Summer guide: Luxe ideas for the ultimate staycation
Five renowned hotels to book yourself into, stat
There's no better time to fully unwind and recharge than during the summer. And whilst a lot of people leave the region to spend the season abroad, there's also plenty to do in the UAE.
If lounging by the pool, getting bronzed by the beach, rejuvenating your skin at luxury spas and staying in an amazing hotel sounds good to you, we've rounded up five locations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai where you can do just that...
Considered to be one the most-visited hotels in Abu Dhabi, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri offers its guests breathtaking views, a whole lot of delicious dining experiences and wellness treatments. Equipped with super comfortable rooms and suites, complete with Middle Eastern elements and interiors, the hotel also offers a discount of 25 per cent when guests book an appointment at the award-winning CHI, The Spa. What a perfect way to unwind after having a dip in an Arabian oasis.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri is located in Abu Dhabi. For reservations, please call +971 2 509 8888.
One & Only Royal Mirage
The One & Only Royal Mirage has introduced the ultimate summer package for those wanting to unwind this summer. Called 'A Legendary Staycation', the package offers any GCC resident affordable rates for its rooms and suites, as well as a late checkout. But, that's not it. You can also enjoy the hotel's white sandy beach, crystal waters and reward yourself at the One & Only spa with an oriental hammam treatment (with 25 per cent off on treatments) or a free candlelit yoga session for those wanting to find their zen.
One & Only Royal Mirage is located in Dubai. For reservations, please call +971 4 399 9999.
If you're not into winding down by the city's sandy beaches, then Vida Downtown is the place for you. Located in the heart of the city, it's walking distance from the largest mall, the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and Souk Al Bahar, making it perfect for those who want to be a tourist in their own city. What's even better is that if you're a guest at the hotel, you can choose two attractions for Dhs150 per package.
Vida Downtown is located in Downtown Dubai. For reservations, please call +971 4 428 6888.
The Address Downtown Hotel & Residences
The Address Downtown Hotel & Residences has officially finished its refurb and has opened its doors to those who want to indulge in a little luxury this summer. Also located in the middle of Dubai, there's a wide selection of culinary offerings (some restaurants will be opening up soon), as well as an invigorating spa and state-of-the-art Fitness Centre for those wanting to stay fit. With the Dubai Mall just a few steps away, you can shop 'til you drop with the deals going on this summer, and then head back to the hotel for a dip in its inviting pool.
The Address Downtown is located in Dubai. For reservations, please call +971 4 436 8888.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Located on Abu Dhabi's breathtaking Saadiyat Island, a new resort that has taken over 9km of its white beaches. Opened earlier this year, the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas features striking modern Arabian architecture, a slew of beach villas, several dining options and new culinary experiences. After escaping the summer heat in its outdoor pool or the beach, you can still work up a sweat in its fitness club or find comfort at the Zen the Spa (which offers Turkish Hammams too).
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is located in Abu Dhabi. For reservations, please call +971 2 697 0000.
Now, in order to get you packing, stop by Tumi's new store in The Dubai Mall, which also happens to be the brand's largest in the region.