Travel news: Get snap happy at Amman landmarks

Plus: Head off on a highly rated Halal holiday; Indulge your foodie side in Tuscany; Learn the art of muay Thai in Bangkok.

The Four Seasons Hotel Amman. Courtesy Four Seasons Hotel Amman
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The Four Seasons Hotel Amman in the Jordanian capital is asking its guests to share their pictures on social media, using the hashtags #ExperienceFS and #FocusFS. For inspiration, the hotel is also offering a tour of Amman. The tour, lead by the travel photographer Zohrab Markarian, begins at the hotel, and visits a number of landmarks throughout Amman, including the Old Souk and the 2,000-year-old Roman Theatre. Also on the itinerary are stops at the Citadel and tea on the terrace of Darat Al Funun in the Jabal Al L'weibdeh district, for views of old Amman's architecture. Packages take place Saturday through Thursday, and cost from Dh3,741 per night including breakfast, airport transfers, the photo tour and taxes. For more information, visit

Head off on a highly rated halal holiday

Book one of HalalTrip's new Muslim-friendly packages, and choose from 65 destinations, including Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, the Maldives, Tbilisi, Dubrovnik and London. Holidays can be chosen by location, type and Muslim-friendliness, based on a bronze to gold rating by CrescentRating. The Gems of Islamic Spain, for example, is an eight-day tour that takes visitors through Madrid, Al Andalus and Toledo. Packages cost from €839 (Dh3,359) per person, including accommodation, some meals, tours and taxes. For more information, visit

Indulge your foodie side in Tuscany

Food buffs should love the Italy: Tuscan Farmhouse Escape with MasterChef Travel. The six-day tour – departing on the April 17 or October 9 – is based in an agriturismo (Tuscan farmhouse) in the countryside. Included in the experience are two hands-on cooking classes. Travellers will explore San Gimignano, Siena and Volterra, and pay visits to olive mills – with tasting sessions included – and a local market. The tour costs from £1,175 (Dh6,171) per person, including accommodation, meals and taxes. For more information, visit

Learn the art of muay Thai in Bangkok

Continue any new year keep-fit ambitions by booking into the Amari Watergate Bangkok for lessons in the combat art of muay Thai. Guests will receive three 90-minute sessions with one of the city's top training camps, plus front-row seats to a muay Thai bout in Bangkok. The three-night experience also includes transfers between the hotel and the boxing school, a certification for completing the training, and a consultation with the hotel's chef on healthy eating. The deal is available until December 31, and costs from US$540 (Dh1,984) per person, based on two people sharing, including taxes. For more information, visit

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