Here is Ahlan!'s round-up of the most egg-cellent ways to spend Easter!
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Tea Time at Armani Lounge has added classic Easter specialties to the menu. Truffled egg salad sandwiches on brioche, smoked salmon with cream cheese on pumpernickel, a golden egg on a chocolate pillow, and a berry profiterole with lemon crémeux are just a few of the foodie highlights. INFO: Special Easter afternoon tea menu available until Thu 15 April, daily from 3pm-6pm, Dhs185 per person, Dhs320 per couple, Armani Hotel Dubai, 04 888 3666, armanihoteldubai.com.
It will be an egg-tastic Easter at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers’ Nosh Restaurant. A family-friendly Sunday brunch will offer traditional Easter dishes and an Easter-themed dessert display of pretty eggs, a choco-vanilla fountain, cakes and candies. Kids will be in for a treat with lots of fun activities and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. INFO: Sun 1 April, 12.30pm-4pm, Dhs179 per person (soft beverage package), Dhs289 per person (selected house beverage package), kids aged 6-12 gets a 50% discount, kids under 6 dine for free, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, 04 438 0000, movenpick.com
Amwaj Rotana is planning a special Easter brunch on the hotel’s terrace, with a buffet of traditional specialties. A huge kids’ zone will keep the little ones entertained with games and activities such as egg painting, face painting, balloon sculpting and a chocolate treat hunt. What’s more, you can also enjoy Easter goodies at Atrium lobby lounge from 24 March until 1 April. INFO: Sun 1 April, 12.30pm-4.30pm, Dhs259 per person (soft beverage package), Dhs395 per person (house beverage and cocktail package), Dhs725 per person (house beverage with bubbly package), Dhs99 for children aged 6-14, Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR, 04 428 2000, rotana.com
Zero Gravity will be hosting a big, colourful Sunday Easter brunch with special Easter-themed food and beverage stations, live tunes, and all-day pool and beach access. INFO: Sun 1 April, from 10am onwards, Dhs249 for ladies, Dhs299 for men, Zero Gravity, 04 399 0009, 0-gravity.ae
Head to Azur Restaurant to enjoy a feast at the Raffle’s Easter Brunch. Live cooking stations, music and entertainment for all ages are the order of the day at a traditional Easter brunch complete with a wide array of sweet treats, and a separate kids’ buffet and juice station. INFO: Fri 30 March, 1pm-4.30pm, Dhs300 per person with soft beverages, Dhs450 per person with house beverages, children under the age of 6 dine for free (up to two children per two paying adults), children under 12 dine for Dhs150, Raffles Dubai, 04 324 8888, raffles.com
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal has carefully curated a fun Easter Day for the whole family. Giornotte is hosting a delicious brunch with live cooking stations, serving everything from freshly shucked oysters, scallops and foie gras to wagyu beef, all complemented by a cheese room and seven beverage stations. For the kids, Ritz Kidz has planned out an Easter programme with educational, physical and creative activities, with crafts, egg painting, bunny origami classes, Lego building, sand art workshops, team games, and egg-and-spoon races on the beach. Kids can also learn how to make chocolate Easter eggs from the hotel’s executive pastry chef. INFO: Fri 30 March, 1pm-4pm at Giornette, Dhs620 (bubbly package), Dh495 (house beverage package), Dhs370 (soft drink package), 50 per cent savings for children aged 6-11 years, complimentary dining for children aged 5 years and below, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, 02 818 8888, ritzcarlton.com.
