Eid Al Adha: Best UAE desert and beachside breaks
Explore a whole host of sandy stays for Eid
Make waves. For personal tranquillity or a chance for adventure by the sea, Nikki Beach offers an escape within an escape. Over Eid get ready to fall in love with summers in Dubai all over again. Valid until July 31, with rates starting from Dh5500, you can stay in a luxurious suite or spacious villa complete with a whole host of benefits.
A stone’s throw. Just up the road from the busier locales is the serene Emirate of Ajman and right on the beach, the Ajman Saray, where you can book two rooms and receive 50 per cent off on the second dwelling for your kids. There’s also a lavish Eid Surf and Turf set menu on July 20 from 1pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 10pm at its recently revamped Bab Al Bahr eatery. Prices start from Dh900.
Regal realms. At one of Dubai’s favourite destinations, the One&Only Royal Mirage, you’ll luxuriate amidst the lush gardens and kilometre-long private beach. And if you’re a UAE resident you’re entitled to Dh500 lifestyle credit per room per night, 20 per cent off water sports and, if you stay for three nights, complimentary Aquaventure Waterpark access (once per person per stay).
Just desert. If you have an Emirates ID, an exclusive desert getaway resort has an offer you can’t refuse. Bab Al Shams’ rooms start at Dh449 per night. You can then wander through the restaurants using your 25 per cent F&B discount before jumping into the activities including desert tennis, archery and horse riding.
Sharj-it. Mysk Kingfisher Retreat is located in Kalba, Sharjah and for Eid offers include reduced starting rates for tents, dinner as well as themed adventures for the entire family to enjoy. Set in the heart of Kalba’s protected mangrove area, on an island reachable by boat, there are 20 stunning tents, each with their own private pool. Rates start at Dh2400 including breakfast and Eid dinner for two adults.
New York state of mind. Relax on the beach, cool off in the pool and enjoy fresh, delicious cuisine at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. The luxury hotel’s ‘Family Time’ package includes daily breakfast and late checkout at 2pm. Kids up to 16 years old dine for free and little ones will enjoy a designated kids check-in area, a ‘child passport’, a scavenger hunt around the resort, in-room tailored size bathrobes and slippers, special kids’ welcome amenities and a play tent for suite bookings. Next weekend (July 16), prices start from Dh2075.