1. URBAN SEASCAPES
Plumped pretty along the city’s 20-kilometre corniche, Rosewood Jeddah has the best of both city and Red Sea views. A property perfect for both business and leisure, guests can broker deals in the boardroom, of which the hotel has six, then further fuel the grey matter at Al Malaki Lounge Terrace on the 21st floor, feasting al fresco on seafood and Arabic specialties, then dip into the rooftop pool with its panoramic views for some end of day R’n’R. To make your stay really count, book a two nights at Rosewood Jeddah and bag an extra night for free.
2. SERENE SURROUNDS
The undulating Hajar Mountains will be a welcome sight for those cooped up over the summer and the Hatta Fort Hotel a perfect base for outdoor adventures. The hotel oozes natural serenity with its rocky backdrop, green grounds and wealth of activities, from pedalboat rides at the nearby Hatta Dam and a visit to Hatta Honey Bee Farm to zip-lining, wall climbing, mountain biking and kayaking at the newly re-opened Wadi Rum.
Stay two nights and receive 30 per cent off the second night, plus breakfast in bed. Or stay three and get 50 per cent off the third night and a complimentary massage.
3. FEEDING THE SOUL
Food-inspired holidays are more popular than ever, with gourmands building whole getaways around the best in the restaurant business. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates makes things easy for culinary connoisseurs, with a raft of eateries each offering something unique.
Noir Cocktail Lounge & Bar reopens this month with its signature after-dark sophistication, cigars, cocktails and bespoke service; Salero brings the Flamenco vibes and authentic Spanish food on tap (or should that be, tapas?); To give guests a taste of the Middle East, Olea champions Levantine cuisine, with a focus on mezze; While for a taste of old-school luxury, take afternoon tea at Aspen by Kempinski, and indulge in sandwiches, scones and Valrhona chocolate truffles.
At the end of the day, you can roll into bed in the ultra-glam Presidential Suite.
4. A STORY FROM PAST TO PRESENT
Take a walk down memory lane to discover Dubai’s story-rich past with a stay at Al Bandar Arjaan Creek. Located in the old part of the city, on the banks of the Dubai Creek, this modern hotel is the perfect juxtaposition to the history you’ll encounter, from the souks and abra rides, to Al Seef and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
Book a Premium One Bedroom Apartment for contemporary luxury and elegance done right. Explore the city, then refuel at Gusto Italian Restaurant or ease into your laid-back holiday with an afternoon by the pool. Rotana Rewards Select members will get 10 per cent off all public room rates, as well as dining, late check-out and more.
5. THE ART OF WELLBEING
Get your wellbeing game on at The Chedi Muscat, Oman, with its Rejuvenate In Style offer that gives guests three nights of pure, unbridled pampering.
Stay in one of the hotel’s Deluxe Rooms or Chedi Club Suites and get two Ila Himalayan Crystal Body Polishes, two Ila Tibetan Massages and two private yoga or kinesis consultations or sessions.
Once finished, the region’s longest pool - aptly named The Long Pool - is on hand for lengths or simply languishing by to breathe in the clear Omani air.
6. IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE
With its Jungle Bay Waterpark, choice of five outdoor pools, seven restaurants and an epic Kids Club, The Westin Mina Seyahi is always a smart choice for an easy family escape, where there’s little need to leave the luxury of your sanctuary.
The Family Fun offer gives guests staying in an Executive or Family Suite, use of a private cabana with water and refreshments, complimentary afternoon tea, Happy Hour, kids under 14 stay and dine for free, daily breakfast at Mina’s Kitchen, Jungle Bay Waterpasses, Kids Club access and Dhs200 daily resort credit.
7. PARADISE BAY
Now that the weather is on our side, it allows for further exploration of the beautiful Middle East region, and for those making a beeline for Bahrain, make The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain your start and end point. Championing the best of both city and sea, this Manama beach resort offers a secluded slice of private lagoon paradise.
Take the kids and enjoy multiple pools, golf, tennis, kayaking and Kids Club. The Family Stay package offers an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, plus breakfast, Royal Beach Club access and a second room at half price.