21 October 2016Last updated


Must-visit destinations

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

Shreeja R. & Nikita Pinto
30 May 2016 | 11:57 am
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Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, San Anton, Malta

One of seven islands in the Maltese archipelago, the small island state of Malta has survived invasions by powerful nations for nearly 3,000 years, including conquests led by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the British. Thus being endowed with a rich history and a vibrant culture (three Unesco World Heritage sights), the beautiful island is host to a multitude of splendid wonders, both natural and man-made, acting as an open-air museum, breathtaking and with plenty to fascinate.

Clandestine coves and serene lagoons juxtaposed with 5,000-year-old temples and colossal monuments – it’s no surprise that the picturesque island has been a popular filming location for Hollywood epics like Troy and Gladiator. Become a time-trotting explorer by visiting the Hypogeum – a necropolis buried in antiquity – the prehistoric temple Ħaġar Qim, and the 16th-century Grandmaster’s Palace in Malta’s baroque architectural capital, Valletta. And with free shuttle service, 20 minutes from main attractions, opposite the San Anton Presidential Palace, the luxurious Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to stay.

Deluxe rooms at Dh762 per night. Call 00356 2370 2370 or visit



The Address Dubai Marina

Spend the weekend at the grandiose Address Dubai Marina, tucking into sumptuous breakfast buffets, complimentary of the special Weekend Breakfast offer. Available only on deluxe rooms, the five-star hotel offers sprawling, spacious rooms overlooking the Marina. Avail other treats like free Wi-Fi, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and infinity pool. Dh799 excluding taxes. Call 04 888 3444 or visit



Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona

The sunny college town of Tucson boasts stunning canyons, giant cacti and a vast desert wilderness. Go trekking on the Santa Catalina Mountains or Saguaro National Park and visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, then unwind at the Canyon Ranch resort’s spa and fitness centres while munching on healthy treats. About Dh23,287 for seven nights from June 12. Visit

Travel app of the week



Postcards old-fashioned? Nah. This app allows for posting holiday snaps on customisable templates with personalised messages. Add stamps to enhance the retro while sharing on social media. Dh4 on Android and iOS.

Style on the go


CHARGE AND ROLL Hate it when your phone battery dies on a trip? Stylish yet convenient to the core, the new hard-shell Carpisa Energy Trolley is equipped with a charging device, guaranteeing supercharged phones and tablets wherever you go. Dh449, Carpisa stores.


LAST STRAW Exuding bohemian chic, this straw hat is our go-to accessory for the beach. Wide-brimmed and made from 100 per cent straw with elements of sport-cord, it’ll keep those glaring rays of sunshine away. Dh249, Scotch and Soda.


READY REMEDY Prevent holiday nightmares with the Human + Kind All-In-One Family Remedy Cream. The natural antiseptic treats insect stings, sores, burns, acne and even eczema. Made from broccoli extract, white lily and other healing ingredients, the antidote warrants worry-free holidays. Dh70 for 40ml, Spinneys.

Shreeja R. & Nikita Pinto

Shreeja R. & Nikita Pinto