If you haven’t yet firmed up your travel plans for the next few months, it may be time to book a staycation – there are plenty of attractive hotel deals and packages to take advantage across the UAE.
Here are some of the best to book now:
Major savings at Marriott
Marriott International is offering discounts of 25 per cent on hotel stays at more than 250 of its properties across the Middle East and Africa. Until September 25, guests who book through Marriott Bonvoy, the company’s newly revamped loyalty programme, can save as much as 25 per cent on the best available room rate, including complimentary breakfast. It’s a great opportunity to check out one of Marriott’s latest properties in the UAE, W Dubai – The Palm.
Check-in to a Jumeirah hotel for less
Jumeirah is also running a UAE residents' offer that includes discounts of up to 25 per cent. If you’ve always fancied a night in the Burj Al Arab, take advantage of 20 per cent off the best available suite rate. Additional benefits include use of a private cabana on the Burj Al Arab terrace, and pick-up and drop-off in a Rolls Royce Phantom.
You’ll also get 15 per cent off room rates at Jumeirah Al Naseem and Jumeirah Mina A‘Salam. At Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the residents' package includes a 20 per cent discount on your room rate, with unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark, the private beach and kids' club.
Staycationers can check in to Jumeirah Emirates Towers for 20 per cent less and get access to Talise Fitness Gym and Talise Spa, while Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is offering discounts of 25 per cent on room rates, as well as access to the Aviation Club gym and a one-week complimentary gym membership, granted upon check-out. The UAE residents' offer is valid until December 20.
Retreat to The Palm for a wellness break
For a wellness break close to home, look no further than the Palm Jumeirah. Positioned as the Middle East’s first holistic well-being resort, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery is home to the Raya Wellness Centre, which offers a series of all-inclusive packages designed for relaxation and rejuvenation. Until September 30, the property is running an offer for UAE residents that includes accommodation in a classic sea-view room, healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner, an in-body analysis and mini consultation with a wellness expert, and a morning yoga session, for Dh599 for two people.
Guests booking via theretreatpalmdubai.com can also receive a free genetics test. Once the results from a painless mouth swab are in, wellness experts at The Retreat Palm Dubai will provide confidential and personalised recommendations for a healthier lifestyle.
Book a brunch, stay the night at the St Regis
Pair brunch at the St Regis Abu Dhabi with an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s superior sea view rooms. The Friday brunch at The Terrace on the Corniche is a hearty spread that includes seafood, sushi and fine grilled cuts, as well as dedicated dessert, cheese and chocolate rooms. Once you’re done, you can either make your way to the Nation Riviera Beach Club, which is set on a 200-metre stretch of private beach, with secluded cabanas, an infinity pool and swim-up pool bar – or head up to your room. At Dh1,220 for two people, the superior summer brunch overnight stay also includes either dinner on Thursday night or a New York breakfast on Saturday.
Immersive stay for children in RAK
If you're worried about keeping your children entertained over the long summer months, head over to Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, where the Little Hotelier experience is available for kids between the ages of 8 and 13. Youngsters will "work" a half-day shift, learning about the various people, roles and responsibilities involved in keeping a hotel running – from the concierge to the sous chef, front office agent or waiter. Dressed in their own hotel uniform, complete with name tag, the mini hoteliers will complete a training programme to learn the basics, before heading out to shadow senior team members.
Thrill seekers’ package at Rove Hotels
Rove Hotels has opened its sixth property in Dubai. To celebrate the launch, Rove At The Park, located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, is inviting guests to stay for only Dh199 per night, which includes two tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts. Rove At The Park offers 579 rooms, including interconnecting family rooms to cater to families and larger groups. Guests have easy access to more than 100 rides and attractions across Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park.
Low room rates at JA Hatta Fort Hotel
JA Hatta Fort Hotel is inviting guests to take advantage of the quieter season with rates as low as Dh369, plus taxes, per night. You can enjoy cinema-in-the-pool experiences as classic movies play on a big screen, spot the animals that roam the grounds – including deer, goats, peacocks and even tortoises – and indulge in spa treatments. Activities such as zip-lining, wall climbing, mountain biking, archery, air-gun shooting and trail hiking are also still available, either early in the morning or late in the evening.
Bed and breakfast at the One&Only
The One&Only Royal Mirage has long reigned as one of Dubai’s best-loved hotels – and now’s your chance to experience it for yourself. The hotel is running a staycation offer where, for Dh895, you’ll get a room and breakfast, as well as free yoga and water sports activities, and complimentary family passes to Aquaventure Waterpark. The rate also includes 20 per cent off at the hotel’s various dining venues and savings on spa treatments. If you’d prefer to stay in a suite, the hotel is also running a Suite Dreams package that includes 10 per cent savings on the best available rate, plus complimentary daily breakfast and dinner, in addition to a pass to Aquaventure Waterpark.
Get closer to nature at Sir Bani Yas
Treat the kids to a trip to Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa on Abu Dhabi’s Sir Bani Yas Island – and they’ll eat, stay and play for free. Rates for the property’s Happy Kids Happy Family package start from Dh1,260, with a complimentary stay for a maximum of two children when sharing accommodation with their parents. They can also partake in various activities, from archery to nature walks and kayaking to 4X4 adventures.
Head to the Hills
A newcomer to Dubai, Vida Emirates Hills is a 160-room property that offers expansive views of the golf courses at Emirates Golf Club and Address Montgomerie. The hotel, which opened this month, is offering a summer package, called The Hills Are Alive, which includes 50 per cent off the best available room rate, early check-in and late check-out, and complimentary breakfast.