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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Eid Al Fitr: The best holiday travel deals for 2018

Island, city break, staycations or nature experiences, here's a guide to where to spend Eid Al Fitr

A sunset water villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Conrad Maldives
A sunset water villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Conrad Maldives

With Eid Al Fitr schedule to fall around June 15, many will already have their mind on where to spend the annual holiday. We’ve taken the hard work of planning your escape and put together a list of some of the best offers. Island, city break, staycations or nature experiences, this list has them all.

AFRICA

Tanzania

Melia Serengeti Lodge, starting at Dh4,120 per night

A suite at Melia Serengeti Lodge. Courtesy Melia Serengeti Lodge
A suite at Melia Serengeti Lodge. Courtesy Melia Serengeti Lodge

Melia Serengeti Lodge is situated in the Serengeti National Park and offers a blend of nature and luxury. Starting from Dh4,120 per night you’ll enjoy a stay in a Melia Lagoon view room (with game drive), welcome amenities, a romantic dinner at Boma restaurant, and 20 per cent off spa experiences. The Seronera airstrip transfer is also included. A stay at this exclusive lodge, which features a pool, fitness centre and spa, is the ideal Eid break. The offer is available from June 1 until June 30. To book e-mail reservations.melia.serengeti@melia.com

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ASIA

Bali, Indonesia

The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa, starting at Dh1,784 per night

The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa has a lovely infinity pool. The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa
The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa has a lovely infinity pool. The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa

This island paradise is popular right now, so why not discover it for yourself by checking into The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa where you will be able to enjoy world-class accommodation options along with its vast dining selection and expansive beach club and Kahyangan spa. Rates start from Dh1,784 per night in an ocean suite, including taxes. For details or to book go to www.theseminyak.com

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Maldives

Niyama Private Islands resort, starting from Dh2,500 per night

The living room of a family beach pavilion room at Niyama Private Islands Maldives. Niyama Private Islands Maldives r
The living room of a family beach pavilion room at Niyama Private Islands Maldives. Niyama Private Islands Maldives r

One of the most beautiful spots not too far away from home is the Maldives, and Niyama Private Islands resort on Dhaalu Atoll is offering 40 per cent off the room rate, a half-board upgrade and 60-minute massages for two at Drift Spa this Eid. All 134 accommodations within the resort are secluded, and for families, there’s an Explorers Kids Club. The promotion starts from Dh2,500 per night (excluding taxes) and can be availed until September 30. Flights to the island from Dhaalu Airport on Kudahuvadhoo Island cost from Dh1,358 per adult and Dh642 (excluding taxes). For details or to book e-mail reservations@niyama.com

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, starting from Dh1,600 per night

Deluxe beach villas are part of the Conrad Maldives resort on Rangali Island. Courtesy Conrad Maldives
Deluxe beach villas are part of the Conrad Maldives resort on Rangali Island. Courtesy Conrad Maldives

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island — home to the world’s first undersea restaurant — will soon be home to the first of its kind undersea residence so why not check out the resort before it makes history. If you stay four to six nights at this property, you’ll save 25 per cent. A beach villa starts from Dh1,600 per night until December 31 and the price includes access to non-motorised water sports; snorkelling equipment; daily feeding sessions at Mandhoo Spa Restaurant; an Instagram tour of photo-worthy spots; and free meals for children under 12. To book go to www.conradmaldives.com

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Thailand

Stay seven nights, pay for six offer

Samujana is home to 27 luxurious private residences on the northeast shores of Koh Samui. You can kickback and take in the uninterrupted views of the ocean in front of you, or get active and zip line or go elephant trekking, or hike among waterfalls. For Eid, the resort in association with Lightfoot Travel, has a stay seven nights, pay for six offer that applies to villas with between four and eight bedrooms. For more details go to www.lightfoottravel.com/property/samujana

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Sri Lanka

Anantara Kalutara Hotel, starting from Dh2,150 per person

A guest room at the Anantara Kalutara property in Sri Lanka. Courtesy Anantara Kalutara
A guest room at the Anantara Kalutara property in Sri Lanka. Courtesy Anantara Kalutara

For ease of travel and maximum use of your time, why not head to the five-star Anantara Kalutara Hotel, Sri Lanka, for three nights of luxury. You’ll stay in a Premier Garden View Room at the property that is situated between the Indian Ocean and the Kalu Ganga River, boasting picturesque views and proving a great spot for whale and dolphin watching. The package costs Dh2,150 per person and includes flights with Flydubai and a free night. Valid for June 15-18 stays, and must be booked by May 31 at www.dnatatravel.com

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India

Four-star and five-star packages (including flight) starting from Dh3,299 per person

Experience India’s Golden Triangle with Etihad this Eid break. Those with the Taj Mahal in their sights will tick that off their bucket list on this trip with two nights spent exploring Delhi before travelling to Agra and visiting the Taj. Jaipur is the next stop. There are four-star and five-star packages to choose from and tickets start from Dh3,299 per person including flights and hotels. For more go to www.etihad.com

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EURASIA

Turkey

The Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, starting from Dh1,711 for two adults

A room with a private terrace and pool at Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
A room with a private terrace and pool at Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

The Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is offering a Flavours of Bodrum package that includes accommodation in a luxury room, suite or apartment; a three-course dinner or barbecue dinner on Tuesday evenings; breakfast daily; and access to the butler service. The property has eight restaurants along with an award-winning spa. The package, which is priced at Dh1,711 for two adults is available for booking until October 31. Go to www.mandarinoriental.com/bodrum

