Travel briefs: Courtyard by Marriott launches in Abu Dhabi

Also: tour Oman with new Alila property; golf in Morocco; or take a spa break in Budapest.

The Corinthia Hotel in Budapest. Courtesy The Corinthia Hotel
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Travellers looking to stay close to the World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, now have another option to choose from. The Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center has officially opened its doors, making it the first Marriott-endorsed hotel in the capital. A five-minute walk from the Corniche, the hotel offers a number of amenities including a fitness centre, heated outdoor pool, on-site dining options, including the Up and Below rooftop bar, and free high-speed Wi-Fi. Rates start from Dh470 per night, for two people, including taxes. Visit

Tour Oman with Alila Jabal Akhdar

The recently opened Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel is now offering guests a Mirage in the Mountains tour, which includes hiking, driving and guided cultural tours of Oman. The three-hour tour starts from the wadi and allows guests to observe the flora and natural stone formations around this part of the mountain, and explore the abandoned village of Sarab. Rates for the tour start from 6 Omani rials (Dh57). Double rooms at the hotel start from 228 Omani rials (Dh2,175) per night, including taxes. For more details, visit

Golf in Marrakech with Lightfoot

Golf lovers can take advantage of the Golf Break package at the Amanjena resort. Stay five nights or more and receive daily breakfast, daily green fees per person to play the Royal, Amelkis or Al Maaden golf courses, including transfers, or one daily 50-minute massage for a partner who does not play golf, and round-trip airport transfers. The offer is available through Lightfoot Travel for bookings for between January 7 and February 28, June 1 and September 30 or December 1 and 21. Rates start from US$810 (Dh2,975) per night, for two people, plus a €5 (Dh25) tourist tax per person, per day. For more details or to book, visit

Relax in Budapest with the Corinthia

Throughout January, GCC residents can take advantage of an exclusive spa break from the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. Guests who stay for three nights will receive a 33 per cent room discount, unlimited access to the Royal Spa, admittance to any of the three historic spas – Gellért, Lukács or Rudas Baths – a 25 per cent discount on a Legenda city river cruise, a 20 per cent discount on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour, a 50 per cent discount on the Budapest Széchenyi Bath entrance fee and complimentary Wi-Fi. The offer is available for rooms starting from €230 (Dh1,035) per night. To book, visit