Even if you can’t take advantage of what is normally one of the busiest overseas travel periods of the year for UAE residents, the fast-approaching Eid Al-Fitr holiday may be the ideal time to book a staycation. With hotel beaches reopening from May 13 onwards, celebrate the upcoming holiday with a long-overdue vacation at one of these local getaways that are offering tempting deals while strictly following government guidelines with new socially distant amenities.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Explore a little piece of a Thai paradise in the UAE at the Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Boasting a 400 meter-long private shoreline, shimmering lagoon, and both beach or over-water villas for whichever idyllic experience you prefer, this resort on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island is one of the topmost serene sanctuaries in the city. Anantara properties worldwide have introduced the Stay With Peace of Mind program, adding heightened health and hygiene initiatives such as extra sanitization and mandatory face masks in public areas to protect the wellbeing of their guests. All visitors will have their temperatures taken upon arrival, changing rooms are temporarily shuttered, and beachgoers must bring towels from their room while abiding by a four meter-distance.
Special Eid villa rates from AED 1,995/night with daily breakfast; anantara.com.
Jumeirah Al Naseem
Lounge in luxury at Jumeirah Group’s beachfront Jumeirah Al Naseem for a five-star R&R experience complete with exclusive access to the two-kilometer shores and panoramic vistas overlooking the nearby Burj Al Arab. Although the spa, swimming pools, and adjoining Wild Wadi Waterpark are still closed, head to one of the hotel’s signature eateries for an unparalleled culinary journey, from Mediterranean Michelin-star chef-created Rockfish to Japanese-Peruvian fusion rooftop pop-up Kayto. Precautionary measures are in full effect with a capped number of allowed travelers per day, temperature checks, required face masks, and socially distant sunbeds.
UAE resident rates from AED 750/night including breakfast as well as lunch or dinner; jumeirah.com.
Kempinski Mall of Emirates
While the Mall of Emirates may be an unlikely staycation destination at first glance, the attached Kempinski hotel makes for the perfect urban escape to easily indulge in retail therapy now that shops are reopened. Travel to the snowy Alps with a room reminiscent of a cozy ski chalet and front-row seats to the currently empty powdered slopes of Ski Dubai. Extreme 24-hour sanitation procedures occur between guest stays in every room with professional-grade air purifiers used and deep disinfection of all fixtures done. All accommodations are also thoughtfully equipped with masks and hand sanitizers for those who may have forgotten their own at home.
Grand Deluxe room packages start from AED 899/night with breakfast for two adults and two children, plus a 20% discount at hotel eateries, kempinski.com
Caesars Palace Bluewaters
A mere few minutes’ drive away from the Marina or walk from JBR, this primely located Caesars Palace property on Bluewaters Island is an unexpected oasis in the heart of Dubai. Bringing the infamous glamor of Las Vegas to the UAE, the sprawling Caesars Palace is the spot to be for young couples and vacationing families alike. Rigorous health and safety protocols are in place with pre-arrival forms and additional check-in desks reducing lobby waiting time, multiple hand sanitizer dispensers around high-traffic areas, regular disinfection of commonly touched surfaces, and frequent employee refresher training. A maximum of four diners is permitted per table at any of the hotel’s restaurants and up to five family members per group on the beach.
UAE resident rates from AED 647 per person/per night, including breakfast and dinner, caesars.com.
JA The Resort
Check into one of Dubai’s newest hideaways and the city’s largest resort for a rejuvenating retreat at JA the Resort. Located in the vast and varied secluded landscapes of Jebel Ali, guests can choose from golf-course, oceanfront, and lake-view rooms with a plethora of entertaining outdoor activities on hand to occupy your time, from peaceful wildlife walks to adrenaline-racing water sports. With only one of the resort’s three properties operating at present, JA Palm Tree Court, guest capacity is limited to ensure low-contact interactions. Welcome sanitation kits and scattered sanitizing stations, daily room disinfection, suspended valet services, and frequent temperature screenings are just a few of the ways the resort is abiding by proper safety precautions.
UAE resident offers from AED 396/night with the entire amount given in hotel credit to redeem across the property, jaresorthotels.com.