7 great Eid al-Adha staycations in the UAE
Words by Nathan Irvine
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You might be wondering why we're making our staycation recommendations WAY ahead of Eid Al Adha 2021. Yes, it's likely to start on July 21st, but you best believe that these hotels are already taking early bird bookings.
To avoid moping around the house for the potential six-day holiday, we've gathered together our tried-and-tested recommendations for you to head off to. One from each emirate. You can thanks us later.
One of RAK's very best beach resorts. The superb on-site spa, plethora of great restaurants and pristine beaches make it a top choice for staycationers. It has a number of water-based activities to enjoy including boat tours, jet-skis and kayaking. In the evening it even has a very good party scene too. We recommend staying in one of the villas with a pool for the ultimate indulgence.
EDGAR editor Rob Chilton stayed here for a review recently and says...
"It’s such an easy place to spend a weekend. Nothing is difficult, everything is within easy walking distance – it all just fits together. Fifty-five minutes from The Dubai Mall, this cool beach resort is another gold star in Vida’s impressive UAE portfolio and a serious asset to Umm Al Quwain’s tourism scene. You’ve been to Ras Al Khaimah, you’ve done Fujairah… now it’s time to check out the UAE’s smallest Emirate up north."
5-star luxury accommodation and amenities can be found at The Fairmont in Ajman. There's a swim-up bar, 24-hour fitness lounge and a huge pool for you to cool off in as the temperatures ramp up. You also have four fantastic restaurants to choose from during the day or evening. And the rooms have some of the best panoramic views of the Arabian Sea that you're likely to get.
Not only is this one of the most stylish hotels in the Middle East, it's also F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton's favourite spot when he's in town to race each year. The laidback Alba Terrace (pictured) is great to sip coffee on while relaxing in the morning, and transforms into a lively venue in the evening. British chef Tom Aikens has also applied his culinary wizardry to the Oak Room, so you're guaranteed to have a delicious meal at the Abu Dhabi Edition too.
Although its located in one of the most busiest parts of Dubai, the Rixos Premium JBR feels like you're a million miles away once you're inside. The views from the rooms and the superb beach and pool areas transport you to a different place. It's a trendy spot that has a atmosphere that really pops. Like a small slice of Ibiza that's been placed on the unspoiled coast of Dubai.
For those looking for a more traditional Middle Eastern staycation, you won't find much better than this gem in Sharjah. It captures the old architecture of the region with aplomb, but then fills it with contemporary features like spas, fitness suites and a next-level dining experience.
Of all the hotels on this list, the InterContinental probably has the most impressive backdrop. Sandwiched between crisp white sands and a towering mountain range, the hotel is packed with excellent food outlets and things to do for kids and grown-ups alike.
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