HOLIDAY IN THE UAE
Taking to the mountains and beaches of RAK this summer comes with an extra set of perks besides the beautiful views – the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has a special UAE residents offer going so you can indulge in a staycation too. Cop 20 per cent discounts on room rates, free access to the kids club with personalised cookies and a glass of milk for little ones at turn down, and access to the swimming pools and beach. The package also includes breakfast and lunch or dinner. From Dh1,020; call 07 203 5555.
The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi is combining a classic summer getaway – the waterpark – with a fun stay offer. Swim and Stay offer includes Yas Waterworld bronze tickets for two kids and two adults each, breakfast for the family and accommodation. Until September 24. Call 02 690 9000.
Rotana properties are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a 25 per cent discount on accommodation and F&B outlets across all their hotels and resorts, including their UAE hotels. Valid until September 3; visit rotana.com.
Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort has a stay offer that’s all things for all people – the Dh399 per night package includes 30 per cent discounts on water sports for thrill seekers and massage treatments for leisure hunters and kids can get creative with cooking and decorating classes. Includes breakfast too. Valid until August 31; call 02 801 2222.
More for less is the summer mantra at Dusit International hotels thanks to their Bonus Night Encore promotion – you get the third night free when you book three consecutive nights at one of the participating hotels. The good news is hotels in the UAE are part of the offer too! Visit dusit.com for details.
The four-star Tilal Liwa hotel has an offer that makes the idea of spending a broiling weekend in the Empty Quarter desert highly appealing. The Summer Package starts from Dh249, inclusive of breakfast and lets you stay in rooms overlooking the hotel’s lush gardens. When the weather gets too hot to handle slip into the temperaturecontrolled swimming pool to cool off. While you’re there, grab their 25 per cent discounts on spa treatments and in-house dining. Call 02 894 6111.
FRESH NEW AMSTERDAM ITINERARY
You’ve tiptoed through Amsterdam’s tulips and pedalled past its many canals on cycles; give your next trip to the Netherlands a sparkling new twist with the Conservatorium hotel’s Shiny Summer Package – the two nights’ package includes a tour of the 19th century Gassan Diamonds factory where you can interact with gemstone experts and see the precious gems take form from rough stones. The package also includes a private canal boat trip, a Delft Blue shopping experience that will educate you all about the traditional blue-and-white Dutch pottery style and an afternoon tea experience. From Dh3,342 per night. Call +31 20 570 00 00 or visit conservatoriumhotel.com.
SAY YES TO SAUDI
Holidayed in Oman more times than you can count? There’s another friendly neighbour you can visit – Saudi Arabia. In the capital, Riyadh there’s plenty to do, from exploring it’s many archaeological sites such as the Masmak Fort, the five old gates to sighting a pieces of outer space at the National Museum of Saudi Arabia where the ‘Camel’s Hump’ meteorite fragment resides. The Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh is running a summer offer perfect for those who want to stay in the city for long and discover it at leisure – the package opens up the five-star hotel’s rooms from Dh978 inclusive of your very own personal butler. Valid until September 10; call +966 11 273 2222.