Situated less than a seven-hour flight from the GCC, these idyllic destinations are ideal for a quick Eid Al-Fitr getaway.
Maldives: Relax on a tropical island paradise
Located on the Raa Atoll, in the northern part of the Maldives archipelago, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive resort and a sanctuary from chaotic modern life. Guests have access to 60 beach villas ideal for families and 60 overwater villas to enjoy the warm and calm turquoise waters that surround the island, as well as The Emerald Spa and the Dolphin Kids Club, the largest in all Maldives and widely regarded as one of the best in the entire archipelago.
GO: Visit www.emerald-maldives.com for reservations and more information.
Türkiye: While away the days on the Turkish Riviera
Located in the secluded Haremtan Cove on the Aegean Sea, METT Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum by Sunset Hospitality offers 103 keys. Bringing global standards to the Turkish Riviera, this property boasts 72 stylishly designed rooms and suites, as well as 31 opulent villas that provide stunning sea views. The resort is equipped with four restaurants that cater to all palates. Folie serves up delectable Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the sea, while Isola offers exquisite Italian fare paired with carefully selected entertainment. In addition, the MOI Spa and RAISE Fitness & Wellness, a novel gym concept that emphasizes inclusivity over exclusivity, are also located on the premises.
GO: Visit www.mettsocialliving.com for reservations and more information.
Greece: Recharge on a secluded island in Corfu
Perched on a dramatic hillside looking out over the Ionian Sea, Ultima Corfu is an elegantly appointed private villa available for single-group bookings and ideal for families or friends. Set over two levels, this seven-bedroom villa offers unspoiled views of the azure waters and large floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto an expansive wraparound terrace. The two 20-meter sea-facing infinity pools are complete with waterfalls and act as the crowning feature of the property, offering mesmerising views of the coastline. In addition, Ultima Corfu boasts the comforts of a luxury five-star hotel, including an impressive hammam, an oceanview jacuzzi, sunrise yoga and private training sessions on the terraced gardens.
GO: Visit www.ultimacorfu.com for reservations and more information.
Holland: Take a helicopter tour over tulip fields
With spring in full bloom in the Netherlands and in honour of the country’s national flower, the Conservatorium Hotel will be offering guests a variety of unique experiences to explore the flower festivities, just in time for the Eid break. Guests can book a helicopter flight with extensive views over the vast multi-coloured tulip fields, flower parks and Dutch coast and a private driver for an exclusive journey across the grounds of a tulip farm for a unique introduction to art tulip cultivation. The hotel can also arrange a visit to the famous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens – the largest spring garden in the world, home to seven million bulbs and 800 varieties of tulips.
GO: Visit www.conservatoriumhotel.com for reservations and more information.
Italy: Take in the beauty of the Eternal City
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, is the ideal place to take in the beauty of the Eternal City. Rome Cavalieri’s Concierge will be on hand to provide guests with valuable insider tips for a truly customised discovery of Rome – from the Coliseum, the Baths of Caracalla, and the Castel Sant’Angelo, to modern attractions such as the MAXXI Museum or the Auditorium. At the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club, loungers can begin with one of La Prairie’s most famous caviar-based treatments to invigorate the skin and relax muscles. Guests can then continue the expedition at the Tiepolo Lounge for a culinary caviar extravaganza where they can indulge in a series of tasting plates that will bring this complete body and soul experience to an end.
GO: Visit https://romecavalieri.com for reservations and more information.
Seychelles: Escape to an island retreat
Mango House Seychelles offers a warm and welcoming refuge where families and loved ones can bask in Mahé’s stunning scenery of sun, sea, and sand while indulging in bespoke hospitality. This serene sanctuary was initially constructed as a private residence by the renowned Italian photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri and is situated amidst the rejuvenating scent of fruit trees, providing a homely ambiance in an exclusive and secluded setting. Guests can savor five exceptional dining spots and bars that embody the distinctive flavors of Mango House, with locally influenced menus that ensure a one-of-a-kind gastronomic adventure.
GO: Visit www.hilton.com for reservations and more information.
Switzerland: Indulge in a traditional chalet escape
Situated in the high-end city of Gstaad in the Swiss Alps, Ultima Gstaad is known as one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in the country. With its blend of traditional Swiss architecture and modern design, the property combines ultra-luxury amenities, rustic warmth, and state-of-the-art technology to provide a secluded and refined Eid escape. It comprises three wooden chalets of eleven suites, six private residences, a restaurant and two bars. The beautifully designed, cosy chalets feature electric fireplaces and private terraces or balconies with heavenly views overlooking the Alps. The suites and residences immerse guests in a traditional Swiss chalet atmosphere, with all the benefits of a 5-star hotel. The property also possesses a 1000 square-metre spa and clinic, which combines luxury, highly skilled practitioners, and the latest technology to bring the best wellness, beauty, and medical treatments. Providing complete relaxation. Further amenities include a private cinema, an indoor pool and outdoor Jacuzzi, a Hammam, sauna, and a fully equipped gym.
GO: Visit www.ultimacollection.com for reservations and more information.
Italy: Escape to an Italian palazzo
Discover history and serenity at Villa Igiea: a turn-of-the-century palazzo at the perimeter of the foot of Mount Pellegrino. A long-loved seaside-meets-city sanctuary for royalty, dignitaries and Hollywood luminaries, trace their paths through tiered villa gardens that sweep down to the Tyrrhenian Sea. At Villa Igiea, each suite has been given a contemporary twist by designer Olga Polizzi and is furnished with classic antiques and delicate fabrics. Terraced gardens surround the sparkling pool and at the Igiea Terrazza Bar, the finest aperitivos are served amid charming frescoes.
GO: Visit www.roccofortehotels.com for reservations and more information.