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3 Incredible Staycations If You’re Not Traveling This Spring Break

Jasmine Sanders photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth for Vogue Arabia, December 2017

Whether you’re seeking sun, sand, or turf, our region has it all. So those looking for a quick getaway needn’t jet off to a far-flung locale for a little TLC. Here, the best hotels near home to book for a relaxing and memorable staycation.

Shangri-La, Dubai

The Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai
With it’s prime downtown location, the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai boasts some of the most jaw-dropping views the city has to offer. A convenient 10-minute drive from the Dubai Mall (should you fancy a shopping spree,) the newly-renovated 42-floor hotel stands out for its modern and stylish decor and relaxed cozy vibes: Think Lasvit chandeliers hanging from high ceilings, pristine marble floors, and hundreds of books in various languages line the walls behind the check-in desk. The spacious rooms are appointed with tantalizing fruit platters and freshly cut flowers to make you feel at home. When it comes to food, the cuisine is top notch, too. Those who favor an oriental palate will be pleased with the hotel’s high-end Chinese, Indian, and Vietnamese restaurants. Don’t forget to try the afternoon tea, a selection of exotic teas, savory treats, and pastries served in the bustling lobby after a revitalizing massage at the Chi spa.
For bookings, call 9771 04 343 8888

Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi

Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi
Located just 12 minutes away off the coast of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, Nurai Island rivals any tropical getaway. Dubbed the “Maldives of Abu Dhabi,” the idyllic sanctuary boasts 32 beach villas (all equipped with private infinity pools,) an around-the-clock butler, and four high-end restaurants to pick and choose from, proving to be an ideal hideaway for city-dwellers seeking relaxation near home. Rooms feature a King-sized bed, walk-in shower, a lounge area, and chic decor that includes wood floors and gorgeous white draping. The amenities and services are spot on, without being overbearing. You could easily spend a whole day lounging on the island’s pristine white sand beaches, or partaking in the various water activities, including snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and scuba diving.
For bookings, call 971 02 506 6222

Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman

Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
Nestled amid scraggy, limestone cliffs 145km southwest of Muscat in Oman’s Al Hajar mountains, the Alila Jabal Akhdar is a destination to cross off your travel list. Located 2,000m above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar provides breathtaking 360-degree views of never-ending cliffs and gorges worthy of a postcard. The boutique property, which was designed to evoke a traditional Omani village, has 78 stone-clad suites generously spaced out to provide guests with maximum privacy. Though there are only two restaurants, both the Juniper Restaurant and Rose Lounge have extensive menus with everything from traditional Omani food to Thai curry. Enjoy floating in the resort’s cliffside infinity pool or book an early-bird cliff-side yoga session for picturesque views of the sunrise.
For bookings, call 968 2534 4200

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