x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Travel deals: luxurious winter breaks

Enjoy a "wellness" experience in the desert or a beach holiday in Phuket.

Sign up for a comprehensive 'wellness' break at Anantara Qasr Al Sarab. Courtesy of Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas
Sign up for a comprehensive 'wellness' break at Anantara Qasr Al Sarab. Courtesy of Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas

Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi

Head to the desert for a "wellness experience" at the sumptuous Anantara Qasr Al Sarab. You'll start off with a private consultation with qualified spa and fitness managers, who will create a fitness package customised to your individual needs and goals. The offer costs from Dh10,486 for three nights in a deluxe room, based on two sharing, full board, including four spa treatments per person; an in-room spa bath ritual; three fitness classes per person, such as yoga and pilates; two desert activities per person - either camel riding or dune bashing; and a guided dune walk. Transfers from Abu Dhabi and all taxes are included. Valid until December 31. Call 02 886 2088 or visit www.qasralsarab.anantara.com.

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Experience a hint of life like a royal with Emirates Palace's "palace suite" offer. Starting from Dh6,050 per night, based on two sharing, the package includes breakfast; a private BMW with a chauffeur for seven hours (perfect for shopping expeditions to Dubai or in the capital); a 90-minute spa treatment per person at Anantara Spa; Dh500 worth of credit per person for use in the hotel's restaurants; access to the Palace lounge; and limousine transfers to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The offer is valid until December 31. Call 02 690 8888 or visit www.emiratespalace.com for details.

The Shangri-La, Manzhouli, China

Discover snowscapes of Mongolian grasslands and enjoy the mixture of Russian, Chinese and Mongolian culture through the Shangri-La Manzhouli's "winter experience" package.

Manzhouli, which means "fresh spring water" in the local dialect, is a city of 300,000 located in China near its border with Mongolia and Russia.

Starting from 1,251 yuan (Dh723) per night, the Shangri-La's offer includes two nights in a superior room, based on two sharing, with breakfast, a night in a traditional Mongolian yurt (with breakfast, set lunch and dinner for two), a day trip to a local horse and camel farm, and a slew of winter activities, such as ice skating, downhill tubing, camel-sleigh rides and cross-country skiing. The offer is valid until February 1. Call 00 86 470 396 8888 or visit www.shangri-la.com/en/property/manzhouli/shangrila for more information.

Angsana Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Be among the first guests at the Angsana Laguna Phuket (it opens on Thursday) and get a discounted rates and credits for food and spa treatments for multi-night stays. Located in spectacular Bang Tao Bay in the Andaman Sea, introductory rates start from 7,240 baht (Dh851) per villa, per night, based on two sharing. There are 10 different categories of guest accommodation, including one- and two-bedroom lofts located directly on the lagoon, as well as pool residences and interconnecting family rooms.

The resort is a 20-minute drive from Phuket town and the airport, and has a range of restaurants featuring international and local cuisine, a beach club, a kids' club and the renowned Angsana spa.

Booking for two consecutive nights will earn a hotel credit of 3,000 baht (Dh350) per room, redeemable for food and beverages or spa treatments during the stay. Those staying for three consecutive nights also receive a 90-minute massage at the spa. The offer is valid for stays until February 27 and includes taxes. Call 00 66 7632 4101 or visit www.angsana.com/en/phuket for details.