Eid Al Adha Vacays (and staycays)
More than half of UAE residents will travel this Eid, mamas, so why not join in and book up a break for your fam?! From staycations in the UAE (the weather is set to be gorgeous across the region – apparently!) to holidays just a short hop away, there are some fabulous deals to have both locally and further afield, so let’s make the most of it!
Fairmont The Palm
One of our fave family friendly boltholes, Fairmont The Palm have put together an Ultimate Family Offer for Eid Al Adha and we want in! With a 50% discount on the second room for families or friends booking 2 rooms at the hotel you can travel as a gang (SO much fun) plus scoff a daily complimentary brekkie buffet and get 20% off lunch and dinner at Flow Kitchen restaurant. AND if that’s not enough, kiddos age 3 or older get an hour free of playtime at the awesome Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club so mama and papa can get some time to chillax at the pool.
From AED 900 per standard room per night prior to discount, exclusive of 10% municipality fees, 10% service charge and a Tourism Dirham fee of AED 20 per room per night.
To Book: Call +971 4 457 3388
Hatta Fort Hotel
It may not be modern or flashy but Hatta Fort has to be one of our favourite family friendly breaks. First up, the temperature in the gorgeous Hajar Mountains is a few degrees cooler than down in Dubai (and only an hour away) so you can make the most of oodles of green open spaces, rocky hikes and even activities including archery, tennis and swimming in rock feature pools. All of the chalet-style rooms look out over the mountains and gardens where peacocks roam – blissful! Our Editor checked it out so read up on the full review if you need a little more convincing mamas!
Valid from Friday 9 September – Friday, 16 September. From AED 739 per Deluxe-Chalet Style Room standard room per night prior to discount, exclusive of 10% municipality fees, 10% service charge and a Tourism Dirham fee of AED 20 per room per night. Terms & Conditions apply.
To Book: Call +971 4 809 9333
Jebel Ali Beach Hotel
Crazy golf (or proper golf if that’s your thing), watersports, a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking a private beach plus 2 more pools to splash about in, horse riding, a little animal sanctuary with camels and goats – and a few resident peacocks, ducks and Arabian Oryx to try and spot wandering amongst the trees, the Jebel Ali Beach Hotel is a fabulous family friendly choice and one of the closest places we’ve found that offers that ‘countryside’ feeling. There are huge lawns for running on, loungers under the shade of palm-trees, colourful flowers, areas of woodland and gardens that back onto beach – absolute kid heaven. With over 40 activities and kids clubs for tots from 3 years upwards, there’s plenty for everyone to do – and if a good dose of r&r is on the cards then the resort spa is a must.
Valid from Thursday, 8 September – Friday, 16 September. From AED 705 per Garden View Room per night including free access to Cool Zone and Chill Zone Kids Clubs (ages 3-12), exclusive of 10% municipality fees, 10% service charge and a Tourism Dirham fee of AED 20 per room per night. Terms & Conditions apply.
To Book: Call +971 4 814 5555
Kempinski Hotel & Residences, The Palm Jumeirah
With acres of gorgeous garden, a private beach, totally Instagram-worthy pool and a kids club that’s bound to keep the tots super happy – the Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah has just about everything you need for a very happy weekend stay. Throw an award-winning spa and excellent foodie options (the Italian bistro Brunello is worth booking – with homemade pasta, a cheese ‘library’ and truffles galore, we fancy a stay here just for the food! But okay those loungers, that view, the spa… it’ll do!
Valid from Thursday, 8 September – Saturday, 17 September. 50% promotion off the best available rates
To Book: Call +971 4 444 2000
A Little Further Afield But Still A Drive Away…
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
Just a short 50 minute drive from Dubai, the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is many a mama’s fave weekend go-to. Set on a gorgeous beachfront location the rooms are palatial (if you have a large clan in tow) and the facilities awesome. Perfecting your swing? An 18-hole golf course might tempt you. Or maybe it’s the enormous swimming pools with swim-up bars (lunchtime tipple, anyone?), white sandy beach, serenely beautiful spa or tennis session that you’re after? Whatever you wanna get out of your break away, mamas, it’s all possible at the Waldorf in RAK. And kids can get their own dose of holiday fun at the totally awesome kids club that takes littles from 3 – 12 years and offers everything from arts & crafts to sandcastle building plus huge playground space. Oh – and then there’s the food. With everything from Japanese to a steak-house, you’ll be spoilt for choice (just don’t start the diet until you return, mamas!). Read up on Dani’s review of her staycay for some more info!
