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Welcome to a racecourse where everyone wins.

For more information call +971 4 381 3333 or email info@meydanhotels.com

The Meydan Hotel combines the passion for equestrian sports with world-class luxury and traditional Arabic hospitality. Home to the richest horse race in the world, the hotel has 284 contemporary suites each offering grandstand views. Great restaurants, a new Troon managed golf course, a tennis academy, and an infinity pool offering unparalleled views of the Dubai skyline; make The Meydan a destination hotel unlike any other.


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IT’S YOUR TURN TO FEEL THE THRILL


When you hit 240km/h in less than 5 seconds, don’t forget to breathe. At Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari branded theme park, you finally have the chance to live the racing dream in ways you never imagined possible. Experience the legend like never before, with over 20 rides and attractions in the world’s largest indoor theme park.

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ATLANTIS

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Stay at Atlantis The Palm for one of the greatest experiences you will ever have

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ANANTARA DESERT ISLANDS Sir Bani Yas island offers up a world of adventures and relaxation

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ANANTARA QASR AL SARAB Nestled into the UAE’s Empty Quarter, this stunning resort brings to life Arabic traditions

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ARMANI HOTEL

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BAB AL SHAMS DESERT RESORT & SPA Nestled amidst the majesty of the desert, this offers a unique escape

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BANYAN TREE AL WADI An oasis of comfort and luxury

EMIRATES PALACE For the best in sheer luxury, this is the capital’s pride and joy

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HILTON RAS AL KHAIMAH Hit the beach, relax by the pool, or get active in Ras Al Khaimah

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A destination hotel at the site of the world’s most expensive and glamorous horse race

ST REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND The first St Regis in the region to open offers palatial surroundings and an exquisite stay

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THE CHEDI, MUSCAT High end relaxation in one of the region’s most luxurious and spacious properties

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KEMPINSKI THE PALM THE MEYDAN

SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY This rustic chic hideaway offers a truly luxurious experience in Musandam

THE WESTIN MINA SEYAHI BEACH RESORT AND MARINA

For an all inclusive beach holiday in the middle of Dubai, check out The Westin Mina Seyahi

Five star, European inspired luxury is now all yours

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RIXOS Turkish luxury has found a new home on the The Palm Jumeirah

JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY For an indulgent, Middle Eastern inspired getaway on The Palm, Jumeirah, try this recent addition

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JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL The wave-inspired hotel has long been a favourite

RADISSON BLU, FUJAIRAH Head to the Hajar mountains and the UAE’s spectacular east coast for diving round Dibba Rock

IBEROTEL MIRAMAR AL AQAH This Fujairah property is a hidden gem in the crown of the Eastern coast,

How can you beat Italian elegance in the tallest tower in the world?

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ONE TO ONE HOTEL- THE VILLAGE For a central, beautiful boutique hotel stay in the capital, look no further

A polo-inspired boutique getaway just outside Dubai

AL RAHA BEACH HOTEL Situated along a wide stretch of sandy beach in landscaped gardens, Al Raha Beach Hotel is the ideal destination

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Venture a few hours west from the capital for a rural, coastal escape and unwind

AL MAHA DESERT RESORT Nature lovers will love the peaceful rolling dunes of this high-end sustainable hotel

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YAS VICEROY For a touch of luxury and style right in the middle of Yas Island, head to Yas Viceroy

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FEATURED RESORTS

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW

Want to get a real view? Book a 15 minute helicopter tour and see Dubai from the sky

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ATLANTIS, THE PALM The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai experience will be the greatest you will ever have

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ituated on the top of man-made Palm Island; Atlantis, The Palm has quickly become an icon of Dubai and a ‘must-see’ destination. Inspired by the ocean, everything about Atlantis is larger than life. Designed to exhilarate and destined to impress huge gilded doors open to reveal a world of imagination where experiences become precious life long memories. Atlantis was inspired by the idea of offering guests the greatest holiday experience they will ever have. Where people can reconnect in a fantastic world of splendour, exhilaration and discovery.

For those who like to unwind and soak up the sun the 1.4 km beach is just the place. Alternatively guests can relax beside either the Zero Entry child friendly pool or The Royal Pool. For those who like to be a bit more active Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium are the perfect ways to spend VRPHKROLGD\WLPH*XHVWVVWD\LQJLQ$WODQWLVEHQH¿WIURPXQOLPLWHG complimentary access to both attractions – just one of the main reasons thousands of people from around the world choose Atlantis as their holiday destination.

ACCOMMODATION GUEST ROOMS Atlantis, The Palm boasts 1,539 spacious guest rooms including 166 suites all accommodated within the Royal Towers. Each guest room is designed with subtle oceanic and Arabic influences, complete with spectacular views of the azure waters of the Arabian Sea or The Palm and magnificent Dubai skyline. 90% of our rooms are interconnecting. All our guest rooms are beautifully appointed and offer the comfort expected of a five star resort. Guests can choose from one of three room types; Deluxe, Ocean Deluxe and Palm Beach Deluxe, each offering a different view. Guests can give a preference for either a King size or two Queen size beds. This is subject to availability at the time of check in ATLANTIS SUITES The suites offer an additional level of

benefits, privacy, comfort and service. All of the hotel’s suites have a separate living area and balcony giving more space to relax or entertain. An interconnecting room (separate charge) gives the flexibility of adding an additional bedroom, perfect for larger families and groups travelling together. There are three Suite categories to choose from: Executive, Terrace and Regal

truly a unique experience where the bedroom and bathroom look into the mesmerising Ambassador Lagoon. The ultimate stay is of course the Royal Bridge Suite, the pinnacle of the resort. One of a kind it spans the arch which links the Royal Towers and offers unparalleled views of Palm Island, Dubai and the Arabian Sea.

IMPERIAL CLUB SUPER SUITES The seven Super Suites are the jewels in the hotel’s crown complete with a dedicated butler to look after guests’ every need. Each suite offers its own distinctive take on luxury and opulence. Guests can choose between the far reaching views offered by the Grand Atlantis Suites which sit at the top of each of the Royal Towers or the lavishly appointed Presidential Suites. Alternatively they can submerge themselves in the Underwater Suites –

Imperial Club is the perfect choice for guests seeking additional luxury and convenience through all the added value benefits. These include exclusive access to the Imperial Club lounge, complimentary full hot breakfast, all day snacks, afternoon tea and pre-dinner cocktails and canapés, a book and video library. Families with children between the ages of three and 12 years will get daily complimentary access to Kids Club between 10 – 6pm and a play area in the lounge itself.

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YUM YUM!

For a decadent experience, try one of the brunch deals at the hotel resort’s many restaurants

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RESTAURANTS & BARS Atlantis, The Palm has become a culinary destination, from family friendly to fine dining. 20 bars and restaurants each offer distinct flavours and themes. From globally acclaimed chefs such as Nobu Matsuhisa and Giorgio Locatelli, to the bold setting of Saffron, an Asian inspired buffet restaurant serving over 220 different dishes to Levantine, an authentic Lebanese dining experience with a belly dancer and shisha, there is something to suit every taste.

NOBU Atlantis, The Palm serves as the perfect venue for the first outpost of Nobu in the Middle East, the famed restaurant that world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa created to redefine Japanese cuisine. Incorporating Nobu’s signature dishes from the legendary black cod seared and served with sweet miso sauce to the yellowtail topped with thin slices of jalapeno, the menu is complemented by a sushi bar and wood burning oven.

OSSIANO The most elegant and romantic of all Atlantis restaurants, Ossiano offers contemporary cuisine inspired by the sea in a stunning setting in the underwater world of Atlantis. It is the perfect location for an intimate dining experience, with unmatched views into the marine habitat filled with live sharks and fish.

RONDA LOCATELLI Giorgio Locatelli creates a rustic, warm and inviting restaurant that blends the

charm of an Italian countryside with the modernity of Dubai. Authentic, classic Italian cuisine is blended seamlessly with new flavours using the freshest of ingredients. Traditional pizza is served hot from the brick-oven, as well as other favourite Italian classics.

ROSTANG Rostang, The French Brasserie offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a traditional style French brasserie. Menu items include the delectable signature ‘pate en croute’ and a lavish selection of oysters, prawns, mussels, crab claws and scallops on display in the raw bar adjacent to the kitchen and wine display. A French patisserie serves fresh homebaked pastries and breads for breakfast and speciality sandwiches throughout the day.

Dishes from cold and hot mezze and the shared meats off the grill add to the buzz of the Middle Eastern designed terrace space.

SAFFRON Adam D. Tihany integrates bold and contemporary design for Saffron, the resort’s modern, interactive buffet near the Conference Centre. The restaurant offers 20 theatrical live cooking stations with a variety of international cuisines and Asian specialities.

THE BURGER JOINT Located in The Avenues, The Burger Joint (TBJ) is a fun experience to enjoy burgers cooked to order using the highest quality ingredients- including wagyu beef and a unique BBQ sauce.

ASIA REPUBLIC SEAFIRE Seafire, winner of a ‘Best Steakhouse’ award, is a modern steakhouse and bar boasting an exceptional butchery, an open theatrical kitchen and a walk-in wine cellar with more than 4,000 bottles. An extensive menu features Seafire’s own brand of “Certified Atlantis” cattle from Australia, all prepared to order on a custom wood-burning grill and served with the finest sauces and side dishes.

LEVANTINE Levantine, with a panoramic show kitchen and elegant vibe, is distinctively Middle Eastern and is infused with an explosion of colours. Descend the stairs into Levantine for an atmospheric Arabian experience, accompanied by the dramatic Middle Eastern belly dancer.

Asia Republic offers guests a contemporary Asian dining experience. It draws inspiration from the cuisines of South East Asia, Korea and China. It is the ideal destination of a quick and modestly price meal.

KALEIDOSCOPE Kaleidoscope features a primarily Mediterranean menu with North African and Indian speciality dishes. An ideal setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a covered outdoor terrace provides vistas over the Royal Pool and The Palm.

CASUAL BITES The Edge and The Shore offer full poolside service for lunch or mid-day snacks. You can enjoy classic favourites for lunch or a quick snack at the Splashers’ Snacks in Aquaventure.

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SLIDE-TASTIC

Atlantis’ Aquaventure is home to the 27m Leap of Faith, the tallest waterslide in the Middle East

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FACILITIES AQUAVENTURE WATERPARK Non stop water, non stop fun Aquaventure Waterpark is the ultimate fun day out for the entire family, overflowing with 42 fun-filled acres of uphill water slides, rivers, rapids and a 700 m beach. For younger guests Splashers is the perfect playground with climbing frames, waterslides, rope bridges, water jets and a giant tipping water bucket. Unique to Aquaventure is its very own beach where guests can soak up the rays. With restaurants and refreshment kiosks throughout the park and so much to do it is easy to while away a whole day. Guests staying at Atlantis have complimentary access.

