28 October 2016Last updated


Must-visit destinations

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

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
1 Mar 2016 | 02:16 pm
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Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu, Nepal

Leaving a trail of majestic peaks from Pakistan to China, the Himalayan range stands tallest in the tiny kingdom of Nepal thanks to Mount Everest. But this landlocked nation offers travellers more than just mountaineering. Jet into its capital, Kathmandu – the gateway to this craggy country – to unravel its cultural, hospitality and amusement treasures that stand strong despite the devastating earthquake last year. Standing at the crossroads of trade routes between India and China, this lofty city (at an elevation of 4,600ft) has imbibed the best of all cultures. Stroll through Durbar Square – a complex of pagoda-style buildings opposite the royal palace and a Unesco World Heritage Site – as well as the fifth-century Pashupathinath Temple, the oldest in the country with roofs of copper and gold.

Paying homage to the city’s art and craft heritage is Dwarika’s Hotel, featuring traditional latticed wooden windows and pillars, as well as breathtaking terracotta reliefs successfully recreating a 16th-century ambience. The Kathmandu Charm package includes stay in a Heritage Deluxe Room for three nights, breakfast, yoga and a complimentary back massage.

Valid from May 1, from Dh2,589. Call +977 1 447 9488 or email



Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

There’s some more love left this month, so book the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Romantic Getaway Offer this minute! Valid until Monday, the three-night stay offers generous love with buffet breakfast, Villa Beach romantic dinner worth Dh1,999 or honeymoon amenities worth Dh1,600, two 30-minute spa treatments, Dh1,000 off on couple’s diving classes and more! Call 800 JUMEIRAH (800 586 347 24).



The Oberoi Philae Luxury Nile Cruise

The mighty Nile still shores a wealth of history and secrets on its banks, and you can discover them all on board The Oberoi Philae. Journey down the river over a minimum five days from Luxor to Aswan with stops at temples and museums. The Unforgettable Experience Package covers stay, meals, transfers, Wi-Fi and more. Single luxury cabins from Dh3,013 a night. Email

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Style on the go


iFlash of genius Avoid disappointing ‘storage full’ alerts mid-selfie with this iFlash external hard-drive. It copies videos, music and images from your Apple devices to micro SD cards, freeing up space for holiday memories on your iPad and iPhone. Dh195, Merlin


Seeing red and purple Fly fashionably high on your travels abroad sporting these two-tone aviators. In shades of red and purple, they’ll add a splash of colour to your face and brighten up the dullest of outfits instantly. Dh75, Aeropostale


Trunk calls Keep your luggage dashing yet dated amid Egypt’s ancient pyramids with this House Doctor suitcase set. Made of hardy galvanised iron, we love the powder-blue-and-black combo. Dh1,729, The Design Shop at S*uce

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer