Eight Eid escapes from Dubai you need on your bucket list
Pack your bags for a dream vacation this Eid…
Planning on heading out of Dubai for Eid this August? With the long weekend likely to fall on Tuesday August 21, we’re already mentally packing our bags. So if you’re with us, we’ve rounded up eight dreamy Eid escapes you need to book right now.
Jebel Akhdar, Oman
Escape to cooler mountain climates this Eid, as GCC residents will be able to get 15 per cent off stays at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, which is 15-20 degrees cooler than the rest of GCC. Located two hours drive from Muscat and one of the highest resorts in the world, it’s perched on the edge of a canyon in the Hajar Mountains of northern Oman, so you’ll get spectacular views from the room. While you’re there, take in the mountain air at the cave villages and visit Damask rose valleys as well as the nearby ruins of Niwza. You can also try Arab specialties in a fort tower, dine in a private canyon and then unwind at the resort with spa and hammam, or soak in one of the temperature controlled infinity pools.
Ananara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman, rates start from Dhs1,049 per person including daily breakfast and dinner. anantara.com
Coco Bodu Hithi, Maldives
Located just a 40-minute speedboat ride away from the Male International Airport, this five-star Maldivian resort with miles of secluded beaches is ideal for those looking for an escape with a slower pace. Stay for four nights but pay for three including complimentary transfers, dinner, dates and chocolates. You’ll also get a ten per cent discount on all treatments at Coco spa. While you’re there, be sure to experience a sunset cruise, swim with Manta rays, meet the Hawksbill turtles and explore the exotic colours of the reef’s inhabitants with a snorkeling trip.
Coco Bodu Hithi, Maldives, Aug 12 o 31, minimum four night stay, from Dhs1,837 per night. cococollection.com
Culture meets the coast at Bodrum, the Turkish city. Set on the Aegean coastline, a deal with Six Senses Kaplankaya allows you to get an additional night free when you book a four-night stay. While you’re there, you can take part in the resort’s Family Experiences which includes daily fitness classes, wellness talks, hiking, biking and coastal walks with experienced guides. Cooking classes will also be offered to guests as well as helicopter sightseeing trips to various Greek Islands.
Six Senses Kaplankaya, Bodrum, Turkey, minimum four night stay, from Dhs1,506 per night. sixsenses.com
At the Conrad Bali, you can stay from Dhs399 per night with breakfast over Eid, while visiting local beaches, explore Indonesian temples, watch ancient fire dances and practice yoga in a local sanctuary. Feeling a more relaxing holiday? Just soak up the sunsets for the resorts stunning poolside.
Conrad Bali, Bali, Indonesia, Eid rates from Dhs399 including breakfast, return flights with Emirates to Denpasar from Dhs5275. Tel: (+62) 361 778 788. conradhotels.com
If you’re looking for a city escape with a mix of culture, shopping and beaches, head to the Spanish capital of Madrid. You can spend four nights here with a discount of up to 35 per cent on stays lasting three days or more at Barcelo Torre de Madrid when booking online, with a city tour package. Don’t go without marveling masterpieces by Velazquez Goy and El Greco at Museo Nacional Del Prado, lose yourself around the ornate halls of Royal palace of Madrid or stroll around the city’s main square, the Plaza mayor.
Barcelo Torre de Madrid, four-night stay from Dhs3,006, city packages from Dhs210. Barcelo.com
A chocolate lover’s paradise and home to the watch industry, Geneva is famed for its shopping streets. And nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva and overlooking the Mont Blanc is the Beau-Rivage Geneva hotel, mere footsteps away from the city. You can enjoy luxury shopping at Rue du Rhone and tuck into sweets in the boutiques of Geneva’s master chocolatiers.
Beau-Rivage Geneva hotel, Geneva, Switzerland, family package from Dhs2,860 including a 50 per cent discount on a second room and breakfast. beau-rivage.ch
Dubai-based wellness retreat TonicMuse is taking to Sri Lanka for the Eid weekend, with a week-long revival package designed with maximum relaxation in mind. Starting on August 16 to 23, prices start from Dhs5,000 including 7 nights accommodation at Jasper House in Sri Lanka full board (based on two people sharing) and all activities throughout the week. Guests will enjoy a private villa by the beach, personal chefs on hand and daily resort activities such as yoga, meditation, cooking classes, surfing and even swimming with turtles.
TonicMuse wellness retreat, Jasper House, Sri Lanka, August 16 to 23, from Dhs,5000 excluding flights. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, the secret’s out about Georgia and its fantastic mountain scenery, clandestine vineyards, and lip-smacking Khinkali dumplings. Last year, Georgia hosted something like 90,000 tourists from the Middle East. Before the rest of the world catches on, head to the capital this Eid. There’s a charm to Tbilisi that begs to be explored; hidden, cobbled streets open up to beautiful green parks, and dimly lit basements hide some of the liveliest and best restaurants in the country. As a perfect base for exploring, stay three nights in a classic room at the five-star Ambassadori Tbilisi, including breakfast and return tickets with fly Dubai.
Ambassadori Tbilisi, Georgia, dnata package starts at Dhs3564 for two people including flights and accommodation.dnatatravel.com