Novotel Sharm El Sheikh


The resort town of Sharm El Sheikh is equally well-known for its collection of world-class hotels as it is known for its stunning coral reef and The Ras Mohammed National Park diving site. And a part of that coveted repertoire of hotels is the Novotel Sharm El Sheikh – a beautiful five-star property located on Naama Bay, the natural bay that’s the beating heart of all things tourism – watersports, good food and sprawling views of the Red Sea – in the coastal Egyptian town. The Novotel is a microcosm of Sharm El Sheikh– nestled amidst palm trees, the hotel has 382 spacious rooms, four restaurants serving French and Mediterranean cuisines, and extensive leisure facilities that include five pools and a private beach and kids club, a great spa and tennis courts. The hotel also organises watersports activities such as sailing, scuba diving and more. From Dh405 per night; email

Novotel Abu Dhabi The Gate

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From an action-packed holiday to a laidback vibe, you can have the best of so many worlds with a stay at this hotel. Culture? Head to the magnificent Shaikh Zayed Mosque, the new art and cultural hub of Manarat Al Saadiyat and the world-class attraction the Louvre museum. Adventure? There’s Yas Island with all its thrills at Ferrari World, Yas Waterpark and Warner Bros World. Prefer to relax? There’s the Corniche, beaches or just Yas Mall. Back at your hotel, make a splash and unwind by the pool with sundowners at the bar, before dinner from a choice of three restaurants, and a hookah lounge for after. Conference rooms available on site will suit business travellers. Rooms from Dh239 per night. Call 02 508 9999.

Novotel Bahrain Al Dana Resort


This luxury four-star beachside hotel in Manama that rises out of landscaped tropical gardens makes a great home away from home for families on vacation and corporate travellers visiting the Bahraini capital for work. It’s a five-minute drive from the airport and Bahrain International Exhibition Centre as well as the Bahrain National Museum and the Pearl Driving Museum. Just like its location, the hotel’s amenities are the perfect blend of business and pleasure too – the temperature-controlled swimming pool, two restaurants and bars, a private beach, fitness centre and spa are matched by the presence with seven meeting rooms, a self-service business centre and a Web Corner on a Mac. Rooms from Dh707 per night; email

Novotel Suites Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel


With a shopping haven just next door, there won’t be a moment of boredom in this Novotel. And after a trawl through the lavish Mall of the Emirates, get a taste of a different shopping experience with a trip to the vibrant traditional souks. This hotel forms a great base to explore everything from beaches to waterparks and skiing slopes, everything just a few minutes away. Family suites offer plenty of space for those with kids in tow while still being pocket-friendly (and they’ll love the rooftop pool), while business guests benefit from proximity to Dubai’s financial district. And with two restaurants and a bar at the hotel offering a variety of international cuisines, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Rooms from Dh233 per night. Call 04 382 3200.

Novotel Jeddah Tahlia Street Hotel


Saudi Arabia is emerging as the next big tourist destination and that transformation is being spearheaded by Jeddah with tourist attractions such as King Fahad’s Fountain, Al-Shallal Theme Park, Fakieh Aquarium and more. The four-star Novotel Jeddah Tahlia Street is located in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place to explore the bustling urban city from, including its historic old town that harbours traditional Saudi architecture. The hotel has 139 spacious modern rooms, a rooftop pool, luxurious spa and fitness centre, dedicated kids’ clubs, and an international restaurant and lobby lounge. The hotel is also just a 10-minute drive from the scenic Jeddah Corniche. Rooms from Dh680 per night; email H8906@ACCOR.COM.

Novotel Fujairah Hotel


With a location that offers a good mix of the historic and modern, Novotel Fujairah forms an ideal holiday base. Spend hours walking back in time discovering the wonders of the Fujairah Fort and the archaeological finds – from jewellery to weapons – housed at the Fujairah Museum, before taking the kids to the City Centre Fujairah mall for more hours of fun. Then cool off with a dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool and retreat back to expansive views of the city or its glorious mountainous terrain from your spacious, contemporary room. The hotel is set in the city centre in the heart of the commercial district, idealfor business travellers. For a bite and nightcap, there’s a restaurant and bar onsite. Rooms from Dh339 per night. Call 09 223 9999.