Stress-free summer breaks
AS the heat is creeping up on us, it's time to start thinking about those summer vacation plans. Let us help you get packing with these cool ideas.
HONG KONG DISNEYLAND RESORT
Disney fans ought to head to Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL) Resort this summer to witness the debut of first-of-its-kind Carnivale of Stars and the all-new Moana themed atmosphere stage show launch, among other attractions. Together with special accommodation experiences at the resort’s three uniquely themed hotels as well as shopping and dining offers, guests can enjoy “play, shop and dine” packages until July 15, 2018. The “Play & Shop” two-day Special Package with two-day admission to the park offers two HK$15 merchandise gift coupons.
Guests staying at the resort’s hotels will receive at least one Priority Admission Pass for selected attractions, as well as the season’s exclusive souvenirs. HKDL has introduced an all-new Express Online Check-in service in late-April. Guests who want to spend a day at the theme park before checking into the hotel can also make use of the Luggage Valet Service. The resort also worked with Cathay Pacific Airways to offer Southeast Asian guests special ticket offer from now until September 30, which includes air ticket and two-day admission ticket.
Porto Montenegro, the Mediterranean’s leading luxury superyacht homeport and marina village, is kicking off the summer months with several sensational activities and events to keep everyone entertained. The Porto Montenegro Yacht Club is opening its new beach extension, which is a 600 sq m oasis with direct access to the water. A perfect atmosphere for daytime relaxation, the space will transform into an open-air bar with a cinema screen and full cocktail menu at night. The famous Sumosan Restaurant is to open in the marina village this summer, as will fashion store Tenero. From June until August, Porto Montenegro has a busy calendar planned for all from food and music, to exhibitions and festivals.
With tourism in Turkey taking off again, Bodrum is one of the country’s most vibrant destinations, offering a rich mix of cultural landmarks and relics to explore. Indian Ocean brand LUX Resorts & Hotels has re-opened the doors of its first European resort, LUX Bodrum for another summer season. Located on a private peninsula on the stunning Turkish Riviera, the property boasts 91 guest rooms and 19 private residences. Hailed as the St Tropez of Turkey, the resort is the riviera’s newest ‘place to be’. Guests can use the resort’s house boat to cross the water and stroll the iconic marina, a glamorous hangout and home to Bodrum’s best shopping. Yacht cruises, infinity pools overlooking the Mediterranean and culinary experiences allow guests to make the most out of their trip to beat the heat.
NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLANDS
A panorama of nothing but open ocean and infinite blue is a paradise in itself. To escape the sweltering heat, a vacation at Maldives this Eid is an experience that must not be missed.
Maldives has never been more affordable than with Niyama Private Islands Maldives, created especially for Middle East-based families and jet setting couples. Nine dining destinations, Drift Spa with ultra-relaxing massages, host of activities like nature expeditions around tropical isles, water sports such surfing, scuba diving and jet-skiing are some of the many offerings provided.
Guests can enjoy 40 per cent off the room rate, enjoy a free half-board upgrade and 60-minute massages for two at Drift Spa. This promo starts at Dh2,500++ ($680++) per night.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI
Forget about packing! Mandarin Oriental, Miami has launched an exclusive in-suite Summertime Shopping & Sunshine package with Saks Fifth Avenue, that offers guests a luxury retail therapy experience. With just a few phone calls prior to arrival, Saks Fifth Avenue – located just steps away from Mandarin Oriental, Miami at Brickell City Centre – will deliver a new, customised ensemble, prior to guest check-in.
For those who prefer a top-tier, bespoke retail experience with a personal shopper, guests can join the Fifth Avenue Club which boasts a luxury on-site shopping suite. To add further encouragement for a shopping spree, guests will receive a credit of $50 for every $300 spent with Saks Fifth Avenue. As the perfect complement to any summer outfit is flawless, summertime skin, guests who book the package for a minimum of two nights, will also receive a tailored salt scrub body treatment at the hotel’s Five-Star spa.
The ‘Summertime Shopping and Sunshine’ package is available until September 3.
NIKKI BEACH DUBAI
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai offers a great way to beat the heat. This summer the resort will be offering all generations the perfect excuse for a much-needed break. Guests staying at the hotel will be able to stay in a sea view room from Dh990 and take advantage of Nikki Beach Resort & Spa’s 50 per cent discount on interconnecting or adjacent rooms for children, as well as breakfast for the entire family, and parents will also be able to enjoy 20 per cent discount on meals and beverages for their little ones.
Guests can escape to the award-winning Nikki Spa and experience a signature treatment in one of the seven separate suites for men and women. Post-treatment relaxation is also key at Nikki Spa and all in-house guests are able to make the most of the sauna, steam room, mixed vitality pool, and the indoor relaxation lounges.
Comprising 117 rooms and 15 luxury villas with private plunge pools, Nikki offers the perfect getaway. Following a leisurely breakfast at Café Nikki, guests can retreat to one of the resort’s temperature-controlled pools. The resort is also home to a stunning 450-metre-long private sandy beach, which regardless of the weather, always ushers a welcome breeze.
TILAL LIWA HOTEL
Tilal Liwa Hotel is an Arabian-inspired hotel, situated in Rub Al Khali, Abu Dhabi, UAE. It offers a remote getaway as it is situated away from the city in the heart of the desert. This summer, the hotel is providing a unique offering, presenting guests with an opportunity to experience a full-fledged luxury experience replete with the highest quality of facilities and adventure. Guests can avail a luxurious overnight stay, with access to culinary and wellness discounts and unique recreations for families for Dh277 from August 15 to 31, 2018. Vacations at the family-friendly destination promise an escape that takes the best of the signature Danat hospitality and fun-filled desert activities in one venue. 2018 has also paved the way for more advancements for the four-star hotel with the installation of the first electric car charging station in the property, the first of its kind in the Al Dhafra region.
FOUR SEASONS HAMPSHIRE
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, UK, makes the perfect destination for families looking for a stylish summer escape. Guests at the hotel will be spoilt for choice during what promises to be an eventful retreat. An extensive range of outdoor activities are on offer, including horse riding, fishing, falconry, clay pigeon shooting and an exciting high-wire adventure experience. The property itself provides ample opportunities for recreation, with tennis and croquet, a fitness centre, a 20-metre (66-foot) indoor swimming pool and a luxurious Spa offering an array of indulgent treatments. The concierge team will assist with arranging off-site activities, including golf at a choice of prestigious local courses.
Complementing the hotel’s luxurious offering are some special packages.
The Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package offers daily full English breakfast for two guests and $140 credit towards dinner at Wild Carrot once per stay. The Family Moments Package includes a complimentary second room complete with special amenities for children and will help guests create memories to last a lifetime. The Spa Package is for people who are looking to relax and unwind with the Hotel’s Spa package. A full English breakfast is included each morning, together with a soothing 90-minute massage experience designed to bring total relaxation to the mind and body.
Yas Island, the UAE’s premier leisure and entertainment destination, has announced the launch of its all-new Yas Parks Annual Pass. The pass will triple the fun for Yas Island visitors, offering year-round access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld as well as the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, when it opens on July 25, 2018.Holders of the Yas Parks Annual Pass are bound to have a year to remember, with full access to world record-breaking rides, thrilling slides in addition to a whole host of unique attractions and one-of-a-kind experiences at the region’s leading theme parks. Valid for one year from the date of purchase, pass holders will also be able to avail exclusive discounts on shopping and dining at all Yas Island theme parks in addition to receiving one complimentary ticket for a friend on the guest’s birthday which will grant them access to all three parks.