1. EASY, BREEZY DAYS
Those looking to take advantage of the cooler weather without the need to pack a suitcase, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina’s new ladies daycation is undeniably indulgent. Guests seeking quality time served up with some self-care will have the use of a Deluxe Skyline Room complete with an in-room spa treatment, breakfast at the ultra-hip-and-healthy Bounty Beets, an afternoon cocktail at ever-so-chic Latitude 25, alongside pool and beach access from 8am to 7pm. All you have to do is turn up and chill out.
2. SUPER COOL CITY STAY
Embrace the unexpected is the mantra at Renaissance Downtown Hotel, one of Dubai’s über-cool and contemporary city escapes. Its most exclusive offering this month is the ‘Suitecation’, where guests can book a spacious Vice Presidential Suite (Dhs3,999) or a Presidential Suite (Dhs5,999) for an all-inclusive stay combined with express check-in, in-suite breakfast for up to six guests, butler service on the house, a complimentary bottle of something cold, a house DJ on demand and a 60-minute massage for two. Doesn’t sound too shabby, does it!
3. IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO
With only a handful of boutique hotels in Dubai, we cherish the ones we have. Vida Hotels has two glorious bolt-holes in the city - Vida Downtown and Vida Emirates Hills. Urbanites will love Vida Downtown’s central location in the heart Downtown, walking distance to The Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain and myriad restaurants. While those seeking a touch of greenery and serenity will love Emirates Hills, with its views over the rolling hills of Emirates Golf Course. Both properties have a new Sip, Dip and Flip offer running at the moment, that enables guests to get a flavour of each hotel with a day pass. Linger by the infinity pool at Vida Emirates Hills (Dhs120 and fully redeemable on F&B) or languish in your private poolside cabana at Vida Downtown (Dhs150, fully redeemable on F&B) for a tale of two luxury city experiences.
4. GET BACK TO THE BEACH
With Oman open to tourists again, make a beeline for Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara and immerse yourself in the beautiful world Omani heritage and hospitality. With a special offer for Omani and GCC residents, the staycation offer gives guests a private pool villa, daily breakfast and 30 per cent discount at Anantara Spa and at all of its restaurants. Stay five nights or more and you’ll get even more savings on your room/villa, complimentary mini-bar, a BBQ dinners, two massages and complimentary laundry.
5. SUBLIME SUITE DREAMS
One of the most elegant hotels in the UAE, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi knows a thing or two about luxury weekends away. With its prime location on the capital’s corniche, with views that span both city and coastline, you’re plumped right in the heart of the action. The hotel has access to its own Nation Riviera Beach Club, via a private underground tunnel, allowing for 200 metres of uninterrupted white sand, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym.
Stay in the lap of luxury in The St. Regis Suite, which serves up 87 square metres of elegance across open-plan living room, dining room, bedroom and powder room. Think Statuario Royal Marble adorned floors, leather walk-in closets and mother-of-pearl headboards and you’ll get the picture. One huge benefit of The St. Regis Suite – beyond its extraordinary aforementioned views – is that it’s perfect for guests travelling with family, as it can be connected with a Superior King room. The fact that it comes with the signature St. Regis Butler Service to ensure your every whim is taken care of, takes it up yet another notch in our rating system too.
6. LIVE THE HIGH LIFE
Escape to the mountain tops of Oman, and be assured your social-distancing comes with a heavy dose of elevated luxury at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. Pitched 2,000 metres above sea level, the five-star rustic resort is the perfect getaway for those seeking solitude. Breathe in endless fresh mountain air, whilst lingering in the infinity pool with views for days of the canyons around. Its GCC Residents’ Escape offer gives you 30 per cent off accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner at Al Maisan, and 15 per cent off restaurant dining and selected activities.
7. CITY LIMITS
A favourite for those wanting to escape yet not venture too far from the city, JA The Resort is the perfect bucolic bolt-hole. Surrounded by nature and wildlife (see if you can spot the roaming white peacock) amid 800 metres of private beach, the hotel is perfect for families, kids and couples. Guests that book a Junior Suite at JA Palm Tree Court or a Sea View Room or Resort View Junior Suite at JA Beach Hotel will get resort credit of Dhs200 to spend on F&B, or at the shooting club, golf course, equestrian centre or spa. Book a more exclusive suite and increase your credit... The kind of offer we understand.
8. EAT, STAY, LOVE
Looking for somewhere ultra-cool to let your hair down? Then V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton has to be on your hit-list. On the banks of Dubai Water Canal and awash with colour, creativity and oozing energy, it’s definitely a hotel with spirit, style and street-cred. Book a night’s stay in one of its signature rooms and enjoy a dine around staycation experience of the Al Habtoor City, Hotel Collections signature restaurants. Try V Deck for sundowners and smooth grooves, then venture to BQ - French Kitchen & Bar at Al Habtoor Palace for the prettiest interiors in town.
9. MAKE THE MOST OF MUSCAT
Known for its medley of adventure, nature and nurture, Oman is the perfect destination for those wanting a little bit of everything out of their escape. And the hotel to do it all from is Hormuz Grand Muscat, A Radisson Collection Hotel – a luxury property on the outskirts of the city and the gateway to all. From here you can explore the cultural sites of Muscat, venture into the mountains for a day of hiking and canyoning, or slink into the hotel’s spectacular pool or The Hormuz Grand Spa. A night wouldn’t be complete without dinner at Qureshi Bab-Al-Hind – trust us. UAE residents can stay a night with dinner and breakfast for just Dhs525, or with a candelit dinner and breakfast for two for Dhs620.