Travel briefs: Madinat Jumeirah woos UAE residents with staycation offer

Plus: Banyan Tree, Dusit Thani Maldives and Shangri-La all have summer treats worth a look this week.

Banyan Tree's presidential villa bedroom. Courtesy Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
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The Madinat Jumeirah has a summer staycation offer for UAE residents. There are plenty of ways to unwind at the resort and guests can choose to stay at Jumeirah Al Qasr or Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, or in one of the 29 villas at Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf. The deal includes a saving of 20 per cent on the best available rate when booking a minimum of two nights on a half-board basis. The offer is available until September 30, with rates including dinner for two and full breakfast, starting from Dh1,056, including taxes. For more visit
Shangri-La Hotel's summer treats
From extra perks to value add-ons, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is inviting guests to take a summer trip and "escape the ordinary" at more than 80 Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders hotels worldwide until the end of August. Those who book a room or suite at the best available rate will also receive complimentary breakfast, up to US$200 (Dh735) food and beverage credit per stay and free Wi-Fi. Families travelling with children can take advantage of the group's Children's Meal Plan, where guests under 6 (maximum of two) accompanied by a paying adult will be served complimentary buffet meals in all-day dining and pool cafes. Room rates differ according to the hotel. At the Shangri-La Sentosa Island in Singapore, for example, rates starts from Dh1,653 per night. For more information visit
Chill out in Maldives with Dusit Thani
The Dusit Thani Maldives has launched its Dusit Island Getaway Package designed to provide a complete, indulgent holiday experience. Enjoy breathtaking ocean views, world-class dining options, and Baa Atoll, the Maldives' only Unesco Biosphere Reserve not too far away. Starting from Dh2,463 per person per night, the package includes accommodation in a beach villa, meals, a guided house reef snorkel tour with the resort's Marine Diversity Expert, late check-out, 20 per cent off treatments at the Devarana Spa and a special rate of Dh735 per person per way for seaplane transfers. Visit for more details.
Romantic getaway at Banyan Tree in Bali
Treat a loved one to a Bali holiday and Banyan Tree Ungasan's Sense of Romance package. Blessed with stunning natural surroundings and a bounty of fresh produce on its doorstep, the Indonesian island is an enchanting backdrop for romantic food-lovers. The package includes breakfast for two, a three-course set menu at Ju-Ma-Na, a 90-minute couples' spa retreat, return airport transfers as well as the option to take a Balinese cookery class. Rates start from Dh2,400 per villa per night, with the Balinese cookery class costing from Dh344 per person, including lunch. For more ­information visit www.­