6 holiday escapes under Dhs2,000
Still yet to decide on where to go on holiday this year? Don’t fret, you’re not alone. To help you, we’ve put together a list of incredible destinations that won’t break the bank. They're also packed with fun, relaxation options and the most beautiful sights. Perfect for snapping scenery pics.
To start with, here's a list of staycations in the UAE...
Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
If you’ve decided to stay back in the UAE for the summer the Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, has a great deal for you. As part of their Eid deal, the hotel is offering complimentary access to Ferrari World or Yas Waterworld, along with a 20 per cent discount on selected spa services and 15 per cent discount at all its restaurants (excluding room service). Guests will also be provided with a complimentary shuttle service to Yas beach and Yas Mall. Shopping, sandy beaches, water parks and an adventure park all in one location. This will definitely keep you entertained.
Price: Dhs812 per night (all inclusive).
JA Resorts is offering up to 30 per cent off to UAE residents provided they book 3+ nights at any of its hotels. Guests will also receive 15 per cent discount on spa treatments and 20 per cent on dining. Located just outside the city, the Hatta Fort Hotel offers activities such as tennis, mini-golf and archery. Ideal with an activity stay-cay is more your thing. Other properties of this group include, JA Palm Tree Court, JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, JA Ocean View Hotel and the JA Oasis Beach Tower.
Price: Rates start from around Dhs890 per night (excluding taxes and fees).
Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort
The luxurious Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah has a great deal for the holidays this season. The resort is offering special rates, along with a complimentary breakfast buffet and 20 per cent off spa services. The hotel that is nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Hajjar mountains, is the perfect place to be this Eid. For the adventure enthusiasts, they have fun activities like mini golf, diving and other water sports.
Price: Prices start from Dhs1,099 per night (excluding taxes).
Insider's tips to unlocking the fun...
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Fancy jetting out of the sandpit and into another timezone? Read on...
Experience another country
The Maldives is a great place to relax and unwind during the holidays. Think water sports, amazing island cuisine and relaxing spa treatments, most resorts in Maldives offer all this and a lot more. One of the most popular to visit is the Sheraton Maldives, which is only 15km away from the airport by boat. Book the beach villa with its amazing views of the sea, private pool, hammock and sun loungers then spend your hols gazing at nature at its best.
INFO: Direct flights to Maldives start from Dhs1,942 with Flydubai, sheratonmaldives.com
Zanzibar is fast becoming the new go-to travel destination for nature and adventure enthusiasts. Set along a turquoise sea, Zanzibar is packed with white sandy beaches and fun water sport activities. Whether you choose to take a pleasure cruise on the ocean or experience reef diving or snorkelling, this destination has something for everyone.
Price: Flights to Zanzibar start from Dhs1,759 with Kenya Airways (via Nairobi), jafferjihouse.net
Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg in South Africa is a longer flight away from Dubai but the end result vacation is totally worth the extra hours. Offering visitors a unique and diverse experience, the buzzing metropolis has rich cultural heritage and a buzzing nightlife and dining scene, making it the perfect do-all escape. While you’re there, experience the Lion Park (home to many African wildlife species) and the world-famous Soweto Township, which Nelson Mandela once called home. Stay at the luxurious Saxon which is one of the city’s best hotels, and is conveniently located close to various malls and tourist sights.
INFO: Flights to Johannesburg start from Dhs1,620 with Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis Ababa), saxon.co.za