THE LOST CHAMBERS AQUARIUM The legend of Atlantis truly comes alive

amidst the intriguing passageways and tunnels of The Lost Chambers Aquarium. With over 20 marine exhibits to explore, containing over 65,000 aquatic animals, including piranha, giant arapaima, jellyfish and many more, Atlantis is home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the Middle East. The Ambassador Lagoon provides a window into the ruins of the ancient city of Atlantis, mesmerising guests as a stunning display of fish, sting rays and agile sharks gracefully glide through the relics of this lost civilisation.

MARINE ANIMAL ADVENTURES Boasting one of the world’s most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world, swimming with our dolphins is a truly memorable once in a lifetime experience. Opportunities range from

standing in shallow water to diving with these charismatic creatures. Guests staying in Atlantis will enjoy preferential rates for any interactions at Dolphin Bay. The Ray Feeding experience gives guest a hands-on encounter with the Cownose stingray or for a real thrill guests can snorkel or dive with the resort’s sharks. Alternatively the Shark Safari enables guests to experience how it feels to breathe underwater. Using a special helmet the safari takes place at the bottom of Shark Lagoon in amongst the sharks, sting rays and hundreds of colourful fish. No pre-training is required, and anyone over eight can participate in this very special Atlantis experience.

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GETTING THERE...

Follow signs for The Palm in Dubai, and Atlantis sits on the crescent at the far end

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FACILITIES SHOPPING – THE AVENUES Guests at Atlantis need not go to the world’s fashion capitals to shop in the finest luxury brand stores. From the latest fashion labels to luxury jewellry the shopping at Atlantis is second to none; brands include Chopard, Tiffany & Co, Lacoste, Levant and Porsche Design to name just a few. With boutiques selling a range of products including designer label fashions, beach attire, one-of-a–kind creations, cosmetics and children’s clothing and toys guests are spoilt for choice. Souvenir shops around the resort ensure guest can find trinkets and memorabilia to take home.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES Atlantis is synonymous with water so as you would expect there are endless ways for guests to enjoy the Arabian Sea. There are a wide range of watersports available including kayaks, pedal boats and sailing. Alternatively, guests can charter luxury yachts and let someone else do the work and just sit back relax. Whether guests are total novices or accomplished divers, they can enjoy a range of diving adventures at our PADI certified Dive Centre; from Discover Scuba to certification courses and diving expeditions. We also offer courses for children including Bubblemaker and PADI Seal Team. For those who prefer to spend at least some of their time on land there is

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a whole host of options. Guests can enjoy Heli tours of the city from our very own helipad, or use one of three hardsurfaced floodlit tennis courts.

ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION If it’s happening, it’s happening in Atlantis. Atlantis offers year round world renowned entertainment, including concerts and live performances from international music acts and worldclass DJs performing next to beach side restaurant Nasimi Beach or in N’Dulge our exclusive nightclub.

N’DULGE N’Dulge nightclub is the new nightlife concept at Atlantis The Palm. It consists of three areas which include the N’Dulge Arena which plays host to Club nights on Thursdays and Fridays, N’Dulge Lounge a partnership with world renowned restaurant Nobu combining club sophistication with culinary indulgence every night from 10pm and N’Dulge Terrace an al-fresco clubbing experience that offers amazing Dubai skyline views.

NASIMI BEACH Nasimi Beach has quickly established itself as the landmark beach venue in Dubai. Making the most of its beach front location guests can enjoy full food and drink service whilst soaking up the Dubai sun from fabulous cabanas and lounge beds. As the sun sets, resident and guest DJs work the crowd in a party mood.

Atlantis - The Palm

P.O. Box 211222, Dubai

Kerzner International Limited

(+971) 4 426 0000

SHUIQI SPA & FITNESS CENTRE A world of tranquility and rejuvenation ShuiQi Spa and Fitness is a place of serenity, opulence and pure indulgence, the perfect place to rejuvenate. Set over two floors within the Royal Towers of Atlantis, the Spa provides a sublime range of treatments, bathing options, traditional and water therapies. With his and her separate areas, every guest can find the ideal treatment or therapy to suit them. The state-of-the-art fitness centre and the hotel’s highly skilled personal trainers ensure guests can enjoy the extravagances of the resort whilst maintaining their fitness regimes.

KIDS’ & TEENS CLUBS Kids’ Club is designed specifically for children up to age 12, where every day is a new and exciting adventure with non-stop action through arts and crafts projects, climbing walls, underwater theatres and video gaming rooms. Club Rush offers teens from 13-18 years old, an exclusive parent-free hangout. A supervised club with the latest in digital gaming, a state-ofthe-art dance club with DJ booth, an alcohol-free bar that serves ‘mocktails’ and themed events running throughout the afternoon and evening. It is the perfect ‘chill out’ zone for a teenager!

BEST SUITED FOR…families who want a totally inclusive stay.

www.atlantisthepalm.com

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HIT THE TRAILS

Want to organise your own adventure? Tailormake your own trek and head off to explore the island’s delights

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DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA BY ANANTARA Sir Bani Yas island offers up a world of adventures and relaxation, for families and groups looking for unique experiences

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et on Sir Bani Yas Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers intrepid travellers a unique island escape inspired by natural beauty and indigenous wildlife. Explore the island’s hinterlands and watch graceful gazelles, Arabian oryx and cheeky hyenas make their way across the lush savannah. Discover a new passion with an array of recreational activities, ranging from mountain biking over rugged terrain, to snorkelling around bountiful reefs and kayaking through

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ACCOMMODATION Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara has a range of different options to suit all budgets and groups, making up its overall 64 keys.

ANANTARA SUITES The resort has two palatial 80 sq metre suites which sleep two in a master bedroom. Also features a separate living area, kitchenette, private balcony, terrazzo tub and rain shower. The suites are decorated with cool marble, hardwood IXUQLVKLQJVDQGWHUUDFRWWDĂ&#x20AC;RRUV

ONE BEDROOM ANANTARA POOL VILLA You want sumptuous? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got it, with a huge 120 sq m of immaculate FRQWHPSRUDU\0LGGOH(DVWHUQLQWHULRU design, the villa sits apart from the main resort for complete seclusion. It offers immense privacy for any couple looking for a complete escape to the wilderness of this beautiful island.

TWO BEDROOM ANANTARA FAMILY POOL VILLAS For those that need even more space (200 sq m), the resort has two separate two bedroom villas, complete with a kitchenette, indoor and outdoor dining space, private pool and walled gardens with an outdoor shower. Both villas back on to the beach for complete privacy.

DELUXE GARDEN ROOMS Experience the calm Arabian Gulf vistas, with your own private terrace, just steps DZD\IURPWKHLQÂżQLW\HGJHVZLPPLQJSRRO surrounded by the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lush tropical island gardens. The local Arab culture and heritage can be seen through the terracotta Ă&#x20AC;RRULQJDQGPDUEOHEDWKÂż[WXUHVLQHYHU\ room. Available as a king bed or twin 52 sq m room.

DELUXE SEA VIEW ROOMS Book one of 29 deluxe sea view rooms and be rewarded with a private balcony

overlooking the relaxing resort below. Sink into the rich Egyptian cotton in a king-size or twin bed. A mini bar and iPod docking station compliment the offering.

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GETTING THERE

<RXFDQQRZĂ&#x20AC;\WRWKH island with Rotana Jet airways, from Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi three times a week. Fares start at Dhs200

SIR BANI YAS STABLES The resort has opened a new riding stables for those wanting to explore the beautiful landscape on horseback. The stables has a range of hacks and rides to suit all abilities, from a slow trek on sandy shores to a journey under the Arabian stars. The horses are all highly trained and come from a variety of breeds from around the world. &KLOGUHQDUHDOVRFDWHUHGIRUZLWKJHQWOHSRQ\ULGHVLQ outdoor paddocks.

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RESTAURANTS & BARS AL SHAMS The resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool bar is open for light gourmet snacks, shisha and beverages with a family-friendly atmosphere.

location is cleverly lit at night to offer a romantic option. Please note Samak will be shut between July 17 and August 18 2012 for an upgrade. Outdoor barbeques will still be on offer.

SAMAK Indulge in zesty local seafood, prepared on an open grill and paired with an impressive beverage list. The poolside

THE LOUNGE Take in the dramatic views of the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning landscape at the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bar, where

you can share a nightcap or enjoy coffee, teas, mocktails and more.

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adrenaline kick, take to the mangroves in a kayak, learn archery, hit the rugged trails on a mountain bike or take to the calm waters sailing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or learn how to sail with a personal lesson!

GETTING THERE BE AT ONE WITH NATURE The beauty of a natural island comes to life at Sir Bani Yas. The islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural reserve offers so many unique experiences for those wishing to experince a real adventure. An array of excursions are available, for all ages, and for DOOOHYHOVRIÂżWQHVV View the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wildlife sanctuary either on foot or in a car. Spot gazelles, Arabian RU\[JLUDIIHVĂ&#x20AC;DPLQJRVDQGPRUH2QIRRW choose from a wadi walk, nature walk or a self-guided version behind the mangrove lagoon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; watch out for the wild giraffes! If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after a bit more of an active

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Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

dirs@anantara.com

Anantara Group, Hotels & Spas

Tel: (+971) 2 801 5400

www.desertislands.anantara.com

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DINING BY DESIGN Enjoy a tailor made romantic dinner amidst the golden sand dunes, and watch the sun set over the desert

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QASR AL SARAB DESORT RESORT BY ANANTARA Nestled into the UAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Empty Quarter, this stunning resort brings to life Arabic traditions and luxury hospitality

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intimate oasis of the Anantara Spa and experience perfect serenity at the delicate hands of the experienced therapists. The age-old Liwa desert is one of the most majestic and peaceful environments witin the UAE, and Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is the perfect base from which to explore, as gently or not as you please. Experience how the charm of age old traditions, combined with the luxury of modern facilities, restaurants and bars provides an incomparable Anantara experience, under the twinkling stars of the Arabian desert.

ACCOMMODATION Accommodation at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is split between rooms, villas, suites and a deluxe royal pavilion to make up 206 keys. DELUXE GARDEN ROOMS 7KHVHJURXQGĂ&#x20AC;RRUURRPVRIIHUGHVHUW views, and have private terrace or garden areas. Inviting Arabic design gives a sumptuous feel, whilst king-size or twin beds offer a luxury retreat with highthread count linen. DELUXE BALCONY ROOMS Private balconies offer guests in these XSSHUĂ&#x20AC;RRUURRPVGUDPDWLFGHVHUWYLHZV Sink into an oversized round bathtub big enough for two or enjoy a rain shower to wash away any aches and pains. DELUXE TERRACE ROOMS Enjoy everything from the other rooms but with a large outside terrace, with room for outdoor dining and day beds. The corner

URRPVHQMR\VTPHWUHĂ&#x20AC;RRUVSDFH POOL VILLAS Choose between one, two or three bedroom private villas, which each include their own plunge pool and come with a personal butler. Outdoor showers, a kitchenette and all modern conveniences make these rooms great options for families who need a bit more of their own space. ANANTARA SUITES Pick from one of 14 suites, which come with a palatial bedroom, separate living area and the option to connect a twin bedroom for families. A private patio with outdoor dining space, kitchenette, oversized bathtubs and rain showers all come as standard.

perfect for a wedding party, secluded dining event or executive retreat. The complex also features a dining room, traditional Majlis seating area, a meeting room and scenic courtyard. ALL ROOMS INCLUDE... Â&#x2021;)ODWVFUHHQ79ZLWK'9'SOD\HU Â&#x2021;0HGLDER[ Â&#x2021;)UHH:LÂż Â&#x2021;3HUVRQDO1HVSUHVVRFRIIHHPDFKLQH Â&#x2021;$SLOORZPHQX Â&#x2021;:RUNVWDWLRQ

THE ROYAL PAVILION Located one kilometre from the main hotel complex, the Royal Pavilion is the last word in privacy. Ten one bedroom luxury pool villas make up the Royal Pavilion complex,

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GETTING THERE

Qasr Al Sarab is two hours from Abu Dhabi. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to drive, the hotel can arrange a limousine transfer, which needs to be booked when you make a reservation

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RESTAURANTS & BARS AL LIWAN 7KHOREE\ORXQJHWDNHVRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;DYRXURI a Middle Eastern bazaar. Arabic coffee, pastries and famous dates from Liwa offer local taste sensations.

AL WAHA $O:DKDRIIHUVDOOGD\GLQLQJDQGIHDWXUHV a buffet with live cooking stations covering

international and Middle Eastern cuisine. Theme nights with local performance artists are also an attraction.

GHADEER The resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool side bar turns into a romantic retreat after dark offering local favourites and ethnic Mediterranean cuisine in an al-fresco setting.

SUHAIL Suhailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a rooftop bar and restaurant named after a star the Bedouins used to navigate through the desert. The sky today can be enjoyed in tranquil peace as \RXSDUWDNHLQÂżQHGLQLQJZLWKD)UHQFK twist. Exclusive degustation dinners and wine tastings can also be arranged privately in advance.

FACILITIES Kick back in the relaxing surrounds of the peaceful desert and do nothing. Laze around in the freeform pool, take a desert yoga class at sunrise, borrow a book from the well stocked library or if you are feeling a little more active, the resort has WHQQLVFRXUWVDQGDÂżWQHVVFHQWUHWRZRUN up a sweat. Children can be kept easily amused at the Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club, with suitable fun and educational activities and movies for both young ones and teenagers. And once the children are settled, head to the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spa. Inspired by the Empty Quarterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning oases, soothe your senses and cleanse your soul with a timeless ancient ritual, with products blended from local dates and other exotic ingredients. The spa is designed round a central Hamman, indulge in the centuries old cleansing treatment, whilst taking in the

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peaceful courtyards, refreshing fountains and hanging gardens.

DESERT ACTIVITIES The desert doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be still and tranquil. At Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to a huge range of sports. Head out on a desert safari or go dune bashing in one of the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4x4s or swap wheels for legs and head out on a camel trek. The resort offers family based camel rides, or romantic sunset versions, depending on your desires. If you prefer your own two feet instead, let some of the experienced guides take you RQDĂ&#x20AC;RUDDQGIDXQDWRXUWU\\RXUKDQGDW archery, like the ancient hunters of Liwa or enjoy a falconry display â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you might even get to help! And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all about the resort. Expeditions to Liwa Oasis can be organised, so you can experience the true Empty Quarter. Stop at six historic sites and farms,

including the incredible Mureeb Dune and ÂżQGWKHSRSXODUFDPHOUDFHWUDFN([SHUW guides reveal the history and secrets of this stunning region.

BEST SUITED FORâ&#x20AC;Śanyone who wants to get a feel for the UAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture and Bedouin traditions.

Anantara Qasr Al Sarab

Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi

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Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Tel: (+971) 2 886 2088

www.qasralsarab.anantara.com

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ADULTS ONLY

Al Maha is primarily an adult only resort, there are no organised activities for children and the hotel prides itself on the peace and serenity on offer

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AL MAHA DESERT RESORT Nature lovers will love the peaceful rolling dunes of this high-end sustainable hotel

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estled out in the rolling dunes of the Arabian desert, sits Al Maha Desert Resort, one of the most environmentally friendly yet luxurious getaways you could ask for. Private villas sit hidden amongst the pristine nature reserve which has been dedicated to preserving the Ă&#x20AC;RUDDQGIDXQDRIWKH8$( The sustainable and award-winning resort sits within the Dubai Desert Reserve, and it is based around the site of an ancient oasis, named after the Arabian oryx that make it their

home, which are otherwise known locally as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;al mahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Resembling an ancient Bedouin encampment this secluded, internationally-awarded hideaway resort offers personal and seductive experiences of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and hospitality, in absolute comfort. For a true Arabian adventure, nothing beats the perfect seclusion and expert guidance of Al Maha, each group of guests is assigned their own guide, who can book experiences, lead you on nature walks and drives and help you uncover the magic of the desert.

ACCOMMODATION The resort is only home to private suites, all of which come with their own sundeck DQGLQÂżQLW\SRRO BEDOUIN SUITES Relax in your king size bed, view the local wildlife with the handy binoculars in each room and indulge your inner artist with the in-room easel, should you feel inspired. These 75 sq m suites give you a perfect view over the dunes, watch gazelles frolick from your very own pool or sundeck, or order in-room dining. ROYAL SUITES For a more family escape, hire one of the two Royal Suites which, at 175 sq m, combine the richest comfort with an authentic ambience. Two spacious bedrooms and a large living area offer plenty of room for the whole family. EMIRATES SUITES For a more private retreat, one of two

(PLUDWHV6XLWHVKDVSOHQW\RIURRPIRUD large group of friends or a family, with two large bedrooms, a kitchen, living room as well as a dining area, courtyard and GHFN7KH(PLUDWHV6XLWHVDUHVHWIXUWKHU away from the main resort, and also can SURYLGHDFFRPPRGDWLRQIRUDQ\VWDIÂżQJ requirements that might be needed. PRESIDENTIAL SUITE 2QHRIWKHÂżQHVWDQGODUJHVWVXLWHVLQWKH 8$(WKHVTPVWXQQLQJO\OX[XULRXV three bedroom complex features opulent bathrooms, an inviting majlis complete with ZDWHUIHDWXUHDQGODUJHĂ&#x20AC;DWVFUHHQ79,WDOVR has quarters for any private staff, a kitchen, barbeque set up and a large outdoor pool DQGVXQGHFN,WDOVRLQFOXGHVFRPSOLPHQWDU\ spa treatments, desert picnics, personalised camel treks and more.

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ALL ROOMS INCLUDE Â&#x2021;3ULYDWHWHPSHUDWXUHFRQWUROOHGVZLPPLQJ pool (5 x 4 metres) with a wooden deck

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GETTING THERE

Al Maha is located on the Al Ain road, past Dubai Outlet Mall, DURXQGPLQVIURP downtown Dubai

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around the world. From delicious buffet breakfasts to a la carte evening meals, sunset cocktails and much more, The Restaurant can deliver whatever you are looking for.

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:DQWWRJHWFORVHUWRQDWXUH"7KHUHVRUWFDQ orgnise everything from intimate picnics to high end dining amongst the dunes, to make the most magical evening more memorable.

Relax in comfort of your own suite and secluded space, and order a romantic meal freshly prepared to your door, served in the privacy of your own suite.

Relax in the intimacy of a romantic meal, tailor made to suit your culinary desires on the private deck of your suite, the resort can tailor make menus to suit all diets.

FACILITIES On arrival to Al Maha Desert Resort, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be assigned a personal guide who can book and accompany you on the following:

indigenous to the Al Maha reserve, amateur biologists and botanists can test their powers of recognition in guided nature walks led by WKHUHVRUWÂśVÂżHOGJXLGHV

WILDLIFE DRIVES (DUO\PRUQLQJGULYHVZLOOWDNH\RXWKURXJK the rolling dunes on the reserve, giving you the chance to get up close and personal to some of the indigenous animals such as the Arabian oryx, hedgehogs, gazelles and many more.

DESERT SAFARIS For a thrilling adventure, a four-wheel drive Desert Safari can quickly transport you to some of the more isolated parts of the Al Maha reserve. For those that want to try out more Bedouin pursuits, the resort also offers Archery, falconry and camel trekking.

HORSE RIDING For a more active look at the landscape, saddle up and put one of the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arabian horses through its paces whilst exploring the desert dunes.

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DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T MISS Make sure you arrive with plenty of time before sunset. The resort organises a daily drink atop one of the many dunes just before sunset, so guests can make the most of their time in the desert. You can either take a camel or a 4x4 to capture that perfect moment on camera.

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GETTING THERE

Form Dubai stay on Sheikh Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi until you pass Shama City. Come off the main road after Al Raha mall, take a right and U turn

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AL RAHA BEACH HOTEL Situated along a wide stretch of sandy beach in landscaped gardens, Al Raha Beach Hotel is the ideal destination l Raha Beach Hotel is a five star boutique hotel dedicated to offering guests top-notch service, luxury and quality. It is a home away from home. Set in landscaped gardens along wide stretch of white sand beach, the palace-styled hotel is located on the Al Raha corniche, just a short drive of Abu Dhabi, 10 minutes from the International Airport and Yas Marina. With a secluded, peaceful location overlooking the Arabian Sea, guests are invited to relax, soak up the sun and enjoy the ample pleasures that the hotel has to offer.

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The hotel has become recognised as a perfect venue for hosting stunning weddings, VIP delegations, conferences and events, all complemented with the famous and unmatched Arabic hospitality in a sumptuous and peaceful environment; the Al Raha Beach Hotel ensures an unforgettable experience for everyone. The property is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a collection of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest independent luxury hotels, renown for their emphasise on style, service and personality.

