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We have something for every budget and every kind of vacationer. We will also update this guide with new ones for summer, so keep this story bookmarked.

Al Ain

Aloft Al Ain

Recently launched design-led hotel, Aloft Al Ain has 175 loft-like rooms and suites with plush platform beds, large walk-in showers and complimentary Bliss amenities. Part of the Marriott International, the new hotel also boasts four food and beverage options including Re:fuel - a 24 hour Grab & Go snack bar, the signature W XYZ bar, Olive Tree, an international all-day dining restaurant and The Rooftop - Al Ain’s first lounge with stunning views of the majestic Jebel Hafeet mountain.

The hotel also offers a 24 hour fitness center and an outdoor rooftop pool. The hotel is a short drive from Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium, Al Ain Oasis and Palace Musuem.

Location Al Towayya, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Community Cost Dh400 onwards (dining, pool and stay offers available – contact for details) Dates June and July Contact 03 7138888 or email alain.bnf@alofthotels.com


Le Meridien Al Aquah Beach Resort

Just 45 minutes away from central Dubai, Le Meridien Al Aqah aims to provide a fuss-free staycation to families and children. Enjoy special discounts on rooms and dining all through summer.

Location Dibba road Cost Starting from Dh349 per person in a double room (special rates include breakfast and lunch/dinner) You can get the third night free if you book two nights Contact 09 2449000

Ras Al Khaimah

The Hilton Garden Inn RAK


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The Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah is the first Garden Inn within the emirate overlooking the Hajar mountains and waterside creek. Offering the largest guest garden in the UAE (which can host up to 500 people for events and parties), the hotel is the ideal nature escape this summer. They are offering a 20 per cent discount on the best available rates all summer.

Location Ras Al Khaimah City Centre Cost From Dh280 (20 per cent discount on available rates) Dates of validity Until October 8 Contact + 971 7 228 8888

Waldorf Astoria RAK

With a rich heritage, dating back over 5000 years, Ras Al Khaimah offers guests a fabulous mix of dramatic mountains, crystal clear blue waters, unspoiled coastlines and a large selection of cultural experiences, a step away from your traditional city-escape. With the recently opened Via Ferrata, (the Middle East’s first commercial zip wire from the mountain peak of Jebal Jais) guests at Waldorf Astoria can choose from exhilarating experiences to simple relaxation.

Location Vienna Street, RAK Cost From Dh1,020 including breakfast and dinner (after 20 per cent off on best available rates and complimentary breakfast and dinner) Dates Until December 17 Contact +971 7 203 5555 Email reservation.warak@waldorfastoria.com

Al Wadi Desert

The luxurious Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel features private villa accommodations, each with its own pool. Enjoy the surroundings, sans the noises of the city, while still enjoying a luxurious stay. This is a great place for families with teens or younger children as well. 


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Kids aged five to12 get to sign up as a Ritz Ranger and they learn useful outdoor survival skills while enhancing their understanding of nature. The programme, which ends with the Rangers receiving a badge and certification, includes three half days of a wide range of activities at the Ritz Club, supervised by Activity Officers.

Additionally, guests can try their hand at falconry or archery, join a fishing expedition or saddle up for a camel caravan or complimentary guided bike rides. There’s stable tours, stargazing, horse riding, outdoor yoga and guests even get to plant a Ghaf Tree sapling in the Heritage Forest.

Location Al Mazraa Ras Al Khaimah Cost Summer room rates start at Dh2000 for a luxury private pool villa Website and details ritzcarlton.com

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa, sprawled over 1.5 kilometers of private sandy beach, offers the perfect destination for a family getaway. The resort has recently opened The Hide, dedicated to the needs of teenagers staying at the hotel. From the state-of-the-art video games stations, interactive karaoke box and even a nail bar, they have everything covered. For the younger kids, The Tree House will be opening this month creating a safe and engaging environment for those under 12 years.

Location Al Maareedh Street - Ras al Khaimah Cost Summer room rates start from Dh599 Website www.hilton.com

Abu Dhabi

Al Seef Resort and Spa by Andalus

Situated right in the city yet with an ambience which is private and quiet, Al Seef resort and spa is a great getaway without actually going too far from the city. Al Seef Village Mall has all your shopping sorted while you can have the best French toast ever at Biker’s Café. They also have great restaurants on The Walk inside the resort along with a fully-equipped gym, shisha cafes and more.

