Looking to make the most of the upcoming holidays by getting out of the UAE? Here are the deals you need to make it a memorable getaway…
The long Eid weekend is incoming next week, and with an extra long one ahead for both public and private sectors, it’s the perfect time to make the most of the time off and book yourself a getaway. Read on for our pick of some of the best holidays deals from the UAE.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Fancy celebrating the season with a holiday for the whole extended family (or just a bevy of mates?). Koh Samui’s Samujana Villas is offering 20 per cent off its four, five, six and eight-bedroom villas until the end of June. There’s a host of entertainment on site and kids will not only stay for free, they’ll enjoy complimentary meals for the duration of their stay too.
Samujana Villas, Koh Samui, Thailand, from Dhs4,475 per night based on eight people sharing a four-bedroom villa, minimum four-night stay applies. samujana.com
Koh Khood, Thailand
The stunning resort of Soneva Kiri is found on Thailand’s least populated island, Koh Kood and promises a haven of luxury and authenticitiy. Spread across 34 lavish pool villas, spread among the beaches, hillsides and clifftops, this summer, stay at Soneva Kiri between June 1 and July 21 and get 25 per cent off when you stay 4 nights, or 28 per cent off when you stay 7 nights. With a four night stay, you’ll also receive one complimentary Koh Kood Discovery per guest, or stay 7 nights and enjoy a 50 per cent discount off domestic round-trip transfers.
Soneva Kiri, Koh Khood, Thailand, 25 per cent discount available on stays from June 1 to July 21, minimum four night stay. soneva.com
Set on peaceful Karon Beach, the all-action Centara Grand Phuket has its own waterpark and offers all manner of water sports and live entertainment, as well as an award-winning spa. There’s 20 per cent off advance bookings until the end of the year too.
Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand, three-night packages from Dhs3,973 including breakfast and return flights from Dubai to Phuket. emiratesholidays.com
Set on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, The Residence Mauritius offers visitors the chance to create their own tailor-made itinerary, taking in everything from UNESCO World Heritage site visits and spa appointments to kids’ yoga classes and babysitting. It’s offering 30 per cent off stays until the end of August on all bookings made this month.
The Residence Mauritius, Mauritius, from Dhs782 per night. cenizaro.com
Baku may have become known for its oil and gas industry and staggeringly modern, Zaha Hadid-designed cultural centre, but it still offers plenty for history buffs. This package includes tours and tickets museums and attractions, meaning you’ll be able to make the most of a short Eid stay.
Staybridge Suites, Baku, Azerbaijan, three-night packages from Dhs2,899 including breakfast, tours and return flights. musafir.com
Want to spend as much time as possible exploring and as little as possible in the air? Just a one hour flight away, the Grand Hyatt Muscat occupies a prime waterfront location, making it ideal for both days lazing on the beach and evenings spent taking in the historic sights and sounds of the Omani capital.
Grand Hyatt, Muscat, Oman, three-night packages from Dhs4,342 including return flights from Abu Dhabi to Muscat. dnatatravel.com
Set on one of the Seychelles most picturesque islands, The H Resort Beau Vallon is ideal for those looking to combine a slower pace of life for the adults with all manner of activities to keep children busy. The resort is offering a reduced rate on junior suites throughout Eid, including breakfast, while kids under 16 will also eat free when accompanied by a paying adult.
The H Resort Beau Vallon, Seychelles, from Dhs2,100 per night, minimum three-night stay applies. hresortseychelles.com
Set in landscaped gardens just 1km from the centre of cultural haven Ubud, the Pita Maha Resort & Spa’s infinity pool, gazing out over the Tjampuhan Valley and River Oos, is nothing short of spectacular. Guests at the resort’s 24 villas can enjoy daily dance and cooking classes, as well as traditional Balinese Spa treatments.
Pita Maha Resort & Spa, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, four-night packages from Dhs8,015 including breakfast and return flights from Dubai to Bali Denpasar. dnatatravel.com
If you’ve ever fancied taking in the historic and cultural sites of Jordan’s capital, as well as spending a day exploring the ancient walled city of Petra, then this is the package for you. Including guided tours of both cities, you’ll also have the chance to swim in the famed Dead Sea.
Hotel Sanrock Amman, Amman, Jordan, three-night packages from Dhs2,799, including breakfast, tours and return flights from Dubai to Amman. musafir.com
This beautiful Balkan country is fast becoming a must-visit for intrepid UAE-based travellers, thanks to its mix of glorious scenery, brilliant food and friendly, funny people. Stay at the central Tbilisi Gallery Palace and take advantage of the opportunity to visit all of the city’s historic sites, before escaping for a tour of picturesque Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi.
Tbilisi Gallery Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia, three-night packages from Dhs2,599, including breakfast, tours and return flights from Sharjah to Tbilisi. musafir.com
If pearly white beaches and private pools sound like your idea of a perfect Eid break, look no further than Velaa Private Island. Book for four nights or more between now and September 1, and you’ll enjoy a complimentary one-way sea plane transfer, as well as an upgrade to half board at the beautiful Athiri restaurant. The offer is valid on Velaa PrivateResidence and all villa categories, except Beach Pool Villas and Sunrise Water Pool Villas.
Velaa Private Island, Maldives, four night packages on a half-board basis including one complimentary sea plane transfer. velaaprivateisland.com
Paradise Island, Maldives
Finding a budget break in the Maldives is usually as easy as it is to find a bad view once you get there, but there are deals to be had. Situated on the North Male Atoll, the Paradise Island Resort & Spa offers all the paradise you’d expect, with over-water bungalows and pristine beaches, as well as free speed boat transfers and discounted rates this summer.
Paradise Island Resort & Spa, North Male Atoll, Maldives, three-nights packages from Dhs5,050 on a half-board basis, including speed boat transfers and return flights from Abu Dhabi to Male. etihadholidays.com
Less than five hours from Dubai but offering a real gateway to Europe, Istanbul is the perfect spot for anyone seeking a culture-packed city break without the long-haul flight. Set in the heart of Old Istanbul, the Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmat is offering special rates for GCC residents on its four-bedroom Ajwa Homes, which each come with their own private spa.
Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmat, Istanbul, Turkey, from Dhs5,372 per night based on up to eight people sharing. ajwa.com.tr
For a weekend break under five hours away from the UAE, head to India for a world-class wellness experience at Atmanan. Over Eid al Fitr, guests can take advantage of the ‘Fly Free’ and ‘Pay and Stay’ offers, where guests can avail a free air ticket when you book a 10-day retreat at Atmantan, or get an extra night free of charge when you book a minimum of a 5-night stay. Situated close to Pune, Atmantan is a wellness destination designed with relaxation and rejuvenation in mind. There are a number of packages and experiences available designed to help achieve health and wellness goals such as Atmantan Living, Master Cleanse, Weight Balance, Holistic Health, Fitness Challenge, and Restorative Physiotherapy.
Atmanan, Pune, India, from Dhs4,630 for three nights including food and accommodation. atmantan.com.