Stay-cationing in the Emirates
In this economy, stay-cationing is the budget friendly answer to summer holidays. Kipp looks at six top staycationing spots in the UAE.
June 21, 2012 5:29 by Jyothi M.V.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi
Located in the western region of Abu Dhabi’s Liwa desert which is is part of one of the world’s largest deserts called “The Empty Quarter” (Rub’ al Khali), is the Qasr Al Sarab desert resort. The Bedouin-styled resort is 2-hour drive from Abu Dhabi downtown. A night’s stay in a deluxe garden room for 2 including breakfast is available at Dh1392 (inclusive of all taxes)
Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain
If you are planning a small getaway from the city to spend a quiet and peaceful time in an oasis located in the ‘garden city of the gulf’ then consider Dant Al AIn. It is just a little over a 90-minute drive from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Each room comes with a private balcony with views of Jebel Hafeet.
The Danat resort’s deluxe double room for 2 is priced at Dh520 (inclusive of all taxes.)
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara in Sir Bani Yas Island
Developed by Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), Desert Islands Resort & Spa is located on the northern end of Sir Bani Yas Island which is an eco-tourist spot situated off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the Western region of Al Gharbia. A 4-hour drive from Dubai and 2 hours from Abu Dhabi or a 25-minute flight on Rotana Jet (Dh 200 per head) from Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi will take you to Sir Bani Yas Island. The island is a breeding and conservatory site for endangered animals like the Arabian Oryx, sand gazelles, Urial sheep, blackbuck and sea turtles, cheetahs, Hyena, giraffe, and many other desert animals. Other facilities include: snorkeling, kayaking, Mountain biking, horseback riding, Archery and Arabian wildlife desert discovery.
2 nights for two can be experienced at Dh2,436 (Inclusive of all taxes.)
Banyan Tree Al Wadi, RAK
If you have deep pockets and looking for a pool villa vacation spot, then you won’t be disappointed by Banyan Tree Al Wadi, which is 20-minute drive from RAK city and 45 minutes from the Dubai International Airport. The pool villa offers a range of water sports and activities, golf club, beach club, and spa treatments like Hydrotherapy.
The best available rate for a night's stay for 2 in Al Rimal Delux Pool (King Villa) is Dh1,875 (Inclusive of all taxes.)
Atlantis, the Palm Hotel & Resorts, Dubai
Located on made-made Palm Islands, Palm Jumeirah, the resort offers water sports activities, dolphin encounters, luxury boutiques, spa, fitness club and celebrity chefs.
Dh1452 (Inclusive of all taxes) for a night for 2 in one of their Ocean Deluxe rooms.
Yas Links Golf Club, Abu Dhabi
All golf enthusiasts have a great chance for a round of golf at the Yas Links Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, with one night for 2 in double room, breakfast, dinner and a massage treatment for one person. Dh1,170 gets you the Yas Hotel’s Mr & Mrs Summer Getaway promotion offer.
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