Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, Canada
French-speaking and festive are the two words that pop-up at the mention of Montreal – the Canadian city that’s home to a massive Francophile population. A Unesco City of Design, this metropolis in the province of Québec has much in the way of festivals all year long, from art to culture, music, films and comedy. You name it and Montreal’s well-known entertainment district, the Quartier des Spectacles, has it.
Shining a light on this city until March 5 will be the Montréal En Lumière, one of the world’s biggest winter festivals. As colourful lights illuminate the entire city, a smorgasbord of free culinary stalls and performing arts and cultural activities dot the district. When you find time in-between the exhilarating shows and concerts, take a tour of Old Montreal on a bicycle. Bixi, the public bike system (montreal.bixi.com) is a great way to explore the area and take in its many sights such as the Jean-Talon market, Montreal Science Centre and the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. Put up at the Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, replete with mod-cons and city views – perfect base to discover more of Montreal.
Rooms from about Dh510. For details, go to www.sofitel.com or email H3646@sofitel.com.
Fairmont the Palm
Before this stretch of idyllic weather runs its course, make the most of Dubai’s beaches with Fairmont The Palm’s Beach Winter Break. You’ll get 15 per cent off on room rates, breakfast for two, lunch or dinner at Flow Kitchen, access to Fairmont Falcon Kids’ Club and, importantly, access to 800m of pristine white beaches. Until February 28. From Dh1,915. Call 04 311 5566 or email ThePalm.Reservations@fairmont.com.
Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo
It’s only expected that a destination like Monte Carlo has luxurious spas, and Thermes Marins, a serene 7,000-sq-m facility, offers the latest anti-ageing and relaxation treatments with panoramic views of the Riviera. The two-night Monte-Carlo Stopover package includes a double-room stay and breakfast at Hôtel Hermitage, lunch, five hydrotherapy treatments, a massage and more. From about Dh2,446 per night. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Style on the go
Swimsuit up The vibrant print of this Speedo swimsuit will see you make a fash splash whether you’re taking a dip in Europe’s heated pools or basking in the sun in Dubai. Dh165 at Stadium Sports
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