Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Mount Hengill, Iceland

Imagine volcanic mountains capped with ice, swathes of glaciers with hot springs underground, and a landscape hewn from rocky cliffs and bottomless craters. You’ve just glimpsed Iceland, the land of fire and ice and contrasts, and Game of Thrones and Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

From October to April, Iceland’s skies host nature’s most spectacular light show – the aurora borealis, commonly called the Northern Lights – and Iceland is an ideal vantage point as it’s located just south of the Arctic Circle. Soak up this amazing experience in the The Ion Hotel’s award-winning Northern Lights Bar – a sleek Scandi-chic conservatory with glass walls.

Perched on Mount Hengill, an active volcano (don’t worry, it last erupted 2,000 years ago), this boutique hotel is only an hour away from hip capital Reykjavik. 
The Northern Lights offer includes three nights’ stay, breakfast, two dinners and a drive chasing the auroras across desolate lava fields. It’s a journey of a lifetime.

Package from about Dh8,028. Call 00354 482 3415 or email reservations@ioniceland.is.


Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah

Laze away on golden sands when the rest of the world works with Le Méridien Al Aqah’s weekday offer. Drink up sea-views in airy rooms, feast on sumptuous breakfasts, and get access to the state-of-the-art Al Aqah Spa, gym, and secluded beaches. Standard rooms from Dh444. Call 09 244 9000 or email reservation.lmaa@lemeridien.com.


Cuzco to Machu Picchu rail tour, Peru

Discover the Inca trails with a luxe twist aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham train, named after the archaeologist who discovered Machu Picchu. Chug away through one of the most scenic routes worldwide from the valley city of Cuzco. Enjoy a two-hour-plus journey with on-board entertainment, gourmet dining, plus entry ticket and transport to Machu Picchu for Dh1,413 per person. www.perurail.com.

Travel app of the week

Sleep Sounds HQ

This white and ambient noise app is sure to lull you into sweet dreams. Some 600 high-clarity recordings of natural and man-made sounds with visuals will bring the music of home to your ears globally. Free on iOS.

Style on the go

Head (phone) over heels The wireless soft-cushioned shells of the Philips SHB7250 headphones are kind to our ears in many ways. Folding away into half its size, the sound isolation blocks airport cacophony and Bluetooth connectivity switches effortlessly from music to calls. Dh409 at www.woox.com.

Locked and loaded There’s safety in numbers for all your worldly goods when you lock away suitcases with this Cocraft combination padlock. The lightweight aluminium body withstands tampering and only unlocks with your secret numerical code. Dh44 at www.clasohlson.com/ae.

Star-studded comforts Achieve inflight glamour and stay snug with the Swarovski crystal-studded eye mask and blanket from Juicy Couture’s capsule Swarovski collection. Made of feather-soft cashmere in neutral grey, they’ll add some style to cosy airborne slumbers! Dh1,499 at Juicy Couture.