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Travel news: summer discounts in UAE and further afar

Save money on a five-star staycation, an energetic cycle holiday in France or lounging by the pool, closer to home.

Tour the French Basque region by bike

Adventure tour operator, Explore, is offering discounts of up to US$300 (Dh1,102) on a number of cycling holidays if you book by June 30. Enjoy an eight-day, small-group tour of the Basque country in southern France, cycling through the Pyrenean foothills to the Spanish border. The trip departs on August 31 and costs from $880 (Dh3,232) land only, including hotel, breakfast and bike hire. Book at www.explore.co.uk.

Book a five-star staycation and save

The Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi has announced a number of offers to lure visitors to Saadiyat. Until September 14, guests can enjoy a complimentary third night on a minimum two-night stay, and up to two children under the age of 12 can stay gratis including breakfast, lunch and dinner, when accompanied by two paying adults. There's also a 20 per cent discount at the five-star hotel's restaurants and bars, as well as on treatments at its spa. For more details, visit abudhabi.park.hyatt.com or call 02 407 1234. The JW Marriott Marquis, one of Dubai's most exciting recent hotel openings, has also announced its summer offer: guests can book two nights and stay for three until September 10 and enjoy 20 per cent off treatments at the newly opened Saray Spa. Email jwmarquis.dubai@mariott.com or call 04 141 3000.

More seats should mean lower fares to Kuala Lampur

Etihad Airways has announced it is adding a new daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur, departing at 11.05am to complement the existing 2.30am departure slot, from July 15. The capital of Malaysia is popular with tourists, thanks to its cultural diversity, historic mosques and temples, shopping malls and top-class hotels and restaurants - not to mention those famous twin towers. A return flight with Etihad costs from Dh2,415 return, including taxes (www.etihad.com).

Monte-Carlo Beach Club lowers its rates

Those longing to cool down in a chilled pool as the temperature reaches melting point will be pleased to find out that the Monte-Carlo Beach Club on Saadiyat has cut its daily rate for the summer months. Until September 15, a single day pass will cost Dh175 on week days (Dh315 at weekends), reduced from Dh250 per day, and couples pay Dh280 on weekdays (Dh525 at weekends). Entry for children is free and the Turtle Club promises to entertain them with face painting, games and water sports - the beach club has a dedicated children's pool shaded with a protective canopy (www.montecarlobeachclub.ae).

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