Travel news: Make your next Bali break a Ritz-y affair

Plus: spoil your mum this mother’s day; putting a new spin on park exploration; dive into the deep blue in the Maldives.

Free-diving at Dusit Thani Maldives. Courtesy Dusit Thani Maldives
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Make your next Bali break a Ritz-y affair

The Ritz-Carlton has returned to Bali, six years after ceasing management of its previous site there. The hotel is set among the dramatic cliffs and pristine beaches of Sawangan, Nusa Dua, on 12.7 hectares of beachfront. It boasts 313 hotel rooms, including 34 clifftop and ocean-view villas, with unobstructed, 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean. Introductory prices start from US$350 per day (Dh1,286), including breakfast for two. For more information, visit

Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day

Sweep your mum off her feet this Mother's Day (March 21) with a visit to Oman. The Millennium Resort Mussanah's Stay and Spa offer includes a free upgrade to a superior sea-view room, with breakfast and dinner for two people, and a back or leg revival massage. The four-star Millennium Resort Mussanah features 234 rooms, offering views of the Hajar Mountains, marina or the Gulf of Oman. A one-night stay for two people costs 109 Omani rials (Dh1,040). For more information, visit

Putting a new spin on park exploration

If you're a cycling enthusiast, you can now book a new American trip from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park. The seven-day, six-night trip from Cycling House begins in Glacier on the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road and then parallels the Rocky Mountain Front to Yellowstone National Park. The trip runs from July 27 to August 2, and spaces are limited to 30 riders. The 784-kilometre ride is fully supported and guided, with gear moved from point to point each day and camp set up by Cycling House staff. The scenery is guaranteed to be breathtaking, as you make your way through two of the Unites States' most iconic parks. The trip costs $1,595 (Dh5,859) per person. For more information, visit

Dive into the deep blue in the Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives has joined forces with Apnea Total, a globally renowned free-diving organisation, to bring the first internationally accredited free-dive centre to the Maldives. Free-diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on the diver's ability to hold their breath until resurfacing, without the use of scuba gear. Resort guests will train under the supervision of experienced free-dive instructors who have worked and trained under record-holding free-divers. The Freediver Basic Course costs $400 (Dh1,469), while there are also holiday packages specifically tailored to the free-dive market that include breakfast, spa treatments and yoga sessions. For more information visit,

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