While July would have typically seen the mass exodus of locals and expats out of the UAE on a routine summer holiday, ongoing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have brought much of international travel to a grinding halt. Yet, offering some respite in the form of staycations and getaways, hotels across the country are more equipped than ever to meet the needs of all their guests, posing a particularly special offering to those who would prefer to forego the dreaded long haul flight.
With dates for the upcoming Eid Al Adha holiday having been announced earlier in the week, there is no better time than the present to get away from it all. From whimsical seaside getaways to adventurous desert escapades, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to planning the perfect staycation. Here are our top five picks.
The One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
In addition to offering 30% off rooms and suites for UAE residents across two nights, guests at The One&Only Royal Mirage will also enjoy a daily credit of AED 500 to be used across the many in-house food and beverage outlets over the Eid Al Adha long weekend. Home to more than 65 acres of lush green gardens, nine inspiring restaurants, and it’s very own sweep of Jumeirah Beach, this luxury getaway will leave you spoiled for choice. Whether you’re looking to spend an afternoon at one of the four temperature-controlled pools, or a day immersed in a traditional hammam spa, look no further than The One&Only Royal Mirage.
One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai, 04 399 9999.
JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta
With an Eid Al Adha deal offering accommodation from AED 363 per night including breakfast and 50% off the third night, there has never been a better time to escape to Hatta’s Hajar Mountains. Boasting two restaurants, two outdoor pools, and a plethora of outdoor activities including crazy golf, archery, and rifle shooting, the JA Hatta Fort Hotel is a wonderful escape for those in search of adventure.
JA Hatta Fort Hotel Hatta, 04 814 5400.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
In addition to the five-star service and luxuriously opulent surroundings afforded to guests on a regular basis, staycationers at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi will enjoy additional perks such as free breakfast and discounted dining options this Eid Al Adha. With a number of leisure activities to choose from, including fine dining outlets and a world-class private spa, guests can experience luxury at their own pace, all while being a stone’s throw away from the best Abu Dhabi has to offer.
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi; 02 690 8888.
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
In case you needed an added incentive to stay for longer, guests checking into The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort for two nights, will receive a daily AED 200 credit, as well as one complimentary hour of non-motorized watersports, and access to selected group fitness classes at the hotel’s gym. Combining authentic Arabian hospitality with over a century of class St. Regis tradition, the luxury urban resort gives guests an opportunity to unwind, while being conveniently immersed amongst the bustle of the city. Stop by the Nation Riviera Beach Club, or spend an afternoon at the Galleria Mall – the opportunities are endless.
The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, 02 498 8888.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
Adding a hint of excitement for guests who choose to stay three nights, the Waldorf Astoria‘s Eid Al Adha package includes the opportunity to win a range of prizes, including a Mercedes Benz C Class 2020, and two tickets to a destination experience of their choice; with options including the Suwaidi Pearl Farm, Jebel Jais Flight, and Jais Sky Tour. Nestled between the Arabian Gulf and the Hajar Mountains, this peaceful getaway located only 45 minutes outside of Dubai, is the perfect destination for rest and relaxation.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, 07 203 5555.