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10 dreamy getaways to book this Eid Al-Fitr

Situated less than a seven-hour flight from the UAE, these idyllic destinations are ideal for a quick Eid Al-Fitr getaway.

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. To celebrate the Eid holidays, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa offers guests booking from 2 to 9 May a 15% discount on their all-inclusive stay.

GO: Visit www.emerald-maldives.com for reservations and more information.


While away the days on the Turkish Riviera 

In the private Haremtan Cove on the Aegean Sea lies the new 103-key METT Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum from Sunset Hospitality. Bringing international standards to the Turkish Riviera, the property features 72 elegant and beautifully designed rooms and suites and 31 luxury villas, all overlooking the sea. The resort is home to four restaurants designed to suit every taste. Folie is the place to sample Mediterranean dishes inspired by the sea, whilst Isola combines quality Italian food with carefully chosen entertainment. The resort is also home to the MOI Spa and RAISE Fitness & Wellness, a new gym concept that promises to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

GO: Visit www.mettsocialliving.com for reservations and more information.


Recharge on a secluded Grecian Island

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.


Take a helicopter tour over the Dutch 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.


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.


A convivial family retreat at Mango House Seychelles

Stretching along the edge of the Anse Aux Poules Bleues, a sparkling calm bay with shallow clear waters, Mango House Seychelles provides a convivial retreat where family and loved ones can explore Mahé’s breath-taking canvas of sun, sea, and sand all the while enjoying a handcrafted hospitality experience. Originally built as a family abode by the celebrated Italian photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri, this idyllic sanctuary is nestled amongst the revitalising fragrance of surrounding fruit trees and offers a sense of home in a private and secluded location. Guests can enjoy five world-class dining venues and bars showcasing distinct Mango House flavours, and with locally inspired menus, each concept promises a unique culinary experience. 

GO: Visit www.hilton.com for reservations and more information.


Drive through the Tuscan hills of Florence

This Eid, drive through cypress-strewn hills with exhilarating freedom while staying at Hotel Savoy in romantic Florence. Hotel Savoy has partnered with SlowDrive, allowing guests to choose their dream vehicle from the incredible selection of stylish cars and enjoy a memorable escape through wildflower-lined roads and village piazzas. SlowDrive also provides guided vintage tours. Starting at the typical Tuscan town of Fucecchio and driving towards Chianti, it will take you through luscious vineyards, olive groves and charming medieval villages, such as memorable San Miniato with its white truffles and Renaissance palazzi, including the ancestral home of the Bonapartes.

GO: Visit www.roccofortehotels.com for reservations and more information.


Indulge in a traditional Swiss 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.


Escape to an Italian palazzo in the Gulf of Palermo

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.


A peaceful Indian Ocean sanctuary

Nestled amidst the panoramic views of the tranquil ocean, guests can unwind from the moment the flight lands in the Maldives as the Grand Park Kodhipparu is easily accessible in a 20-minute boat ride from the Velana International Airport. Pick the two-bedroom grand residence or the idyllic overwater villas and begin indulging in culinary delights, a pampering experience at the overwater spa and various marine and watersports activities. This Eid welcomes GCC travellers with various inclusions guaranteed to make for a rejuvenating escape. Guests are greeted with a bowl of tropical fruit, followed by an in-villa breakfast or a floating breakfast for the pool villas. The package also includes a dining experience from a choice of three restaurants, including The Edge, Breeze Poolside Dining and Firedoor. Guests are also invited to relax and unwind with a lush 50-minute Balinese massage for two.

GO: Visit www.parkhotelgroup.com for reservations and more information.


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