Eid Al-Adha 2018: 10 Eid Escapes Less Than 5 Hours Away

Keen for a quick getaway during the upcoming Eid al-Adha? We've found 10 top destinations that won't cost you an entire day of traveling
ByAndre NevelingThursday , 02 August 2018
Eid Al-Adha 2018: 10 Eid Escapes Less Than 5 Hours Away
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Maldives

Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours
There are plenty reasons to visit the Maldives, which is why many tourists return to the islands time and time again. From its pristine and serene beaches, magnificent corals and sea life to the picturesque sunsets and stunning resorts, the tropical islands are unlike anything else in the world.
Stay at: Finolhu is a refreshing, retro-inspired burst of fun for the region, bringing toes-in-the-sand relaxation to fun-loving visitors looking for the best DJs, live acts and most fabulously chic events in the Maldives. The rooms have a distinct Bohemian feel to them and feature unique furniture designs like crystal chandeliers, retro cane seating and Marshall speakers. It’s our fave!
INFO: finolhu.com

Nairobi, Kenya

Flight time from Dubai: 5 hours
The first things that spring to mind when we hear ‘Kenya’ are ‘wildlife safari’ and ‘Maasai Mara’. But there is much more to Kenya than just safaris and Lion King vibes. Away from the vast savannah grasslands, Kenya’s amazing landscapes, especially in the Rift Valley and Central Kenya, are riddled with exciting adventure trails.
Stay at: Offering the perfect fusion of European luxury and Kenyan hospitality, Villa Rosa Kempinski is perfectly positioned between the city and countryside. The hotel is one of the city’s most recognisable venues and features an array of top dining destinations, a spa, heated outdoor swimming pool, shops, fitness area and various other
luxe facilities.
INFO: kempinski.com/nairobi/villa-rosa

Kathmandu, Nepal

Flight time from Dubai: 3 hours, 45 minutes
Nepal has variety of internal destinations on offer, but its capital city Kathmandu is a great place to start exploring the culturally rich country. It’s an incredibly diverse historic city with breath-taking Newari architecture, centuries-old sites along with dedicated tourist-friendly accommodations and restaurants. In fact, stepping into Kathmandu is like stepping into another world that everybody should experience at least once.
Stay at: Kathmandu is colourful, busy and exciting, but if you seek peace and serenity in the middle of all the madness, look no further than the one-of-a-kind The Dwarika’s Kathmandu. The stunning heritage hotel takes its inspiration from the architectural grandeur of Newari royal palaces and houses an extensive collection of artefacts from the 13th century onwards.
INFO: dwarikas.com

Salalah, Oman

Flight time from Dubai: 2 hours
Thanks to its khareef (monsoon) season, Salalah is rich with greenery and among its wildlife are dolphins, leopards and hyenas. For an authentic taste of Salalah, you can buy fresh coconuts, bananas and papayas at the roadside, then wander around ancient ruins that date back more than 2,000 years. It’s said that the Sultan prefers to spend time here more than anywhere else in his land, and we can see why.
Stay at: Salalah Rotana Resort is a landmark five-star hotel nestled along the shores of the Indian Ocean. The 400-room property elevates the city’s reputation for luxury hospitality and is carved from desert rock, rising out of the water, resembling an oasis with an elaborate network of Venetian-style waterways.
INFO: rotana.com/oman/salalah

Athens, Greece

Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours, 30 minutes 
Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. These days it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Europe thanks to its iconic ancient ruins. The bustling nightlife scene and world-famous cuisine are even more reasons to swing by. 
Stay at: Semiramis Hotel, designed by Karim Rashid, may be one of the brightest, quirkiest hotels you have laid your eyes on. Located in the affluent and leafy suburb of Kifissia, the hotel is in the heart of evolving Athens, surrounded by high-end boutiques, restaurants and cafés.
INFO: semiramis.athenshotels.it

Amman, Jordan

Flight time from Dubai: 3 hours
Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. In the commercial heart of the city, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, smart restaurants, art galleries and boutiques rub shoulders comfortably with traditional coffee shops and tiny artisans’ workshops. Everywhere there is evidence of the city’s much older past.
Stay at: Fairmont Amman is a five-star luxury hotel with a prestigious address in the 5th circle of Amman, centrally located within walking distance of the city’s most affluent neighbourhoods. Within this ancient city, the Fairmont Amman hotel stands as a modern urban oasis of 317 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites with simply unparalleled views of the stunning Amman hills.
INFO: fairmont.com/amman

Baku, Azerbaijan

Flight time from Dubai: 3 hours
Baku sits on the coast of the Caspian Sea, a point of interest in a city that’s practically surrounded by desert. This quirky contrasting trait is a recurring theme all over the capital city of Azerbaijan. At once historical and ultra-modern, Baku houses several UNESCO-stamped monuments and palaces, as well as sleek buildings like the iconic Flame Towers and Heydar Aliyev Center. After enjoying a lovely stroll at the seafront, take a ride on the funicular and get a panoramic view of the glittering skyline. Or pay a visit to Mini Venice on Baku Boulevard, where you can ride one of the gondolas.
Stay at: Amid cypress-lined boardwalks and café-filled streets, the exceptional Fairmont Baku – part of the iconic Flame Towers complex – has 318 superbly appointed guest rooms, including 19 serviced apartments and an array of Fairmont Gold options.
INFO: fairmont.com/baku

Tbilisi, Georgia

Flight time from Dubai: 3 hours, 30 minutes
If Georgia is the budget European travel gem, then Tbilisi is its crown jewel. Experience the town’s old-world charm with a leisurely stroll through the streets, and visit the old buildings that represent a tie to the lingering past. This beautiful destination shines even more once you meet the warm and welcoming people. Their hospitality will stay with you long after you leave.
Stay at: With a city centre location and modern amenities, the Tbilisi Marriott Hotel is an ideal destination for your Eid escape. The moment you step into the stunning atrium-style lobby, with its twinkling crystal chandeliers, you’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere special.
INFO: marriott.com

Cyprus

Flight time from Dubai: 3 hours, 30 minutes
When most of us think of Cyprus, we’ve either heard of, or experienced, the wild parties of Ayia Napa on the southeast coast. Fortunately, if you prefer a more cultural experience – otherwise known as the real Cyprus – there is a whole island of treasures awaiting you in the Mediterranean. From Larnaka’s eye-catching seaside promenade to Aphrodite’s birthplace in Pafos, the island is both beautiful and fascinating.
Stay at: Almyra is a top choice for anyone seeking a ‘less ordinary’ holiday. With two in-sync experiences catering equally to couples and fun-loving families alike, this chilled-chic hotel is all about carefree Mediterranean living
with a very cool, contemporary twist.
INFO: almyra.com

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Flight time from Dubai: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Few destinations are more spectacular than Sri Lanka, the paradise island that we can reach in four fast hours. The capital is often overlooked as a holiday destination – instead seen as somewhere to stay for a night to break up your journey, before venturing further into the country. But take our word for it – it’s a must-visit destination in its own right.
Stay at: The Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo benefits from a prime location by the sea that is in the heart of the business district and buzzing social hotspot. A personal tropical sanctuary that is perfect for escaping the city, it offers some of the finest, most modern accommodation in the city, with 500 guest rooms and suites, and 41 serviced apartments.
INFO: shangri-la.com/colombo/shangrila

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