With the Eid holiday just around the corner, there’s still time to book a vacation either in the UAE or further afield. We discover some of the destinations to try over the holiday period.
Varu By Atmosphere, Madivaru Island, The Maldives
VARU by Atmosphere, the five-star resort nestled in the pristine Indian Oceans surrounding The Maldives. Accessible in under 40-minutes via a speed boat, the resort offers a truly Maldivian experience.
It offers 108 villas dotted around the white sandy beaches and expanding over the turquoise lagoons onto three jetties with the over-water accommodation types. The beachfront villas and suites have direct access to the surrounding white sandy beaches with views of the ocean beyond. Split across three separate water villa jetties, spanning around the South-Western side of the island, are the resorts’ over-water villas featuring exotic surrounding and direct access to the lagoon from the deck. These water villas also come with the option of having a private 10m2 infinity pool.
While you are there, don’t miss the ‘Indian ocean Gala Dinner’ every Friday at Lime & Chilli, or the ‘Bay Rouge lunch’ every Tuesday and Saturday. The first Maldivian progressive fine-dining restaurant ‘KAAGÉ’, over water seafood speciality restaurant – ‘NÜ, and beach à la carte dining restaurant CHARCOAL are VARU’s three speciality restaurants.
Adventures for families are aplenty here too. Go for non-motorised water sports such as windsurfing, stand up paddle-boarding, jet-skiing among others.
Four Seasons DIFC
For those who want to stay in the city, Four Seasons DIFC offers a luxury stay amongst the bright lights of Downtown Dubai. So you don’t have to worry about filling your time, the hotel has launched a stay experience, along with an itinerary designed to let you experience the best of Dubai. The Feel The Beat stay experience includes credit at the spa and restaurants in the hotel, as well as exclusive access to the pool and beach at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. “There is something about DIFC’s energy that satisfies the artist, adventurer and aspirer within us,” says Renan Astolpho, Hotel Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre. “It is probably Dubai’s most sensorial neighbourhood; in a minutes-long stroll, you can spot a towering landmark, smell and taste a culinary masterpiece, hear the buzz from a busy social spot and touch an intriguing art installation. Our Hotel channels this same energy, and our team has curated the top eight ways to get a taste for the DIFC way of life.”
Start your stay with a dip in the sky-high glass-walled pool om the hotel’s rooftop deck, followed by exploring the galleries in DIFC and finishing with dinner in one of the nearby restaurants. Recover at the Pearl Spa and Wellness destination whose signature Hydrafacial treatments will remove all the stress and tiredness from your face. Then guests who choose to stay in the Penthouse suite can enjoy a grooming session in true presidential fashion. With a plush leather barber’s chair, a Bond-style shave is as close as can be in the suite’s elegant living room. The concierge is on call to arrange sessions with the city’s most talented barbers and hairdressers.
Then spend your second day relaxing at the beach courtesy of Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach which offers true tranquillity surrounded by lush greenery. Guests interested in staying at Four Seasons Hotel DIFC can book the Feel the Beat package for two nights or more and take advantage of AED 300 Hotel credit that can be redeemed at Penrose Lounge, Mina Brasserie or The Pearl Spa and Wellness.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort
Visit Bab Al Shams Desert Resort this Eid-Al-Fitr for an unforgettable Arabian experience. Combining a luxurious stay with exquisite flavours, follow family traditions by spending quality time with your loved ones at the resort. Explore the rich surrounds of Bab Al Shams with a dreamy two-night staycation accompanied by breakfast starting at AED 2,600. Eid calls for fruitful celebrations for families big or small. Cherish your loved ones as you enjoy the resort’s extravagant amenities and create unforgettable memories, set amongst a lush venue.
The resort’s signature Eid Dinner Buffet is located at Al Hadheerah restaurant and features a mouthwatering spread with authentic culinary delicacies such as Hadheerah-Style Grilled Chicken, Mulukhiyah, Okra Lamb, Turkish Spinach Rolled Borek and more, specially crafted to pamper your tastebuds during dinner! End your Eid celebrations on the sweetest note possible with the resort’s decadent selection of sweets including Mixed Baklava Towers, Kunafa, Umm Ali and the local fan favourite, Loukemat. Combining reputable hospitality and fine dining, Bab Al Shams promises treasured memories for you and your family this Eid.
Prices start at AED2,600 for a 2-night stay inclusive of next day breakfast. Eid Al Fitr Buffet at Al Hadheerah Restaurant | AED 325 per person
The Meydan Hotel, Dubai
With its stunning setting in close proximity to the city, The Meydan Hotel is the perfect easy getaway for UAE residents. With a number of activations and events for the Eid Holiday, you’re guaranteed to have a weekend filled with family fun.
