23 October 2016Last updated


Must-visit destinations

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

Shreeja Ravindranathan
2 Sep 2016 | 12:00 am
  • Sheraton Denarau Villas, Fiji



Sheraton Denarau Villas, Fiji

Long before it bagged its first-ever medal – gold – for rugby in the Olympics, Fiji’s beaches and islands were winners for their natural beauty, and the warm Fijians were well known world over for their hospitality. Coconut tree fronds wave on sandy beaches that weave into volcanic mountains and tropical lush forests in the gorgeous archipelago of 332 islands on the Pacific Ocean. Speckled by blazing blue lagoons and dappled with golden sunshine, this could be Peter Pan’s Neverland.

On the main island of Viti Levu is the Sheraton Denarau Villas, which has a marvellous Stay Play & Dine for Kids package that allows the entire family to experience the magic of island life here. Kids get to stay free, plus get free access to LaiLai Kids Club with daily activities such as fish feeding, face painting, Fijian language lessons etc.

The port town of Nadi with its thriving local markets and handicraft industry is mere minutes away, and if you’re curious about village life, the hotel organises village tours and hot-air balloon rides across the Nadi valley, as well as water sports. 
Savour Fiji’s myriad cultural influences – Indian, Chinese and Polynesian – by snacking on traditional lovo: chicken, 
fish and meat cooked in banana leaves. Then come back to gorgeous villas that open out to luscious balcony views of azure pacific waters melting into cerulean skies. You’ll be hooked.

Call 00679 675 0777 or email



Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Cop a capital staycation in Abu Dhabi with Al Raha Beach Hotel’s Eid package. Ferrari World is a 10-minute drive away, but there is plenty within this five-star resort to thrill. Luxuriate in the hydromassage pool, savour scrummy breakfast and lavish Eid brunch, with face painting, games and henna tattoos included. The 20 per cent discounts on F&B bills and spa treatments give you more reason to celebrate! From Dh813 per night. Valid September 9-12. Call 02 508 0555 or email



Mövenpick Cairo Pyramids, Egypt

Along with wondrous views of the Giza Pyramids, the Mövenpick Cairo Pyramid’s Family Moments Offer is full of perks and surprises, all set in modern rooms. Free breakfast, dinner buffets and a $20 (Dh73) food and beverage voucher will keep the family sated while navigating bustling Khan El Khalili market’s streets, with photo stops at the 12th-century Saladin Cairo Citadel. Your kids will squeal in delight way after raiding ancient tombs of mummies thanks to daily free ice-cream scoops! Meanwhile you can cool off in one of the two pools. From Dh415 per night, call 00202 3377 2555 or email

Exciting escapes


Canoeing, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

If the Olympics has stirred your interest to paddle your own canoe, then meander down Nepal’s Rapti River in Chitwan National Park – a Unesco world heritage site. The luxurious Meghauli Serai Lodge by Taj Hotels organises canoeing trips so floating down the Rapti, you’ll discover Himalayan Nepal’s earthier avatar in grasslands and jungles teeming with wildlife. Spotting the endangered one-horned rhinoceroses, sunning crocodiles, 550 species of birds and herds of elephants bathing on the banks will turn the arduous task of rowing into a labour of love. Villas from Dh2,387 per night. Visit

Travel app of the week


App in the Air

This offline app is a virtual airport assistant – splitting your travel into check-in, boarding, take-off and landing, it helps manage time in the duty-free so you can avoid sprinting to the boarding gate. Includes notifications on flight changes and records travel details including boarding passes and more. Free on iOS and android.

Style on the go


CATCH COLD Water, fizzy drinks, juices and snacks are best served cold after long hikes or drawn-out sunbathing sessions at the beach. Pop your quenchers into this soft PVC-lined cool bag and they will stay icy and delicious. Dh10.45, Tati stores


CHECKS LIST Nothing beats the comfort of jammies when you’re jammed in economy on long-haul flights. These drawstring pyjamas from TDK fit the bill and can be mixed-and-matched. Throw on a leather jacket on disembarking and arrive at arrivals looking hipster cool. Dh150, Town Centre, Jumeirah.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer