1. SERENITY ABOUND
With 160-acres of polo estate at your disposal, few hotels in Dubai can boast as much tranquillity and greenery as Melia Desert Palm. Make the most of autumn’s better weather with a stay in a Polo View Suite with private terrace and hints of Spanish charm, and an afternoon sat in the company of palm trees and polo horses with an Afternoon Tea overlooking the pool.
Sip on the finest teas or champagne, whilst sampling tiers of French pastries, sandwiches and quintessential British scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream.
2. CAPITAL GAINS
Uber-contemporary in its approach to both personalised service and style, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi is one of the chicest places to bed down in the capital. Plumped pretty on Al Maryah Island, it’s the perfect spot for business, leisure and purely pleasure stays. To mark the start of the winter season, the hotel has introduced two new offers for weekend getaways and extended stays. For the Abu Dhabi Getaway offer, guests will get 20 per cent off when staying two nights or more, while the Extended Stay offers the best available rate with 20 per cent off spa treatments, dining and laundry for stays of 14 nights or more. Stay in a Deluxe Executive Suite, enjoy homemade pasta at Cafe Milano, then slink into the spa for a soothing aromatherapy massage.
3. AN EGYPTIAN ADVENTURE
If you’re looking for a winter sun escape, head to Safir Sharm Waterfalls Resort in Sharm El Sheikh for the perfect blend of warm weather, nature, RnR and adventure. Taking the five-star resort’s name from the waterfalls that cascade down to the seaside, you know you’re somewhere special.
The sprawling resort nestled on the Sinai Peninsula is home to 401 rooms, each with a balcony overlooking the crystal waters of the Red Sea, the surrounding mountains and bucolic gardens. There are seven pools, a private beach, dive centre, tennis courts, health club and spa, nine restaurants and, as a gift to the grown-ups, an excellent kids’ club that will keep the little ones entertained while you sip, dip and dive your way through your holiday. Book now and save 10 per cent off published rates, to include all meals, snacks and drinks, plus one extra bed for kids up to the age of 12.
4. A BREAK WITH BENEFITS
When you find a hotel group that you love, such as Rotana, life gets even better when a 10 per cent off rate extends to each one of their hotels and resorts in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey for its Rotana Rewards Select members.
Whether you hit the sand for a beach retreat on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi or pound the pavement or a cultural city stay in Istanbul, members can relax into their holiday and enjoy VIP amenities, late check-out and flexible cancellation too.
5. AN INTIMATE WINTER RETREAT
When you live in the desert, few things are better than the feel of winter slowly creeping in, giving tangibility to the sense of four seasons. Whilst temperatures here barely dip below the twenties, you can capture a sense of the cold with a stay in an Aspen Chalet at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The 20 chalets directly overlook the powdery, snowy slopes of Ski Dubai, helping to bring the outdoors in whilst you stay wrapped up in front of your stone faux fire place enjoying the warmth of the cosy lodge vibes.
To ensure exclusivity, Aspen Chalet guests have their own entrance, as well as their own butler service. Inside, the chalets are decked out in beautiful dark woods, with grey stone walls and furry rugs, pillows and throws. The big King bed looks out over the piste, while the spacious marble bathroom, that’s home to Hermès amenities, and a kitchenette with Nespresso machine will cater to all your on-tap needs, so you won’t want for much. But just in case, you also have access to the hotel’s Concierge service, complimentary use of the Executive Floor Business Centre and Lounge, laundry during your stay, daily breakfast and an afternoon tea. In addition, to let you take advantage of your wintery location, guests staying in an Aspen Ski Chalet will also get complimentary access to the Snow Park of Ski Dubai, perfect for upcoming Christmas holiday experiences.
The hotel is also home to a beautiful SensAsia Stories Spa, an incredible infinity pool with views that stretch over the city, and a plethora of restaurants, serving everything from tapas and Levantine cuisine to dinner and a movie with Vox Cinemas. Prices start from Dhs2,999.