ACCOMMODATION The hotel has recently undergone a massive expansion, increasing the offering by 144 beautifully designed rooms, all with views of the Arabian Gulf. The expansion brings together private villas, a landscaped garden and water features and a cascade.

THE DIPLOMATIC SUITE A luxurious 200 sq m private apartment style suite, with separate living, working and dining areas and a fully equipped kitchen. It also has its home own theatre system.

GRAND GULF ROOM THE ROYAL SUITE

SUPERIOR ROOM 65 sq m twin and King rooms that can sleep two adults and two children, with garden or city views.

GULF VIEW ROOM 55 sq m room, with either modern or Arabic dĂŠcor, King or twin beds. The bathrooms have Arabian Gulf views, and can sleep two adults and two children.

EXECUTIVE SUITE GARDEN/GULF VIEW Designed for the discerning business traveller, the 100 sq m suite includes a separate living room and guest bathroom, along with impressive technological capabilities.

for business travellers and holiday makers with solid wood furnishings, a moon shower, a wide private terrace overlooking the gardens and the sea.

For those that need a lot of room, the Royal Suite offers 400 sq m of luxury living. Two EHGURRPVIHDWXUHĂ&#x20AC;RRUWRFHLOLQJZLQGRZV whilst the bathroom has its own Jacuzzi. Separate dining, living and working areas are joined by a private Majlis. The hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand new rooms consist of:

A slightly larger room (66 sq m) offers a separate living space in a contemporary VW\OHZLWKYLHZVRIWKH$UDELDQ6HDĂ&#x20AC;RRUWR ceiling windows, and a monsoon shower.

AL RAHA SUITE Want to take the family? Hire the 176 sq m Al Raha Suite which features its own living room, dining room and kitchen, Jacuzzi and a state of the art entertainment centre.

BEACH GARDEN ROOM Contemporary 55 sq m rooms offer garden YLHZVZLWKĂ&#x20AC;RRUWRFHLOLQJZLQGRZVZLWKD private balcony.The high end bathrooms feature a monsoon shower.

GULF ROOM The 55 sq m Gulf room is designed

AL RAHA GRAND SUITE Still not enough? A 300 sq m suite with three bedrooms is the ultimate in a luxurious escape. Live like a king with your own dining room, living room, Jacuzzi and kitchen with four bathrooms, a walk in rain shower and more.

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RESTAURANTS & BARS Dine and explore the new and exciting outlets with outdoor terraces at Al Raha Beach Hotel.

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The restaurant offers a mouth-watering buffet and a la carte options throughout the day with peaceful views of the landscaped gardens.

This café offers delicious homemade pastries to indulge while sipping cups of coffee.

AZUR Taste unique Mediterranean delicacies from southern France, Italy, Greece and Spain, prepared and served at the live cooking stations, in surroundings inspired by the areas.

Enjoy a casual meal while relaxing by the pool deck.

The new outlets in the recent extension offer a unique experience with their three open kitchens, sushi bar, pre and post dinner bar and lounge.

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BLACK PEARL

Offering the best in Asian cuisine, tuck into fresh sushi and noodles or head to the teppanyaki grills with self cooking from unique and fun Korean Grills.

Relax at this trendy bar while humming along to tunes from the Arcadia band.

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This hotspot is the talk of the town. Grab your friends and head out for a night of fun.

Relax at this Cuban bar, overlooking the garden and pool. Combining Carribean warmth, the beautiful bar has an art-deco theme that overlooks the garden and pool.

Pamper yourself at the stunningly beautiful Body & Soul Health Club & Spa with a holistic body or beauty treatmentand rituals or head out to the ¿WQHVVFHQWUHWRVWD\LQVKDSHZLWKRQHRI the hotel’s own trainers. The health club facilities include:

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Children between the ages of three and 12 can head to the Gazelle Kids Club to find entertainment, games, sport activities and an outdoor kid’s playground. Birthday packages are also available at the kids club, just ask for more details.

Guests can relax at the new 900 metre temperature contolled pool or get a more vigourous workout while enjoying at the Al Raha Beach Hotel. The following feature are available at the Marina and exclusive to hotel guests.

Al Raha Beach Hotel

PO Box 38616, Abu Dhabi

Danat Hotels & Resorts

Tel: (+971) 2 508 0472/473

‡ Two outdoor infinity pools ‡ Indoor whirlpool ‡ Private beach ‡ Beach volleyball ‡ Water sports and activities ‡ Indoor squash courts ‡ Private marina & boating club ‡ Golf, access to the nearest golf courses (10 minutes drive) ‡ Team building activities ‡ Kids club and pool ‡ Explore Al Raha mall, handily situated next to the hotel

www.danathotels.com

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ARMANI HOTEL For an urban getaway, how can you beat Italian elegance in the tallest tower in the world?

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BAB AL SHAMS DESERT RESORT & SPA Nestled amidst the majesty and allure of the desert, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa offers a unique escape

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ab Al Shams literally means â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gateway to the sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and with itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arabic fort setting encompassing an oasis, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine somewhere further from Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skyscrapers and high rises. Only 40 minutes from the city, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect for a weekend escape, where you can take in the majesty and beauty of the natural desert landscape. The popular resort sees a mix of locals, families, groups of IULHQGVFRXSOHVDQGH[SDWVDOOĂ&#x20AC;RFNWRLWVEHDXWLIXOJURXQGVDOO\HDU round to experience the wonderful Arabic hospitality always on offer

at Bab Al Shams. From the moment you arrive youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be treated like royalty, whether you are or not! Combining shaded walkways and courtyards, with a sumptuous pool and lawn area, and the rolling dunes right on your doorstep, whether you want to bask in the midday heat, indulge in a romantic treat, or go adventuring amongst the sand, Bab Al Shams Desort 5HVRUW 6SDKDVLWDOOLWLVWUXO\DEHDXWLIXOÂżYHVWDUJHWDZD\QRW to be missed. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come back to the city renewed, refreshed and reinvigorated by your stay, no matter how short.

ACCOMMODATION The hotel has 113 rooms and suites, comprised as follows:

come with either pretty courtyard or desert views. Choose between double or twin beds.

THE ROYAL SUITE The hotel has four Royal Suites, which sit at around 80 sq m and can sleep two adults, a child under 12 and a child under three. Interconnecting rooms can be made available on request. Each has itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own private balcony or patio, and a few come with kitchens. Some suites have uninterrupted desert views, others face inwards towards landscaped gardens or the Palm Grove, which is a larger landscaped area within the resort. A separate Majilis seating area is adjacent to the bedroom. As well as all the facilities on offer with a standard room, the Royal Suites also have a guest WC and a walk in dressing room.

SUPERIOR ROOMS These second floor 33-37 sq m rooms

DELUXE ROOMS Ground floor traditionally decorated rooms come with their own private terrace or balcony and are approximately 47 sq m in size.

JUNIOR SUITES Over 70 sq m of space where you can enjoy your own sun terrace, dine al-fresco or entertain in the sitting/living area. All come with their own private balcony patio, facing either the desert or the Palm Grove.

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GETTING THERE…

From Dubai take the Al Ain road, take exit 37 and follow the signs for Endurance Village. The resort is 10km further on

GET ACTIVE The desert is the perfect playground and at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa there is everything that you could possibly want to do. Guests can book the following: ‡'HVHUWGULYH±KLWWKHUROOLQJGXQHV with one of the hotel’s experienced 4x4 drivers. ‡&DPHOULGLQJ±ULGHWKHVHµVKLSVRIWKH desert’ on your own expedition. ‡$UFKHU\±WDNHDLPDQG¿UHZLWK careful and experienced tuition. ‡)DOFRQU\±OHDUQPRUHDERXWWKH graceful birds of prey and this ancient Bedouin sport. ‡+RUVHULGLQJ±HQMR\WKHUHVRUW¶V excellent stables. ‡3HUVRQDOWUDLQLQJ±JHW¿WLQWKHPRVW spectacular location. ‡<RJD±UHJXODUFODVVHVWDNHSODFH outdoors with experienced instructors.

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RESTAURANTS & BARS AL FORSAN Al Forsan offers exquisite buffets and brunches. Overlooking the Arabian desert, it serves up a refreshing, friendly ambience for those who want to enjoy a buffet and Ă  la carte menu.

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AL SARAB Al Sarab is the perfect place for a sundowner with friends. Overlooking the Arabian desert, this two-storey rooftop lounge embraces a breathtaking view that boasts amazing vistas during sunset. The rich Arabian design in soft earth colours, provides a friendly setting for a night to remember. Shisha connoisseurs can enjoy WKHLUIDYRULWHĂ&#x20AC;DYRXUVLQDUHOD[LQJVHWWLQJ

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MASALA Experience India at a table in Masala. Enjoy authentic selections laced with spices and cooked from timeless recipes, whilst choosing between an intimate restaurant or the beautiful terrace.

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FACILITIES Complete your stay with a rejuvenating visit to the Satori spa. Unwind in luxurious comfort, in the hands of the skilled therapists at Bab Al Shams. The spa offers body treatments and rituals, PDVVDJHVDQGH[IROLDWLRQUHĂ&#x20AC;H[RORJ\ facials and hands and feet treatments.

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GETTING THERE... From Abu Dhabi

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DANAT JEBEL DHANNA RESORT Venture a few hours west from the capital for a rural, coastal escape and unwind jewel in the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s crown, Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort sits around 220 kilometres west of the city, overlooking the sparkling clear and calm waters of the Arabian Gulf. It’s secluded location between the pristine desert and the gentle coastline has seen the hotel remain popular ever since its opening. With 800 metres of private beach and generous Arabian hospitality, the resort’s stunning surroundings keep plenty of visitors

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returning again and again, whether for just a weekend getaway, romantic break or a full on family holiday. Small enough to keep that exclusive feel, each of the 109 rooms at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort faces the glittering Gulf and the spacious landscape really makes guests feel like they’ve had a real break from busy, fast-paced city living. Kick back, unwind and let the fantastic staff at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort take care of you.

ACCOMMODATION The 109 rooms, are split between rooms, suites and villas.

ROOMS & SUITES Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort’s main accommodation comes with a casual, beachfront style, complete with rich white linen and large baths. The modern and very comfortable rooms can afford both couples and families room to relax,

with twin and double beds available. Relax into soft, luxurious beds and choose a pillow from the in-room menu. Some of the rooms feature balconies.

VILLAS For those that have large families or who want a touch more privacy the resort also has six waterfront villas, each with an uninterrupted view of the sea.

