Luxury To Budget: 4 Of The Best UAE Staycations
Best for luxury: La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK
If stunning city views and ultimate luxury sounds like your idea of bliss, look no further. Located in the heart of City Walk, La Ville Hotel and Suites, is a beautiful 5-star boutique hotel. The charming low-rise hotel, part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection hotel, embodies a sociable setting and relaxed vibe.
Offering tailored cosmopolitan experiences, the hotel comprises of 77 rooms, 11 suites, and 68 apartments. The modern rooms are spacious and ooze urban luxury through décor led by sophisticated neutral furnishings, combined with contemporary artistic twists.
F&B wise, you certainly won’t go hungry here. La Ville Hotel and Suites also offers an array of distinct food and beverage concepts, including Chival, GRAZE, Grapeskin and Look-Up.
Chival is social eatery that is focused on healthy and thoughtfully sourced produce with light and airy interiors that include seating in the courtyard. Grapeskin is a standalone grape bar and kitchen decked with chic industrial furnishings. GRAZE gastro-grill serves a social culinary experience that is focused on prime cuts, but also serves seafood and vegetarian choices. Look Up lounge, by the rooftop pool, looks over the awe-inspiring views of Burj Khalifa. Perfect for after-dinner drinks and catch up with pals.
If you’re staying for the weekend, be sure to stay for brunch. Chival’s Just Brunch offers a more refined interpretation of the extravagant Friday Brunch fare, serving a menu which includes everything from eggs Benedicts, smoked salmon to avocado croissant. As the brunch rumbles on, there are delicious beverages and a full-blown drinks trolley with condiments ideal for a perfect Friday. With prices starting at only Dhs199, it’s also easy on the wallet.
Shopper’s dream: CityMax Al Barsha at the Mall
There are plenty reasons to love Al Barsha, from the authentic roadside dining destinations to the nightlife. But most of all, it’s home to one of our all-time favourite shopping destinations, Mall of the Emirates.
Located in the heart of Al Barsha community, the affordable CityMax Al Barsha at the Mall is the perfect spot for those wanting to splurge their hard-earned cash at the nearby mall. Care for a skiing vacation in the desert? How about shopping for gold or catching a movie in IMAX? When you’re staying at Citymax, it’s all just a few moments away.
With several options such as the Huddle Sports Bar & Grill for a pint, Maxx Music Bar for a live performance, an all-day dining restaurant City Café, 24-hour Lavazza coffee shop and the Aqua Pool Bar, the hotel itself is also a popular hangout, and the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of shopping.
And what is a staycation without a pool? The outdoor temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool is the quintessential chill pill, giving you just the right amount of relaxation without getting boring or mundane. How does it do that? Thanks to its sunny location, pool bar and striking views, you can catch a tan too while you’re at it.
Each of its 376 guest rooms provide contemporary comforts such as free WiFi and loads more. Citymax also offers a neat and nifty rooftop pool and a sophisticated gym. The rooms are cosy, comfy and cost effective. This makes it the classic choice for those looking for a hassle-free stay in a central location with facilities they’ve come to expect in their daily lives. In fact, Citymax has everything you need for a fun and affordable stay.
INFO: For bookings and more info, visit citymaxhotels.com
Idyllic island: Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Set on a spectacular 9km stretch of pristine white beach on Abu Dhabi’s breath-taking Saadiyat Island, featuring idyllic beaches that are home to indigenous Hawksbill turtles, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the upcoming Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum, newcomer Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is fast becoming our favourite hotel in all of Abu Dhabi.
And who can blame us? It’s a one-of-a-kind five-star property with a regal presence, with striking modern Arabic architecture and uninterrupted Arabian Gulf views.
The uniquely-designed 327 rooms and suites and 13 beach villas are modern and spacious, and reflect the resort’s premier beach-side setting. You will find a range of accommodation options to suit your staycation needs, including Club Rotana executive rooms with added privileges and personalised service.
The resort also features a whopping eight modern dining options that promise fresh ingredients, authentic flavours and new culinary experiences. From Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar, for Italian classics, Hamilton’s Gastropub, a lively nightspot serving brews along with British/American classics to Turtle Bay Bar & Grill, offering a stunning rooftop bar, you will be spoiled for choice, and won’t need to leave the resort during your stay.
For the ultimate relaxation, you will find solace at Zen the spa at Rotana offering Turkish and Moroccan Hammam and 10 treatment rooms; or make the most the outdoor pool, two tennis courts, one multi-sports court, mini golf course and beach club.
Needless to say, the picturesque beach with its azure waters and white sand is one of the best in all of the UAE, and can easily be mistaken for the Maldives.
The good news is that you can take advantage of this stunning property thanks to its new ‘brunch and stay’ package. Starting at only Dhs1,620, you’ll get a comfy room for the night, a Friday brunch for two and even a breakfast buffer before your departure. And that’s exactly why we can’t get enough of Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas.
INFO: For more info and bookings, visit rotana.com
Newbie in RAK: CityMax Ras Al Khaimah
Whether it’s an adventure-filled visit to the popular Emirate for the world’s longest zipline at the Jebel Jais Mountains, or for a more leisurely trip to soak up the sun next to the pool or a private beach, escaping the city and heading to RAK is always a good idea.
The good news is that there is a newbie hotel in town that won’t break the bank – the recently opened CityMax Ras Al Khaimah. The hotel is centrally located in the Al Nakheel area by the creek, just steps from the Free Trade Zone and RAK Exhibition Centre. A walking distance to two major shopping malls, it’s also a stone's throw away from the souks and historical sites of the Emirates’ old city, as well as Jebel Jais mountains. In fact, it’s perfectly located for exploring the city and its natural beauty.
Of course, the 204 guest rooms provide contemporary comforts such as free WiFi, plus there’s a complimentary shuttle to the public beach offering guests towels and beach mats.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective stay in RAK, it doesn’t get better than this.
INFO: For bookings and more info, visit citymaxhotels.com