10 Eid Breaks To Book Now
10 Eid Breaks To Book Now

10 Eid Breaks To Book Now

Whether you want a fine dining retreat, world-class spa break or a desert escape, there are plenty of options for a stylish Eid break this month. Here are just a few ideas…
By Rob Chilton
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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

The Desert Location

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Chic, tranquil and detached from the urban sprawl of Dubai, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is surrounded by golden dunes and can be reached in about three hours from Downtown Dubai. Enveloping guests in its traditional Arabic hospitality, pool villas and spa, you could just stroll around the resort in a kaftan before having dinner under the star. Alternatively, for a more active stay, sign up for a camel ride, archery, padel tennis, or a dune bashing ride in a 4x4 buggy.

From approx. AED 1,600 per night

Visit Anantara.com

The Abu Dhabi Getaway

Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Just 90 minutes from Burj Khalifa, Abu Dhabi never fails to provide some much-needed peace and quiet for Dubai residents escaping the city churn. On Al Maryah Island, Rosewood Abu Dhabi welcomes guests into its warm and inviting lobby before ushering them up to uncluttered and comfortable rooms. The star eatery at the Rosewood is Cantonese restaurant Dai Pai Dong, which was included in the 2024 Michelin Guide. BB Social Dining is another hit restaurant with its playful French bistro vibes. Also attached to the hotel is The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, a playground for luxury shoppers.

From approx. AED 1,160 per night

Visit RosewoodHotels.com

The New & Exclusive Resort

The St Regis Red Sea

New to the Red Sea Project is the St Regis Red Sea Resort. Situated on a private island in the protected Ummahat archipelago, the ultra-luxury opening is the perfect place to get away from it all. The fact that it’s only accessible by boat or seaplane makes it even more exclusive. Pick from overwater and beachfront villas with incredible sea views – with the surrounding waters home to incredible marine life, you can also sign up for diving excursions and snorkelling trips. The resort’s restaurants – a modern Japanese restaurant called Gishiki 45, the Middle Eastern Nesma, and steakhouse Tilina – offer something for everyone.

From approx. AED 5,386 per night

Visit Marriott.com

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

The Kitsch One

Sandy Beach Resort

Dubai is rightly regarded as a futuristic city filled with dazzling architecture and technological innovation, which is why many residents sometimes feel the urge to reconnect with a simpler way of life. Kitsch yet cool, Sandy Beach Resort in Fujairah is 90 minutes from Dubai. A family friendly seaside destination with rooms and chalets that take guests back to the 1990s, fragrant frangipani and vibrant bougainvillea line paved pathways leading to the swimming pool, splash pad, swim-up pool bar, restaurants and playground. Take a swim out to the famous Snoopy Island, named after its resemblance to the reclining cartoon dog, and gaze back at the resort set against the stunning backdrop of the Hajar Mountains. We suggest you bring your own food and have a BBQ outside your chalet as the sun goes down. 

From approx. AED 500 per night

Visit SandyBeach-Resort.com

The Family-Friendly Escape

Anantara Doha

For Maldivian-style resorts in Qatar’s capital, you can’t beat the quiet luxury on offer at the Banana Island Resort, Doha by Anantara. Situated on a secluded crescent of golden beach, the curve of which inspired the resort’s name, you’ll find beautiful overwater villas accessible by private catamaran. Whether you’re looking for a family adventure or a more serene spa break, every whim is catered for. As well as watersports and a wellness centre, the resort also has expansive gardens, bowling and a cinema to keep children entertained.  

From approx. AED 1,629 per night

Visit Anantara.com

One&Only One Za'abeel
One&Only One Za'abeel

The Foodie One

One&Only One Za'abeel

In a city full of architectural icons, it can be hard to stand out, but that’s what One&Only One Za’abeel has done with its two towers that are connected by The Link – the world’s longest cantilevered building. Home to a selection of top restaurants, highlights include French fine dining establishment La Dame de Pic from multiple Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic; Spanish food with Moorish influences from three-starred Paco Morales at Qabu; Thai dishes at DuangDy by culinary duo Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones; and two Japanese restaurants, Sagetsu by two-starred chef Tetsuya Wakuda, and Tapasake at the pool club, which has the UAE’s longest suspended infinity pool. Elsewhere, the Longevity Hub by Clinique La Prairie offers personalised holistic services, treatments and cosmetic procedures to promote health, wellness and all-round vitality. 

From approx. AED 2,800 per night

Visit OneAndOnlyResorts.com

The Glam One

Atlantis The Royal

Where do we begin with Atlantis The Royal? After opening a little over a year ago with the help of Beyoncé, the A-list resort has been a major talking point across Dubai. Spectacular aquariums, sculptures and fountains welcome guests to the lobby of the hotel, which has 17 places to eat including Milos, Jaleo, Ling Ling and Dinner By Heston Blumenthal. A little bird tells SheerLuxe ME that Kanye West ate there every night during his two-week stay in late 2023. This Eid, browse the luxury boutiques or spend the day at Nobu By the Beach – the first beach club from the iconic Japanese restaurant brand.

From approx. AED 3,800 per night

Visit Atlantis.com

The Lana
The Lana

The Conscious Choice

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Situated on Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula, Six Senses Zighy Bay is still one of the region’s best spots for barefoot luxury. Set between mountains on one side and sandy beach on the other, guests can either drive, paraglide or boat into the resort. With an expansive coastline and fresh water pool, you can fully relax or explore the resort’s surroundings on foot – hiking is popular – or by boat. While the accommodation looks rustic on the outside, a simple version of luxury is catered for inside. Plus, if you’re looking to be a little more mindful post-Ramadan, it also contributes to local community development, educational initiatives and is dedicated to the people, culture and ecosystems that surround it.
 
From approx. AED 3,974 per night

Visit SixSenses.com

The New One

The Lana

The Dorchester Collection has waited patiently to make its debut in Dubai. Now, The Lana brings an undeniable sense of London charm to Business Bay, from the doormen in maroon coats and top hats down to the dainty cucumber sandwiches served at the afternoon tea. Understated yet exquisitely designed, The Lana is tranquil and calm – thanks to its position on Marasi Bay Marina, which separates it from the downtown traffic. The rooftop pool venue High Society offers amazing views of Burj Khalifa and its neighbouring skyscrapers, and serves a heavenly mascarpone and caviar sandwich bar snack, as well as avant garde cocktails. The best room in the house is the two-bedroom Marina Royal Suite. 

From approx. AED 3,500 per night

Visit DorchesterCollection.com

The Spa Experience

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Yes, it has a sensational lobby with the iconic Medusa head depicted in mosaic flooring; yes it has a dreamy pool area with luxurious cabanas; and yes, it has an excellent Persian restaurant – but it’s the spa that’s the standout feature of Palazzo Versace Dubai. Artistically built from marble, wood and mother-of-pearl, this haven has seven treatment rooms and a VIP suite, nail salon, sauna, steam room and a Moroccan hammam. Treatments connect with the region by using products such as argan oil, rhassoul clay and amber, and – for a bit of Dubai glitz – 24 carat gold body oil and diamond massage oil. To make a booking email [email protected] or call 04 556 8750.

From approx. AED 1,100 per night

Visit PalazzoVersace.ae

Palazzo Versace Dubai
Palazzo Versace Dubai
The Lana
The Lana

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