With a long weekend on the horizon, plans for a sunny sojourn away from the city would ordinarily be high on the agenda of many. But with our passports temporarily tucked away and flights to dreamy locales momentarily grounded, it might be a while before those vacations on our wish lists take flight.
Yet, living in the UAE does come with several perks and one of them being – amazing options for a getaway are always only a short drive away. From desert retreats nestled in the heart of the Arabian dunes to private island resorts that transport you to tropical shores, you can indulge your wanderlust without leaving the emirates. Soulful escapes are made of these.
Fairmont The Palm
The sunny shores of Palm Jumeirah are calling with Fairmont The Palm’s special staycation for GCC residents. Priced at only AED500 for a memorable getaway by the beach, the Arabian themed resort is the idyllic location to enjoy some quality time with the family. And if there’s one thing that could sweeten this deal more, it’s the resort credit offer worth AED500 for every day of your stay that you can use across all outlets and hotel services.
Visit fairmont.com for reservations
InterContinental Fujairah Resort
Nothing says escape like a stunning mountainside retreat and InterContinental Fujairah Resort has all the feels of an exotic holiday Nestled on Al Aqah Beach on the untouched Fujairah coast, the hotel sits at the base of the Hajar Mountains, transporting you to a magical land far from the chaos of the city. Take a stroll along the private beach or a dip in the infinity pool and treat your taste buds to gourmet feast with a delectable selection of the hotel’s signature dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Zaya Nurai Island
For some island loving, few resorts come close to Zaya Nurai Island in the UAE. This private island resort has all the makings of a tropical paradise, with the ocean for your backyard, a private pool in your stunning villa and secluded luxury. Running only until Ramadan, you can enjoy a one-night or three-night stay with breakfast or suhoor for a special rate as a myconcierge.com member, with the option to have iftar served to your villa.
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JA The Resort
With private beaches now open, there’s no excuse to put off that staycation you’ve been longing for. But if you’re worried about bumping into strangers while taking in the sights and sounds of the sea, a getaway to JA The Resort seems like the fix. With Dubai’s longest private beach, spanning 800-kilometres, this piece of paradise assures secluded, barefoot luxury. Not only does it come at a value price of AED396, but you will also receive the full price of your stay in resort credit to spend at the hotel’s dining venues and redeem against leisure activities at the resort.
Click here to make a booking using the promo code UAESTAY
Anantara The Palm
Dubai’s favourite Thai-inspired escape, Anantara The Palm is running a GCC residents special, starting from AED700, where you can retreat to a luxe room, villa or suite, enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet every morning of your stay and also get a late checkout. Indulge in this exclusive beachside escape, where you can access 400 metres of private beach, gorgeous skyline views and return feeling completely recharged.
Visit anantara.com for reservations