25 October 2016Last updated


Must-visit destinations

Friday brings you the hottest deals and dream destinations for your next holiday

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
2 Feb 2016 | 12:27 pm
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Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado, USA

Starting life as a silver mining town, the snow-clad city of Aspen is now the gold standard for ski resorts globally. Superstar Mariah Carey, actress Kate Hudson and supermodel Elle MacPherson are regulars at this Colorado resort, which has some of the most challenging slopes to shred through, with happening après-ski venues and state-of-the-art facilities amid gorgeous pine forests. With an annual average snowfall of 300in blanketing it in powdery snow from December until April, it’s the ideal spot for winter sports including skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing to snow biking. And living up to Aspen’s golden standards is the five-star Little Nell hotel.

The hotel’s rooms are ski-chic with stone fireplaces, wool carpets and leather upholstery, and its award-winning 
Ajax Tavern offers eclectic entertainment and delicious food. But it’s the Snowcat powder tours that has us floored. 
Zip along through a section of the Aspen Mountain followed by lunch at a woodstove-heated cabin where a complimentary chair massage treatment will soothe sore muscles.

See you on the slopes!

Rooms from Dh2,380. Call 00855 920 4600 or email



Ramada Hotel and Suites, Ajman

Psst, cancel all your weekend plans and round up the kids – here’s a dream staycation deal. Double rooms for two adults and kids start from just Dh350 at the four-star Ramada, Ajman. That includes breakfast, lunch or dinner, a massage per adult, access to the private beach and health club, and a surprise gift per child. Call 06 703 1111 or email



Angsana Lang Co, Da Nang, Vietnam

There’s a Vietnam beyond iconic paddy fields waiting to be discovered. Hike across Truong Son Mountain range and glimpse one of the rarest mammals, the Saola; bob around mangroves in a basket boat; or traverse the 13,969m river winding through Phong Nha Caves. The luxurious Angsana Lang Co’s tours include stays in sunny orange rooms overlooking the sea. Call 0084 54 3695 800, email

Travel app of the week



From treks in Vietnam to leisurely London trips, this app is a live travel journal tracking routes and places you’ve covered on an interactive map. Pin photos, videos, text and share with contacts. Free on iOS and Android

Style on the go


A pretty passport Encased in this fluorescent Herschel Supply Co passport holder, your passport will travel in style and be unmissable. No more shaking out handbags at immigration lines. Dh99, Virgin Megastores


Puff ’n’ posh Ditch boring block-coloured winter-wear for this vibrant quilted vest from Desigual’s collaboration with Christian Lacroix during your Aspen trip. The bright-blue and neon flowers will stand out against the snowy landscape, as will your fashion cred on the posh ski slopes. Dh439


Glitzy gadgets Girls-on-the-go can now have some electric fun with these portable mobile chargers from With their own charging cables, these compact beauties juice up phones and add some disco detail to travel bags. Dh145 each, Virgin Megastores

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Acting Junior Writer