x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Travel Deals: Trips to savour

Plan the holiday of a lifetime from these exciting opportunities.

Take to the famously clear waters of the Maldives and get a day of watersports adventure and education included in the deal.
Take to the famously clear waters of the Maldives and get a day of watersports adventure and education included in the deal.


Take to the famously clear waters of the Maldives and get a day of watersports adventure and education included in the deal.

The Indian Ocean Charm package being offered by Baros Maldives next year costs from US$4,710 (Dh17,300) for four nights, including taxes. As with any stay at the resort, it includes breakfast each morning at the resort's Lime restaurant, catamaran sailing, rental of a transparent canoe, a windsurfing lesson and snorkelling.

The extras offered by the package are an educational marine biology snorkel trip, night snorkelling and a coral planting workshop. Guests also enjoy wireless internet access and a round-trip airport transfer by speedboat.

For an extra US$635 (Dh2,333), guests can do a four-day advanced open water and nitrox scuba certification course.

The package rate is available from January to October and is based on double occupancy per villa per night. Visit www.baros.com for information or call 00 960 664 2672.



China's increasingly competitive hotel market has a bright, shiny new kid on the block. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts' new Kerry Hotel emerged last month from a multi-million-dollar renovation, which included being rebranded from the Kerry Centre Hotel.

The relaunched hotel is the group's second, joining its stablemate, the Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, which established the brand in February.

The improvements include contemporary rooms and suites, a Club lounge, a revamped lobby and a grand ballroom. It has also introduced two new dining outlets - Kerry's Kitchen and Kerry's Pantry - and the hotel's iconic Centro bar and lounge has been redesigned so that it now offers an outdoor terrace.

The Kerry also claims to be Beijing's most comprehensive hotel fitness facility, with everything from an expansive indoor swimming pool, a full-size basketball court and even an in-house tennis pro to give lessons on the indoor courts. Rooms cost from RMB1,550 (Dh894) a night, including taxes. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com/en/property/beijing/kerry, or call 00 86 10 6561 8833.


Saudi Arabia

Families looking to the Arabian coast for a holiday have a new option to consider.

The five-star Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar, the ninth hotel to be opened by the group in Saudi Arabia, offers 36 three-bedroom duplex villas, including two Royal Villas each with a spacious majlis. There are also two restaurants, a spa and fitness centre, a free-form swimming pool, a kids' club and a private beach.

Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar is 45 minutes from Dammam International Airport and only 25 minutes away from the five-star shopping outlets and entertainment options of Al Khobar. Rooms cost from 5,175 riyals (Dh5,069), including tax. For further information,visit www.moevenpick-alkhobar-beach.com



For a chance to see one of the greatest game shows on earth, Bales Worldwide is offering a 10-day tour of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

You can explore Tangire National Park and Ngorongoro before continuing on across the open plains of the Serengeti towards the waters of Lake Manyara.

The trip includes including English-speaking guides on safari, private four-wheel-drive vehicles, park entrance fees and stays in hotels and game lodges, seven breakfasts, seven lunches and six dinners. The package costs from £1,850 (Dh10,605), based on two sharing and excluding flights but includes taxes. For further details, visit www.balesworldwide.com.