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  • Jun 27, 2018

The best staycations in and around Dubai


When you’re in Dubai, a quick weekend getaway is always around the corner! There’s a good reason why the UAE is so popular as a tourist destination. So if you’re sticking around this summer, why not try a staycation? There’s just so much to see and do in and around the country, and there’s no feeling quite like being pampered in your own backyard.
We’ve picked some of the best staycations in and around Dubai.

Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara

If you’re trying to be as far removed from the usual desert surrounds as possible, this is the hotel for you. The waterfront hotel, although very much in the city limits of UAE’s capital, transports you away from the urban chaos. Relax in the Mangroves lounge or at the infinity pool – or just chill out in your luxury room. The Anantara Spa is the hotel’s star attraction, with two Vichy shower rooms, a dedicated slimming room and the vast Turkish hammam, featuring two private hammam rooms, an open hammam area, sauna and steam rooms. If you’re feeling peckish, Pachaylen’s delicious and authentic Thai cuisine is definitely worth a try.

Where: Abu Dhabi
Contact: +9712 656 1000

Sofitel The Palm Resort

You don’t even need to leave Dubai for this one, it’s a holiday without the homesickness!
Stretching over a private sandy beach on Palm Jumeirah, Sofitel The Palm Resort has a definitive French touch, whether it’s the lush green gardens designed by Patrick Blanc or the classy interiors. You’d be forgiven for imagining you’re in Tahiti or Bora Bora rather than in Dubai. The hotel has 14 top class restaurants and bars, six swimming pools, a state-of-the-art SoSPA, tennis courts and water sports.

Where: Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +9714 455 6677

Danat Al Ain Resort

Nestled away at the foot of the Jebel Hafeet mountains in Al Ain, Danat is a perfect resort for families, friends and couples alike. Accommodation ranges from luxurious rooms to suites and even villas. Lush greenery and beautiful gardens make for pleasant and calming surroundings, and all rooms have private balconies with views of the garden, swimming pools or the mountains. There are three temperature controlled pools on site, a fitness center, spa, rugby pitch, kids’ playground and eight restaurants and bars.

Where: Al Ain
Contact: +9713 704 6033

Atlantis, The Palm

No list would be complete without one of Dubai’s most iconic hotels. Home to the region’s best water park, Aquaventure, a dolphinarium, a shark safari and so much more, it’s easy to see why it is so popular with families. The hotel is a hotspot for marine adventurers, and is home to over 65,000 marine animals. On top of that, it is still a five star hotel, so expect all the luxury and comfort that only one of the world’s best hotels can offer. There’s also a beautiful private beach to relax on, 21 different restaurants at Atlantis, and a dedicated retail promenade, The Avenues.

Where: Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +9714 426 0000

Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa, Dubai

Located 40 minutes from Downtown Dubai, the luxury oasis offers 115 Arabic-designed rooms and suites overlooking the golden desert, lush gardens or infinity pools. Additional summer benefits including 50 per cent discount on all restaurants and lounges and complimentary access to the desert resorts leisure facilities.

Where: Dubai
contact:+9714 809 6100

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