Exercise Into the Night
Floodlit tennis in Muscat
PLAY: Beat the heat during the day, and enjoy a game of tennis in the cool evening breeze. The Chedi Muscat has two floodlit tennis courts where you can practice your serve long after the sun goes down. Fluffy towels and water coolers are on standby, as are chic chairs for your fans. And if you’ve forgotten your kit, don’t panic, the gym has a racquet or two you can borrow.
STAY: At The Chedi Muscat (ghmhotels.com) that overlooks the Gulf of Oman. Set within 21 acres of landscaped gardens that comes complete with its own private beach, the Chedi gives you every chance to get away from it all. Ask for a Chedi Club Suite, which not only comes with a sunken bath, its own terrace, but access to The Club Lounge. Ease those muscles the following morning with a stretch in the resort’s state-of-the-art gym or in one of the hotel’s three pools. If you want to work out, choose the Long Pool, which is over 103m or if you just want to kick back and relax choose the shaded Chedi pool.
EAT: The award-winning Restaurant is a must-visit. With three open kitchens that serve up such mouthwatering meals at Keralan fish dishes and Green Thai Curry, what’s not to like?
BOOK: The Chedi’s summer offer for GCC residents is 105OMR (Dhs1,000) prpn. Fly Dubai (flydubai.com) flies direct to Muscat for around Dhs600 per person.
Full moon surfing in Hawaii
PLAY: If you’ve flown to Hawaii to sample the surf, you need to squeeze as many hours into the day as possible. Nancy Emerson Surf Clinics (surfclinics.com), who the celebs all turn to for tips, is based in Honolulu. She can do private or group lessons, and surf clinics. They are happy to take advanced surfers out into the waves during the full moon, when it’s brighter and the oncoming waves are more visible.
STAY: Stay in Hawaii’s iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, which mixes five-star luxury with traditional Hawaiian flavour. Enjoy the views of the sparkling waters of Waikiki beach with the Pinterest worthy Diamond Head volcano in the background. Rates start at Dhs2,400. Check royal-hawaiian.com/resort-offers.
EAT: Roy’s Restaurant in Honolulu (roysrestaurant.com) offers gourmet fusion Hawaiian food with local favourites. At Roy’s, you will find locally-caught seafood that comes with a European and Asian twist.
BOOK: Fly with American Airlines (aa.com) with stopovers in London and Los Angeles, starting from Dhs6,160.
Night golfing in Mauritius
PLAY: Fancy a game of golf with a difference? Then park your buggy at the Heritage Resorts in Mauritius to whack a neon-lit golf ball or two under the stars. You’ll play nine holes on the Domaine de Bel Ombre and it will just be the bamboo torches and neon golf balls that light your way. ‘It was interesting to note that during a recent night golf event, most competitors hit the ball better in the low visibility of the night than during the day,’ divulges Matthieu Millet, the Head Golf Professional.
STAY: At the luxurious Mauritian hotels and villas at Heritage Resorts. With pristine beaches, spas, a nature reserve and mouthwatering restaurants, you won’t want to stay anywhere else. Room from Dhs1,000 for Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort and Dhs4,800 for two-bedroom villa at Heritage Villas (heritageawali.mu).
EAT: Try Le Barachois (le-barachois.com) a local favourite just outside Port Louis. This open-air restaurant that’s surrounded by mountains serves freshly caught seafood from its own lake.
BOOK: Fly with Emirates (emirates.com) direct from Dhs5,700.
Night diving in the Maldives
PLAY: The world of the deep doesn’t go to sleep when the rest of us do. So pull on your BCD, light up your torch and get ready to explore the picture-perfect coral reefs at the Anantara Kihavah Resort. Look for moray eels, parrotfish and the odd lobster or two. And you don’t have to worry about missing out if you can’t dive, snorkellers at Anantara can now take in the sights too thanks to their bio-fluorescence snorkeling trips.
STAY: The Anantara Kihavah (kihavah-maldives.anantara.com) is the antidote to fast-paced city life. If you’re not exploring the deep, or taking a walk on their long private beach, you can book into the spas, practice your yoga moves and even take a cooking class too. Prices start at Dhs4,000 for a beach pool villa.
EAT: If you haven’t had enough of your underwater experience, you can dine under the waves at the Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky restaurant. Just try not to miss your mouth when Nemo and his friends swim past.
BOOK: Fly with Emirates directly to the Maldives’ capital city Male, from Dhs1,400 (emirates.com).
Night skiing in Chamonix
PLAY: As the stars come out the floodlights come on, so forget about rushing for the last lift when you’re holidaying in Chamonix. The Bossons Massif on the valley floor gives you a red run to play with every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from December to May. If you want to practice going switch without your friends seeing, this is probably the best time to do it.
STAY: Enjoy a little alpine flavour at the five-star Le Hameau Albert 1er (hameaualbert.fr). You can get your culture fix thanks to the antique furniture, then ease your muscles with a trip to the spa. Prices start at Dhs720 in summer; Dhs900 in winter.
EAT: At the French fusion L’impossible restaurant set in a 18th-century barn. So treat those tastebuds by booking a table at restaurant-impossible.com.
BOOK: Fly with British Airways to London Heathrow for around Dhs1,900, then on to Geneva for about Dhs700 (britishairways.com). From the Geneva Airport, buses leave every day to transfer guests to Chamonix, for Dhs160 (sat-montblanc.com)