Savour enticing flavours and unwind by the hotel’s luxurious pool with stunning views as you allow your senses to rejuvenate and revive. Enjoy the comfort of the hotel’s rooms and wake up to the hotel’s luxurious Eid breakfast spread inspired by local Arabian signatures including a selection of Fresh Arabic Breads. Indulge in a celebration lunch at Farriers; the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant. Farriers’ extravagant menu features Fresh Arabic Bread, Cold Mezza, Hummus, Moutabel, Tabouleh, Fattoush, Labnah, Warak Enab, Olivia Salad, Fried Eggplant and more!
Eid Lunch at Farriers Restaurant is AED 199 per person while overnight stays start at AED 580 for a 1-night stay with next day breakfast. For reservations, please call +971 4 381 3231, WhatsApp +971 56 525 4040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandarin Oriental, Jumeira, Dubai
This Eid al-Fitr, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is celebrating with an array of offerings, in unrivalled locations, making it the ideal place to spend Eid with family and friends. Starting with special Eid lunches on offer at its restaurants including Tasca by José Avillez, Netsu and The Bay. Enjoy a relaxed lunch with friends and family at the hotel’s stunning setting or drop in for afternoon tea at Noor Lounge all of which have special offers available over the Eid weekend.
For those looking for an overnight stay, the resort offers glamour and elegance in the heart of Jumeirah. The resort’s large rooms come complete with elegant décor and plenty of space. All rooms have views over the Arabian Gulf or overlooking the Dubai skyline. The resort is home to six renowned restaurants and bars including two signature restaurants, a destination spa spread over 2,000 square metres, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a kids club, so you can keep the little ones busy, while you relax! For reservations, please call 04 777 2223.
Milaidhoo is a tropical island embracing the natural beauty of the Maldives. Located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll; its setting is perfect for experiencing the authentic Maldives. Spacious villas and barefoot luxury await guests this Eid in this relaxed, sophisticated 5-star resort.
For Eid, Milaidhoo is extending a special offer to travellers from the Middle East. By using the booking code, EID2021, guests will enjoy the best of Milaidhoo, with sea plane transfers and Half Board included in this special offer, valid from Eid Al Fitr through to Eid Al Adha.
Guests booking this Eid special will be treated to an array of amenities on arrival, and are entitled to join morning group yoga sessions in the resort’s Serenity Spa. They will also receive a discount of 20% on spa treatments booked in advance of the stay, and use of equipment for non-motorised water sports throughout the stay is included. Snorkelling equipment can be borrowed from the Ocean Stories Aquatic Centre, and after a short briefing, guests can venture out to explore the house reef and spectacular underwater world surrounding the island. There is also an opportunity to join a group Dolphin Cruise as part of the offer.
The Half Board Meal Plan includes breakfast and dinner at Ocean Restaurant, or dining credit of US$65 per person per day at the other resort restaurants – Shoreline Grill which serves superb meats and freshly caught local seafood, and Ba’theli by the Reef, the only restaurant in the Maldives featuring gourmet dishes inspired by the Maldivian Spice Route. With the Eid offer, guests can enjoy one private dinner on the beach as well as a floating breakfast on a morning of their choice in their villa’s pool.
With the Maldives being only a short four-hour flight away from the Middle East, Milaidhoo is an ideal destination to enjoy an Eid break with loved ones. On landing at Velana International Airport in Male, guests enjoy a 35-minute seaplane flight with stunning views of small tropical islands, turquoise lagoons and the sparkling ocean.
For reservations or more information, please visit www.milaidhoo.com and use the booking code, EID2021, or alternatively call the reservations team on +960 660 0484 or email email@example.com. Rates for the EID 2021 offer at Milaidhoo start from USD 1,535 per night (subject to service charges and taxes).
Baros is located just a 25-minute speedboat ride away from Maldives International Airport. Its 75 luxury villas are set on pristine white sand beaches in a turquoise lagoon and ringed by a world-class house reef.
To celebrate the Eid holiday, Baros is offering all guests travelling from the Middle East 40% savings on select villa categories along with other benefits. The Eid special offer includes return transfers by speedboat, complimentary daily breakfast and dinner at Lime Restaurant with sumptuous Asian and international cuisine, and 30% off on dinners at Cayenne Grill and the iconic The Lighthouse Restaurant.
On arrival at Baros, guests will be treated to special amenities in their villa and can enjoy 15% off all treatments at the Serenity Spa as well as sunrise group yoga sessions.
Since 1973, Baros has honed its hospitality and cultivated its environment, making it an internationally acclaimed Maldivian hospitality legend. Today Baros enjoys a solid reputation with second-to-none service, outstanding comfort and discreet elegance. The island consistently wins prestigious awards and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World.
To book your Eid Holiday at Baros, please visit www.baros.com/offers/blissful-eid-at-baros, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +960 664 26 72. The offer is valid for stays from 10th May 2021 to 31st July 2021 and a four-night minimum length of stay is required. Rates for the Eid 2021 offer at Baros start from USD 700 (subject to service charges and taxes).