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Escape to an unforgettable beach resort at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort

For an exciting getaway venture out to the Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, a beautiful five star beach hotel located amidst the spectacular desert landscapes of Abu Dhabi’s west coast. There’s plenty to do, whether that means sitting back and relaxing or trying something a bit different. Visit some of the UAE’s oldest inhabitants with a day trip to the Sir Bani Yas Wildlife Reserve or take advantage of the hotel’s health club facilities and bring out your sporty side with a game of beach volleyball, football, tennis or squash. For a more relaxing break make the most of the stunning setting and enjoy exclusive massage treatments offered in personal beachfront cabanas or simply kick back and unwind in the calm surrounding sea and 800 metres of peaceful private beach. For more information call +971 2 801 2222 or visit www.danathotels.com

Managed by Danat Hotels & Resorts a Division of National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels PO Box 12333, Jebel Dhanna, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates T. +971 2 801 2222 l F. +971 2 801 2333 l reservations.jebeldhanna@danathotels.com l www.danathotels.com


RESTAURANTS & BARS RESTAURANTS & BARS Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort has five food and beverage outlets.

TIDES All day dining is always popular at the hotel’s main restaurant, which offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with international and local dishes,

WAVES The pool bar offers delicious cocktails,

mocktails and bar snacks whether you decide to sit in, or next to the tempting warm waters of the Arabian Gulf. It’s a perfect place to while away a lazy summer afternoon.

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For more of an intimate experience, head to delicious Italian restaurant Zaitoun. You won’t be disappointed with its flair for much loved and traditional dishes and it’s yummy desserts!

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The hotel’s main lobby café offers teas, coffees, pastries and cakes as well as being a licensed bar in the evening, with live music.

FACILITIES Take relaxation to the next level at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort. For those who like to be active, there are plenty of sports to take part in, whether out of the water such as tennis, volleyball or squash or taking advantage of the resort’s watersports. The calm waters of the Gulf are perfect for people looking to try their hand at waterskiing,

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sailing, windsurfing or just getting out in one of the resort’s speedboats. If the heat’s got you beat, head indoors to the state of the art fitness centre. For those who want a bit more peace and quiet, why not explore the sauna and steam rooms and the resort’s massage facility? The hotel’s therapists can release stress a with their treatments, making sure you return home relaxed. If you want to explore the UAE’s unique heritage and landscape then there’s nowhere better than Sir Bani Yas Island, now a renowned wildlife and nature reserve full of local and exotic animals, and it’s only nine kilometres off shore. It can provide plenty of wild adventures for curious children and wilderness lovers alike.

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES Kids are well catered for at Danat Jebel Dhanna. From a kids playground to giant chess set, kids’ pool and other game facilities, the little ones will have hours of fun in the safe, clean resort.

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ADULTS ONLY

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DESERT PALM A polo-inspired boutique getaway just outside Dubai, the Desert Palm is a truly unique escape onveniently located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this luxurious retreat has been designed by Per AQUUM and overlooks lush green polo fields and is surrounded by vibrant palm trees, with the mesmerising Dubai skyline in the background. The small scale Desert Palm Retreat offers chic and modern accommodation, a touch of Arabia mixed with the avant garde, while the green surroundings will make even city lovers relax. The gorgeous backdrop is quite a sight with local rare birds

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to look out for and a clear skyline to watch the sunset. For those that love horses or polo, there’s nowhere better in the UAE, with four championship polo fields and a riding stables on your doorstep. Whether you are looking for a home away from home, an intimate weekend for two, a place to watch the polo or just a suite/villa to entertain family and friends in a rather upscale setting, Desert Palm Retreat, is perfect for adults looking for a unique and boutique break.

ACCOMMODATION The hotel has 38 suites and villas

PALM DELUXE ROOMS Six palm deluxe rooms of 45 sq m each are located of the top floor of the hotel and offer a private bar, Nespresso coffee machine, surround sound system and luxurious amenities with views of the pool and gardens.

PALM SUITES Ranging from 45-75 sq m, these suites overlook the retreat’s stunning polo fields and offer views of Dubai’s skyline.

POLO SUITES These luxurious suites, located on ground level, are approximately 75 sq m and provide easy access to the hotel’ swimming pool with a balcony overlooking the beautiful gardens and polo field. They also offer wheelchair access for less able guests.

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With 198 sq m, these one bedroom villas have a large indoor and outdoor living area with their own private swimming pool. The villa is made up of a living room, dining area and glamorous ‘sunken’ bedroom.

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VILLA LAYALI An exclusive two bedroom presidential villa with a total size of 585 sq m is a sanctuary in itself, surrounded by palm trees and greenery. The Arabian landscaped villa has an open-air courtyard with a large swimming pool, private sunbathing deck and outdoor entertaining area. An airy dressing room is also available in the Villa Layali.

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RESTAURANTS & BARS Explore cuisines while taking in the captivating views of the retreat.

RARE The award-wining international grill boasts a beautiful outdoor terrace that looks out to the polo fields as well as an indoor seating which is perfect for an intimate candle light dinner. Savour dishes such as Wagyu sirloin, venison loin and delicious decadent desserts while sipping some of the finest wines the retreat has to offer.

EPICURE GOURMET MARKET Situated near the infinity pool, the air-conditioned seating overlooking the polo field is ideal for the harsh summer temperatures. Tuck into a vast range of fresh juices, sandwiches, pastries, salads, pastas and mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas. Take-away products include cheese, mustards, preserves, chocolates and organic products.

JEWEL AFTERNOON TEA Served daily in the lounge and on the

terrace, watch Polo matches while indulging in the afternoon tea.

RED BAR AND LOUNGE Sip vintage grape, refreshing cocktails, international beers and blends, in a warm and cosy ambience with luxury furnishings in the casual lounge.

PRIVATE DINING Enjoy an intimate experience in the Rare private dining room with a special menu created by the executive chef.

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Abu Dhabi’s malls boast a world of choice to satisfy even the most intense shopaholic. Alternatively join in the traditional ‘bargaining’ trade method at Abu Dhabi’s souk (markets), and experience the bustling atmosphere.

Experience Abu Dhabi’s purpose-built arts exhibition centre on Saadiyat Island. It houses international galleries and brings the vision of this cutural island alive.

A place to breathe away from the hustle of city life, this Gary Player-designed golf course harnesses the stunning natural beauty of Saadiyat Island.

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See the White Lions of Sambona and the White Tigers ‘Sugar & Spice’, amongst an array of unique exhibits that epitomise a life of harmony with nature.

Explore the arid and beautiful Liwa Desert, experience the tranquillity of a night camping under desert skies, or scale the dramatic crests of the Empty Quarter’s vast dunes in an off-road adventure.

This superbly renovated fort was the birthplace of the emirates’ founding father and today is a cultural hub filled with tradition and a symbol of strength and power for the people.

Take home a piece of Abu Dhabi culture in the form of traditional handcrafted goods made by local Emirati artisans.

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Excitement and thrills are the name of the game at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park. Feel the 240 kmph adrenaline rush of the world’s fastest rollercoaster.

The ingenious Al Falaj irrigation system developed 3,000 years ago in Al Ain still channels groundwater to the thriving date-gardens of the oasis.

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ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL

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DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

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Try your hand at the traditional sport of falconry at the UAE’s first and largest falcon hospital which has offered sanctuary and recuperation to over 42,000 patients.

With striking architecture that mirrors its setting, you can take a step back in time at this majestic and mystical resort in the legendary Liwa Desert.

Explore nature’s majestic hilltops and wildlife whether walking, mountain biking, kayaking or on horse back. If you’re not in the mood to explore, simply lie back and enjoy Anantara Spa, or a shoreline infinity-edge swimming pool.

This island is a sanctuary for many different wild birds and mammals, including the endangered Arabian Oryx. It is also home to the UAE’s only Christian monastery archaeological site.

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Enjoy a truly authentic and traditional culinary experience at the city’s first Emirati finedining restaurant in Emirates Palace, one of the world’s most opulent hotels.

Relive history and retrace the footsteps of the emirates’ founding father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan by visiting his ancestral home.

Whether you’re into surfing, kite surfing, jet skiing or any water activity you can think of, you’ll find it here all year round at the wettest and wildest event in Abu Dhabi.

Taste the heritage that only a vast array of dates can provide at this traditional festival, which richly delivers on culture and has evolved into an epitome of folklore and style.

The lively, bustling market provides an opportunity to hear traders from all over the UAE bargaining with one another while admiring the merits of their prized animals.


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HILTON RAS AL KHAIMAH RESORT & SPA Hit the beach, relax by the pool, or get active in Ras Al Khaimah onveniently located within lush green and mountainous surroundings, in a private bay on the northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa, is ideal for a weekend getaway with family and friends. With breathtaking views of the tranquil Arabian Sea, six free form pools and a 1.5 kilometre stretch of white sandy beach and various fine dining outlets and bars, the hotel offers chalet style accommodations, suites and rooms.

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323 sq ft room with a king bed, a sofa and high speed internet access. The room can accommodate a maximum of two adults.

105 sq metre villa with a separate working area and dining table. Both bedrooms and the rest of the villa offers views of the sea, from the balcony or terrace and some include a Jacuzzi as well as other facilities. The villa accommodates a maximum of two adults and two children.

QUEEN HILTON DELUXE 301 sq ft room with two queen sized beds and high speed internet access. The room can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two kids.

DOUBLE QUEEN HILTON DELUXE Two queen beds with a desk and chair are available to enjoy the views of the pool or garden. The room accommodates a maximum of three adults or two adults and a child.

JUNIOR SUITE BEACH VILLA 570 sq feet chalet, with one king sized bed and a separate living room.

DBL KING DELUXE SUITE 904 sq feet suite with a large living room, two king sized beds and some have a balcony. The suite sleeps four adults.

KING DELUXE SUITE To ensure a luxurious stay, choose the 1173 sq feet suite, with a living room, one king sized bed, dining area and a balcony.

KING EXECUTIVE SUITE For more room for your family, book a 968 sq ft suite with views of the stunning Arabian sea. It includes a large living room and dining area, large bathroom with walk-in-shower and a Jacuzzi. The King Executive suite accommodates two adults and one child on an extra bed.

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This trendy beach bar offers delicious Mediterranean delicacies.

FACILITIES Make sure your stay at the hotel is complete by unwinding with at spa.

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KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ACTIVITIES While you enjoy the facilities, there is plenty for your kids to do as well. The Kidz Paradise club is a two floor indoor and outdoor play room, with different sections for kids of various age groups. The kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area is supervised at all times and has a stage for activities, kids pool with a slide, a nursery, garden and loads of games for children to enjoy.

GET ACTIVE The white sandy beach might be a perfect setting to watch the sunset, but at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa, there are so many other activities to get involved with. Make sure you stay fit and

healthy by trying out some of these fun, beach-side activities: Â&#x2021;6QRUNHOOLQJ Â&#x2021;:DWHUVNLLQJ Â&#x2021;:LQGVXUILQJ Â&#x2021;'LYLQJ Â&#x2021;6DLOLQJ Â&#x2021;%HDFKYROOH\EDOO Â&#x2021;6RFFHU Â&#x2021;:DWHUSROR Â&#x2021;%DGPLQWRQ Â&#x2021;7DEOHWHQQLV Â&#x2021;'DUWV BEST SUITED FOR...those who prefer a relaxing family break with a bit of beach-side adventure.

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa

PO Box 12298, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

ras-al-khaimah-resort@hilton.com

Al Maareedth Street,

Tel: (+971) 7 228 8844

www.rasalkhaimahresort.hilton.com

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Guests can also book tours of Fujairah city, ERDWDQGÂżVKLQJWULSV safari, mountain and coastal tours

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IBEROTEL MIRAMAR AL AQAH BEACH RESORT This Fujairah property is a hidden gem in the crown of the Eastern coast, perfect for a spot of diving

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ucked away on the east coast of the UAE, amongst the picturesque coastline and mountainous regions, Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort, managed by Iberotel, offers a luxurious treat for those looking for a peaceful stay in a heritage style ambiance. Located 45 km away from Fujairah city and only 90 minutes away from Dubai, the resort is deal for romantic walks on the sandy beach that surrounds it or a relaxing day by the pool while admiring the iconic Hajar mountains that form the backdrop.

Consisting of low-rise Arabesque buildings, the resort combines traditional and modern day amenities and activities that include an indoor pool â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perfect for those extreme temperatures in summer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DUFKHU\ZLQGVXUÂżQJEHDFKYROOH\EDOODQGYDULRXVRWKHUDFWLYLWLHV Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also plenty of diving and snorkelling opportunities off the fabulous Fujairah coastline. So, whether you are looking at soaking up the sun, long walks on the beach or simply relaxing in a heritage style setting, Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort is worth heading out to for a weekend break.

ACCOMMODATION The hotel has 321 rooms and suites, with almost all facing the ocean.

SUPERIOR ROOM The hotel offers 191 superior rooms that are approximately 34 sq m. Each room has its own private balcony and the option of choosing either a queen bed or a twin bed. Two superior rooms are available for guests with special needs. Each room has a large bathroom with stunning facilities and sumptuous toiletries.

DELUXE ROOMS 90 deluxe rooms are available in the hotel. This room is perfect for families as two sleeper sofa beds can be added to one queen bed or one twin bed.

AL QASR SUITE

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This luxurious 84 sq m suite has a 73 square m terrace and comes with a swimming pool, to make sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to leave your room at all.

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AL BAWADI SUITE The 84 sq m suite offers one queen bed, a separate sitting area, desk and other additional facilities.

AL RAWDA SUITE The suite that is approximately 81 sq m, comes with a 23 sq m terrace, separate sitting area, television with satellite channels, a video-game console, complimentary newspapers for those who want to stay up-to-date with the world and the regular room amenities.

EXECUTIVE SUITE 20 executive rooms are available in the hotel and include a bedroom and living area that is separated with a light partition for extra privacy.

AL DHOW SUITE This 49 sq m suite has additional sofa beds and a nine sq m terrace, with amazing views to soak up.

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GETTING THERE...

From Dubai or Abu Dhabi, go through Sharjah and take the Kalbaa Road to Fujairah City. In Fujairah City, go straight and take a left at the last roundabout to Khor Fakkan. The hotel is around 15kms from Khor Fakkan and is signposted from there

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RESTAURANTS & BARS Complete your hotel stay by discovering the outlets and cuisines at Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort.

LOBBY BAR TERRACE

MAMMONE ITALIAN RESTAURANT

For an intimate evening, head down to lobby bar terrace for shisha and drinks while nibbling on canapĂŠs.

The hotels signature restaurant is perfect for al-fresco dining on the terrace. The all-day dining restaurant offers an international buffet breakfast and serves different cuisines for lunch every day.

SENSASIA

Feast on authentic specialties from the region that include creamy pastas, lasagnas and fresh salads, or share a pizza before heading out to one of the hotels trendy bars or the club.

Enjoy contemporary Asian fusion cuisine while sitting out on the terrace.

BAHARI BEACH BAR

AL MOLTAQA

Cool off after relaxing by the pool, at this trendy pool bar. Surrounded by a comfortable shaded area, the bar serves drinks and delicious snacks to keep you refreshed and energised.

AL MAJLIS

The lounge and lobby bar serves Arabic and Oriental dishes and is perfect for sundowner drinks on the terrace to take in the views.

CORLIONIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S POOL BAR AND RESTAURANT

Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done using all the facilities at the hotel, relax in the cool shaded area at the Bahari Beach Bar and enjoy various VKLVKDĂ&#x20AC;DYRXUV

BLISS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FUN PUB / DISCOTHEQUE Grab your friends and head down to Bliss, to dance the night away.

FACILITIES Relax and rejuvenate your senses at the Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort Wellness & Spa Centre. The tranquil spa offers body treatments and facials and is ÂżOOHGZLWKH[RWLFDURPDVDQGHVVHQWLDORLOV to make sure you go home stress free and relaxed and offers.The Wellness Centre facilities include: Â&#x2021; Gym Â&#x2021; Indoor pool Â&#x2021; Ladies and gents locker room Â&#x2021;-DFX]]L Â&#x2021; Steam bath Â&#x2021; Sauna

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Â&#x2021; Facials Â&#x2021; Massage treatments

guests can try out the following hotel amenities:

KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ACTIVITIES

Â&#x2021;7ZRĂ&#x20AC;RRGOLJKWWHQQLVFRXUWV Â&#x2021; Multipurpose court Â&#x2021; Archery Â&#x2021; Beach volleyball court Â&#x2021; Garden chess Â&#x2021; Large open air amphitheatre Â&#x2021; Billiard room Â&#x2021; Water sports & windsurf centre

While you revitalise your body and mind at the spa, let your kids enjoy some fun at the -D\ÂśV7KH)XQN\&DPHONLGVÂśFOXEDQGEH entertained with the fun and educational programmes and daily activities. Sporty kids can play matches at the indoor and outdoor play courts or splash around the shaded swimming pool.

BEST SUITED FOR... for those who like GET ACTIVE! At Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort & Spa,

to relax while taking in the beautiful natural East coast landscape.

Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah

PO Box 5218, Fujairah, UAE

reservations@iberotel.ae

Beach Resort

Tel: (+971) 9 244 9994

www.jaztravel.com

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BURJ AL ARAB The world’s only seven star hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Why not book a meal at one of its many restaurants?

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JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT The wave-inspired hotel has long been a favourite with families for a getaway

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umeirah Beach Resort has been an iconic addition to the Dubai skyline for many years and it sits in pride of place of many familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hearts for a holiday within the UAE. A full on beach UHVRUWWKHH[SDQVLYHJURXQGVLQFOXGHÂżYHVZLPPLQJSRROV VL[WHQQLVFRXUWVDGLYLQJFHQWUHWKDWRIIHUV3$',FHUWLÂżFLDWHV a purpose built coral reef just off the coastand a range of

executive lounges and kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clubs suitable for both families and couples wanting a romantic break. For every taste sensation, the resort has a restaurant option, or if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just sophisticated drinks youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after at sunset, then hit one of the many bars which have amazing views of the Burj Al Arab hotel, sat next door.

ACCOMMODATION OCEAN DELUXE ROOM This 50 sq m room can sleep three adults, or two adults and two children under 12. It has a separate bath and shower and views of the Arabian Gulf. These rooms can also come with a private balcony as a further option.

OCEAN CLUB SUPERIOR ROOM These open plan rooms can also sleep two adults and two children under 12. It also features a rain shower and an indulgent vanity area. Those with children will get access to the Premium Leisure Club, the Club Executive Pool, daily cocktails and canapĂŠs and more.

an added living room and your own sun terrace.

a dining room for four people, a bar counter and ocean views throughout.

OCEAN SUITES

BEIT AL BAHAR

Book more room with the family with these one, two or three bedroom options, which come with your own sun terrace and all the DGGHGEHQHÂżWVRIWKH&OXE([HFXWLYHDQG Premium Leisure lounges.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel also has private villa options, away from the main hotel which have exclusive use of the Majlis tents. They also come with a private plunge pool and their own garden, with one or two bedroom options. Designed around a Bedouin style if you want a bit or romance these are for you.

BEACHCOMBER SUITE These options sit away from the main hotel, closer to the pools and come with their own kitchenette, two bedrooms and a sundeck.

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE OCEAN CLUB EXECUTIVE ROOM Enjoy breakfast in bed as a complimentary service with one of these rooms, as well as a priority check in or out, access to the Premium Leisure Club and Club Executive Lounge.

Spread across two levels with this expansive suite, which comes with its own bar area, separate living and dining areas and one bedroom, which can sleep three adults or two adults and two children under 12.

OCEAN JUNIOR SUITE

ROYAL OCEAN SUITE

7KHVHVXLWHVKDYHDOOWKHDGGHGEHQHÂżWV of the Executive Rooms but come with almost double the space, at 105 sq m and

For a romantic break for two, take a look at this large scale suite which is designed for couples in mind, with one en-suite bedroom,

ALL ROOMS INCLUDEâ&#x20AC;Ś Â&#x2021; Cable/satellite television channels Â&#x2021; Hair dryer Â&#x2021; Air conditioning Â&#x2021; Minibar Â&#x2021; Housekeeping Â&#x2021; Turndown service Â&#x2021; Bathrobes Â&#x2021; Complimentary toiletries Â&#x2021; Access to a fully equipped gym Â&#x2021; Access to Wild Wadi Waterpark Â&#x2021; Access to Sinbadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kids Club for children aged 0 to 12 years old Â&#x2021; Wireless Internet access throughout the resort

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ENJOY BRUNCH Take the kids to Latitude or Beachcombers for an all you can eat and drink extravaganza. Plus thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loads of entertainment for the little ones

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RESTAURANTS & BARS LA PARILLA

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WATERFRONT

La Parilla is an award-winning South American steakhouse offering live tango.

A classic English pub with live sports.

A healthy cafĂŠ serving smoothies, juices and healthy options for all mealtimes.

GO WEST VILLA BEACH With exposed wood beams and a beachside location, Villa Beach offers a place of quiet relaxation.

All the excitement of a wild west saloon, with the hospitality of the Middle East.

