8 Eid staycations in the UAE
Whether you're looking for island getaways or bustling city stays, we have the top holiday options for you
You don’t need to leave the UAE to have a mini holiday for the occasion of Eid Al Adha. Here are 8 staycation options that just might be better than any overseas vacation. Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah: You get the best of both worlds in this large resort as it’s situated on the Indian Ocean with the Hajar Mountains as its backdrop. It’s also safe to say that you won’t lack in activities on Eid in this Meridien, as it provides an array of both water and mountainous sports. For families looking to get away for the occasion, the resort is offering an Eid Day Out promotion for the first three days of Eid, where a charge of AED 200 gives guests the opportunity to enjoy pool and beach access. Manzil Downtown, Dubai: If you’re planning on spending your Eid shopping but also want a relaxing break in the city, opt for the Arabian-style Manzil hotel in Downtown. The boutique hotel is located next to the Dubai Mall and offers city and Burj Khalifa views. At the same time, it boasts relaxing oriental design elements such as courtyards. For Eid, guests will receive 10 percent discount when booking a room inclusive of complimentary breakfast. Zaya Nurai Island Resort, Abu Dhabi: This island surrounded by crystal clear waters, soft white sand, and lush vegetation is the perfect staycation for family, friends, or couples. It’s exclusive and boasts contemporary villas right on the Arabian Sea. It’s also just 12 minutes away from Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island and an hour away from Dubai’s Downtown. It has a kids club, in-room holistic rejuvenating therapies (for those of you who are stressed), and several high-end dining and nightlife options including one offering organic produce from local farms for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi: There aren’t a lot of hotel brands that can pull off romantic stays as well as Anantara can. That’s why we recommend the brand’s Al Yamm Villa Resort, featuring 30 individual villas – 15 set on the beach and 15 overlooking mangroves. It’s perfect for an intimate Eid staycation with a loved one. But don’t be fooled by the resort’s romantic reputation, it has its own share of adventurous activities such as archery, mountain biking around a salt water lagoon, or roaming a wildlife reserve on a guided safari. For Eid Al Adha, the hotel’s prices start at AED 1,900 for an overnight stay and breakfast for two. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray: When you’re living in a desert, why not opt for an island staycation? We recommend Dubai’s man-made island Palm Jumeirah and its Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel. The Ottoman-themed property is lavishly decorated with high ceilings and luxurious furnishings. You just might forget that you’re in Dubai and feel like you’ve been transported to Turkey! The hotel boasts over 10 dining options and the award-winning Talise Ottoman Spa (which features the Middle East’s largest Turkish bath). Palazzo Versace: Inspired by a 16th century Italian Palace, this fashion branded hotel is a piece of art – decorated in high ceilings, Versace-imported furnishings, and landscaped gardens. Located in the Culture Village, it has eight restaurants, three large pools, and stunning views of the Dubai Creek and skyline. Until the 30th of September 2016, it’s offering 40 percent off hotel stays on both rooms and suites and complimentary breakfast for two. Its also offering a ‘pay for three nights, enjoy four nights’ promotion at its Versace-designed Residences. The offer starts at AED 14,400 and includes 24-hour Butler service, daily breakfast for four in Italian restaurant Vanitas, 60 minutes couple’s private massage, and more. Taj Dubai: Overlooking views of Downtown and Burj Khalifa, the Indian-styled Taj Dubai hotel is a great option for a luxury city staycation. For the occasion of Eid, its offering its guests a discounted stay at its most lavish suites, including the Junior, Luxury Burj View, Grand Luxury Suites, Maharaja Suite, and the Presidential Suite. Guests can enjoy exclusive services such as round-the-clock butlers and a daily signature breakfast at the Taj Club Lounge. Prices for rooms start at AED 1400. The offer is available only until September 30, 2016. Armani Hotel: Spoil yourself this Eid by checking into Giorgio Armani’s modern masterpiece – Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa. For Dubai Opera’s opening season, the hotel is offering exclusive room packages with 15 percent discount on regular room rates only if booked on performance nights. If you opt for the hotel’s Bronze package and stay for one night, you can enjoy dinner for two at the Armani/Deli. If you opt for the Silver option, you can enjoy the same but at the Armani/Ristorante. If you opt for the Gold package and stay for two nights, you can enjoy a spa treatment and dinner at Armani/Deli. The hotel is also offering a Platinum deal which includes bespoke flowers from Armani/Fiori, handmade Dolci chocolates, and two spa treatments. The offer is valid on Opera Nights only but is available until the 23rd of December this year.