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13 Unconventional Travel Destinations to Consider for This Eid
article AMAN VENICE
by Liam Collens 11-minute read March 5, 2024

Start planning your Eid break now! We have the perfect destinations for your relaxation and adventure needs.

Ramadan is a period of quiet introspection that culminates with Eid celebrations and gatherings. Many travel to places near or far over Eid, searching for somewhere exceptional. The usual suspects turn up on lists everywhere for such Eid getaways, but if you’re looking for somewhere bold and different, Savoir Flair has curated the definitive Eid travel guide. 

From exclusive desert retreats to 15th-century manors, Icelandic igloos, and Balinese tree houses, this guide distills exceptional locations over a range of distances, both near and far.

Within Four Hours


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Alila Hinu Bay, Oman

While most go to Muscat, we encourage you to venture towards Salalah’s lush, wadi-rich climes. With easy passage between the UAE and Oman, the intrepid will gear up for a spectacular 12-hour road trip through soaring mountains and historical Omani towns. It’s a landscape and portrait photographer’s dream journey. Others may fly into Salalah International Airport and then slink over to Alila Hinu Bay, where you are invited to drop bags, sit back, and do nothing. 

The discerning will plumb for the king pool or sea view villas where the infinity pool’s edge frames the Arabian Sea. Throw on a bathrobe, press your toes into the sandy beach, and get lost in your thoughts. The hotel team can arrange excursions, including dolphin and whale watching, hikes through wadis, or visits to the nearby Mirbat.

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Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort

Why fly to the Maldives when over-water villas are just a drive away? Ras Al Khaimah serves up a nature-filled getaway, whether you want mountains, mangroves, beaches, or even the world’s longest zip line. Relax into Anantara Mina Al Arab, a brand new resort that’s poised between RAK’s verdant mangroves and the pale blue sea. The jewels in its crown are the overwater villas with generous sundecks, private pools, and spectacular views.

As you would expect from an Anantara property, a list of activities is available if you decide to leave the villa. Start with workouts at the padel courts, then unwind with an herbal massage at Anantara Spa. Choose between an infinity pool or direct beach access. Dine at Mekong or indulge privately in your overwater villa and watch the sun go down, smug that you won’t need a seaplane or speedboat to get back home.

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Six Senses Southern Dunes, Saudi Arabia

Luxurious escapism starts at Six Senses Southern Dunes, a signature Red Sea development within the Alnesai dunes. Discerning travelers will opt for one of the 40 pool villas overlooking the wadi, with their undulating double roofs to mimic the shape of the dunes. The property is contemporary but draws upon Bedouin design themes. 

This splendid isolation affords time to check out the ultra-modern gym and Six Senses Spa facility’s “biohacking”, designed to lull your body back to center after a weary journey. Treat yourself to the Gelato Bar, poolside ceviches, or in-room dining afterwards. The Six Senses Southern Dunes raises a cinema screen at night in the desert to show movies while you stretch out on loungers with table service. You need to plan ahead to get here, but it promises to be worth your while. 

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Paradise Road Tintagel, Sri Lanka

Exotic Sri Lanka delights visitors with its tropical jungles, spicy cuisine, and deep cultural identity. Weaving through bustling Colombo awakens the senses, so those visitors looking for a luxurious respite will find just that when the full colonial grandeur of the Paradise Road Tintagel unfolds as you enter its private cobblestoned entrance. Paradise Road Tintagel is a historic, artsy boutique hotel with local art on the walls, enormous sculptures throughout, and a library of over 500 leather-bound books. And, if these walls could talk! The British military occupied the hotel, then housed one of the world’s first female prime ministers here. King Charles III and Queen Camilla also stayed here during a royal visit.

Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast of hoppers and fresh juices in the courtyard each morning, then venture into one of the world’s most exotic cities, exploring temples and spice markets. Stop at the Ministry of Crab for lunch.

Paradise Road Tintagel’s 10 ivory and dark molasses suites and marshmallow-soft bedding are only 30 minutes from Colombo International Airport. It’s perfect for long weekends or a luxury pit stop before exploring wonderous Sri Lanka.

