VIRUNGA LODGE, RWANDA
Languorous, sunshine-soaked days of summer bring with it lethargy and the temptation of turning into a couch potato and watching reruns of TV shows and repeats of cult films. Or, inspired by King Kong’s pioneering characters, you could opt to become a real-life explorer and track down gorillas in the forests of Rwanda with Volcano Safaris’ Ultimate 6-day Gorilla tracking package. The east African nation is often sidelined by travellers due to its dark history of violence, but it has bountiful equatorial jungles and bamboo forests in Parc National des Volcans by the Virunga Volcano. In fact, it’s the location of the Academy-award winning film Gorillas in the Mist.
The colossal primates found in Rwanda are smaller than Kong and immensely tolerant of humans. Being one of the only two populations of the endangered species found in the world, they’re a once-in-a-lifetime sighting. The other group found Uganda is also covered in the full-board package that includes stays in luxurious eco-friendly Virunga and Mount Gahinga Lodges, Batwa Pygmie village visits and transfers. This is a bucket-list trip you’ll enjoy monkeying around on!
From about Dh18,000 per person. Visit www.steppestravel.com for information.
GRAND HYATT DUBAI
Be like the genie from One Thousand and One Nights, the Grand Hyatt’s Arabian Summer Package is making our wishes of affordable staycations come true with a bevy of special rates. Stay two nights in luxurious rooms and enjoy the third free, four nights at the rate of five and so on. The offer includes breakfast as well as pool and gym access. The Hyatt of fun! From Dh550. Call 04 317 1234.
Make the Skyfall and crumble for Father’s Day when you send your old man to Scotland with Elegant Resorts’ Scottish Legends package. In true 007 style, he’ll cruise cities, glens and dales (many where Skyfall was shot) in an Aston Martin. The five-night trip includes dinner at Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel, tour of Inveraray Castle, and stays at Inverlochy Castle, Glen Affric Estate and private Eilean Shona island. Get one customised at www.elegantresorts.ae.
Book of the week
In the Kingdom of Gorillas
By Bill Webber and Amy Vedder
Read the scientist couple’s detailed account of gorilla families struggling to survive and establishing Rwanda’s Mountain Gorilla conservation project. Dh88 on Amazon.com.
Style on the go
TRUNKS CALLING Not headed to Europe this summer? Lounge at local beaches and still channel the French Riviera with these purple Vilebrequin trunks from its S/S 16 collection featuring postcard prints of St Tropez. Ooh la la! Dh880
TALK TO THE WRIST In a cool white perfect for summer, this Sony Wearable SN-SWR30 Smart Band lets you answer and initiate calls, while its e-ink display ensures notifications are clearly visible onscreen even in the bright light of tropic havens. Dh399, Emax
SPONGE DOWN This Konjac sponge kit’s lightweight facial sponges, made of potato fibres and pink French clay, exfoliates, cleanses and erases make-up when wet. More suitcase space and less beauty products to lug this holiday! Dh150, House of Fraser, Yas Mall