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LA VERANDA

The signature stylish al-fresco bar cum club is undergoing an extensive redesign and will be re-opened in September 2012.

BEACHCOMBERS

Casual dining can be found here as you overlook Dubai Marina.

MAHIKI

A Far Eastern infused buffet down on the sand, Beachcombers is perfect for families.

LATITUDE

Mahiki attracts the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful people with its mix of party tunes and signature drinks.

CARNEVALE A new Italian option, Carnevale offer intimate surroundings and classic dishes.

The hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all day dining buffet option is popular with families, especially for a Friday brunch with plenty of kids activities.

UPTOWN BAR The hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bar with a view, head here for a gaze down Jumeirah Beach Road after dark.

PALM COURT DER KELLER Hearty German food awaits you.

The hotel lobby cafĂŠ, sit and people watch whilst sipping gourmet teas and coffee.

OCEAN BAR / POOL BAR

a Jacuzzi, steam room and plunge pool. &KRRVHEHWZHHQDURPDWKHUDS\UHĂ&#x20AC;H[RORJ\ shiatsu, Swedish and sports massage or a variety of beauty treatments.

KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ACTIVITIES

Sip drinks by the two casual pool bars.

FACILITIES Jumeirah Beach Resort is home to any number of activities for all ages. Get active at the Pavilion Sports Club, a purpose built two storey building by WKHED\LWKDVTXDOLÂżHGVWDIIRQKDQGWR help no matter whether you want tennis, squash, watersports or more. The Pavilion Marina is the place to berth your yacht or charter one to head out on the sea. Take a break from sunbathing with the popular spa, which features two saunas, two massage rooms, three hot tubs,

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WILD WADI Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite waterpark is situated within the grounds of the resort, with free access for guests. Be whirled round some of the most adrenaline-inducing rides, bob along on a rubber ring taking in the view. The whole family will love it.

Sinbads Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club is a huge indoor/ outdoor area where kids can play, chill and swim in a safe and fun environment which meets international child care standards. And teenagers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t left out by any means. The Hub is the place for 11 WR\HDUROGVWRVRFLDOLVHJHWÂżWKDQJ out with videogames, music and activities.

BEST SUITED FOR...family escapes close to home.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah, Dubai

jbhinfo@jumeirah.com

Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

Tel: (+971) 4 348 0000

www.jumeirah.com

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WILD WADI

As with all Jumeirah hotels, you will get free access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark with any booking. Perfect to treat kids to a splash about

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JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY For an indulgent, Middle Eastern inspired getaway on The Palm, Jumeirah, try this recent addition

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itting on the Western Crescent of The Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray brings an exotic, luxurious touch to Dubai. A â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;culturally-inspiredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; destination, the hotel features hand painted frescoes, Turkish artworks and lavish murals to FRQMXUHXSWKHPDJQLÂżFHQFHRIWKH*ROGHQ$JH7KHKRWHOLV also famed for its imperial hospitality experiences which bring

to life all the best things about the Middle Eastern region. 7KHKRWHOKDVDPDJQLÂżFHQWIHHOLQJVDWEHDFKVLGHZLWKYLHZV of Dubai Marina, whilst itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centrally located enough for visitors to the city to enjoy a whole raft of pursuits, from shopping at the local malls, to exploring the water parks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll receive free access to Wild Wadi, with any booking.

ACCOMMODATION 405 rooms and suites and 38 residences make up the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

SUPERIOR ROOM A 40 sq m with double bed sits in a Turkish themed interior with oversized marble bath and luxury Asprey amenities.

DELUXE KING The Deluxe King room sleeps two and offers a private balcony, sumptuous Ottoman inspired dĂŠcor and a separate rain shower and oversized marble tub.

JUNIOR SUITE

GRAND DELUXE DOUBLE

A large 66 sq m room offers plenty of style and comfort with rich Turkish furnishings.

to be. Thoroughly modern too, the one or two bedroom suites come with all the latest technology.

TWO BEDROOM SUITE

ROYAL SUITE

Two large bedrooms are available with a large balcony overlooking the Palm Jumeirah. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re furnished with regal antiques, lavish fabrics and wonderful marble bathrooms.

$WVTPLWÂśVIDLUWRVD\WKH*UDQG Imperial Suite is pretty grand! With its own entrance, it has large separate living and dining room areas, state of the art media systems and stunning views.

IMPERIAL ONE OR TWO BEDROOM SUITES

RESIDENCES

Two double bedrooms make up this 56 sq m room that comes with private balcony, and all modern facilities like an iPod dock and 42 inch TV.

DELUXE FAMILY ROOM/GRAND DELUXE FAMILY ROOMS *HQHURXVURRPIRUDOOWKHIDPLO\ZLWK these two bedroom, two bathroom 60 sq PRIIHULQJV7KH*UDQG'HOX[HYHUVLRQ sits at around 80 sq m. Both come with private balconies.

Dark wood, high ceilings and luscious antiques mean these suites are the place

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GETTING THERE Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is located on the Western Crescent of The Palm Jumeirah, head down the main road and follow the signs

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RESTAURANTS & BARS AL NAFOORAH The second highly acclaimed restaurant from this Lebanese chain offers a wide range of mezze, grills and traditional desserts and sweets which bring to life Middle Eastern cuisine. Arabic music and live performances are hosted every day of the week.

evokes the spirit of the Ottoman empire in a grand setting.

PLAJ Casual beachside affair suitable for all the family for snacks and drinks.

VOI Sophisticated Voi conjures up French &RORQLDODQG9LHWQDPHVHÂżQHGLQLQJIRRG whilst the restaurant brings the glamour of the 1920s in the Far East, to Dubai.

SULTANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LOUNGE

AMALA

IMPERIUM

VODA BAR

(PEUDFH1RUWK,QGLDQĂ&#x20AC;DYRXUVDW$PDOD a high end Indian restaurant that focuses on Tandoori specialities, biryanis and Mughalai curries.

The hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all day dining restaurant is an elegant affair with crystal chandeliers and gilded columns. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to keep coming back for more.

A sophisticated high end lounge with its own sushi bar, Voda Bar is a place where the party gets started.

LALEZAR

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A casual healthy cafĂŠ attached to the spa, perfect for a post detox smoothie.

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TALISE OTTOMAN SPA

SELIMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CLUB

The wonders of the Ottoman empire have been brought to life through the ornate and immense spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The Turkish inspired spa and hamman is the focal point of this complex as it continues in the tradition vein of also being a social place to meet. The spa is decked out in dark woods and marble and can ease away any tension with its wonderful selection of therapies and treatments, full of the aromas of the Orient. The spa can host men and women and also has a range of VIP suites.

For children over the age of four, the Selimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club offers supervised activities that are bursting with fun. The club runs from 10am-6pm daily and offers both indoor and outdoor fun and games, movies, dancing and arts and crafts. Children just need to turn up to join in anytime. A babysitting service is also available for a charge.

The hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lobby lounge spares no effort to wow you with amazing pastries and bespoke teas.

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FACILITIES Whether you want to hit the pristine beach on The Palm or drift about in the huge LQÂżQLW\SRRORUKLWWKH-DFX]]LV-XPHLUDK Zabeel Saray is the perfect spot for some luxurious relaxation. Kids also have their own shallow pool. For the more active, there are two Ă&#x20AC;RRGOLWWHQQLVFRXUWVDQGDVWDWHRIWKH art gym, which is powered by LifeFitness, allowing you to keep up with your social networking, news, and music whilst you work out with next generation cardio machines. Trainers are also on hand.

CONTACT

BEST SUITED FORâ&#x20AC;Ś families who want a touch of the exotic here in Dubai.

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Western Crescent, The Palm Jumeirah

reservations@jumeirah.com

Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

Tel: (+971) 4 453 0000

www.jumeirah.com

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AL-FRESCO ITALIAN 7U\%UXQHOORÂśVPRGHUQ take on delicious Italian classics, during the winter on the terrace

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KEMPINSKI THE PALM Five star, European inspired luxury is now all yours on The Palm Jumeirah

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he most recent addition to the prestigious Kempinski chain, the Kempinski The Palm sits on the edge of the western crescent of The Palm Jumeirah. A sprawling, elegant FRPSOH[WKHUHVRUWFRPELQHVÂżYHVWDUOX[XU\ZLWKDEHDFK UHVRUWYLEHWRRIIHUDXQLTXHKROLGD\WKDWÂśVVXLWDEOHIRU families as well as couples. 7KHHPSKDVLVLVYHU\PXFKRQSHUVRQDOLVHGVHUYLFH DQGWKHKRWHOVÂśVWDIIZLOOWDLORUPDNHHDFKVWD\EDVHGRQ\RXU UHTXLUHPHQWVZKHWKHU\RXMXVWZDQWWRNLFNEDFNDQGUHOD[RQWKH

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GETTING THERE...

Kempinski The Palm is located on the western crescent of Palm -XPHLUDK)ROORZWKH signs on the main road onto The Palm and then follow the signs

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RESTAURANTS & BARS BRUNELLO ,QVSLUHGE\DQ,WDOLDQSDOD]]R%UXQHOOR brings the best of modern and authentic Italian cuisine to life, with buffet breakfast, a la carte lunches and succulent specialities for dinner.

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MEYDAN IMAX

The complex is now home to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second IMAX theatre, a cinema ten times bigger than a normal cinema screen

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THE MEYDAN HOTEL A destination hotel at the site of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most expensive and glamorous horse race

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tanding proud amidst one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most glamorous cities, The Meydan is a destination hotel in itself. Spectacular architecture, a groundbreaking racecourse and an electric atmosphere make it an exciting place to be throughout the year. Home to the Dubai World Cup every March, The Meydan has the capacity and the experience to host events on a grand and global scale all year round. Welcoming people from the worlds of business, sport and society through its doors every day, it makes each and every guestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stay a

memorable one, with wonderful views of the Dubai skyline. The Meydan is a true destination hotel and offers a myriad of iconic meeting venues ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. Unique in every sense of the word, the hotel offers a wide range RIOHLVXUHDFWLYLWLHVIURPKRUVHULGLQJWRWHQQLVÂżWQHVVFODVVHVDQG yoga; it won the Middle Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading sports resort award at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Travel Awards, so is perfect for anyone looking for PRUHRIDQDFWLYHJHWDZD\$QGRIFRXUVHWKHUHÂśVDOZD\VWKHLQÂżQLW\ pool to chill out by afterwards.

ACCOMMODATION The Meydan Hotel comprises 284 rooms and suites, from 57 to 370 sq metres.

PDUEOHĂ&#x20AC;RRUVDQGKDQGFUDIWHGFDUSHWV that each have their own private balcony overlooking the racetrack.

