Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort, Fujairah
Why here: Set amid the hidden valleys of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains, Fairmont Fujairah is a perfect escape away from the city lifestyle to unwind in a place that’s filled with natural pristine beauty, and plenty of options for adventure. The hotel has 181 rooms and suites with views of the awe-inspiring ocean or idyllic marina. For dining, you have the option of six F&B venues, including the award-winning seafood restaurant Copper Lobster and Lava Beach Club.
Outdoors fun: You can enjoy a large variety of recreational activities available for all ages, including motorised and non-motorised water sports available on the property. From jet skiing (Dh350 for 15 minutes; Dh600 for 60 minutes); flyboarding (Dh400 for 30 minutes); stand-up paddleboarding (Dh200 for 60 minutes); kayaking (Dh100 for a single kayak per 60 minutes or Dh150 for a double kayak for 60 minutes); kneeboarding (Dh400 for 20 minutes); donut ride; banana ride, etc.
Offers: Enjoy a 15 per cent discount off the best available rate when booking directly on the website: fairmont.com/fujairah. Room rates starting from Dh499.
Contact: 09 201 1111
Ajman Hotel, Ajman
Why here: Set on a pristine private 400m beach, the resort is an ultimate relaxing getaway that offers blissful serenity. Rooms and suites offer views of lush palm gardens and panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. On-site dining options and extensive leisure facilities to explore during your stay.
Outdoors fun: Choose from tennis courts, gym, bowling centre and two outdoor pools. Water sports like a kayak, jet ski, paddle boarding are also available.
Offers: Family getaway with breakfast, lunch, dinner from Dh599 (offer is for two, children’s policy applies), includes 25 per cent discount on house beverages, complimentary access to the private beach, a private pool and kids pool, and Wi-Fi. Offer valid until April 30, 2021.
Contact: 06 714 5555
Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi
Why here: Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa, set within the expansive landscape of Abu Dhabi, offers guests the experiences of the authentic desert combined with warm Arabian hospitality. The resort provides 103 guestrooms and villas featuring traditional Arabesque detailing, Bedouin accessories and boasts unlimited views of the surrounding Arabian desert.
Outdoors fun: You can learn about the rich heritage and history of the region, discover fossil dunes, and tour the surrounding desert on horseback. Know about the UAE’s seventh-century tradition at the Al Wathba camel race track, watch the private shows of the skilled falconers, and explore the diverse flora and fauna. You can go for a guided tour of the sabkhas, or sand flats, and dunes, for an insight into their inhabitants and bird migration patterns and discover the medicinal uses of local plants by Bedouin tribes.
Offers: Book a two-night stay with an upgrade to a Deluxe Pool or Deluxe Desert View, complimentary breakfast (room service breakfast not included), special welcome drink, one-hour sunset horseback riding, starting from Dh900 plus taxes, valid until the end of this month.
Contact: 02 204 4444
Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai
Why here: Nestled overlooking the sea, the Caesars Bluewaters Dubai is a modern and family-oriented island oasis, offering waterfront living experience with urban city life. This ultimate getaway offers magnificent rooms, suites with private jacuzzis on the terrace, plus world-class dining.
Outdoors fun: You will get beachside elegance with a touch of Las Vegas to a city. Access to the 450m golden sand private beach for a refreshing swim or conquer the waves of the great Arabian Sea on a jet ski. Soak up the sun in a private cabana or sun lounger. Spend a fun-filled day at Laguna Waterpark, where you can try out thrilling rides. Head for an immersive expedition into a tropical rainforest at the Green Planet biodome where you can explore the enchanting world of a tropical forest with over 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest man-made and life-sustaining indoor tree.
Offers: UAE residents staycation offer starts from Dh1,116 per room per night that includes 20 per cent off room rates, and complimentary breakfast and dinner for two. The Stay & Play for Longer offer includes access to the pristine beach and temperature-controlled infinity pools, the stylish beach club Cove Beach, Empire Club – kids’ club and complimentary access to Laguna Waterpark or The Green Planet for two guests per room. More offers available.
Contact: 04 556 6666
Rove at The Park, Dubai
Why here: Rove at The Park, located within Dubai Parks and Resorts, is an ideal destination for the modern-day explorer. The place is at proximity to three world-class theme parks and a water park, offering a gamut of fun and play activities.
Outdoor fun: Thrill-seeking "Rovers" (guests) have access to over 100 fun and adrenaline-packed rides and attractions spread across Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, Legoland and Legoland water park. This is in addition to free access to themed zones, street ambience and numerous shops and restaurants at Riverland Dubai.
Offers: Rover rooms start at Dh199 per night, inclusive of two Dubai Parks & Resorts tickets when you book on RoveHotels.com. For families up to six people, Rove offers two interconnecting rooms for Dh398, inclusive of four tickets to Dubai Parks & Resorts. Each ticket provides access to one theme park, for the entire day.
