x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Discover the glamorous way to camp

Stay in a luxurious yurt in the Canary Islands, venture to Thailand for a traditional festival, or scale the heights of Cypriot mountains.

Explore the rocky coast of Lanzarote Island in the Canary Islands from the family friendly eco retreat Finca de Arrieta. Getty Images / Gallo Images
Explore the rocky coast of Lanzarote Island in the Canary Islands from the family friendly eco retreat Finca de Arrieta. Getty Images / Gallo Images


Amari hotels have launched two- and three-night packages to celebrate Loy Krathong, the Thai festival that coincides with Eid Al Adha.

The Amari Watergate in Bangkok has a two-night stay in a standard room with an upgrade to a grand deluxe room, including a Thai set dinner for two, breakfast, a complimentary krathong (banana-leaf float), a welcome drink and late check out. From 9,298 Thai baht (Dh1,105) for two nights. The package is available from November 7 to November 14.

The Amari Coral Beach Phuket has a three-night package, including a buffet Thai dinner by moonlight at the Rim Talay restaurant, breakfast, a complimentary krathong, an upgrade to a deluxe room, airport transfers and taxes.

Prices start from THB19,900 (Dh2,364) for a three-night package, available from November 8 to 12. To book, visit www.amari.com.


The Canaries

Stay in a luxurious yurt by a beach on the Canary Islands for a secluded break. The eco retreat Finca de Arrieta in Lanzarote runs on wind and solar power. Each yurt has a skylight and hardwood Mongolian furniture. The bathrooms have a walk-in shower and the outdoor area has a fully fitted kitchen and decked patio. Facilities include a 10m-long pool, a lounge area, sea and mountain views, gardens, Polynesian-style day beds for sunbathing and internet access. Things to do in and around the area include exploring the nearby fishing village, surfing and sailing, paragliding, fishing, horse riding, golf and yoga. The resort is family friendly, with a gated pool area especially for families, a play area and babysitting services.

From €665 (Dh3,295) per yurt per week (self-catering; sleeps up to four). Visit www.lanzaorteretreats.com or call 00 34 928 826720.



The Troödos mountains in Limassol are the setting for this Cyprus holiday in a 20-year-old stone house with a large courtyard and private garden. The recently restored house has three large one-bedroom apartments to choose from, each fitted with modern facilities and sleeping three - ideal for families. The apartments have fully equipped kitchens, an en-suite bathroom, TV and home cinema, internet access and wonderful views over the mountains. Excursions to the neighbouring villages and the beach - a 20-minute drive away - can be arranged. Baby cots can be made available on request. Over 50s: The location is also perfect for treks in the mountains and birdwatching. From £45 (Dh256 per apartment per night or €280 (Dh1,388) for two persons for one week. Linen and towels are provided for weekly stays. Book through www.responsibletravel.com.



The eight-day Treasures of Jordan package from Bales Worldwide offers a historical insight into the country, from the preserved remains of Jerash to the splendour of Petra. Visitors will travel along the ancient and scenic King's Highway route, stopping along the way to visit Mount Nebo and the mosaics at Madaba, plus a trip across the rolling deserts of Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea.

The eight-day trip costs from £1,070 (Dh6,076) per person, including the services of an experienced guide, local transport by private vehicle, all sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary, entrance fees to sites, hotel accommodation and most meals. Departure on December 15. International airfare is not included. Visit www.balesworldwide.com for more information and to book.