REVEALED: The best Eid breaks in the Gulf

Arabian Business takes a look at the best getaways over the coming Eid holiday
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The Address Montgomerie Dubai\nDiscover one of Dubai’s most acclaimed golf courses with the unique ‘Stay & Play’ package. Golfing enthusiasts can spend one night at The Address Montgomerie Dubai (including breakfast) and enjoy one round of golf on its championship course.\nFrom Dhs1,500 for two people, Dhs595 golf package per person. Valid until August 31, 2012. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
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Dubai\nAtlantis’ Visa family fun package\nA one-night stay in a deluxe room, a Dhs800 dinner voucher at a choice of three restaurants (Ronda Locatelli, Rostang or Levantine), breakfast for two adults and two children, a voucher at ShuiQi Spa & Fitness and an afternoon session at the kids’ club for two children. Redeem the offer by presenting your Visa card.\nDhs1,595 per family. Valid until September 30, 2012. Atlantis The Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com/promotionpages/visa (04 426 0000).
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Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza's VIK and VIP experience\nEvery child under 12 receives a VIK (Very Important Kid) membership card, which entitles them to a free bed per room and free meals from the kids’ menu at selected outlets. The VIP (Very Important Parents) experience includes a Dhs200 shopping voucher, Dhs200 dining voucher and Dhs200 spa voucher with every stay in a one- or two-bedroom suite, plus bowling vouchers for two people. Minimum stay three nights.\nInterContinental from Dhs800; Crowne Plaza from Dhs600. \nUntil September 30. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1110); Crowne \nPlaza Dubai Festival City, \nwww.ichotelsgroup.com\n(04 701 2220).
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One&Only Suite Dreams offer\nThis summer, book a suite at \neither One&Only Royal Mirage or One&Only The Palm for a minimum of two nights and receive 25 percent off the nightly suite rate.\nCost of two nights before the discount: Dhs1,675. Valid until September 16 (excluding August 17-24). One&Only Royal Mirage, http://royalmirage.oneandonly\nresorts.com (04 399 9999); One&Only The Palm, http://thepalm.oneandonlyresorts.com (04 440 1010).
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Abu Dhabi\nQasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara\nYou’ll be hard pressed to find a place as unique as Qasr Al Sarab anywhere in the region. Nestled amid the fiery red dunes of the Liwa Desert in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter – the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world – the luxury resort is like something out of an Arabic fairy tale. Facilities include an enormous pool, Anantara spa and a choice of restaurants. Visit over the summer and enjoy a three-night stay for the price of two in a deluxe room, suite or villa.\nFrom Dhs1,400 per night (including breakfast). Valid until December 23, 2012. qasralsarab.anantara.com (02 886 2088).
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Yas Viceroy's family fun package\nThe deal includes an overnight stay at the Yas Island hotel, plus day tickets to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi for two adults and two children less than 1.5m tall. The price includes two rooms plus breakfast for the whole family to enjoy.\nFrom Dhs990 per night. Until September 15. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com (02 656 0700).
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St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort's Three Night Package\nEscape to Saadiyat this Eid and enjoy entertainment including belly dancing, a whirling dervish, a Tanoura dancer and music from oud and kanoon players, all in the city’s only beachfront tent.\nFrom Dhs3,200 (includes three nights’ accommodation, daily buffet breakfast and dinner for two on any selected day at Olea restaurant). St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, www.stregissaadiyatisland.com (02 498 8888).
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Shangri-La Summer Escapes\nEnjoy 50 percent off the best available rates at Shangri-La hotels and resorts in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat. Just quote ‘summer escape’ for phone bookings.\nValid until August 31, 2012. Shangri-La Dubai (04 343 8888), Shangri-La Abu Dhabi (02 509 8888), Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat (+968 2477 6666).
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Deanat Jebel Dhanna Resort Special Rates\nLocated on the west coast of Abu Dhabi, 220km from Abu Dhabi city, an advantage of staying at this luxury beachfront resort is that it offers organised excursions to nearby Sir Bani Yas Island. It boasts rooms, suites and waterfront villas, a health club, squash, volleyball and tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, sauna and steam rooms, a private beach and a number of watersports activities. Visit during Eid and you’ll be able to take advantage of the five-star resort’s special festival rates. \nFrom Dhs799 (including breakfast). Valid August 19-21. www.danathotels.com (02 801 2222).
