On any given year, by March most of us are busy planning our summer escapes from the scorching Dubai heat. Not this year. Even with the travel restrictions eased, a vacation seems like a distant dream as the anxiety surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has put all non-essential travel plans on hold for the majority of us.
With most businesses allowed to resume activities, Dubai has officially declared itself as ‘open’. Even with the outside world now available to explore, being confined to the same four walls of your house for months can get mundane at best, and affect your mental health at worst. If traveling seems like a bit of a brave move right now, a staycation can provide the perfect alternative. The best part though? The irresistible summer staycation deals offered by some of the finest hotels in the UAE that promise to help you rejuvenate and reset.
Whether you’re looking for some time to yourself, a romantic getaway, or a fun family weekend, there’s a deal catered for you. Scroll down to find the best staycation offers up for grabs in the city.
Atlantis, The Palm
Atlantis, the crown jewel of The Palm, is nestled between the Gulf and the majestic Dubai skyline as a symbol of ultimate luxury. Its luxe appeal, combined with unique experiences like underwater dining, scuba diving, an in-house waterpark, and underwater suites, has earned it a spot on every traveler’s bucket list.
The magnificent property is offering a chance to reimagine your summer with staycation packages starting from just AED 555 per night, daily access to the Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, AED 200 redeemable credit, and a free room upgrade for couples.
Click here for more information, or book a staycation package by calling +971 44 26 2000.
Bvlgari Resort Dubai
Minutes away from the bustling city, the Bvlgari Resort Dubai is located on a seahorse-shaped manmade island in Jumeirah Bay. Its unique location promises a relaxing stay, and an unmatched view of the Dubai skyline. Bvlgari Resort’s staycation packages are designed to allow guests to experience the various aspects of life that may have been missed during the lockdown. Starting from AED 2,800+, the ‘B.Family’ and ‘B.Private’, ‘B.Active’ packages are two-night stays inclusive of daily breakfast and luxurious experiences offered at the resort.
The B.Family staycation allows you to choose between a two-bedroom Beach Villa and three-bedroom Skyline Villa, and includes access to special kids amenities, a summer class at the Little Gems Club, a 90-minute couples treatment at the Bvlgari Spa*, family dinner and movie night in the privacy of the villa, and family lunch at the Bvlgari Yacht Club Restaurant.
If the anxiety of coming in contact with people has you avoiding the outside world, the B.Private staycation makes the perfect solution. The two-night luxe escape in the two-bedroom Beach Villa, Bvlgari Suite, or three-bedroom Skyline Villa includes private dining and fitness experiences, and a special cocktail masterclass all from the privacy of your villa.
Click here for more information, or book a staycation package by calling +971 04 777 5555.
*As per Dubai Authorities Covid-19 precautionary measures, spa facilities are unavailable at the present time.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa
Designed in the style of a traditional Arabian fort, the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa allows you to step back in time and experience Arabic luxury in its truest sense. A quick 45-minute drive away from the concrete jungle of Dubai, the gorgeous property is nestled among the dunes in the desert. The resort’s rustic ambiance features courtyard fountains, gardens, and stone alleyways offering guests a glimpse into the Arabic culture.
The tranquility of the desert, the upscale property, and the impeccable service put Bab Al Shams high on the ‘must-experience’ resort list. If that’s not enough to get your bags packed, the opulent hotel is offering staycation packages starting from AED 599 per night including free breakfast, AED200 fully redeemable dining credit, a 25% discount on dining and desert activities, and gym and infinity pool access.
The property is also offering a unique ‘daycation’ package starting at AED499 per day, which includes access to a Superior Room and hotel facilities from 9am till 6pm, a 25% discount on dining and desert activities, a complimentary falcon show, and infinity pool and kids’ facility access.
Click here for more information, or book a staycation package by calling +971 04 381 3231.
Occupying a waterfront location on Dubai’s upscale Bluewaters Island, Caesars Palace Bluewaters flaunts indulgent amenities including three temperature-controlled infinity pools, a private beach, six restaurants and bars, a luxurious spa, and a beach club all under one roof. Gordon Ramsay‘s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant is the dining highlight of this majestic property.
The resort’s staycation deal includes an exclusive offer for UAE residents, offering a 35% discount on the best available rate for your preferred dates, daily breakfast for two, and dinner for two at any of the participating Caesars Bluewaters Dubai restaurants.
Other offers include a ‘daycation’ package starting from AED350 per person with access to the Palace Deluxe Room from 9am to 6pm, a three-course lunch at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, and beach and pool access.
Click here for more information, or book a staycation package by calling +971 04 556 6666.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai enjoys a central location, offering guests enchanting views of both the mighty ocean and the soaring Dubai skyline, making it one of the most sought-after luxury accommodations in the city. The ‘Staycation by M.O.’ package, which starts from AED1,600, includes early check-in at 11am, late check-out at 4pm, welcome drink for two, breakfast for two at The Bay restaurant, as well as daily credit of AED185 for rooms and AED365 for suites that can be spent throughout the resort. The property also offers a UAE resident exclusive deal starting from AED1,040.
Click here for more information, or book a staycation package by calling +971 04 777 2222.
JA Hatta Fort Hotel
If you’re in need of the ultimate escape from city life, the JA Hatta Fort Hotel, sitting at the foothill of the Al Hajar Mountains, offers a cozy stay and serene mountain views. A quick 90-minute scenic drive from central Dubai, the boutique hotel provides a much-needed break from the bustling city, and a variety of adrenaline-boosting adventures like ziplining, kayaking, mountain biking, a life-size maze, and archery.
Not an outdoors person? There’s still plenty to do. Challenge your friends and family to indoor games at the hotel’s recreational center or enjoy the poolside movie nights. Their summer staycation deals start from AED369 per night and include free daily breakfast and a discount of 50% on the third night of your stay.
Click here for more information, or book a staycation package by calling +971 4 814 5400.
One&Only The Palm
If your island vacation has been indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic, the One&Only The Palm luxury hotel makes the perfect alternative. Pamper yourself with an indulgent staycation at this magnificent beachfront property, with summer deals starting from AED1,850+ per night — including daily breakfast, early check-in at 12pm (subject to availability), late checkout at 6pm, and AED500 credit per room per night redeemable for food and beverage.
Click here for more information, or book a staycation package by calling +971 04 440 1010.
Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
If you’re looking for a laidback weekend to unwind and relax, the Fairmont Fujairah, set against the picturesque backdrop of the Al Hajar Mountains, instantly comes to mind.
Fairmont Fujairah is currently offering a special summer deal starting from AED999 per night inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner (with a set menu) at Canvas Restaurant or AED100 dining credit per adult for à la carte consumption at other restaurants throughout the property, with an unlimited service of selected beverages during meals.
Click here for more information, or book a staycation package by calling +971 09 204 1111.