Within Seven Hours


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Hotel Rum Budapest, Hungary

From the Danube River to jaw-slackening architecture, Budapest offers a unique city break. Visitors should plan to go to one of the old Roman baths still operating today, cross the Széchenyi Chain Bridge (which first united the cities Pest and Buda), or head over to St. Stephen’s Basilica to see the hand of Hungary’s first king (yes, it’s in a gilded box for all to see).

Seasoned travelers seeking an elegant Eastern-European stay should book into the Hotel Rum Budapest, a Downtown, woman-led independent hotel with 40 rooms buzzing with contemporary, eclectic design. 

We recommend the Gold Room for those who like a cozier industrial feeling or a little more space during their stays, as the room comes with king-sized beds, sofas, and more.

Hotel Rum has not one but two restaurants, including one in the Michelin Guide Hungary and a rooftop restaurant where you can eat breakfast and stare out across the city to inspire your sightseeing. 

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Aman Venice, Italy

Venice is one of the world’s most romantic destinations that boasts centuries of history, opera, and art. It’s flat and has absolutely no cars, which means you can walk everywhere or hop on a Vaporetto and cruise the watery canals from Rialto Bridge towards Piazza San Marco. Head to Morano to watch artisanal glass blowing or buy Venetian masks and wander towards the Peggy Guggenheim. Stay at the prestigious Aman Venice, inside the Palazzo Papadopoli; it’s one of less than 10 palazzos facing the iconic Venice Grand Canal. It’s an impossibly romantic and historic building painted with striking frescoes across its ceilings. The original custodians, the Arrivabene family, have inhabited the top floor for over 200 years! 

Its signature elaborate suites and apartments are perfect for special occasions, with 16th-century fireplaces and front-row views of stripey gondolas waving back at you as the Grand Canal laps the hotel’s doors. Enjoy breakfast in the front or back garden before launching into one of the world’s most charming and unique cities. The Aman Venice is also a popular celebrity hangout, so who knows who you may bump into.

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Andaz Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a city that offers many things to many people. Often maligned as a “party town” (and, yes, it definitely can be), Prague also lends itself to romantic getaways as couples walk across Charles Bridge to connect love locks and admire the city’s unique architecture while grabbing street food, stare slack-jawed at the medieval Prague Astronomical Clock, or watch performers in the Old Town Square. Climb the hills for a tour around Prague Castle, the world’s largest ancient castle. 

All this sightseeing means you need a central hotel and the Andaz Prague sets the scene for a memorable stay. The Femme Spa Next Level can sort out any aches and pains from clambering up all those steps. Be inspired by this UNESCO Heritage city’s unique experiences, like nighttime ghost tours or kayaking across the river. If you are crunched for time, the Andaz Prague team will gladly curate unique experiences — think graffiti classes with local artists or a scavenger hunt around the city to uncover its history and mythology. 

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Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saison, United Kingdom

Leave bustling London far behind and set a course for the leafy countryside of Oxfordshire. Oxford charms visitors with its quaint traditions, cobbled streets, and striking architecture. Yet, it’s still young at heart with local universities — perhaps you’ve heard of them? Visitors often stay on its outskirts, and there are few more glamorous stays within 20 minutes of Oxford’s beating center than Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saison, a gastro traveler's paradise. We could talk at length about the garden suites with French château-style furnishingsm or the moment you first catch a glimpse of the impeccably manicured gardens through a glint of weighty, drawn curtains. 

But, you are here because this 40-year-old hotel inside a 400-year-old manor hosts one of Britain’s longest-standing two Michelin-starred restaurants by Raymond Blanc OBE, including a farm-to-table concept where guests can sign up for garden-to-table cooking classes. Enjoy lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea, but book well in advance. 

Time Is No Object


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The Fleming, Hong Kong

You can spend years in Hong Kong and still barely scrape the surface. Location is everything; there’s nothing like staying in the city’s beating heart in the famous Wan Chai district. Walk through live markets and admire walls painted with incredible street art. The city never sleeps, but you will want a (superb) place to crash. The Fleming, a boutique designer hotel with only 66 rooms, draws inspiration from Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry and Victoria Harbour with modern inflections throughout. 

It’s a tasteful stay for those looking for something trendy and uncompromising on location. Large bedrooms are sumptuous with vintage touches and an enormous pine-green bathroom — perfect for an extended city stay.

