Bride Club’s favourite romantic Eid Staycations
If you and your partner are looking forward to some well-deserved time off this Eid, consider staying in the region and enjoying a romantic holiday closer to home. Below, we reveal four destinations where time will stand still and beauty is in abundance.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
You’ll feel like you are much more than two hours from Dubai at this authentic yet luxurious resort. Located in the breathtaking northern Musandam peninsula, we absolutely love how the hotel is enveloped by mountains as well as the calming waters of Zighy Bay, giving it a truly unique feel. The lavish villas have either a spa pool or face onto the beach, meaning that you get everything you want from a romantic break; namely, privacy and relaxation. High ceilings, natural stones and wood add a traditional element to the villas, whilst the outside area is shaded from the elements by cobblestone walls. Being at altitude means that the temperatures are considerably cooler than the city, particularly at the Sense of the Edge restaurant, which at 293 metres above sea level offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Six Senses Zighy Bay is offering an amazing package for couples who want to visit during summer, including over the Eid break. With a stay of three nights, each couple will receive a daily buffet breakfast and a food and beverage credit of $50 for each night. Moreover, you’ll also get to enjoy a 90 minute Signature couple’s spa treatment and a romantic sunset cruise with sparkling date juice and canapés. To us, it sounds like the perfect place to unwind and spend quality time together.
For bookings, visit: www.sixsenses.com
Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai
As one of Bride Club’s newest vendors, we are delighted to include Al Maha in our top picks for a romantic Eid getaway. A mere 45 minutes from Dubai, the resort offers Arabian style opulence and romance in its spacious suites, which come with their own private infinity pool and feature the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept in!
Situated in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, you’ll be astounded by the beauty and tranquility of the desert, and absolutely fascinated by the Oryx and Gazelle that roam freely throughout the reserve. A great chance to see them is at meal times at the resort’s restaurant, where the outside decking faces a lush watering hole that is lit up at night. The food itself is phenomenal, and the service amongst the best in Dubai.
There are a choice of activities to take part in, from falconry to camel rides over the sweeping dunes. Or, you could just relax in your suite, watching the animals with the binoculars provided. It’s this attention to detail that really makes Al Maha an incredible place to visit.
A stay at Al Maha is romantic in itself, but if you’re looking for even more, check out the romance packages that are available. This includes champagne and strawberries upon arrival, complimentary activities and a range of dining options.
For bookings, visit: www.al-maha.com
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi
Boasting a natural, rugged beauty, and teeming with an abundance of Arabian wildlife, Al Yamm is the perfect staycation for couples who are searching for a unique beach setting as part of their getaway. Located 8km off Abu Dhabi’s coastline, Sir Bani Yas Island is home to the Arabian Wildlife Park and offers fantastic snorkeling opportunities. If you’re a fan of all things rustic, you’re sure to fall in love with the barasti-inspired accommodation. The luxurious villas feature wooden beams and are located near the mangrove lagoon (perfect for spotting flamingos), or directly on the beach, meaning that you and your partner are only a couple of steps from the sea. It’s perfect for a romantic stroll at any time of the day or night.
Anantara’s ‘Beach Romance’ package includes sparkling wine or date juice and gourmet chocolates upon arrival. After breakfast, you can either spend the day on an island adventure or in blissful relaxation, made more indulgent by a couple’s treatment at the sumptuous Anantara Spa. For dinner, experience fine dining at a beautifully decorated table on an intimate stretch of beach, complete with your own butler. Return boat transfers to and from Sir Bani Yas Island are also included, as well as a late check-out.
For bookings, visit: www.anantara.com
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island
If you’re searching for romantic sunsets over a pristine beach at a resort that’s a mere twenty-five minutes drive from Abu Dhabi airport, then a stay at the Park Hyatt Saadiyat is definitely for you. There’s a range of accommodation to choose from, with suites and villas having either an ocean, garden or golf course view, as well as their very own plunge pool. The environmentally protected beach area is home to hawksbill turtles and bottlenose dolphins, and activities such as stand up paddle boarding and kayaking are also available. If you want to relax, the Atarmia Spa offers an array of treatments that will leave you both feeling pampered and rejuvenated.
Park Hyatt’s ‘Romance at the Park’ package offers luxury accommodation and breakfast for two, alongside a bottle of sparkling wine and a bouquet of roses upon arrival. It’s the perfect way to spoil your loved one and enjoy the Eid break together without having to travel too far.
For bookings, visit: www.abudhabi.park.hyatt.com
With resorts such as these so close by, the Eid break is a fantastic chance to experience more of what the region has to offer, whilst spending quality time with your partner away from the stresses and strains of day to day life.
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