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Etihad Holidays' package to Bangkok includes three nights at the four-star Imperial Queen's Park Hotel with daily breakfast, round-trip flights and airport transfers.

Special offer: Etihad Holidays' package to Bangkok includes three nights at the four-star Imperial Queen's Park Hotel with daily breakfast, round-trip flights and airport transfers. From Dh2,700 per person, including taxes. Etihad Holidays is also offering packages to Koh Samui and Phuket. Visit www.etihadholidays.com or call 800 23 24

The Classic Family Vacation: From Bt6,308 (Dh712) per night for a grand twin. Includes taxes, breakfast for all registered guests, 50 per cent off on a second room, 15 per cent discount on spa services, and in-room children's snacks. Valid until September 12. For more information and to book, visit bangkok.grand.hyatt.com

Special introductory offer: A deluxe beachfront pool or garden villa (maximum two persons per room) at Centara's X2 Hua Hin Kui Buri resort on Ao Noi beach starts at Bt5,200 (Dh587) per night inclusive of taxes, daily buffet breakfast for two and high speed internet access. Valid for stays until October 31. For more information and to book, visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com

Family Fun package: Stay a minimum of two nights and get 50 per cent off on a second room. Includes accommodation, round-trip airport transfer, breakfast, an extra bed, one set lunch or dinnerand access to Busy Bee Kids' Club. From Bt7,670 (Dh866) per night including taxes. Valid until October 21. To book, visit www.lagunaphuket.com

Stay 3 Pay 2 package: Spend a minimum of three nights and enjoy the third night free. Includes daily buffet breakfast for two people at Sala Mae Nam restaurant. Double rooms starts from Bt8,890 (Dh1,000) per night, including taxes. Children under 12 years sharing a room with parents stay for free and receive a 50 per cent discount on daily breakfast. Visit goldentriangle.anantara.com

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