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Kempinski Hotel Ajman\nThe Kempinski is billed as Ajman’s only five-star hotel – a fact exemplified by the lush Royal Suite and a gorgeous 500m private beach. However, those used to the luxurious five-star environs of Dubai’s top hotels may be a little taken back – Kempinski may seem a tad dated in comparison. That said, get over this and there’s a great deal to keep you occupied in what is a fantastic weekend getaway destination. Each and every room offers a serene sea view and a balcony, as well as being spacious and well laid out, and guests can also take advantage of a special Eid package.\nDhs915 per night for a double room (including breakfast and lunch or dinner). Valid August 19-25. www.kempinski.com (06 714 5555).
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Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort offer\nEnjoy a break between Fujairah’s Hajar Mountains and the golden beaches of \nthe Indian Ocean at the \nAl Aqah Beach Resort. With numerous restaurants, a kids’ club and a diving centre among the vast list of facilities, there’s plenty to keep the whole family occupied. Stay over the summer and you’ll also receive a special package price if you book a weekday.\nDhs798 per night for a Superior Room for two \nadults, Sat-Wed (includes taxes, breakfast and \ndinner). Valid until September 30. www.lemeridien-alaqah.com (09 244 9000).
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Banyan Tree Al Wadi\nThis achingly beautiful desert resort in Ras Al Khaimah is breathtaking. All villas are tucked away between the rippling dunes and come with their own pool. It’s back to nature stuff but in the most luxurious way possible. Plus the resort can organise falconry courses and horseback and camel riding. If you book one night’s stay, you receive a complimentary stay on the second night, along with a 60-minute Rainforest Hydrotherapy spa treatment for two and welcome drinks upon arrival. Until September 28.Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah, www.banyantree.com (07 206 7777).
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Bahrain\nKempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre\nThe Kempinski is giving guests the opportunity to indulge their inner fashionista by offering a fabulous shopping experience in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue. Stay two nights in a suite and enjoy generous welcome amenities and exclusive Saks Fifth Avenue vouchers. Then, after a day of shopping, unwind with a rejuvenating spa treatment with 15 percent off.\nValid August 18-31. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway, Al Seef Manama, www.kempinski.com (+973 17 171 111).
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Sheraton Bahrain Hotel\nIf you’re visiting Bahrain over Eid, the Sheraton is offering a special room rate starting at BD49 per room. In addition, the hotel’s restaurant Al Safir will be offering a buffet lunch priced BD18.5 for adults and BD6 for children over the three days of Eid, with kids getting their own room with games, face painting, candyfloss, popcorn and mini rides. There will also be an international buffet dinner with an emphasis on Arabic cuisine from 7.30pm-11.30pm, priced BD13.9. Diners can also expect Arabic entertainment over all three days of Eid.\n6 Palace Avenue, Manama, www.starwoodhotels.com (+973 17 533 533).
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Oman: Musandam\nSix Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay\nArriving at this resort takes some doing and it’s far from an understated affair. Guests can arrive by 4x4 following a dramatic drive along rough, cliff-hugging roads, or in style by speedboat, which affords spectacular views across the Strait of Hormuz. But if your idea of adventure involves a serious adrenaline rush, paraglide in with the Hideaway’s professional glider. The property itself oozes elegant sophistication. The resort is offering a special Musandam Dive Package, which includes accommodation in a luxury villa with a private pool, a full day’s scuba diving for two people, daily breakfast, complimentary morning activities and a complimentary gift on departure.\nFrom Dhs3,894 per night (minimum four nights). Valid until Sep 30, 2012. www.sixsenses.com (+968 26 735 555).
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Golden Tulip Khasab Hotel Resort\nWith views of the sea and mountains, the Golden Tulip is a high-end option in the Khasab area. This chain hotel is clean and spacious and there’s a small gym, a relaxed bar, plus a kids’ play area, a number of restaurants and a dive centre. You can enjoy a four-night stay and pay for only three when you book the Stay More, Save More offer.\nFrom Dhs1,118 per night (including breakfast). Valid until Dec 31, 2012. www.goldentulipkhasab.com (+968 26 730 777).
