Eid Al Fitr 2015: Luxe ideas for the long Eid weekend
As the Holy Month of Ramadan draws to a close and a month of fasting and peaceful reflection, as well as family filled Iftar gatherings, is nearing completion, now is the ideal time to consider a change of scenery and make plans for the perfect Eid Al Fitr break.
Buro 24/7 Middle East has scoured the region and beyond to find the most desirable destinations for a break this Eid.
Celebrate with a peaceful getaway on a luxurious island retreat, a chic city staycation or burn some rubber in a unique turbo charged five hotel stay complete with a turn in the driver's seat of a supercar. Whatever you might be craving this Eid, or even if you don't quite know yet, our Eid getaway guide is sure to inspire you.
Book Zighy Bay's special three-night package and escape to Oman
Retreat to the peaceful paradise of Oman's Zighy Bay this Eid. Known to attract discerning visitors from across the globe, the seaside villas sit neatly in an alcove nestled at the foot of an imposing and impressive mountain range.
Boasting two main swimming pools (one of which is pure salt-water) an award-winning mountain-top dining venue, perched some 293-meters above sea level, as well as the renowned Six Senses Spa. There is no shortage of luxury here. What's more, there is also plenty of adventure on offer for the intrepid luxury seeker. Arrive by air, sea or land, and partake in the plethora of diving excursions, hikes and guided off-road trips for a more active experience.
Take advantage of The St. Regis, Saadiyat Island's special UAE residents package in Abu Dhabi
Moments from the centre of the UAE capital, The St. Regis, Saadiyat Island beckons you for a relaxing and sunny beachside Eid break. The central hotel stands eight feet high and is reminiscent of a grand Mediterranean villa complex. With 377 luscious guest rooms and vibrant and delectable dining destinations and lounges, there is plenty to explore, and yet despite the span of the resort, you can still enjoy a sense of calm and peacefulness.
Enjoy aquamarine views of the sea from anywhere in the hotel, whether from a ground level hotel or a beach view room. The white sand beach is one of the St. Regis, Saadiyat Island's greatest natural assets. What's more, UAE residents can receive a 50 percent discount on their second night's stay when booking a two night visit, as well as enjoy the services of a St. Regis Butler and a complimentary breakfast at Olea on both mornings. Be sure to pack your Emirates ID.
Enjoy a mini break at the beautiful Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi
Opening its doors, on its sandy shores, earlier this year, the luxury desert island retreat of Nurai Island offers barefoot luxury that guarantees guests a place to find pure relaxation. The 32-villa hotel, is a mere 10 minute boat ride from the UAE capital, but feels like it is a world away.
Each villa boasts a covetable beachfront location and comes complete with Aqua Di Parma amenities. With a dedicated, Savoy-trained personal butler, setting the tone for the level of luxury and personalised service, Zaya Nurai Island, aims to bestow a unique experience as action packed with PADI diving or water sports as desired, or as low-key and pampered as a day at the new spa. And there are some wonderful dining experiences to explore also.
Head to the centre of now and stay at the Manzil, Downtown Dubai
Enjoy a city staycation in one of Dubai's best boutique hotels, this gem of personalised luxury is on the doorstep of the Dubai Downtown action, with a hive of activity from Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa and Souk Al Bahar just a stone's throw away.
When you want to retreat from the hustle and bustle, dive into the rooftop pool and enjoy the vibrant city-scape from a safe distance or take in one of the gastronomic delights from within the hotel, such as the lively Courtyard restaurant.
UAE residents can capitalise on the special offer of 10 percent off the best available room rate and 20 percent off all restaurants. And the perks don't stop there, you can either choose from two complimentary tickets to At The Top of the Burj Khalifa or tickets to the Dubai Aquarium at The Dubai Mall.
Switch it up a gear with this luxury driving experience at the Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah
If putting the pedal to the metal is how you would like to spend the Eid break, then Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah is where you need to be. Enjoy an unforgettable driving experience whilst sampling the landmark luxury of this modern elegant hotel. With access to three of the world's best supercars, right from the driver's seat, you can choose from Ferrari's unrivaled 458 Italia, the technological tour de force, the MP4-12C by McLaren, and the super-sleek Porsche GT3 and get a load of these supercharged machines.
When you want to take a break from the speedy roadsters, enjoy the abundant luxury on offer from the relaxing beach and pools, the on-site 18-hole golf course or any of the stylish dining destinations on site.
Drink up the beautiful desert nature at Al Maha, Dubai
Return to nature at the eco-conservation retreat of Al Maha desert resort, and celebrate Eid with the indigenous desert gazelles, flora and fauna and the iconic Arabian oryx.
There are 42 opulent, independent suites, all designed to resemble nomadic tents, nestled into the curved dunes, and blending perfectly with the natural landscape. Each suite has its own private pool, although you may still find that you have to share it with an oryx or two as they like to graze in the private gardens.
Dining experiences range from the terrace bar, offering a new perspective to enjoy views of the surrounding beauty. And just below is the all-organic Al Diwaan restaurant, overseen by executive chef David Miras, who has created a captivating fine dining menu with influences from the east and west, using the finest organic ingredients. Dive into the zen Timeless Spa for a relaxing treatment of make the most of this protected conservation area and explore the stunning landscape.
Indulge in a little peace and quiet at The Only & Only, The Palm in Dubai
Although seemingly moments from Dubai Marina, The Only & Only, The Palm in Dubai is a pure retreat, situated on the outer reaches of crescent, so even Dubai residents will feel like it's a get-away. Upon arrival you can take in the blend of Moorish and Andalusian architectural design, that incorporates a contemporary Arabian chic interior style, signalling that luxury is within reach.
Enjoy the peaceful landscaped exteriors and perfectly chilled cool, that provides the perfect respite from the hot Dubai summer sun, or bask in the warm waters of the sea. Enjoy a host delicious dining opportunities and treat yourself to a spa treatment at one of the nine private spa suites. Buro 24/7 Middle East recommends the specialist Bastien Gonzalez nail treatments.
Check in to paradise at the Six Senses Lamuu, Maldives
As the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, the Six Senses Lamuu, Maldives is the epitome of escape. Just a short four hour flight from the UAE and some local transport via seaplane and speedboat, you'll soon leave the stresses of city-life behind as you marvel at the undisturbed panoramas of the glistening Indian Ocean and sink into the sanctuary of this high-end haven with a steer towards wellbeing.
There is exceptional cuisine on offer that is every bit as tasteful as the understated and refined decor and design of the resort. Many of the ingredients are sourced from the island's gardens and the hotel's construction is made predominantly from sustainable materials, which makes it all the more appealing to us. You can also catch sight of the Maldives' vibrant marine life around which, includes rich tropical fish, manta ray populations, and pods of dolphins, simply don your snorkel and step off the private pontoon outside of your villa. The summer months are low season for the Maldives so make the most of some excellent rates this Eid.