Ski offers, early bird deals and New Year discounts
You can make your Antarctica wish list of skiing, snowboarding, and meeting penguins true, without leaving the comfort and warmth of Dubai or bumping into icebergs – the Kempinski MOE is offering guests free access to Ski Dubai when they book any room category until April 30. The package includes access to sledge, ski and toboggan in the snow park and the chance to see the daily Penguin March. Something you can’t find in Antarctica? The Mall Privilege Pack, with credit worth Dh5,000 that you can use at Mall of the Emirates stores or at Kempinski MOE’s restaurants. Visit kempinski.com/dubai
Early birds get the best F1 race deals thanks to Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi’s Early Bird offer for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The package includes 20 per cent off room bookings with free breakfast, access to the after-race concerts, access to the Yas Viceroy Hotel guest race viewing terrace and the pit lane walk on November 23, a copy of the hotel’s F1 lanyards and race weekend guide book and a free parking space. Deluxe Room and Marina Deluxe Room from Dh4,760 per night. Valid on booking made by April 30.
In celebration of Songkran, the Thai New Year and water festival, Dusit Hotels and Resorts has launched their Songkran Splash promotion at participating Dusit hotels such as Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. The offer is inclusive of 30 per cent off room rates, free buffet breakfast, 25 per cent off dining, one Pad Thai voucher per guest, and two Songkran Survival kits containing a water gun, towel and waterproof plastic pouch each. Visit dusit.com/Songkran
New hotel launches
Ayla Hotels & Resorts has launched its first five-star property, the Ayla Grand Hotel, in Al Ain. Situated in the centre of the city close to Al Ain mall the nine-floor hotel also has the distinction of being the tallest building in the city and is Al Ain’s third Ayla property. Inside, you’ll find 220 guest rooms including 75 suites, all-day dining at Nara Restaurant, Sky5 Café that’s perched by the rooftop pool and Tamra Café – the lobby coffee shop. The Pulse Health Club gym and Pulse Spa offer fitness classes, a hammam and massages. Rooms from Dh414 per night; visit aylahotels.com
Out in Portugal, the rebranded Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort (previously Tivoli Victoria Hotel) marks the Anantara brand’s debut in Europe. The idyllic resort nestled amongst orange grove trees and wetlands is cut off from the hubbub but is just 15 minutes away from the Faro International Airport. All of the resort’s 280 guest rooms are done up in soothing natural woods and regional fabrics; the views outside are equally calming vistas of gardens swimming pools and the Oceânico Golf Course’s fairways. What sets the Anantara Vilamoura apart are its two partnerships – the resort has teamed up with local artisans from the TASA Project to create pieces for the Anantara Suites, such as hand-woven pool bags, locally sourced cork coasters and Algarvian ceramic fruit bowls. They’ve also joined forces with the World Wide Kids Company, the resort’s childcare specialist, who will run the Adventurers Crèche and the Adventurers Kids Club once they open mid-May. The signature Anantara Spa finds a home here too but traditional Thai Massages will be accompanied by treatments using local ingredients like citrus fruits, figs and almond powder. There’s also a 24-hour gym and tennis courts. Lunchtime restaurant Ria (opening on May 1), all-dining restaurant Tivoli Victoria, Palms Pool Bar and the Anantara Bar and Lounge are the culinary highlights at the resort. The resort will also be organizing private vineyard visits, cooking classes and tasting tour of the Ria Formosa lagoon with oyster shucking. Visit minorhotels.com
New Etihad flights to Paris
Journeys to the City of Lights just got brighter – Etihad Airways is launching A380 flights to Paris between July 1 and October 28. The A380 aircraft – world’s largest passenger jet, with 496 seats – will feature Etihad’s signature three-bedroom suite and also have a Flying Nanny trained by Norland College in the UK to assist families travelling with kids. The aircraft will operate twice daily between Paris and Abu Dhabi. The flights will operate twice-daily services to Paris, departing Abu Dhabi International Airport at 2.15am and 7.30pm. Visit etihad.com.
BAG ON YOUR SHOUDLERS
Aigner’s Bruno travel bag’s soft leather compartment packs enough for a weekend getaway – its two pockets, one key strap and exterior zip compartment store essentials compactly without expanding into lumpy bulk that’s difficult to shoulder. Dhxxx, Aigner stores
Keep babies skin as soft as they proverbially are even when you’re travelling with the Konjac Baby and Child Sponges – made of natural vegetable fibres it cleanses and exfoliates their sensitive skin with just water, making nappy changes and wipe downs free of chemical cleansers and soaps. It comes with a convenient mesh drying bag and a travel pouch. Dh150 at Organic Café stores.
Don’t let jet lag leave you counting sheep at night – the Luminette light therapy glasses directs blue light into your eyes to set your body clock back on track. Here’s the science behind it: the light acts like sunlight, which regulates sleep hormone melatonin. Download the MyLuminette app, feed in your destinations of departure and arrival and based on the time zones you’ve traversed, it will guide you with timings to use Luminette and correct your circadian rhythm. From Dh936 including case, usb charger and lens cloth; myluminette.com