With the holiday fast approaching, we look at some of the best places to go for a quick break.
Celebrate Eid al Adha abroad
Enjoy a three-night Eid al Adha break in the Seychelles in a treehouse villa set among exotic plantations looking out over Petite Anse, a horseshoe bay of white sand on the south-west coast of the main island of Mahé.
The Four Seasons' package costs from €2,750 (Dh14,120), and includes four days' accommodation (based on two people sharing) in a villa; breakfast (guests can choose between an American breakfast served in the villa or a buffet spread in the hotel's restaurant); round-trip airport transfers; a bottle of bubbly; a floral bath in a glass-walled tub; a 120-minute Blissful Connection treatment for two in the hilltop spa; a 60-minute massage lesson; and a romantic dinner on the beach.
Or take an extended break and opt for the five-night package. Priced from €3,520 (Dh18,075), the offer includes all of the above plus a 60-minute facial or massage per person; bubbly and canapés at sunset at the spa; and two on-the-beach dinners. Call 00 248 393 333 or visit www.fourseasons.com.
Stay four nights at the Shangri-La's boutique-style Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives, and pay for three. The special Eid al Adha promotion also includes a 25 per cent discount on a second villa booked at the same time. The offer costs from US$1,400 (Dh7,190) per villa per night based on two people sharing and includes a complimentary night's stay when paying for a minimum of three nights; return domestic flights for two from Malé to Gan; a 70-minute flight over the Maldives' atolls; breakfast at the hotel's Javvu restaurant and dinner at the Arabic Dr Ali's restaurant; festive welcome amenities upon arrival; no more than two extra beds for children below the age of 12 free.
The package is valid between November 15 and November 25 for stays in a Deluxe Pool Villa that is set among lush vegetation with views of the ocean, a Water Villa, built on stilts in the resort's lagoon, and a Beach Villa that opens out onto Villingili beach and is connected to the lagoon. For further information, call 00 960 689 7888 or visit www.shangri-la.com.
Therapy, retail and medical
Discover Dusseldorf on an Eid al Adha getaway at the Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella hotel. The recently reopened hotel is situated in the heart of the Konigsallee, Dusseldorf's famous avenue of designer boutiques, perfect for those looking for a bit of retail therapy.
The location also also offers guests a chance to explore the city - stroll through the picturesque old town, book a boat tour of MeidaHarbour, visit Dusseldorf's famous museums or walk along the Rhine promenade to the 172-metre Rhine Tower and soak in the fabulous views of the city. The Breidenbacher Hof also has two clinics offering cosmetic surgery, cardiovascular care and health checks. There is a private passage linking the hotel with the medical facilities. Double rooms cost from €250 (Dh1,283), including taxes. Call 00 49 211 160 900 or visit www.breidenbacherhofcapella.com.
Singapore plus one
See Singapore and one other city with one of Singapore Airlines' four-night, dual-destination packages. Prices start from Dh2,850 for Singapore-Kuala Lumpur; Dh2,850 for Singapore-Langkawi; Dh2,780 for Singapore-Penang; Dh2,670 for Singapore-Bangkok; and Dh4,300 for Singapore-Phuket, or Singapore-Bali.
All prices include taxes, return economy-class fares, four nights' accommodation based on two sharing (two nights in each destination); breakfast (except Singapore); return airport transfers; admission to tourist attractions in Singapore (including Sentosa Island Resort, Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo); unlimited rides on a sightseeing bus; and dining and shopping vouchers, each worth 10 Singapore dollars (Dh30). The packages can be tailor-made and are valid for purchase until November 15. For more information, call 02 622 1110 or visit www.singaporeair.com.