1. SUMMER AT SHAMS
Bab Al Shams, Dubai
Embrace the desert, the sunshine and (most importantly) your appetite when you stay at Bab Al Shams this summer. Your memorable desert getaway now includes 50% off your food and drink bills so you can relax more – for far less. Your summer stay also include the use of the Compact TechnoGym, use of the hotel’s family pools, infinity pools and swim-up bar, and access to Aladdin’s Kids Club. You can even book now and pay later with free cancellation before 6pm on the day of arrival.
2. TEA AT THE TAJ
Until August 31
Enjoy the best of Dubai and all it has to offer with a mini staycation at Taj Dubai, overlooking the soaring Downtown district, including the unmissable Burj Khalifa. The hotel is a five-minute stroll from the city’s dynamic heart and exclusive shopping experiences at The Dubai Mall, to where you can enjoy a complimentary shuttle service. Or perhaps simply pass by for tea? With a wide selection of teas, coffees and snacks, afternoon tea at the Byzantium Lounge is a delectable experience where you can savour an elaborate buffet spread of adored English delicacies.
3. DIGITAL DELIGHT AT FIVE
FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Dubai’s immaculate FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai quickly became one of the city’s most beloved hotels, famous for incredible dining and fun parties – and now there’s a chance to enhance your stay. Guess who book directly through the hotel website can score a 2pm late check out as well as a 15% discount on food, drinks and spa treatments. The offer, which launched this spring, means you’ll also get the VIP treatment with free transfers from DXB airport when you stay more than five nights.
4. THIRTY YEARS OF ARABIAN HOSPITALITY
Hilton Abu Dhabi
Hiltonia Beach Club has celebrated its 30th anniversary on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche – a venue where couples, families and business travellers have soaked up the sun and salt since the earliest days of the Hilton Abu Dhabi. The hotel is now offering the getaway you deserve in the form of the Leisure Escapes package, which gives guests $50 daily credit for every night of your stay. You can use your on-property credit for dining, shopping, relaxing and more. And, if you’re looking to get in shape and kick-start your healthy lifestyle, Hiltonia’s Slim Down program could be the answer – with a personal induction session with one of their expert trainers, providing new recipes, workouts, weight loss tips and four high-intensity fitness classes each week.
5. ROVING THE MANGROVES IN ABU DHABI
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
(Until December 30)
One of the most stunning natural islands in the region, Saadiyat combines a diverse ecosystem with some of Abu Dhabi’s most ambitious developments – including The Louvre. Now, the recently opened Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is encouraging guests to embrace the Eastern Mangrove Lagoon with a 90-minute mangrove tour for two adults during their stay. The Leisure Escape package also includes in-room breakfast or buffet breakfast at Sim Sim and free WiFi with rates starting at AED 780.
6. SLOW IT DOWN IN RAK
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach
(Until December 31)
It might be a little warm in the UAE, but don’t wish away a single moment. In fact, you should be slowing things down to savour the start of summer at brand new The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach, which has launched The Reconnect package. The coastal retreat’s special promotion includes overnight accommodation, a breakfast buffet for two, valet parking and AED200 resort credit per night, per villa.