Location Near Khalifa Park, Al Seef Resort and Spa, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh850 onwards Contact 800 ANDALUS (2632587) or 02 3076207 Email book@andalus.ae

Dusit Thani

Stay at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi for 24 hours this long weekend. Check in at your convenience and check out a full 24 hours later, at no extra charge or late check out costs. A host of privileges are available for guests to fully maximise the staycation experience, along with 20 percent off on selected restaurants and spa treatments.

Location 925 Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street (Al Muroor Road)،Abu Dhabi  Cost ​Starting at Dh300 Dates of validity June to 30 September 2017 Contact 02 6988888 or email reservations.abudhabi@dusit.com

Tilal Liwa

Get together with your loved ones in a staycation experience with an elegant desert setting at Tilal Liwa Hotel. Guests can enjoy a relaxing holiday in the resort hotel’s rooms and suites featuring floor to ceiling windows offering majestic views of the dunes of Rub Khali Desert.

Achieve the full oasis adventure in an exciting safari experience with activities such as sand boarding, hoarse back riding, and quad bike safaris. Families can take a stroll by the traditional camel farms where a guide awaits guests to tell them more about the marvelous animal of the desert.

Location Al-Gharbiya, Western Region, Madinat Zayed Contact 800 TLHOTEL (85 46835) or email reservations.tilal@danathotels.com


Fairmont Dubai

Get a guaranteed upgrade to the next room or suite category and an additional 20 per cent off, when booking directly on Fairmont Dubai website. A sumptuous breakfast buffet at Cascades and complimentary Wi-Fi along with complimentary valet parking service.

Location Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai Cost Rates from Dh525 (subject to service charge, municipality fee and Tourism Dirham fee) Validity On stays from June 1 to September 15 Contact + 971 4 332 5555 Email dubai@fairmont.com

Rixos The Palm

If living in luxury, catching some rays and sipping mojitos on the beach is your idea of the ultimate vacation, Rixos The Palm Dubai should be at the top of your summer getaway list. The lavish boasts panoramic vistas of Palm Jumeirah Island and summer rates start as low as Dh900++ per room per night inclusive of breakfast.

In addition, the resort has prepared a summer entertainment programme that offers guests a variety of day time and evening interactive leisure activities and live music shows. Likewise, the popular Rixy Club which opens from 10am to 10pm daily allows children to enjoy a variety of fun, exciting and educational activities under the direction of their fun-loving recreation team

Location The Palm Dubai Cost Dh900 onward including breakfast (add Dh350 to upgrade to holiday experience and dining package) Dates June-July Contact 04 4575555 or email reservation.dubai@rixos.com Website thepalmdubai.rixos.com

Atlantis, The Palm

For guests looking for the ultimate summer staycation, booking and paying with a MasterCard secures discounts ranging from 25 per cent to 40 per cent off on Deluxe, Imperial Club, Club Suites and Signature Suites with room rates starting from just Dh740++ per night for up to 2 adults and 2 children (aged 11 and below) sharing. The Atlantis MasterCard staycation offer includes 25 per cent discount at all Atlantis restaurants, unlimited admission to Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, 25 to 30 per cent off your Dolphin Encounter at Dolphin Bay, spa  discounts and more.

Location The Palm Cost Dh740 onwards Dates All offers are valid between 04 June and 30 September 2017 for redemption until 15 October 2017 Contact 04 426 2000

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina

Called the Summer Mina Madness, the summer stay package here gets guests a night’s stay in a luxury room and 50 per cent off on all food and beverages, relaxing spa treatments and an array of water sports available on site for Dh499, excluding taxes or fees. 

Location Dubai Marina Cost Dh499++ Dates of validity Until August 31 Contact +971 4 511 7771 Email 01895.reservations@lemeridien.com

Dusit Thani

Treat the entire family to a luxury home from home staycation this summer at dusitD2 Kenz Hotel Dubai. This contemporary hotel also offers stunning views from the rooftop pool. Book the best available rate and enjoy 50 per cent off on the second room for the family rate. A delicious breakfast is also included in the rate for two adults and two children below 6 years. 

Location Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai Cost Starts at Dh360 Dates of validity ​June - 30 September 2017 Contact 04 8005369 or email cro@kenzcollection.com