x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Wild things

Coming up Bengal tigers in India, shopping in Beirut, outdoor fun on Sir Bani Yas Island - the next few months promise plenty of excitement.

Book a midweek stay at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara and go hiking on Sir Bani Yas Island.
Book a midweek stay at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara and go hiking on Sir Bani Yas Island.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara on Sir Bani Yas Island is offering a complimentary voucher worth Dh300 (US$82) for midweek stays booked on weekdays (between Saturday and Wednesday) in a deluxe room, suite or villa. This Summer Spectacular offer also includes two outdoor activities per day. Guests can choose from a range of options that includes mountain biking (available for all levels), hiking on the island's rugged salt domes, kayaking in mangroves, which are home to more than 60 species of migratory birds, snorkelling in the marine life-rich waters off the island, or exploring the Arabian Wildlife Park.

The hotel also has plenty of cool summer activities to keep the little ones busy, from face painting to early-morning swimming lessons. The complimentary voucher can be used at any of the hotel's restaurants and pool bars or at Anantara Spa. Alternatively, register for an Arabic cooking class hosted by the resort's master chef, or learn traditional Thai massage from expert therapists. Anantara's special Breeze rates start at $410 (Dh1,507) for a deluxe room per night, including breakfast and taxes. Valid until September 8. For reservations call 02 801 5400 or visit desertislands.anantara.com

With the Indian government in the middle of a debate on whether to put an end to tiger tourism, Undiscovered Destinations is offering what might be your last chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive and endangered Bengal tiger. The 12-day Tribes and Tigers tour combines game rides in a tiger reserve with treks into the tribal areas of Bastar and much more.

The first leg of the tour starts in Mumbai with an overnight flight to Tadoba, Nagpur, home to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, a haven for tigers, sloth bears and hyena. The next few days will include morning and evening visits to the reserve for plenty of wildlife spotting and tracking, as well as short trips to important historic sites such as Raipur, the famous palace of Kawardha - a village surrounded by the green Maikal hill range - and an overnight stay at the Maharaja's Palace in Kanker, then on to Jagdalpur to explore the tribal villages of Bastar. Jagdalpur is in the heart of forest country, so expect precarious treks, hikes deep into jungle terrain and lots of amazing sights, including the nearly 30-metre-high Chitrakoot waterfalls, known as the Niagara of India, formed where the river Indravati abruptly collapses into a deep cavern. Later, watch traditional artisans practise age-old skills in the nearby towns of Bhelvapadar and Kondagaon. The trip ends with a flight from Raipur back to Mumbai. From $2,615 (Dh9,605), based on two people sharing. To book and for more information, visit www.undiscovered-destinations.com

Take advantage of the summer rates at Le Gray Hotel Beirut for a relaxing holiday in this exciting, sophisticated city.

Recently refurbished, the hotel boasts a chlorine-free heated roof-top swimming pool and great dining options, including Indigo on the Roof, which offers panoramic views of Beirut. The hotel is located in the centre of the city, ideal for shopping expeditions and a quick tour or two. Double rooms cost from $380 (Dh1,396) including taxes. For more information, call 00 961 196 2828 or email reservations@legray.com.

Take advantage of Hilton Worldwide's Great Getaway summer offer to travel to new destinations in more than 80 countries. Choose from more than 2,800 participating hotels in cities all over the globe and enjoy discounts of up to 30 per cent on hotel stays completed between May 28 and September 6. The participating hotels include the five-star Rome Cavalieri, which overlooks the city's beautiful skyline and is part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, and the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Mexico, a beachfront hotel and the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award.

All reservations must be booked by July 15. Purchases must be made a week in advance, with full payment at the time of booking. Discounts may vary by hotel brand. Includes daily breakfast. Visit www.hhonors.com/thegreatgetaway travel@thenational.ae