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Muscat\nBarasti Bungalow\nSet in one of the prettiest coves in Muscat, these gorgeous beach bungalows wouldn’t be out of place in an upmarket resort in Koh Samui. The huts look suitably rustic on the outside but the interiors are luxurious, with en-suite bathrooms, huge raised beds and crisp white linen. Stay before August 31 and enjoy a special low season price. From Dhs611 per night (double occupancy, including breakfast and dinner).\nValid until Aug 31, 2012. www.omandivecenter.com (+968 24 824 240).
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Golden Tulip Seeb\nLocated approximately 2km from Seeb International Airport, the Golden Tulip is predictably popular with airline crews and travellers. The deluxe rooms and suites are fresh and well stocked with all the amenities you’d expect of a four-star hotel. Sports facilities are also plentiful, including two swimming pools, tennis courts and a gym. Best of all, stay three nights and get a fourth night free.\nFrom Dhs1,117 per night. \nValid until December 31. \nwww.goldentulipseeb.com (+968 24 514 444).
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Grand Hyatt Muscat\nEnjoy a four-night stay for the price of three, along with a late 2pm check-out, at Shatti Al Qurm beach’s Grand Hyatt, overlooking the Gulf of Oman. Simply request offer code FRTIME when you book.\nFrom Dhs1,000 per night (including continental breakfast). Valid until September 8. www.muscat.grand.hyatt.com (+968 24 641 334).
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Al Bustan Palace\nSituated on Muscat’s coastline with a kilometre-long private beach and acres of grounds, the iconic Al Bustan smacks of class. Foodies have several restaurants to choose from, like China Mood, which recruited Chinese chefs to ensure authenticity, or the Beach Pavilion, which serves the freshest local seafood. This hotel ticks all the luxury boxes, with lagoon \nand infinity pools, tennis courts and a full range of watersports. Book a three-night stay and only pay for two.\nFrom Dhs1,260 per night (including American breakfast).
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The Chedi Muscat\nThe restaurant and dining facilities are superb and you’ll find several stylish seating areas in the meticulously manicured grounds, illuminated by blazing fires in dramatic cauldrons in the evenings. After lounging around the pool all day on a double bed, head to The Chedi’s sumptuous spa. Visit before December 23 and take advantage of the Romantic Stay offer for couples. From Dhs3,000 per night for a Deluxe Club Room (including breakfast, a three-course dinner, a complimentary afternoon snack and access to The Club Lounge).\nValid until Dec 23, 2012. www.ghmhotels.com (+968 24 524 400).
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Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissa Resort & Spa\nVisit Muscat and take advantage of summer special deals, including 50 percent off the regular room rate of all three hotels in the resort, along with complimentary breakfast. It’s a beautiful, family-friendly resort, set within 124 acres and located just 15 minutes from the capital.\nFrom Dhs667 per night (including breakfast). Valid until August 31.
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SALALAH\nHilton Salalah Resort\nA stay at the contemporary Hilton won’t disappoint, with impressive pools and kids’ play areas. All rooms are located close to the beach and dive centre, and there’s a wide choice available. There are plenty of restaurants, too, such as the Japanese Sushi@Hilton and Sheba’s Steakhouse. Proof, if it was needed, that tourism in the Salalah region is definitely on the rise.\nFrom Dhs910 per night (double occupancy, including breakfast). Valid until August 31. \nwww3.hilton.com \n(+968 23 211 234).
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Qatar\nInterContinental Doha The City\nFor summer, the hotel is offering a one-night package, where you can enjoy a double room with complimentary breakfast, a choice of dinner or brunch at The Square restaurant and a voucher worth QR50 (Dhs51) to spend at the on-site Criollo chocolatier. If your stay coincides with the end of Ramadan, you can also exchange your dinner for an iftar.\nFrom QR525 (Dhs530) per person. Until September 30. \nwww.ichotelsgroup.com \n(+974 4015 8888).