Dubai: This Eid, ditch long airport lines and travel hassles by opting for a staycation instead. Here, we list five luxurious destinations that will allow you to experience the high life at low prices.
Anantara, The Palm Dubai Resort
With an exclusive beach, three swimming pools and various water activities to indulge in, this property on The Palm is a true leisure address. Guests can choose between villas and lagoon rooms, and dining options that range from Asian to Australian. Just a few minutes away is the Aquaventure Waterpark for the adrenaline junkies. Bonus: Instagram-worthy sights and location.
Rates start at Dh890 a night
Location: Palm Jumeirah; website: dubai-palm.anantara.com
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Individuals who fancy a quick escape from the city that doesn’t involve a very long drive should consider this paradise tucked in the desert. With its location, peace and tranquility are already a given. Designed to resemble an Arabic fort, the resort is accented with stone walkways, courtyards and water features. Its restaurants cater to a variety of cuisines, from Arabic to international, while its activities target both adults and kids.
Rates start at Dh1,000 a night
Location: Al Qudra Road; website: www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams
La Ville Hotel & Suites
Located at the trendy City Walk neighbourhood, this hotel boasts “boutique elegance” with rooms and an infinity pool that provide spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa. It also features five dining options offering fare that ranges from organic to seafood. After a day of shopping at City Walk’s myriad shops, one can relax at its spa or fitness centre. La Ville Hotel & Suites is perfect for those looking for a chic Eid vacation right smack in the city.
Rates start at Dh750 a night
Location: City Walk; website: www.livelaville.com
Those seeking a staycation right in the heart of the action should head for Palace Downtown, a stone’s throw away from The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain. With rooms and open spaces decked out in swanky designs, and dining offerings, surroundings and views as luxe as the hotel itself, who could ask for anything more? When not lounging in the spa or by the pool, guests can binge on shopping, food and entertainment in the immediate neighbourhood.
Rates start at Dh999 a night
Location: Downtown Dubai; website: www.theaddress.com
Escape into a world of glamour in this hotel that is replete with, as its name suggests, Versace furnishings, exquisitely decorated textiles, mosaics and lofty ceilings. With three swimming pools, eight dining concepts, a spa and gym, well-manicured gardens and panoramic views of the Dubai Creek, this is ideal for a romantic getaway that is high in luxury but low on expense.
Rates start at Dh856 a night
Location: Culture Village; website: www.palazzoversace.ae
Note: Prices are as of June 18, 2017 and subject to change