NORTH ISLAND, SEYCHELLES
The best thing about Seychelles? It’s just four and a half hours away from Dubai! The worst thing about Seychelles? You just wouldn’t want to return once you reach this paradise. While Maldives is getting increasingly popular with travellers, North Island Seychelles has positioned itself as the ultimate in personalised travel making it a great getaway for Eid.
Located within the Inner Islands of Seychelles, 30km away from the main island and only a 15-minute helicopter transfer from Mahé airport, North Island is a private location that ensures you are pampered like nowhere else. Laze on the beach, stare into nothingness and leave your worries behind as you indulge in a relaxing vacation that is all about sun, sand, great seafood and the outdoors.
But this luxury does not come cheap. The rates for the Presidential Villas start at Dhs23,000 and for Villa North Island over Dhs36,000. Phew!
BEAU RIVAGE, GENEVA
Who doesn’t like Geneva? Chillin’ in the hills is just what the wellness doctor ordered to escape Dubai’s searing heat. Check out Beau Rivage at Geneva this summer, it is fast gaining popularity among Arab travellers. The prime attraction is the Sissi Suite which was the private suite of Empress Elisabeth of Austria and the Queen of Hungary. Decorated with original antique furniture and facing the gorgeous lake, a stay here makes you feel like royalty. The Legend of Empress Sissi package includes a stay in the Deluxe Room and reveals the city paths of the empress where an official guide helps you discover her favourite views, monuments, castles and anecdotes. The rates begin from Dhs3,023.
DOLDER GRAND, ZURICH
The Dolder Grand, a stunning property in Zurich, is all about luxury amidst natural beauty. The hotel has a special package during Ramadan that reflects the spirit of the festival. For instance, guests are provided with a true Ramadan experience of Arabic amenities and Halal food as prepared by Lebanese Chef Firas El-Borij. You can also break your fast enjoying a spectacularly sparkling view over Lake Zurich while surrendering all inhibitions to the glow of twilight and the illumination of the Alps. Suhoor can be enjoyed on your private balcony or you can enjoy Ramadan cuisine at any of the restaurants. This month, the hotel is offering travellers from the GCC a complimentary two nights’ stay with the ‘7 for 5’ experience. The prices start from around Dhs46,000.
CARESSE BODRUM, TURKEY
Bodrum, a modern-day fishing town, is a favoured vacation spot for the world’s elite. In this haven, stands Caresse Bodrum, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, that overlooks the stunning vistas of the coastline. This summer, the property has two specially tailored packages for guests. The Family Excursion Package takes care of you from arrival until departure, starting with a private chauffeur, great dining options and a complimentary night for guests staying six nights. Enjoy your much needed ‘us time’, at this cosy, intimate nook on the Aegean Riviera.
CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI, MALDIVES
Cheval Blanc Randheli, located in the secluded Maldivian Noonu Atoll, has been conceived in synergy with the island’s surroundings. Privacy is its biggest asset, giving guests a feeling of being at home while luxuriating in a refined island. The Cheval Blanc Randheli villas range from 240 to 350 sqm making them perfect for family moments. Its stylish design is complemented by the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and its serene setting in the Maldivian archipelago. Each of the 45-villas offers complete privacy, with its own private infinity pool, day-bed and shower. The ultimate experience is that of The Owner’s Villa, a one-of-a-kind four-bedroom villa that gives guests the freedom of an utterly private home, with all the services of the Maison and more.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL, TOKYO
Food is the essence at this glitzy hotel in a city that is supremely adventurous in culinary matters. Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is known for its zen-like luxury and extensive choice of restaurants and bars. The high-rise hotel enjoys a bird’s eye view of the breath-taking city skyline. Explore Japanese cuisine at its finest with authentic sushi at the acclaimed sushi bar, Sushi Sora or contemporary Cantonese cuisine featuring the finest flavours of Tokyo Sense. If you are a true connoisseur, indulge at Sense Tea Corner, the perfect serene setting to savour different types of fragrant teas.
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