to clean off the worst of the sand and smoke. But now stylish stay­ca­tions mean ex­plor­ing the five-star dream des­ti­na­tions on our doorstep with­out the fuss of a long­haul flight, chang­ing money or hav­ing to learn any for­eign phrases. With re­sorts here that ri­val global hotspots like the Sey­chelles and the Mal­dives, you can sim­ply turn up with an overnight bag and have a weekend to re­mem­ber.

As the count­down to Eid be­gins, we put the best ho­tels close to home to the test, try­ing out the myr­iad cui­sine, spas and beaches. You can check out the re­sults on page 68 where we’ve named the best fam­ily-friendly, ro­man­tic and ad­ven­tur­ous ho­tels. It was a tough job for the Fri­day team – we put on weight fine din­ing and be­came ob­sessed with high-oc­tane rides and wa­ter sports – but it was worth it. Check out the beauty guide to hol­i­day hair and make-up on

page 44 too so you look your best beach­side. Un­til next week,

Karen Pasquali Jones

Ed­i­tor

kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

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