Valid until Saturday, 1 October 2016, 30% GCC Residents discount on half board rate (from AED 1,250 per night), including buffet breakfast and dinner in Qasr al Bahar restaurant. Terms & Conditions apply.
To book: Call +971 7 203 5555
A flight away…
Per Aquum Niyama, The Maldives
Yes mama, The Maldives. Utter paradise – even better than it looks in the pics (check out Sofia’s review for some serious wanderlust). Per Aquum Niyama is the ultimate family friendly Maldivian paradise – the problem with this option is that coming home might prove tricky (our Ed almost tied herself to a coconut tree, it was that good). On it’s own secluded island, Niyama is everything you could want and more. With a Scott Dunn-run ‘Explorers’ kids club that includes a splash pad, cooking classes, tonnes of activities and excursions, you may not get to see your kids for the entire stay. Stay in a beachside pavilion with private pool and head over to one of the 2 resort pools for incredible views of the ocean while you swim, spend a morning at the LIME spa, ride around on bikes, enjoy barefoot bliss and just relax, mamas! Yes, it may be expensive – even with discount – but so SO worth it (we’d do anything just to go again…).
Valid until Friday, 30 September, 2016, 20% discount on a stay of 3 – 6 nights or 30% discount on a stay of 7 nights or more, including daily breakfast. Starting from AED 2,252 per room per night. Rates are subject to a 10% service charge, 12% goods & services tax and a green tax of USD 6 per night. Terms & Conditions apply.
To book: Call +960 676 2828
Anantara Layan, Phuket
Jet away to Asia and enjoy luxurious Thai hospitality at the uber lovely Layan Beach on Phuket’s west coast. The Anantara Layan Phuket’s Family Package guarantees a stay in your very own Family Pool Villa and one complimentary resort experience for 2 adults and 2 kiddos (choose anything from mountain biking to Muay Thai kickboxing). There are water sports, yoga, Thai cooking classes and loads more to book into plus facilities galore to go wild about: the pool, the spa (with a 20% discount no less), the food, the beach… it’s all amazing, mamas!
The resort boasts three premium restaurants and bars where 2 children up to 12 years old can eat for free when they order off the children’s menu and are accompanied by mama and dad. Want to dine without the kids? No problem. The Family Package includes complimentary babysitting for 3 hours per 3-night stay – hooray!
Valid until Monday, 31 October, 2016, from AED 1,303 per villa per night. Rates are subject to a 10% service charge, 7% government tax and 1% provincial tax. Terms & Conditions apply.
To Book: Call +66 2 365 9110
A Sri Lankan Getaway With Emirates Airlines from Cobone
Sri Lanka is one of those destinations we should all get to while living in Dubai. Super close and really well priced plus the perfect antidote to a hot dusty desert at summertime, it’s lush and green and full of wildlife and adventure. Fab deals site Cobone is offering a luxury getaway to the Emerald Island for 3 nights in 5 Star Hotels (Grand Kandyan and Heritance Ahungalla) including daily breakfast and Emirates flights. Your itinerary will include a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary, Botanical Gardens and Turtle Hatchery plus a boat ride along the Madhu River plus lots more. The perfect intro to this heavenly destination.
Fixed departure dates: Friday, 9 September – Monday, 12 September, 2016. From AED 3,199 per person (kids cost less). Includes accommodation in 5 star luxury hotels, breakfast, return International flights with Emirates, airport transfers, tours and all taxes and surcharges.
To Book: Visit www.cobone.com
Salalah Rotana Resort – Escape The Heat Holiday
A fab fact about Salalah? This Southern region of Oman is just a short flight from Dubai (less than 2 hours) but you feel a million miles away – particularly because of the weather! The best time to visit is during the monsoon season (July-September), when the landscape is green and you can expect some rain, fog and all that stuff that we miss so much at this time of year in Dubai! If you’re craving some outdoor time and don’t want a beach holiday over Eid, then Salalah is perfect – and a stay at the 5 Star Salalah Rotana Resort which has been carved from desert rock and blends beautifully with the landscape – and which has every possible facility you could want (pool, fitness club, spa, 4 restos to choose from and kids club).
Valid until Friday, 30 September, 2016, from AED 1,999 per person including 2 night’s accommodation, return flights from Dubai, breakfast and all taxes/surcharges.
To Book: Call 800 11 444