With summer in full force, it’s high time to soak in the sunshine and give yourself a much-deserved break. Although your typical travel plans may have been put on hold this year, there’s no need to hop on a plane when you live in a coveted holiday destination like Dubai. Now that many local properties are also offering special rates and packages for UAE residents, there’s no time better than the present to check into one of these five-star resorts for a summer staycation in the lap of luxury.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Unlock the elusive “Resident’s Key” at this Jumeirah beachfront property for a getaway in which only those who call the UAE home can indulge. Not only can you maximize relaxation time with early check-in and late check-out but you’re also guaranteed a room upgrade at the time of booking for those few precious moments you’ll be spending upstairs. Refuel at some of Dubai’s most renowned eateries with a 20 percent discount on select in-house restaurants and enjoy a complimentary dish at Italian fine dining favorite Scalini or the new A-lister-frequented hotspot straight from Mykonos Nammos. Act fast though—this exclusive offer is only available until July 31. From AED 1,100/night; fourseasons.com/dubaijb.
One&Only Royal Mirage
If an idyllic beach vacation is on the top of your bucket list, an all-access pass to this boutique resort is the ideal remedy. With check-in at noon and check-out at 6 pm, while away the extra hours walking along the kilometer of private shoreline or take a dip in one of four refreshing pools. Plus, an AED 500 credit per room per night that is redeemable on food and beverage means you never have to step foot off this hidden oasis. While you’re at it, don’t forget to book a pamper session at the legendary One&Only spa or head to Drift Beach Club for the most picturesque sunset views. Offer valid until Sept 30 from AED 1,450/night including breakfast; oneandonlyresorts.com/royal-mirage
Fairmont The Palm
Touting one of the most comprehensive deals in the city, this Arabian-themed resort on the iconic Palm Jumeirah is giving GCC residents a food and beverage voucher equivalent to the cost of their stay. Guests who book the Fairmont Room receive AED 550 back daily to use across all open outlets while those who take it up a notch at one of the hotel’s expansive suites or heritage place apartments can expect AED 1000. An added bonus? There are 24-hour check-in and check-out options from Sunday to Wednesday. Offer valid until Oct 3 from AED 550/night; fairmont.com/palm-dubai.
Taj Jumeirah Lake Towers
This freshly reopened urban escape is primed to welcome back local travelers looking for an overdue change of scenery with the “longest staycation offer” in the city. Promising 36 hours of uninterrupted ‘me time’ from a 6 am arrival to a 6 pm departure the next day—most of which will likely be spent at the rooftop pool boasting panoramic skyline vistas—the Jumeirah Lake Towers’ first luxury hotel is redefining the limits of a staycation. An extensive list of perks includes an automatic room upgrade, complimentary breakfast, 20 percent savings on food and beverage as well as laundry services, and additional half-board or full-board packages. Offer valid until Aug 31 from AED 249/night; tajhotels.com
Park Hyatt Dubai
This hidden slice of the Mediterranean with its white-washed walls and azure-colored domes may make you feel like you’ve jetted off to a Greek island, but the unquestionable Burj Khalifa peeking out in the far-off distance will remind you that you’re just a quick drive away from home. Nestled on the historic Dubai Creek alongside the freshly-groomed fairways of the neighboring Golf Club, enjoy a “warm welcome” at this tranquil waterfront gem with 20 percent off and free breakfast. Not to mention, a flexible cancellation policy of up to 24 hours before arrival for that extra sense of peace of mind. Offer valid if booked between now and Sept 8 for stays with check-in dates on or before Dec 20; hyatt.com
Atlantis the Palm
This popular Palm Jumeirah property a stone’s throw away from the ocean has long been regarded as the ultimate R and R destination for residents. This summer, unparalleled amenities are on deck for the whole family. Enjoy 15 percent (or 25 percent if staying two nights or more) off of best available rates, complimentary breakfast, and AED 200 to spend as you please. Blow off some steam at Aquaventure Waterpark and wander through the Lost Chambers Aquarium with free daily access as well. Couples may opt for a different package which includes a room upgrade and a set menu for two at Hakkasan while a tribe of friends may prefer the two-night offer inclusive of access to chic beach club favorite White Beach. Ongoing from AED 555 during the week and AED 795 on the weekend; atlantis.com/dubai