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

Shreeja Ravindranathan
12 Mar 2017 | 11:00 am

Fresh look for Jumeira Rotana

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The four-star Jumeira Rotana in Satwa has made room for more guests after a major renovation in time for the hotel’s 20th anniversary. There are now an additional 11 rooms, taking the total to 125 rooms, which have been redesigned to accommodate larger bedrooms. Of these, the Burj Suite is the largest with a 113-sq-m area overlooking the Burj Khalifa. A newly developed wellness and spa area has been added to the existing gym and rooftop swimming pool. All-day dining restaurant Olive Oil and Boston Bar are the two F&B outlets here. Rooms from Dh580 per night; rotana.com.

American road trip

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Imagine this: you behind the wheel of a convertible, zipping along Route 66 with the California sun in your hair. The Waldorf Astoria’s Driving Experiences will make that all-American road-trip dream come true and not just with any car – you’ll be driving a Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder and Aventador S Coupé during 30-minute sessions led by Lamborghini’s professional drivers. The package sees the hotel collaborate with Automobili Lamborghini at different destinations through the year and jets off from La Quinta Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, March 17-19, during BNP Paribas Open. La Quinta sits on the historic Route 66; waldorfastoria.com/drivingexperiences.

Tropical paradises

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The One&Only Ocean Club in Bahamas has relaunched with refurbished rooms and suites and the redesigned Dune by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The 1962 hotel on Paradise Island, modelled after Versailles, has an 18-hole golf course and hosted the likes of Zsa Zsa Gabor in its heyday. Suites from Dh52,400 for three nights (book by April 26) on oneandonlyoceanclub.com.

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In the Congo, Rotana has launched the Kin Plaza Arjaan by Rotana – the brand’s first hotel in Africa. The five-star hotel in Kinshasa has 101 rooms and three F&B outlets. Rotana plans to launch 17 new hotels by 2018; seven in the UAE, four in Saudi Arabia, and two properties each in Oman, Turkey and Iraq. Classic rooms from Dh954; rotana.com.

Somewhere in Barsha

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Somewhere, the trendy mid-market hotel brand, has opened its second Dubai hotel in Barsha Heights (there’s also one next to City Centre Deira). The 301-room property has a rooftop pool, fitness centre and spa as well as two F&B outlets – Nay restaurant and The Clavichord, a music lounge offering a tapas menu. Corporate travellers can utilise the hotel’s high-tech conference rooms equipped with the latest devices for meetings and seminars. The hotel’s proximity to the metro and tram stations and Mall of the Emirates makes it ideal for visitors looking to explore the city. Other Somewhere hotels can be found in Saudi Arabia and Greece. Rooms from Dh748; somewhere-hotels.com.

Style on the go

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Cut the Cords The Jabra Elite Sport headphones take wireless earbuds to a whole new level – the cord-free style allows flexible use of dual or single earbuds that are sweat- and water-proof, four microphones make switching between calls and music easy, there’s an in-ear heart rate monitor, three hours of music and a carry case/charger. Dh999 at Virgin Megastores.

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Spray Away This travel perfume atomiser directly pumps your favourite perfume from its bottle and compresses the liquid to suit cabin pressures. It’s made from 98 per cent recyclable aluminium with no glass so no spills or breakage. Dh25 on uae.souq.com.

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Mac n Seize Paul Smith’s bright and bold mackintoshes for men from the S/S17 collection will make sure you stay warm, dry and visible on trips to rainy destinations. The coat comes with water-resistant finish and removable lining. Dh2,976 at paulsmith.co.uk.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer