Travel Deals: exotic island escapades

Enjoy an introductory package at Angsana Balaclava resort in Mauritius or book a diving holiday in the Cayman Islands.

Book a two- or three-night introductory package at the newly opened Angsana Balaclava in Mauritius.
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Set on the north-west coast of Mauritius, Turtle Bay is the picturesque site of the brand new Angsana Balaclava, which is offering "exotic escapades" introductory packages for two and three nights. The resort features ocean views, infinity-edged pools, a conservation centre and a well-stocked library. Plaisance International Airport is about an hour's drive and Port Louis, the capital, a short 15-minute drive.

The two-night package, with accommodation in a garden suite, costs from €978 (Dh4,650) and includes breakfast and dinner for two and €100 worth of hotel credits per stay. The three-night package costs from €1,467 (Dh6,975) and includes all of the above, plus a 90-minute spa session for two. All prices include taxes (complimentary inclusions are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable). The offer is valid for sale until March 30 for stays until March 31. Visit or call 00 230 2041888.

Sri Lanka

Marco Polo once described Sri Lanka as "the finest island in the world", and with good reason: shaped like a teardrop and measuring only 436km from north to south, the island nation boasts all kinds of terrain, from palm-fringed beaches to mountain peaks. Wild Frontiers' 16-day "Odyssey" tour, combining culture and adventure, offers the best of Sri Lanka. Highlights include game drives in Yala National Park, visits to the temples of Kandy and the Dambulla Caves, and rafting on Kelani River.

The trip costs from £2,310 (Dh13,153), including accommodation, most meals, the services of an English-speaking guide, local transport, entrance fees to sites and taxes. International airfare is not included. Departure on February 12. To book, visit or call 00 44 2077 363 968.

Cayman Islands

Enjoy a diving holiday in the Cayman Islands with this week-long trip. With the Cobalt Coast Dive Resort as your base, you'll go on daily diving expeditions in the Caribbean Sea with trained instructors. The trip costs from US$1,500 (Dh5,510) per person, including accommodation, some meals, a check-in dive on arrival, unlimited shore diving, airport transfers, Wi-Fi and taxes. International airfare is not included. To book, visit or call 00 44 1273 600 030.


Grand Millennium Dubai has a Dubai Shopping Festival package for Dh1,660 (including taxes) that features two nights in a deluxe room and free shuttle services to the main shopping malls (Mall of the Emirates and Dubai, Ibn Battuta and Wafi malls). Guests are also offered discounts on options such as 30 per cent off dinner for two at Atrium or Dante, the hotel's restaurants, or 20 per cent off a relaxing aroma massage or the other treatments at the hotel's signature Jasmine Spa. For details visit or call 04 429 9999.