Travel news: A first for Hilton in Jordan and more
A first for Hilton in Jordan
Visitors to Jordan can now stay at Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ first hotel in the country, the new Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa. The 285-room property is on the north-east shore of the Dead Sea, next to the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre, also managed by Hilton since 2010. The hotel’s spa is due to open in September. Rooms cost from 93 Jordanian dinars (Dh481) per night including taxes. For more information, visit www.hilton.com.
Al Ain gets lifted Aloft with new hotel
The Aloft Al Ain, which has opened as part of the city’s new Hazza bin Zayed Stadium district, is offering 50 per cent off a second room for families with children under 21. The first room is available from Dh483 per night, including taxes. For more information, visit www.aloftalain.com.
New luxury dhow sails from Six Senses
Travellers used to roughing it on overnight dhow cruises off the Musandam Peninsula can now book a luxury vessel costing from US$22,000 (Dh80,804) for a three-day, two-night trip from Six Senses Zighy Bay. The boat is a 27-metre-long restored Omani dhow capable of cruising at 10 knots. It can accommodate up to six guests in three cabins, and itineraries are tailor-made and fully catered, with a butler and spa services and an on-board cinema.
Kerry Hotel opens in Hong Kong
The first hotel to be built on Hong Kong’s Kowloon Waterfont in the past 20 years has opened. A 16-storey structure with interiors designed by André Fu, the Kerry Hotel features a waterfront terrace and rooms with direct views of Victoria Harbour. There’s currently an opening offer of 20 per cent off the best available rate, with double rooms from 2,090 Hong Kong dollars (Dh987) per night, including taxes. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry.
Thailand halal app launched in Arabic
A halal travel app launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand is now available in Arabic. The TAT said it was responding to the growing number of malls, health and wellness facilities, restaurants, attractions and other services catering to the Muslim Market. To find the app, search for “Thailand Muslim Friendly Destination” in the iTunes App Store.