Travelling adventure junkies need look no further than G Adventures Tours. The organised tours explore a country in a unique way – off the beaten track – by staying in authentic accommodation, using local transport and embracing local customs. If you can get yourself to Bali in Indonesia, G Adventures have a great seven-day trip – Classic Lombok to Bali – that explores the surrounding islands and includes activities such as snorkelling, walks, plus visits to hot springs, waterfalls, beaches, palaces, temples and more.
INFO: From Dhs2,075 per person, www.gadventures.com.
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The Seychelles is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with 115 islands encircled by coral reefs. Emirates Holidays are offering Eid escape packages that include return economy flights, a three-night stay in a three-star hotel with breakfast for two, meet and assist on arrival at Seychelles International airport and private car transfers. Build your own getaway by selecting your island, accommodation type and activities. There are loads of national parks to explore and beaches to sun yourself on, so there’s something for everyone.
INFO: Holidays start from Dhs5,000 per person, visit the Emirates Holidays shop, HolidayWorld on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, from Saturday to Thursday, 9am to 8pm; 800 5252, www.emiratesholidays.com.
Head to Qatar and check in at the glam Doha Marriott Hotel for a fab break. Their Eid Al Adha holiday package includes a complimentary upgrade to a premium deluxe room with amazing views of the Doha Skyline. Plus you get complimentary access to the private beach as well as the health club and spa. Add to that an open buffet breakfast for two guests in the Corniche Mediterranean Restaurant as well as a 25 per cent discount on all food and beverages. To sweeten the package, there's also complimentary early check in at 8am and complimentary late 8pm.
INFO: Rates start from QAR 828 (approximately Dhs828) per night/room; package available between 24October and 28October, www.dohamarrriott.com
Spacation is our new fave word. Talise Ottoman Spa offer a great range of spa days and tailor-made spacation packages, including VIP room treatments for groups of girls! Plus, if you’re really looking to indulge (and are willing to part with a hefty Dhs11,999), you can sign up for the Talise Ritual of the Royal Ottomans, an über-luxe five-day package.
INFO: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai, 04 453 0455, www.jumeirah.com.
If you feel the need for speed, or just want to make like Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder, head to Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi and take advantage of their special Eid weekend package where a family of four gets two adjacent deluxe rooms in the impressive five-star hotel, plus breakfast and day tickets to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The kids will love it! It’s close enough to easily explore Abu Dhabi, too, and you can chill out at one of the hotel’s two pools if the theme park isn’t for you. Just be prepared to be woken early by the sound of race cars screeching around the track.
INFO: From Dhs990 per night for a family of two adults and two children under 12; Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi;
02 656 0700, www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com.
Whether you’re a beginner or expert scuba diver, you must visit the Maldives as it’s one of the top diving destinations in the world. Viceroy Maldives is one of the best places to stay, and not just because of their gorgeous beach bungalows! Located on the Shaviyani Atoll, Viceroy Maldives’ dive team offers guests access to a number of charted dive sites, each with their own characteristics and points of interest, where you can spot a huge range of sea life from manta rays to turtles and tuna.
INFO: From Dhs5,454 per night for a bungalow; Viceroy Maldives, Maldives; +960 654 5000, www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/maldives.
Tilal Liwa Hotel is based on the edge of the Rub Al Khali Desert and is a great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a weekend. Chill out in the infinity pool or head into the desert for dune bashing, quad biking, and sand boarding. Great for both couples and families!
INFO: From Dhs699 for two adults per night (two children under five go free), Tilal Liwa Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 02 894 6111, www.danathotels.com.
Romance doesn’t have to come at a huge price this Eid. Luxe five-star resort Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara have launched a new Big Weekend package that includes a night stay for two in a deluxe balcony room – very Romeo and Juliet – including breakfast and champagne brunch at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Ingredients.
INFO: Dhs1,200 per couple, Dhs950 for additional nights with room only; Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara; 02 656 1000, www.abu-dhabi.anantara.com.
Predicted dates for the Eid break are Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 October!