Osteria Marzia is the hotel’s in-house restaurant, boasting a Southern Italian menu that draws on Japanese ingredients. Don’t let that stop you from strolling out to the legendary Temple Street Night Market, lunching at Laotian stalwart Samsen, or smashing a dim sum (or two) among the many across the city. 

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Five Million Stars Hotel, Iceland

No matter how long you stay in Iceland, you will visit the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is catnip for Instagram, as the name gives away the number of eye-widening attractions inside this small area of Southern Iceland, within one hour of Reykjavik Airport. Stay within moments of the famous Selfoss waterfall (bring your waterproofs), Friðheimar tomato greenhouse (a must-visit), the thermal baths of the Secret Lagoon (not-so-secret anymore), and erupting geothermal geysers.

Within a field, among the trees, lies the Five Million Stars Hotel, the perfect glamping sanctuary for the open-minded traveler. 

Snooze on a pillowy-soft warm bed inside an oversized transparent igloo, gazing into the Icelandic forest as birds and other small animals approach the igloo. It’s as close to nature as you can get. There are warm, walnut-colored Chesterfield-like bed benches with ice buckets of Copenhagen Sparkling Tea for guests and lined eye masks to help you sleep. It’s perfect for one or two nights.

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A Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip, California, USA

There are many ways to experience this road trip, but we recommend starting in San Francisco. Sleep off the jetlag at the 1 Hotel San Francisco, an ethical and eco-friendly boutique hotel with Bay Bridge and Ferry waterfront views. Rent a convertible and set a course for Half Moon Bay, then head south towards Monterey to stop off at the enormous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Keep heading towards Santa Barbara, but make sure to make three stops: one at Big Sur for a photo at the lookout, a second to marvel at the enormous Elephant Seals basking near the Piedras Blanca Light House, and a third to stand in awe of Hearst Castle. Rest for the night at the seaside White Water, a Scandi-inspired hotel. Push on towards Santa Barbara to wander towards Stearns Wharf and see if you can make time for the famous Santa Barbara Zoo. Consider staying in the eco-conscious 140-year-old Inn at Mattei’s Tavern and slink into its cabana-lined pool to ease your travel fatigue. Stay for breakfast in Tavern, the 19th-century former stagecoach inn.

Start your engines for the final stretch toward Los Angeles. Park up in Malibu to watch waves crash, snuffle down fish tacos at Duke’s, and stay at the edgy Line LA in Koreatown with views of the Hollywood Hills. 

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Frangipani Hotel, Philippines

Fly to Manila, then hop on a flight to El Nido on the northern tip of Palawan. Rent a Jeep and cruise through little villages, chat with locals, and relax on unspoiled beaches. Palawan offers adventure for watersports enthusiasts, and luckily, the beautiful boutique Frangipani Hotel can arrange it all.

This seven-suite property faces the stunning Bacuit Bay along a quieter strip of Corong Corong beach. Step out of your room and start your day snorkeling in the warm teal waters. The hotel’s private catamaran is available for tours around the island. 

Back at the hotel, you can enjoy the modern in-house restaurant, which offers contemporary Filipino dishes and direct sunset views. There are also plenty of adventures to uncover along this strip of beach, reinforcing the feeling that you may never go home.

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Arctic Bath Hotel, Sweden

We see all you cold-plunging devotees pushing your boundaries. Have you thought about cold plunging in the wild? What about the edge of the Arctic Circle? We present to you the Arctic Bath Hotel on the banks of the Lule River, in the middle of the Swedish Lapland. Grab a VIP transfer or helicopter from Kallax Airport and slip into one of the hotel’s contemporary water cabins or land suites made with eco-friendly, sustainable materials and heated floors (because, again, it’s the Arctic Circle). Some cabins are large enough to sleep up to five people, making for a unique group retreat.

With all this splendid isolation, the Arctic Bath Hotel features two dry saunas, two outdoor jacuzzis, and many spa treatment services. There’s also a fine-dining restaurant on-site if you don’t want to venture far, although we do recommend heading to Jokkmokk, a local cultural center, to meet indigenous reindeer herders and hear stories passed on through generations around campfires.

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