You’ll find us right at home for the coming long weekend…
If you’re not looking to escape the city next week, never fear — there’s plenty to do right here in Dubai. How about a night or two in a plush hotel to celebrate? Or a luxe Thai massage? Dinner out?
Whether you want a bit of time to yourself, or to celebrate with friends and family, we’ve collected some offers worth casting your eye over.
After all, why travel when you already live in a dream holiday destination? (But if you do want to get out of town, check out our round-up of the best last-minute travel deals here.)
Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert
If you’re willing to head an hour out of town, this desert hotel has a family weekend deal on that’s worth your consideration. From Dhs2,999 per night, you’ll get a private pool villa, buffet breakfast and lunch, and a daily owl and falcon show. The resort even has its own equestrian centre. Sign us up.
Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah. Destination dining not included. Tel: (04) 7206 7777. ritzcarlton.com.
A very quick browse of Morah’s menu makes their 30 per cent off long-weekend offer even more appealing. Wild mushroom pie, anyone? Cheers and thanks.
Morah Dubai, Tower B, 71/72 floor, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Dubai. Offer runs from August 31 to September 3 and does not include Friday brunch. Tel: (04) 560 1799. morahdubai.com.
Shine Spa for Sheraton
The good news about this one is that it’s already running. Until September 10, ladies can get 30 per cent off massages at the Sheraton’s spa, including a new Thai-style treatment we’re dying to try. Couples can enjoy a special candle-lit treatment room with its own jacuzzi for Dhs1,200, with high tea and pool access included.
Shine Spa for Sheraton, Sheraton Grand Hotel, 3 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Spa open from 9am to 10pm daily. Tel: (04) 503 4444. sheratongranddubai.com.
Family brunch at Manzil Downtown
Searching for a family-friendly brunch option for the Friday of the long weekend? Look no further. Manzil Downtown’s brunch includes henna artists, traditional music and kids’ activities, so you can sit back and supervise from a safe distance. Packages start at Dhs95 for 6 to 12 year olds, rising up to Dhs295 for those that include selected house beverages.
Boulevard Kitchen, Manzil Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town, Downtown Dubai. Tel: (04) 423 8899. vida-hotels.com.
The Spa, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Vitamin C is one of our absolute skincare heroes, so this summer special sounds good to us. At The Spa at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, you can have a 120-minute treatment including a body scrub, body wrap, back massage and facial. It’s Dhs495 and also gets you access to the pool, gym and steam room for the rest of the day.
The Spa, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Al Qudra Road, opposite Arabian Ranches, next to Studio City. Offer valid until September 30. Tel: (04) 361 8111. poloclubdubai.com.
Nikki Beach Hotel & Resort
While this isn’t one specifically for the likely four-day weekend, the five-star hotel’s new offer is worth booking an extra day off for. Every Monday, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is giving female guests 50 per cent off massages and six free drinks, plus you can even get a half-price night’s stay. So why not make that long weekend a bit longer? If you want to stay over Eid, room rates start from Dhs1,500.
Nikki Beach Hotel & Resort, Pearl Jumeirah, Dubai. Valid for bookings Sunday – Tuesday until September 30, credit card required, must use code LADIES when booking. Tel: (04) 376 6000. nikkibeachhotels.com.
Jumeirah Al Naseem
How does Dhs1,400 for a room here sound? Breakfast is included, as is either lunch or dinner. Dine at Rockfish on the beach and get a photo with the Burj Al Arab in the background for your most-liked Instagram of the year. Too easy.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3. Offer valid August 31 until September 8. Tel: (04) 366 8888. jumeirah.com.
One&Only The Palm
How does 20 per cent off a little staycation sound? That’s what One&Only The Palm has on offer for UAE residents, and we’re listening. There’s also 25 per cent off their Guerlain spa, and special packages for couples.
One&Only The Palm, West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah. Offers valid until September 30. Tel: (04) 440 1010. oneandonlyresorts.com.