Contact: 04 241 9500
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Why here: Set in the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha provides secluded tranquillity and iconic vistas of the majestic Hajar Mountains, golden dunes and a green oasis. There are 42 Bedouin-inspired luxurious accommodations. Enjoy scrumptious Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine while pretty much in midst of the golden dunes.
Outdoor fun: Go on a desert safari to explore the isolated parts of the desert. Experience the local surroundings with camel treks to the crest of a dune, horse riding, falconry displays, or get adventurous trying out archery, dune driving and wildlife drives.
Offers: Desert activities package offers an action-packed day out, with educational and exciting experiences such as falconry, camel trekking and more. Get access to the timeless Spa infinity pool and gym and three-course lunch at the resort’s signature restaurant, Al Diwaan, including soft beverages. Price from Dh995 per person.
Contact: 04 832 9900
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah
Why here: DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island is a beautiful beachfront resort, located on the popular and vibrant Marjan Island. The resort faces a 650m private beach and is within 8km of Al Hamra Golf Club and Al Hamra Mall’s shopping and entertainment. Experience authentic tastes of Turkish, Asian, British, Arabic and Italian cuisines with awe-aspiring views.
Outdoors fun: Soak up the sun amidst panoramic views of the Arabian Sea on the stunning new floating seal pool, keep fit at the fitness centre, play tennis and beach volleyball. The kids can explore the climbing wall at the kids’ club and extensive outdoor playground, Pirate Boat Aqua Zone, a bouncy castle, water trampoline and an inflatable climb. There is also an adults’ water park with two slides, two high dive boards and a swing rope, and multiple family-friendly facilities to keep the entire family entertained.
Offers: Special brunch and stay package for Dh999, which includes the Islander’s Brunch, one-night stay, including breakfast and late check out at 5pm for two people. Enjoy the brunch and explore the expansive property and its beautiful facilities.
Contact: 07 203 0000
Ritz-Carlton Dubai in JBR, Dubai
Why here: Situated in JBR, Ritz-Carlton Dubai is a serene hideaway, set among three acres of secluded lush surroundings and ample natural open spaces. It is a luxurious beachside oasis that blends a relaxing, intimate retreat experience with the luxury and vibrancy of Dubai. The 294 guestrooms and suites are designed for relaxation, with sea-facing views of the hotel’s manicured gardens and beach from secluded balconies. You also get to savour the flavours from across the globe at the resort’s restaurants and bars.
Outdoors fun: You can explore a plethora of recreational activities and facilities throughout the resort, including an exclusive private beach and six swimming pools – including two shaded children’s pool and one with a water slide. There are four tennis courts, a multipurpose gym, rec areas with a life-sized chessboard, hammocks and a range of water-sporting activities such as kayaking, wakeboarding, paddle boating, cruising and more.
Offers: The half-board staycation offer includes stays in a luxurious room or suite, breakfast at Caravan restaurant, A la carte lunch or dinner at one of their outlets except for Palm Grill. Guests also have all-day access to six swimming pools, spa and beach facilities. Room rates starting from summer season Dh800++ and winter season Dh1,600++ per room per night.
Contact: 04 399 4000
Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah
Why here: Set in spectacular backdrops of the mighty Hajar Mountains and the glistening waters of the sea, Le Meridien Al Aqah is a family-friendly resort in Fujairah that blends luxury with relaxation. The resort offers 66 interconnecting rooms to accommodate families of all sizes, serene sea-facing views, and seven restaurants serving vast culinary delights to satisfy every palate.
Outdoors fun: Among other activities, scuba diving and snorkelling under the professional guidance of Al Boom Diving staff.
Offers: Marriott Bonvoy members get 25 per cent off the best available rate with complimentary breakfast, while non-members can avail a 15 per cent discount when booking their room at the resort.
Contact: 02 44 9000
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort, Dubai
Why here: Located in the low-lying dunes of Al Qudra, Bab Al Shams resort is a spectacular desert paradise, where rustic Arabian charm meets luxury. Live in a room that displays the right balance between authenticity and modern comforts with options of a desert or courtyard view.
Outdoors fun: You can go for camel riding or play a round of desert tennis, with your choice of one complimentary desert experience. Soak up the sun by the infinity pool overlooking the dunes and let serenity wrap every moment.
Offers: Magic Eleven Escape is priced at Dh1,111 during weekdays and on the weekends its Dh1,444. This includes stay in a superior room with one king bed or two single beds, complimentary breakfast in Al Forsan, and lunch or dinner at Al Forsan Restaurant. Free-flowing house beverages from 4pm – 6pm at Al Sarab Lounge, complimentary Falcon Show at 5.30pm, one complimentary desert activity of your choice and complimentary stay with breakfast for one child below six and access to gym and infinity pool overlooking the desert.
Contact: 04 809 6202