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Valentine’s special: staycations

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

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
7 Feb 2016 | 04:55 pm
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Al Maha, a Luxury Desert Collection Resort and Spa, Off Dubai-Al Ain Road

Love blossoms in the desert this Valentine’s with Al Maha’s luxurious package. Nestled between secluded dunes, you can bask in the sun-soaked decks of antique Bedouin suites as your private butler organises a lavish dinner or picnic under the stars. A bouquet of flowers and delicious platter of chocolate-dipped strawberries, fruits and nuts will add romance to the opulent setting. The love doesn’t end there – share action-packed adventures like falconry with your loved one, then relax with en suite massages. From Dh5,000 per night until February 31. Call 04 832 9900.


JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Jebel Ali Golf Resort

Valentine’s goes green in the lush grounds of the JA Palm Tree Court. Stay in trendy Junior Suites overlooking the hotel’s expansive, serene gardens and streams and be showered in love with the Honeymoon and Romance package. The complimentary perks like a bouquet of red roses, a celebration cake, 45-minute couples’ massage or nourishing facial and candlelight dinner at White Orchid restaurant will reignite the romance even if you walked down the aisle ages ago. From Dh1,950 per night. Call 04 814 5800 or email


Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

If you’re a metropolitan pair whose hearts beat for the energy of city life as well as each other, the Kempinski is for you. A luxurious room will ramp up the romance with roses and chocolates. Plus the mall is on your doorstep if you forget a gift for your partner. From Dh1,439 per night, February 10-16. Call 04 341 0000, or email


Le Méridien Al Aqah, Fujairah

Wondering how to elevate your romance to new heights? Fujairah’s majestic mountains hugged by the ruggedly beautiful coastline is the answer. Book in for Le Méridien’s Cupid by Al Aqah package to enjoy floral decor and chocolate-dipped fruits in your room, followed by a spa bath, a moonlit five-course dinner by the beach, and breakfast the next morning. Dh1,399 per night, on February 13 and 14. Call 09 244 9000, or email


Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort and Spa

Explore the shores this V-Day at the Sheraton with its special offer that will go straight through your heart but not the wallet. For Dh999 per night stay in spacious rooms, tuck into a three-course set dinner at seafood restaurant Marasea, and enjoy a leisurely 4pm check-out. From February 11-15. Call 06 563 0000.

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Acting Junior Writer