There’s a whole range of special Easter treats on sale at Marks & Spencer. From the delicious selection of mouth-watering hot cross buns that are available in lots of yummy flavours, to Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and mini eggs, there’s a lot to choose from. Perfect for a gift... or to eat all by yourself! INFO: Available at Marks & Spencer stores across the UAE, Dhs16 (pack of four hot cross buns), Dhs19 (caramel eggs), Dhs23 (milk chocolate bunny), Dhs45 (Cheeky Chicks), Dhs89 (chocolate Easter eggs), marksandspencer.com/ae
If you fancy a night of fun and games this Easter, look no further as Lock, Stock & Barrel has everything you need. Head over to the popular bar for a massive Golden Egg Hunt, along with live music, scrumptious food and refreshing drinks. Golden eggs will be hidden around the venue and, if you find the right one, the Easter bunny will shower you with egg-citing prizes. Watch out though, because some of those hidden eggs will also contain booby prizes – eek! INFO: Fri 30 March at 10.30pm, Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights, Dubai, 04 514 919; Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, 04 520 0049, lsbdubai.com
At the London Social Good Friday brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, a lavish dessert station will feature traditional and picture-perfect Easter treats. Children can look forward to a plethora of fun-filled activities, too. INFO: Fri 30 March, 1pm-4pm, Dhs395 per person with signature mocktails, fresh juices and soft beverages, Dhs495 per person or Dhs590 per person with a custom selection of premium beverages, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence, 04 318 6150, ritzcarlton.com
Beefing up the signature Gaucho Roast, Easter style, Gaucho is offering two main course roasts for the price of one. Take your pick from Gaucho’s popular bife de chorizo or bife de ancho. Also, a kids’ station complete with fun-filled activities will keep the kiddies happily engaged. INFO: Sat 31 March and Sun 1 April, 12pm-11.30pm, Sharing (minimum of 4 guests) Dhs430 per person, Taste of Argentina (minimum of 2 guests) Dhs455 for food set menu, Dhs570 with beverage pairing, Gaucho DIFC, 04 422 7898, gauchorestaurants.com
The Egg-streme Easter brunch at Fairmont The Palm will be a complete family day out. The grown-ups will get the chance to enjoy food and drinks from the hotel’s top restaurants, Flow Kitchen, Little Miss India, Frevo and Seagrill. There will be live music, scrumptious foodie delights, and later, an after-brunch party where brunch guests will get complimentary drinks. Not only will there be face painting, a magic show and an Easter egg hunt for the children, there will even be a petting zoo, complete with baby goats, bunnies, parrots and more. INFO: Fri 30 March, 12.30pm-3.30pm, Dhs295 per person (soft drinks package), Dhs395 per person (house beverage package), Dhs495 per person (bubbly package), Dhs180 for children aged 6-12 years, children under 6 dine free, The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Resort, 04 457 3388, fairmont.com
Emirates Palace Hotel is throwing a big Easter picnic especially for families in its West Wing Garden. The menu includes char-grilled meats and vegetables, and there will be a dessert hut serving fresh waffles and crêpes, as well as an ice cream truck. An Easter egg hunt and a host of other activities should help to keep the kids happy while you lounge on the hotel’s lush green lawns. INFO: Sat 31 March, 2pm-5pm, Easter Egg Hunt at 3pm, Easter picnic Dhs465 per person including BBQ menu, each picnic basket includes half bottle of bubbles, Dhs230 for children aged 10-12 years and children under 6 dine free, Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi, 02 690 9000, emiratespalace.ae
Endless fun egg-tivities for the whole family will be on offer at the Day & Night Restaurant at Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights. There will be an unlimited Easter buffet with dishes such as roast lamb with crispy roast potatoes and beef stroganoff, as well as a live cooking station. A kids’ corner will offer a separate buffet for the little ones, with fun activities like egg hunting and face painting. INFO: Sun 1 April, from midday to 3.30pm, Dhs59 per person for adults, half price for children aged 6-11 years, Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel Suites & Apartments, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 381 88 88, mercuredubaihotel.com
With various Easter-themed competitions at Atlantis The Palm from 25 March until 7 April, adults and kids alike will find a wide range of egg-citing activities. From an underwater egg hunt in the Ambassador Lagoon to a Big Bunny Bash at the Atlantis Kids Club, there is a lot to choose from. Restaurants at Atlantis are also offering Easter-themed brunches, high-tea and dinner. We’re in! INFO: Various activities on 25 March-7 April, Atlantis The Palm, 04 426 2626, atlantisthepalm.com