With the Islamic New Year rearing its lovely head, we can all expect a long weekend, with Thursday off. Do you know what you’re going to be doing for those precious three days? Well, if you like anything on this list, you could be laying back on a sunbed with an ice cold drink in one hand and a book in another.
We've joined forces with our good friends over at skyscanner.ae to come up with this list of excellent (if do say so ourselves) list of UAE staycation ideas.
1. For an action-packed, sporty staycation, head to: Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah
Waldorf Astoria Ras AL Khaimah has its own private beach, 10 different restaurants and lounges, two swimming pools, a golf course, tennis courts and a hair salon. It’s designed to cater to your every need, and it even comes equipped with a kid’s centre, to keep your children occupied while you have some me-time. At this wonderful resort, you could try yoga, kite-making, badminton and even falconry! Relax and unwind with their 12-room spa that features an array of treatments on offer, all for your comfort and satisfaction.
Where: Ras Al Khaimah
Price: From Dhs1,576 from the 13-15th Sept for two people
Contact: +971 7 203 5555, website
2. For a staycay in the heart of the old town head to: Zabeel House Mini AL Seef by Jumeirah, Dubai
Located on the balmy waters of the Dubai Creek and within Dubai’s most eclectic district (Al Seef) lays Zabeel House Mini. This beautiful gem offers incredibly chic rooms that use smart technology and can be operated by an in-room iPad. Who would pass up an opportunity to live the futuristic lifestyle on a budget? Yes please. They also have a rooftop pool, a steam room, a sauna and a gym… Though, let’s be real, ain’t nobody gonna be using a gym on a weekend. We’re not crazy.
Price: From Dhs470 from the 13-15th Sept for two people
Contact: +971 4 707 7077, website
3. For a boutique oasis retreat head to: Telal Resort, Al Ain
With Telal Resort, you can book your own villa according to the size of your vacay party. They offer one, two or three-bed villas which will come with your own private swimming pool, free WiFi, and even iPad-controlled technology. If you’re having a big party joining you on your staycay, not to worry as they also offer 7 guest rooms. With the resort’s spa, outdoor swimming pool, opportunities to ride horses and camels, you’re guaranteed to have a wild time. Not only that but, The Green Mubazzarah hot springs are only a 30 min drive away. So, don’t forget to pack your swimsuit!
Where: Al Ain
Price: From Dhs2,520 from the 13-15th Sept for two people
Contact: +971 3 702 0000, website
4. For an out-of-the-big-city staycation experience head to: The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, Ajman
The Oberoi Beach Resort at Al Zorah offers you an escape from the big city life in Dubai and is nestled on 247 acres of nature reserve. The resort promises to be fun for you and the family. Let the kids test out the sandboxes and children swimming pools, while you experience the outdoors-y side of things. With the Oberoi Beach Resort in Al Zorah you can go paragliding, deep sea fishing, kayaking and kite-surfing. Literally, the sky’s the limit with this place.
Price: From Dhs1,982 from the 13-15th Sept for two people
Contact: +971 6 504 4888, website
5. For a luxury staycay on a budget head to: Aloft Hotel The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Aloft Hotel Palm Jumeirah is the place to be for all of you who like to spend on a budget, but also enjoy living large. Newly-opened and laying on the Palm, this hotel will give you access to stellar views from most of the rooms, a large infinity pool equipped with a pool bar (for all that incredible poolside lounging we’re dreaming of), and all seven restaurants at the hotel. Their modest budget at any time of the year, promises to give you a luxurious experience without breaking the bank. You can thank us after you’ve had your chillaxin’ staycay!
Price: From Dhs814 for the 13-15th Sept for two people
Contact: +971 4 247 5555, website
6. For a mountain-esque staycay head to: JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta, Dubai
The JA Hatta Fort Hotel offers you the chance to get active and take a tranquil hike along the breath-taking Al Hajar Mountains, while you enjoy your staycay with them. In addition to the regular amenities you would find at a resort like this such as swimming pools, a gym, a spa and restaurants, they also offer archery courses! Awaken your inner Katniss Everdeen with JA Hatta Fort Hotel. It’s only an hour’s drive from Dubai too.
Where: Hatta, Dubai
Price: From Dhs1,426 for the 13-15th Sept for two people
Contact: +971 4 814 5555, website
Enjoy and let us know how your stay goes.