1. IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
A stay at Fairmont the Palm always comes gift-wrapped with some of the most beautiful views in Dubai, as it casts its views over the vertiginous Marina and Ain Dubai. Surrounded by palm trees, it’s a bucolic enclave in the city, with eight pools and restaurants and beach access along the wonderfully cosmopolitan Palm West Bay. Book the Stay Longer, Save More offer for five or more nights and you’ll get 20 per cent off the best available rate. If you’re travelling during Ramadan, celebrate with a Fairuz iftar or suhour at Flow Kitchen and Seaview Garden, with live entertainment and a hugely diverse buffet with over 150 dishes. www.fairmont.com
2. DESERT, DUNES & STARS
If you’re looking to truly immerse yourself in Arabia this month, and experience a slice of local life, book a stay at Mysk Al Badayer - part of the Sharjah Collection by Mysk - with a one-night ‘adventure offer’ stay. Here you’ll sleep in a one-bedroom tent with a private pool and breakfast, with uninterrupted desert views, and you’ll venture out on a half-day tour to Mleiha, with dune drives to fossil rocks, as well as a bonfire and live BBQ dinner, an archaeological centre visit and stargazing. Definitely one for the curious traveller.
3. FOOD FOR THOUGHT
W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island is feeling generous this month, with a giveaway fuelled with typical W flamboyance and flair. Book a standard room at the iconic trackside property on Yas Island, and you’ll get full credit back in drinks and bites across the hotel. With six restaurants and bars, it won’t be hard to find somewhere to indulge... Fuel up for your day with a steaming coffee from Roastery; journey round the world with lunch at Garage, sampling bites from its five different culinary hubs; spend the day at WET Deck, sunbathing, socialising and sipping cocktails, mocktails and more; head to W Lounge for some sophisticated drinks from one of three bars, against a backdrop of bold beats and views of the racetrack; then finish off strong with an elegant dinner at Angar or Amici. Credit vouchers have never tasted this good!
4. REMEMBER THIS ADDRESS
As one of the newer properties on the Dubai hotel scene, The Address Beach Resort still has an air of mystery around it. Tucked away at the end of Dubai Marina, it also has pride of place for some of the best views in town, with the infinity pool at ZETA Seventy Seven presiding over Bluewaters, Ain Dubai and Palm Jumeirah. To experience its contemporary elegance, stay the night or simply book an iftar at its Lebanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant, Li’ Brasil, with a menu offering a modern take on traditional Arabic dishes. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating (see the view above!), as well as the Secret Lounge, and an à la carte menu served directly to you.
5. FIND ME ON THE TERRACE
If you’re looking for a staycation to help you press pause on life during this beautiful month of reflection, venture to Caesars Palace Bluewaters, and let its contemporary cool wash over you. Its UAE Residents offer gives guests 20 per cent off, with complimentary breakfast and dinner, letting you truly relax into weekend away. During Ramadan, guests can also enjoy iftar and suhour at Roman Lounge, with a Terrace that soaks up panoramic views of the Gulf. Slow-cooked chicken, Moroccan tagines and salads are served to the sounds of an Oud player and, should you desire, shisha too.
6. CHIC CELEBRATIONS
Atlantis The Palm never does things by halves, and of course for Ramadan it is no different, with the hotel inviting guests to celebrate in divine luxury at its rejuvenated Asateer Tent. The tent overlooks the Gulf and Palm Island, and has a serenity all of its own. Inside, there’s a Royal Majlis, four VIP Majlis areas, two family Majlises, as well as booth seating and 100 dining tables, with buffet theme nights including Moroccan, Lebanese, Persian and Emirati. When it’s time to rest your head, book The Ultimate Staycation offer and get 30 per cent off your stay, along with access to Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium.
7. NATURE'S HEALING
‘Inspired by luxury, immersed by privacy’ its tagline goes, and understandably so at this stand-out desert resort. An intimate property with just 103 guest rooms and villas, the resort echoes an old Arabian village, with its sandstone walls and labyrinthine pathways. Surrounded by nature, its the perfect bolt-hole to escape noise and urban interruption this month. Stay in a one-bedroom pool villa with terrace to make the most of the privacy and solitude. For ultimate relaxation, book the spa offer, with complimentary breakfast and a 60-minute spa treatment at Saray Spa.
8. RAMADAN NIGHTS
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Abu Dhabi is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, especially during the Holy Month, with one of the best jumping off points Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi Al Maryah Island. From dusk ’til dawn during Ramadan, a team of dedicated experts will curate a truly special experience: an iftar or suhour, where Arabia meets Four Seasons finesse at Crust, Eclipse Terrace Lounge or Al Meylas; or a 120-minute Arabian Oud Escape wellness journey at The Pearl Spa, featuring an oud oil massage and Himalayan salt exfoliation.
Book two or more nights with the Abu Dhabi Getaway and you’ll get 20 per cent off your room rate. Stay in the Royal Suite to give your staycation a true stamp of approval.
9. city sanctuary
Tucked away in the now-thriving Al Bateen Marina, The Abu Dhabi EDITION still feels like something of a hidden gem, yet with all the accessibility of a city-central hotel. For those looking for serenity and repose during Ramadan, the hotel’s eternally soothing interiors, soft lines and mood lighting will do wonders for the soul. Stay ovenright during Ramadan, and you can experience a contemporary Deluxe Room, with both dinner and breakfast included, or, if you prefer, a daily iftar at Market at EDITION. Once it’s time to retire, we promise you’ll sleep soundly with pillows as soft as they come at this elegant property.
10. VIEWS FOR DAYS
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi is all about location, location, location. Sitting pretty on the banks of the Grand Canal, it’s in auspicious company, with Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque just moments away. Views are sweeping and sultry, especially at sunset, and a stay here refined and restful. Make the most of a weekend away with its Bed & Breakfast offer, which, as you might have guessed, offers breakfast at Giornette restaurant, as well as complimentary valet parking. Stay in a Club Executive Suite with balcony and either pool or garden view, and take advantage of the spoils that await at the Club Lounge.