Fairmont hotel opens in Jaipur, India
Travellers to north India can now check in to the brand new Fairmont Jaipur. The 255-room five-star property is a few kilometres north of the city centre, close to the Amber Fort. Rooms are a minimum of 50 square metres, elegantly decorated with timber doors, opulent marble bathrooms and private foyers, but boasting high-speed Wi-Fi internet, media stations and 40-inch LCD TVs. The Willow Stream spa will open next year. Double rooms from 10,000 rupees (Dh662) per night including tax; visit www.fairmont.com to book.
Book now for winter holidays in Africa
Take in both a safari holiday and beach break by travelling to Kenya and Mozambique with Africa Rose Travel and enjoy a 10-night all-inclusive luxury holiday (excluding international flights) for £2,740 (Dh15,675) per person. The trip starts with four nights in the Masai Mara, staying at the Naibor Camp, then one night in Nairobi followed by five nights on a deserted white sand beach at the Coral Lodge villa. Bookings must be for travel between November 1 and June 30th 2013.
Alternatively, a discount of almost 50 per cent is currently being offered at nine of Botswana's most luxurious camps and lodges throughout the Okavango Delta and Kalahari. Pay £230 (Dh1,315) per person per night and enjoy day and night game drives, bus, walks, meals and drinks, with expert guides. Visit www.africarosetravel.com for more information.
A Ramadan treat with Seawings, Dubai
Until the end of Ramadan, soar above Dubai's magnificent skyline on a 40 minute scenic flight with Seawings before landing at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club for iftar at the Aquarium restaurant for Dh850 per person. The trip can depart from either the Jebel Ali Golf Club & Spa or the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. For reservations call 04 807 0708 or visit www.seawings.ae for more information.
Travel contributor's new guide to Beirut
Shirine Saad, a contributor to the travel pages of The National, has just published a new guide to Beirut. Boho Beirut: A guide to the Middle East's Most Sophisticated City is published by Beirut's Turning Point Books and features authoritative, practical and up-to-date listings of the city's labyrinthine cultural, shopping and food scenes, interspersed with engaging portraits of the individuals who drive the city.
"The real Beirutis are resilient, open, tolerant and joyful" and have created a "dynamic cultural capital despite regional turmoil", says the Beirut-born author, who grew up in France, Canada, Lebanon and New York, and is now based in Brooklyn. The guide costs $20 (Dh73) through Turning Point Books (www.tpbooksonline.com).