REVIVE AND REJUVENATE AT KEMPINSKI THE PALM
It’s a tricky balancing act: blending utter luxury and authentic cultural influences into one seamless resort experience. Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, nestled between a long beach and a lovely freshwater lagoon on the coconut-fringed, frankincense-scented south coast of Dhofar, Oman, gets it profoundly right. Here, traditional Omani design and architecture have inspired the village-like construction of the resort, with its sweeping arcYou’ll feel a million miles away from the hubbub of Dubai with a mini-break at Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, where postcard perfect city views form the backdrop to a relaxing weekend away. Start your break with a fabulous meal at one of the hotel’s signature restaurants: fine Mediterranean fare at Beluga Beach Restaurant, or gourmet pan-Italian cuisine at Brunello, both of which have spacious outdoor terraces to make the most of those balmy nights. The next day, shake of the worries of the week with a few hours by the hotel’s magnificent palm-fringed swimming pool, or kick back on the private beach and enjoy views back across the Arabian Gulf to Dubai Marina. For some assisted relaxation, treat yourself to some pampering at The Cascades Spa & Thalasso, where Parisian spa brand Cinq Mondes offers a range of massages, body treatments and spa rituals that can rejuvenate even the most overworked bodies. If you feel like extending your stay, the hotel is offering a 20 per discount on stays of four to six nights, and 25 per cent off stays of seven nights or more.
PRICE: rates from AED 2,175 (US $592) per night.
AVAILABLE: until March 18.
RAISE A TOAST AT PALAZZO VERSACE DUBAI
The virtues of the humble grape have been celebrated for years, but it’s only recently that the fruit’s medicinal properties have been discovered. Found by vinotherapy researchers to contain both anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties, the grape is being put to good use at Palazzo Versace Dubai’s gleaming new spa, where a ‘Champagne Ritual’ promises to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. There won’t be any popping corks here though; guests will begin the treatment with a breathing ritual to relax and focus the mind, followed by a full-body exfoliation and a Champagne infused body-wrap. From there, bliss awaits during a head massage and rejuvenating Champagne infused full body massage, all conspiring to leave you feeling like a million dollars. Cap it off with a glass of Champagne or mocktail, and enjoy the luxurious surroundings of The SPA, where floors made of Granito Nero Assoluto marble and white birch lead guests through an immersive spa experience, complete with two hammams, ice fountains, vitality pools and seven treatment rooms, plus a private suite for couples.
PRICE: the 120-minute treatment starts from AED 2,000 (US $545) per person.
AVAILABLE: daily from 9am to 10pm.
KEEP IT SUITE AT WALDORF ASTORIA RAK
It’s a tricky balancing act: blending utter luxury and authentic cultural influences into one seamless resort experience. Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, nestled between a long beach and a lovely freshwater lagoon on the coconut-fringed, frankincense-scented south coast of Dhofar, Oman, gets it profoundly right. Here, traditional Omani design and arcFancy escaping the city limits and spoiling yourself this month? Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah has just the thing, offering UAE residents a free upgrade to a suite when booking a classic room. Standing on its own 350-metre stretch of private beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the resort feels worlds away from the noise and traffic of the city, with plenty to keep guests occupied during their stay. Stretch your legs with a game on the 18-hole championship golf course next door, treat yourself to an indulgent treatment at the Waldorf Astoria Spa, or dine out at one of nine restaurants and bars throughout the resort. Book a King classic Room now and you’ll be upgraded to an 84 sqm King Junior Suite, complete with separate lounge, oversized dressing room and en suite back marble bathroom, plus a breezy balcony to allow you to soak in those sea views.
PRICE: starting from AED 1,050 (US $286).
AVAILABLE: until March 15.