It’s fashionable to be thrifty in this uncertain climate, so if you can’t shell out for a big family break away, why not simply check into one of the UAE’s many fabulous hotels?
We round up some of the best holiday weekend deals around the UAE.
Raise the steaks
Eid Al Fitr at the beachfront delight that is the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr means paying for two nights and staying three, giving guests more time to celebrate the holiday with friends and family.
Most rooms offer spectacular views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and the truly brave can venture out onto the private sandy beach. After which, it’s time to wind down over some of the finest steaks in the UAE at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill.
Guests also get 20 per cent off at Frankie's Italian Restaurant & Bar and at The Chocolate Gallery, where the fondue is unmissable. Book at fairmont.com/babalbahr.
Party at the Palace
Pretend you’re one of the entitled by checking in to Emirates Palace for a deluxe weekend break. The national landmark, situated on 1.3 km of private white sandy beach, is one of the most impressive hotels and conference venues ever built.
Its Eid Al Fitr package, which is valid until September 13, is priced from Dh1,235++ per night inclusive of daily dinner in Le Vendome. It includes free transfers from the hotel to Abu Dhabi or Dubai. Book at emiratespalace.com
Family, food and fish
The massive indoor sensory theme park that is Atlantis, The Palm has rolled out a special two-day Eid rate of Dh1250++ per room, per night inclusive of a long list of complementary activities.
Among these are a day at the Atlantis Kids Club or Club Rush, while all guests can enjoy unlimited complimentary access to the Aquaventure waterpark, the underwater world of The Lost Chambers and the teenage disco Club Rush. Preferential rates are also offered at several other Atlantis attractions, including Dolphin Bay.
Highlights include a special Spa Taster treatment at the Atlantis Spa costs Dh495 only over Eid, and the Eid Cool Summer Nights events at Aquaventure, which will feature a night market and where guests will be entertained in a carnival-like atmosphere with Brazilian music, fire breathers, jugglers, stilt walkers, Capoeira performers, magicians and a fireworks display at 10.30pm every night.
Rates do not include service and authority fees and packages are valid from September 11 to 13 – dates that could vary depending on the moon. Other conditions may apply.
Call the hotel to book and quote ‘Atlantis Special Eid package’.
Each of Raffles Dubai’s 246 rooms and suites is an elegant blend of Middle Eastern and Asian design infused with the four harmonious elements of Life: Earth, Air, Fire and Water and from September 9 to 19, residents can choose from a variety of special Eid packages at the hotel.
Its 70 sqm Signature Rooms start from Dh1099++ per night with a minimum three night stay. Or, for Dh1,599++, residents can upgrade to a Raffles Club Room which includes personalised check in and check out in the Raffles Club Lounge, buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, complimentary use of the private boardroom, the legendary Raffles Butler Service available round-the-clock, wireless high-speed internet, upgraded room amenities and an in room espresso machine. Reserve by calling the hotel.
Sprawled along the sunny shoreline of the emirate of Ajman is the tranquil five-star Kempinski Hotel Ajman, where you can kick back by the sea.
Sweet treats of Arabic delicacies such as dates, fruits and pastries await, coupled with the soothing delights of a Balinese or Swedish massage for two and other pampering extras.
Packages include such complimentary perks such as free internet access and an hour’s bowling with two free beverages and popcorn.
The two-night package is available at Dh1,670 for a deluxe room on a twin-sharing basis, and at Dh1,950 for an executive room on a twin-sharing basis, with the added bonus of breakfast and the facilities of the club lounge all day.
Three-night deals are on offer from Dh2,550 for a deluxe room, inclusive of a set menu meal for two at the Hai Tao Restaurant.
Guests booking online at kempinski.com also receive a complimentary F&B credit worth Dh125 per stay, redeemable at any of the hotel’s dining destinations.
RAS AL KHAIMAH
Amid stretches of desert sand in tranquil Wadi Khadeja, the protected enclave of the evergreen ghaf tree, lies the new exclusive resort of Banyan Tree Al Wadi, spanning over 100 hectares, a large portion of which are home to local desert wildlife such as Arabian gazelles, camels and oryxes, offering guests the chance to observe these gentle creatures up close.
With its 18-hold championship golf course and well-equipped spa, this is the city dweller’s ultimate break away from it all.
The hotel’s Summer of Indulgence package offers one night free for every two paid for, with room rates beginning at Dh2,130 for the Al Rimal Deluxe pool villa, inclusive of breakfast and complimentary use of the hydrothermal wellness facilities at The Rainforest spa and a choice of a dining, massage, golf or falcon show experience for two. Offer runs until September 28.
Book at banyantree.com