Eid travel guide: The top 10 destinations in the UAE and Oman

Eid travel guide: The top 10 destinations in the UAE and Oman

Oberoi, St. Regis, Anantara

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

Stay local or go regional this Eid holiday with Buro 24/7 Middle East's list of Middle Eastern staycations.

Elevate your Eid Al-Fitr celebrations this year by opting for a luxurious staycation in one of the nation's must-stay hotels. From the St. Regis Dubai and Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal to The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah and Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Buro 24/7 Middle East has the most exclusive holiday choices in the region and neighbouring Oman too for the discerning traveller. Discover the top 10 places to staycation now...

Anantara A lJabal Al Akhdar, Oman

Beat the heat and head to the highest five star resort in the Middle East where temperatures are expected to be 15 degrees cooler. Take your pick from 33 private villas with individual infinity pools and then dine into Bella Vista, the highest Italian restaurant in the region. For those seeking outdoor adventure, the natural surroundings offer immersive experiences including wadi hikes and rock climbing too.

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +968 25 21 8000.

Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Take a boat ride to the uber exclusive island escape where your private villa awaits with its own garden and pool. All around the destination, expect clean minimalistic designs with pops of colourful elements, think hammocks and day beds, which pepper the vistas to remind you that relaxation if of your utmost priority.

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +971 2 506 6222.

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Experience the renowned Waldorf Astoria hospitality at one of Ras Al Khaimah's premiere hotels. As the soothing colour palette of beige and turquoise relax your senses, discover the brand's famed Peacock Alley as well as the comprehensive range of fine teas that include the must-try crème brulee tea. Around the hotel, the stunning spa complements the theme of relaxation, while the private beach offers a variety of water activities on the waters of the Arabian sea.

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +971 7 203 5555. 

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, Ajman, UAE 

Designed by famous Italian architect Pierro Lissoni, the eco-friendly destination features a host of activities from a golf course, boat and fishing trips. "Set within a grand destination, the hotel will offer more than just its premises to the visitors but an entire offering of wellness and tranquil yet vibrant waterfront living," said Imad Dana, CEO of Al Zorah Development Co.

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +971 6 504 4888.

The St. Regis Dubai, UAE

Nothing screams luxury more than a private helipad and the St Regis is equipped with one for your grand entrance. Once at the luxury destination, choose from a variety of suites including the exclusive Bentley suite. As well, plan for a culinary journey with the hotel's seven fine restaurants or simply relax at the Irodium Spa.

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +971 4 435 5555.

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, UAE

Experience Thai design and hospitality on The Palm and indulge in peace and tranquility with the unique over water villas that promise stunning sea and sunset views. For your fine dining fare, head to Mekong where Asian flavours take centrestage complete with an Oriental-inspired décor – think lanterns and rickshaws. 

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +971 4 567 8888.

La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk, Dubai, UAE

The new five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Dubai's newest shopping haven offers stunning views of the iconic Burj Khalifa as well as easy access to The Dubai Mall and the bustling Downtown Dubai district. The contemporary design of the hotel is complemented with a sense of airiness thanks to a chic colour palette and clean architectural lines.

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +971 4 403 3111.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Sail onto the open seas on a classic dhow with Six Senses Zighy Bay. The Dhahab fuses the traditional elements of the classic sail ship with modern and luxurious comforts that include three cabins, a main living area, sun decks as well as an open galley. The two-night package offers an adventure to fishing villages and picturesque little-known alcoves that juxtapose magnificently against the mountainous backdrop.

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +968 26 735 555.

Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman

With stunning views of the Hajar mountains alongside a cooler climate, even in summer, Alila Jabal Akhdar is the perfect getaway. Bask in the beauty of the natural terrain or pamper yourself with the comprehensive range of Balinese spa treatments. Then indulge in fine culinary fare at the mountain top Juniper restaurant as you take in more of the breathtaking scenery.

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +968 2534 4200.

Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Ritz-Carlton destination in the UAE capital invites you to opt for a relaxing Eid holiday season as it presents a three-day stay with a well-being focus. The health-centric offer includes the Purity Wellbeing package, the Serenity Wellbeing Package and Tranquillity Wellbeing Package, each designed to align your mind body and soul once more.

Eid '17 staycations

For reservations, call +9712 818 8181.

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