1. HEIGHT OF LUXURY
An enviable location nestled between the Sea of Oman and the Al Hajar Mountains, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, is alluring on many levels. With each room offering mountain, sea or garden views, a sweeping Al Bustan Palace Spa by The Ritz-Carlton, the sultanate’s first private ladies-only beach, no fewer than five swimming pools and five eateries, spanning continents and cuisines, life is good here. The hotel’s Family Experience offers a 50 per cent discount on a second room, breakfast for two guests per room, complimentay Ritz Kids facilities and free food for kids under six.
2. FIND YOUR ZEN
Fancy sinking into a spa known for its award-winning treatments? Thought so. Well, Mandarin Oriental Doha’s Spa has won multiple awards for holistic approach to wellness of mind, body and spirit, with personalised treatments inspired by the ancient philosophy of balancing the five elements. Set aside two hours for the Harmony of Pearls treatment, which instils a sense of calm using ancient Arabian ingredients of pearl powder and frankincense, starting off with a foot ritual, followed by a full-body massage and finishing with a rose facial. And relax...
3. RACE YOU THERE
With winter coming and race season around the corner, few hotels are better placed for living life in the fast and fabulous lane. W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island bags pole position with its floor-to-ceiling windows and epic Formula 1 track-side setting. Elevate your stay by booking the EWow Duplex Suite, with its private pool, Mix Bar, balcony and 180-degree views of Yas Island. Live la vida local here with a sip and savour half-board meal, with two kids going free, day passes to Yas Beach early check-in/late check-out and 35 per cent off at the spa. Enjoy!
4. BEACHSIDE BLISS
A beautiful beachside setting affords those staying at Marina Hotel Kuwait serene sea views from your vantage point in the upmarket shopping district of Salmiya. Also within walking distance of Marina Mall, this cool and contemporary boutique bolt-hole is brimming with life. Six Palms, in the high-ceilinged glass atrium, is the perfect spot for breakfast, whilst the Lobby Lounge’s afternoon tea is a sweet treat. Travel en masse with the Family Stay offer, with complimentary breakfast for under 12s, a complimentary extra bed and 10 per cent off F&B and additional rooms.
5. FORCE OF NATURE
There’s much to be said for getting out of the big city and exploring the other Emirates, because you’ll be rewarded with game-changing hotels like The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, in Ajman. Or, as it’s known to locals, the UAE’s best-kept secret. Framed by one million square metres of protected mangroves and punctuated by pristine white beach and lagoons, nature reigns supreme. Book the ‘Summer Special Offer’ and enjoy 15 per cent on a private garden room or premier room with terrace, an à la carte breakfast and 10 per cent discount on all spa treatments.
6. SERENITY IN THE CITY
Take time out from the day-to-day to experience love in the lap of luxury at SLS Dubai. A spacation centred around pure, unbridled RnR, the Ultimate Couple’s Getaway offers guests a stay in a luxury Signature Room with its sleek, chic décor and sweeping views over the city, breakfast, access to Ciel Spa, the fitness centre and rooftop pool on the 75th floor, and a 90-minute Cloud Nine couple’s treatment. For dinner, Carna by Dario Cecchini Dubai should be your 75th-floor stopping point, for its contemporary twist on a classic steakhouse. The chandeliers are worth a mention alone!
7. BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT
A five-star property in the shadows of Burj Khalifa, Taj Dubai is a towering ode to luxury in its own right. A breathtaking fusion of rich Indian heritage, Taj’s iconic service, local traditions and contemporary design, the hotel is a hip and happening heartbeat of the city. Book ahead to make the most of your stay with the Advance Purchase Rate that includes 15 per cent saving and daily breakfast at Tesoro restaurant. Book the 33rd floor Maharaja Suite, with 225 square metres of bedroom, lounge, dining room, library, kitchen, terrace and unbeatable views like this.