x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Do it by the book and save money

The Life: The Entertainer books have now ventured into the big ticket market.

The Entertainer Travel: making regional hotel stays cheaper. Courtesy: The Entertainer
The Entertainer Travel: making regional hotel stays cheaper. Courtesy: The Entertainer

The Entertainer books are usually the best way to get a free pass at a water park or money off a steak at Atlantis, but the discount providers have also now ventured into the big ticket market.

The company's motto is "never pay full price again" and they are now applying this to hotels around the Middle East and North Africa, as well as further afield.

Priced at Dh395 (US$107.55), the Entertainer Travel gives two-for-one vouchers for a two-night stay at more than 50 hotels in the region.

On top of the two-night vouchers, the book also offers either 10 or 20 per cent off at more than 100 hotels for as long as your boss will give you time off. The hotels all throw in a free breakfast, with one in the Maldives even offering champagne each morning.

All the hotels in the book are rated either four or five stars, so it is not necessarily for those looking for a cheap getaway.

The Entertainer Travel offers deals at most of the major hotel chains in Abu Dhabi and Dubai such as the InterContinental, the Fairmont and the Shangri-La, with the exception of Hilton and Jumeirah. If you are looking to get outside of the big cities for a break, there is the Banyan Tree in Ras al Khaimah or the Golden Tulip in Musandam.

"We are a membership: people buy the book and they get a card. It's year round discounts and we will also send tactical offers through the year in a news letter," said Marlane Fraser-Smith, the director for The Entertainer Travel.

Those booking rooms will have to quote their card membership number when they book and one card can be used for only one room at a time. "Depending on the price the hotel is offering at the time, people could save about Dh2,500 if they stayed at the Banyan Tree for two nights," said Ms Fraser-Smith.

That saving is minus the price of the book of course.

The Quote: The great advantage of a hotel is that it’s a great refuge from home life. George Bernard Shaw

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