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EUROPE

London

Hotel Cafe Royal, starting from Dh1,890 per night

The Dome Penthouse at dusk. Courtesy Hotel Cafe Royal 
The Dome Penthouse at dusk. Courtesy Hotel Cafe Royal

Head to the British capital and settle into Hotel Cafe Royal in London where you can enjoy a choice of three Eid package. The “Weekend Escape” will see you upgraded to a lavish guest room, be offered daily breakfast and receive discounts on luxury shopping options. Rates for this package start from Dh1,890 per night. Fore more details go to www.hotelcaferoyal.com/offers/weekend-escape

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Swiss Alps

Groupon offer (excluding flight) starts at Dh4,090 per person

Fancy spending Eid in Interlaken? Well you can, and you’ll likely be the envy of your friends. Groupon has an offer to the destination which is right in the centre of the Alps, that includes four nights in the Oberland Hotel; breakfast; a mountain cable car ride; glacier tour and a Swiss Pass for transport (unlimited). The package costs Dh4,090 per person (excluding flights). For details go to www.groupon.ae

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MIDDLE EAST

Jordan

Grand Hyatt Amman hotel, starting from Dh3,049 per person

The Dead Sea, where both sodium chloride and potassium salts are produced, is a tourist drawcard in Jordan. AFP 
The Dead Sea, where both sodium chloride and potassium salts are produced, is a tourist drawcard in Jordan. AFP 

For guests who haven’t experienced the wonder of the Dead Sea, now’s the perfect time. Explore the capital where modern meets history from the comfort of the luxurious five-star, Grand Hyatt Amman hotel. You’ll enjoy views over the metropolis and the Blue Domed Mosque and the package that starts from Dh3,049 per person includes flights with Flydubai and a tour of the Dead Sea and The Dead Sea Experience Spa and Rejuvenate. Price is valid for three nights between June 15-18 (book by May 31). To book go to www.dnatatravel.com

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Oman

Al Baleed Salalah by Anantara, starting from Dh1,307 per room per night

The Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Oman. Courtesy Dnata
The Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Oman. Courtesy Dnata

Al Baleed Salalah by Anantara has a short break special for those staying two nights or more, which includes free breakfast, 20 per cent off spa treatments, free upgrades, late check out and a resort credit of Dh90 per stay per room and Dh239 per stay per villa. The room rates for Eid start from Dh1,307 per room per night. For more go to www.anantara.com

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Dubai

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, starting from Dh1500 per night

A luxury suite balcony on a beach view room at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa. Courtesy Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
A luxury suite balcony on a beach view room at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa. Courtesy Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa has a Dh1500 per night offer for residents and tourists to the region to avail. The beachside resort is inviting guests to enjoy its “Celebration of Life” mantra during the Eid break and enjoy the range of dining offers, beach entertainment including a line-up of DJs, and some great spa treatments. The 117-room, 15 luxury villa resort is located on the Pearl Jumeira Island, not too far from the city centre. For bookings or further details go to www.nikkibeachhotels.com/dubai

Rixos Premium Dubai hotel and resort, starting from Dh1,234 per night

Rixos Premium Dubai hotel and resort at JBR is offering stays starting from Dh1,234 per night. Those who book to stay during the Eid weekend will be upgraded to half-board, enjoy a Marina dhow cruise for two adults, tickets to Aquaventure Water Park and free shuttles to Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. There’s a three-night minimum and details found at premiumdubai.rixos.com

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Ajman

The Oberoi Beach Resort at Al Zorah, starting from Dh2,070 per night

A Kohinoor Suite at Oberoi Al Zorah resort, with its own balcony. Courtesy Oberoi Al Zorah 
A Kohinoor Suite at Oberoi Al Zorah resort, with its own balcony. Courtesy Oberoi Al Zorah 

The Oberoi Beach Resort at Al Zorah is set within the mangrove forests in the new waterfront precinct and for a starting rate of Dh2,070 per night guests can stay in a premier room. Also included in the package is a three-course dining experience at any one of the two restaurants on the property and breakfast daily. The offer is available until September 30. For details go to www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-al-zorah-ajman

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Abu Dhabi

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, 20 per cent off room rates

If you’re planning a staycation but want to try somewhere new, the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi is offering 20 per cent of room rates. The new hotel, located beside Jumeirah Etihad Towers, features large outdoor terraces, a 50-metre infinity pool and rooftop adults only pool, as well as a fitness centre. The offer is available until September 14 and bookings can be made at abudhabi.grand.hyatt.com

Emirates Palace, starting from Dh1,252

If you want to elevate your Eid this year, Emirates Palace might just be worth considering. The hotel is offering discounted room rates and a buffet breakfast at Le Vendôme Brasserie for up to two guests per room. Those booking a suite will also be given free access to the Palace Lounge. Valid until September 30, rates start from Dh1,252 per night. To book e-mail reservations@emiratespalace.ae or go to www.emiratespalace.ae for further details.

St Regis Abu Dhabi, starting from Dh1,500 per night

|A superior room with a sea view at St Regis Abu Dhabi. St Regis Abu Dhabi
|A superior room with a sea view at St Regis Abu Dhabi. St Regis Abu Dhabi

St Regis Abu Dhabi has a family staycation offer that includes a stay in a superior room from just Dh812, which includes a free upgrade to a sea view category, breakfast, a Dh200 restaurant dining credit, and a late checkout of 4pm. Signature suites start from Dh1,500 per night, including breakfast, a Dh500 restaurant credit and late checkout. For bookings e-mail reservations.abudhabi@stregis.com or call 02 694 4666.

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