24 October 2016Last updated


Must-visit destinations

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

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
18 Apr 2016 | 09:51 am
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Meliá Braco Village, Montego Bay, Jamaica

It’s hard to ignore the call of the Caribbean in spring, with its blindingly-blue waters and white sand beaches that resemble icing sugar. Taking the cake for its many holiday-worthy islands, however, is Jamaica. Composed of green rainforest, pink coral reefs, towering brown mountains and winding rivers, this island is as colourful and vibrant as the Rastafarian movement, reggae music and legends like Bob Marley it bequeathed to the world.

For a slice of the laid-back life, thrown in with touristic mod-cons and fair weather, Montego Bay in the St James parish emerges as a winner. Enjoy the best of R&R at the Meliá Braco Village. The beach-front hotel’s spacious, contemporary rooms offer stunning views of the blue waters. From the five on-site restaurants, plump for the beachside Jamaican restaurant O’Grille’s Jerk Chicken. 
You’ll leave stuffed, but you can always work it off at the state-of-the-art fitness centre or sign up for one of the hotel’s many water sports.

Not thrilling enough? Head to the 1770s Georgian house of Rose Hall – it’s said to be haunted. Whatever you’re down for in Jamdown, Montego Bay has it.

From Dh735 per person per night. Email



Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts

Scour the savannah, not in Africa, but off Abu Dhabi’s coast, at Anantara’s Al Sahel Villa resorts. The rustic villas in the middle of the Arabian Wildlife Park offer views of salt-dome hilltops and grazing gazelles in the lap of luxury. The Wild Romance Package includes breakfast, discounts on spa treatments, late checkout and boat. From Dh2,685. Call 02 656 1399.



The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Resort, Maldives

Looking for paradise on earth? We say head to the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi and discover for yourself while enjoying 40 per cent discounts on family packages like the Spa and Relax offer. Unwind by private pools, enjoy free spa treatments and breakfast for two, a meditation and yoga session, Ayurvedic therapy and access to snorkelling gear and watersports. From Dh1,670. Email

Travel app of the week



If you’re lost in a new city this hero app will rescue you using the GPS function of your phone and will beam your location to a friend or your tour guide so they can locate you. Free on iOS and Android.

Style on the go


SUNNY SANDALS Not headed to resorts flanked by turquoise waters? You can still be blue and happy – just slip into these jewelled Guiseppe Zanotti sandals. The comfy leather soles and embellished t-strap will brighten up any holiday. Dh769,


WIPE OUT Smudged make-up is knocked off your itinerary with Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Make-up Removal Wipes. Soft and hydrating, they clear pores of grime, and come in a resealable bag. Dh24, Boots


SHORT CHANGED Show up in these bright shorts to your next beach getaway and look dapper sightseeing in Jamaica or lounging by the beaches of Maldives. The vibrant print and orange belt gets island-casual right. Dh599, Scotch & Soda

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer