x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

The season's best travel deals

Tempting offers to choose from for your end-of-year holiday two-night festive hotel packages in London and snowboarding on the Grand Massif.

Enjoy an end-of-year holiday in London with packages at Claridge's, the Connaught and the Berkeley.
Enjoy an end-of-year holiday in London with packages at Claridge's, the Connaught and the Berkeley.


Claridge's, the Connaught and the Berkeley, which are all owned by the Maybourne hotel group, have organised two-night festive packages from December 24 to December 26. At the Connaught, the offer costs from £700 (Dh4,030) per person, and includes accommodation in a standard double room (based on two people sharing), Christmas treats upon arrival, afternoon tea with champagne, English breakfast, a horse-drawn carriage ride through Mayfair, and a six-course Christmas lunch.

Christmas at the Berkeley costs from £550 (Dh3,170) per person and includes two nights in a standard double room with welcome Stollen cake on arrival, a four-course Christmas lunch, a horse-drawn carriage ride through Belgravia on Christmas morning, breakfast, stockings filled with goodies and a gift-wrapped cake to take home.

At Claridge's the festive offer costs from £680 (Dh3,917) per person for a two-night stay in a superior room, including a bottle of bubbly, festive in-room treats and stocking fillers, breakfast, a carriage ride through Mayfair, and a seven-course Christmas Day lunch.

The offers are valid for bookings until December 1. All prices include taxes. Visit www.maybourne.com for more information.

The French Alps

Stay at a renovated 19th-century farm in the French Alps and enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the Grand Massif. The trip includes seven nights' accommodation, organic breakfasts, high tea, three-course dinners with wine, wood-fired hot tubs, guides, ski lessons and all activities, airport and train transfers, and local shuttle services to the slopes.

The eight-day land-only trip costs from €680 (Dh3,510) per adult and from €400 (Dh2,065) for children under the age of 12. There is a €50 (Dh258) Green Travel Bonus discount per person if you share a car or arrive by train. The trips run from December 19 until April 3. Visit www.responsibletravel.com or call 00 44 1273 600 030.

Hong Kong

Spend one night at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, between December 17 and January 3 and earn a spending credit worth 1,000 Hong Kong dollars (Dh475). The package costs from HK$1,980 (Dh938) per night including taxes, and is based on two people sharing. Visit www.hongkong.shatin.hyatt.com for more information.

Kuala Lumpur

The Ritz-Carlton's Christmas package costs from 1,380 Malaysia ringgit (Dh1,627) per night for four guests in a two-bedroom suite and from RM1,840 (Dh2,70) per night for five guests in a three-bedroom suite.The offer is valid for stays on December 24 and includes taxes, breakfast and Christmas lunch, and stockings and gifts for each person. Visit www.ritzcarlton.com for details.


Wild Frontiers has organised an exotic 15-day holiday at Castle Bijaipur in Rajasthan, a beautiful heritage hotel in the Aravali Hills surrounded by forests, villages, lakes and ancient temples. The tour begins in New Delhi and includes a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra, Fatipur Sikri in Chittor, Christmas Day celebrations at Castle Bijaipur and a party on New Year's Eve.

The land-only trip from December 19 to January 2 costs from £1,925 (Dh11,088) per person and includes accommodation, all meals and all transport outlined in the itinerary. For more details, visit www.wildfrontiers.co.uk or call 00 44 20 7736 3968.


Uma Paro, Bhutan's mountain-top adventure resort, is offering a complimentary 10-day activity programme for guests staying between December 23 and January 1, 2011.

The programme includes four daily events and includes activities as varied as lectures on Buddhism, cookery lessons for those interested in Bhutanese cuisine, archery contests, yoga by candlelight, meditation sessions every morning, one night of films, a traditional mask performance and an evening of music and dance. On December 25, Father Christmas will put in a special appearance in a horse-drawn cart. There'll be plenty of hot chocolate with churros (fried pastries), and a classical music recital. On New Year's Day, guests get to enjoy a complimentary festive meal.

Standard rooms cost from US$708 (Dh2,600) per night (based on two people sharing), including all meals, airport transfers and taxes. For more information, visit www.uma.paro.como.bz.