PRESIDENTIAL MEYDAN SUITE This sumptuous 320 sq metre suite features two spacious bedrooms, a living room, bathrooms with Jacuzzi and butler service. It can accommodate four adults, or two adults and two children. The seperate dining room can also seat eight. There are eight of these suites available. The elegant furniture hides top of the range technology such as high tech TV monitors in every bathroom and an LCD plasma television with JBL 5.1 surround sound. It also features a free soft drinks mini bar, free wireless high speed internet, airport transfers and 24 hour in-room dining services.

GRAND DELUXE BALCONY ROOMS There are 255 Grand Deluxe Balcony Rooms with authentic Arabic dĂŠcor with

PANORAMIC SUITES Want to watch all the racetrack action from your bathtub? Well in the 18 panoramic suites you can. Entertain your guests with the in-built welcome area with bar, which comes with complimentary soft drinks. Each room can sleep two adults and two children under 12.

PRESIDENTIAL DUPLEX SUITES Get a home from home feel with the elegant, two level Duplex suites, of which the hotel has two. Both come with a racetrack view and a dining and entertaining area, perfect for hosting friends or business associates. The rooms also include butler service and complimentary airport pick up.

LADIESâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; FLOOR Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, The Meydan features an entire

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GETTING THEREâ&#x20AC;Ś

from Sheikh Zayed Road or Al Khail Road, take the exit onto Al Meydan Road and follow signs for Meydan and Nad Al Sheba

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RESTAURANTS & BARS The Meydan Hotel has seven bars and UHVWDXUDQWVSHUIHFWIRUÂżQGLQJZKDWHYHU suits your palette.

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Sit and watch the world go by, in this popular but calm spot, with views of the Racecourse. A cafĂŠ style menu is available.

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FACILITIES The destination hotel features a stunning rooftop pool, from which you can overlook the racetrack from your lounger. Want to be more active? Hit the multisex gym, or get involved with a range of ÂżWQHVVFODVVHVLQFOXGLQJ\RGDDQGDLNLGR The hotel also features a spa which offers a range of massages, from aromatherapy to Indian head massage as well as more sports-injury and deep tissue options for those that need more practical WKDQSDPSHULQJKHOS)DFLDOVERG\ZUDSV and deluxe packages are also on offer for those who want to make a day of it. Meydan is primarily aimed at adults, so there are no kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities or clubs based permanently at the hotel.

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DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T SIT STILL Meydan maybe next to race course, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of sports to get involved in other than horse racing. Make the most of the great outdoors with activities available from 8am till late. Rent a bike, try Blokart sailing or a trike bike or simply gather friends around the net for a game of volleyball or badminton. Whatever your style, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to get sporty!

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RETAIL THERAPY

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ONE TO ONE HOTEL- THE VILLAGE, ABU DHABI For a central, beautiful boutique hotel, stay in the capital, look no further

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ocated in the heart of Abu Dhabi, within easy distance to the centre of the bustling capital of the UAE, this elegant boutiquestyle hotel caters to both business and leisure clientele and offers a full menu of services, with every guest in mind to ensure an enjoyable stay any time of year, in a tranquil and unique garden setting. Made up of 127 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites to suit both business and leisure travellers, One to One Hotel- the Village offers guests all the amenities and services needed to create a

home-away-from-home ambiance, plus children are also made to feel at home in this inclusive and family-friendly escape. Centrally located, use the hotel to explore the wonders of Abu Dhabi, from strolling along the Corniche, only minutes away, to indulging in a little shopping and pampering amongst the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s malls and boutiques. One to One Hotel- the Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature services are enhanced by exceptional attention to detail provided by the talented staff who understand each guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; individual needs.

ACCOMMODATION The hotel is split between 87 rooms and 40 suites.

welcoming living space, king sized bed and have a private terrace. These 12 rooms sit at 39 sq m each.

STANDARD ROOMS The hotel has 15 standard rooms measuring 25 sq m each, and they have a refreshingly contemporary light and airy setting with a single bed, walk-in shower and direct access to the swimming pool.

DELUXE SUITES The 16 deluxe suites also have a luxurious living room area and a dining area which can seat four comfortably. These beautifully appointed suites spread over 46 sq m and offer a very comfortable stay.

SUPERIOR ROOMS There are 13 superior rooms which each offer 30 sq m, each includes a king sized bed, working desk and walk in shower.

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The 60 Deluxe provide the option to choose between a double and a twin room, as well as a shower, bath or both DQGJDLQPRUHĂ&#x20AC;RRUVSDFHZLWKVTP per room.

The showpiece of the One to One Hotel, The Village, these suites are spread over 62 sq m, with opulent living space and extensive amenities. Each suite has a large bedroom with a king-size bed, a bath tub and a separate living / dining unit with a sevenpiece sofa, chaise longue and dining table for four. These have also been adapted for the needs of physically challenged guests.

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Â&#x2021; In-room safe

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Â&#x2021; Tea and coffee making facilities Â&#x2021; Bathrobes and slippers Â&#x2021; 32-inch LCD television with satellite channels Â&#x2021; Mini bar Â&#x2021; Turndown service Â&#x2021; Hairdryer Â&#x2021; IDD telephone Â&#x2021; High-speed Internet connection Â&#x2021; Working desk with multi-plug connectivity Â&#x2021; Wake-up service Â&#x2021; Individual temperature-controlled air-conditioning

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GETTING THERE

The hotel is located just off Al Salam Street, only minutes away from the centre of the capital

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RESTAURANTS & BARS An all day buffet and a la carte option, Resto offers a lively and modern dining experience with international cuisine.

IXUWKHUWKDQ6HQQDUD7KHÂżVKLVFDXJKW fresh by Mr Hanna and you can experience local live entertainment every Tuesday to Friday.

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Enjoy Asian blended teas and delicacies in the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tranquil atmosphere.

,QGXOJHLQWKHVXPSWXRXVĂ&#x20AC;DYRXUVRI6RXWK East Asia at Wokcano, where distinctive Ă&#x20AC;DYRXUVRI$VLDDUHVKRZFDVHGWKURXJKWKH talented hands of the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chinese chef.

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OUTDOOR GARDEN (QMR\\RXUIDYRXULWHVKLVKDĂ&#x20AC;DYRXUDORQJ with mocktails and teas whilst you watch live sports or gather for a chat in the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secluded garden.

FACILITIES FACILITIES This conveniently located hotel isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just the place to stay if you want to explore the wonders of the capital, but it has a range of facilities that will help you to relax without even leaving the property. The hotel features a fully equipped gym, steam room and sauna as well as a Jacuzzi. It also offers aerobics, dance and martial arts classes for those that want to get physical, with special classes for kids. The hotel also has the Village Spa to ease tired muscles and offers traditional Thai treatments as well as a range of

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massages and body treatments like the wonderful detoxifying body scrub.

KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ACTIVITIES The hotel is also very child friendly and runs plenty of activities which will keep little ones amused whilst you chill out. Swimming classes, dance classes and more can be organised whilst the Pirates Club offers pony rides, face painting and balloon animals. Kids wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to come home! If you want to indulge in the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yummy brunch on a Friday then kids will also get to meet and greet their favourite Disney characters.

The hotel also offers the following services: Â&#x2021; 24-hour business centre with full secretarial assistance and wireless/cable high-speed Internet connections Â&#x2021; Multilingual staff Â&#x2021; Valet parking service with free parking spaces Â&#x2021; Car rental booking services Â&#x2021; Babysitting services on request Â&#x2021; Doctor on call Â&#x2021; 24-hour security Â&#x2021; Currency exchange Â&#x2021; Airport transportation Â&#x2021; Baggage storage

Al Salam Street

Abu Dhabi, UAE

info.thevillage@onetoonehotels.com

PO Box 128967

Tel: (+971) 2 495 2000

www.onetoonehotels.com/thevillage.php

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DIBBA ROCK

Head out to Dibba Rock to snorkel with turtles and RWKHUH[RWLF多VKIRXQGRII the coast of the Gulf of Oman

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RADISSON BLU RESORT, FUJAIRAH

Head to the Hajar mountains and the UAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spectacular east coast for diving round Dibba Rock

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he Radisson Blue Resort, Fujairah is ideally set near the clear blue Arabian Sea and is just 40 minutes away from Fujairah city and 90 minutes away from Dubai, making it perfect for an impromptu getaway with family and friends. Activities are plentiful at the resort and there is something for everyone no matter what age you are. This is a full on family style resort so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to bring the kids and get busy with everything from making sandcastles on the beach to learning about the diverse marine

life off the gorgeous coastline. And for those that want to explore the ocean more, the hotel is perfectly placed for keen divers and snorkellers to check out the wonders of the underwater world, as the east coast has plenty of reefs, wrecks and even the odd turtle! If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all too much take advantage of the luxury spa and unwind E\RQHRIWKHÂżYHSRROV So head down to the east coast for a mini beach vacation as the Radisson Blu Resort is great for a bit of fun under the sun or just a UHOD[LQJZHHNHQGWROHDYH\RXÂżOOHGZLWKYLWDOLW\

ACCOMMODATION The hotel offers 257 spacious guest rooms and suites all designed in elegant, neutral colours with views of the ocean.

STANDARD ROOM This 38 sq m room is available with either a king or twin sized bed and has a large terrace overlooking the ocean. The room accommodates a maximum of two adults and one child and includes regular inroom ammenities.

DELUXE ROOMS The spacious 45 sq m room accommodates two adults and two children or three adults and includes a VHSDUDWHWXEDQGVKRZHUÂżWQHVVFHQWUH access and a work desk.

FAMILY ROOMS This room is great for families who need a bit more space. The family room is approximately 60 sq m and can accommodate two adults and two

children or three adults. All children receive complimentary access to the Asobi childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room and Kodomo childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club. Free internet access and satellite television is also available.

SUITES The hotel offers 37 suites, that are approximately 85-199 sq m and are perfect for guests who want a bit of privacy. All suites have either one or two terraces, a central open-air pool area and views of the ocean. The suites are available with one, two or three bedrooms and can accommodate a maximum of seven adults.

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GETTING THERE... +HDGIRU0DVD多DQG then go past Dubba town proper, the hotel is around 40kms further on IURP0DVD多 and signposted

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RESTAURANTS & BARS Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah offers four restaurants and bars, which are great for an intimate dinner, relaxed beachside lunch or snack or a refreshing cocktail. 24 hour in-room dining is also available.

BREEZE RESTAURANT /RFDWHGRQWKHÂżUVWĂ&#x20AC;RRURIWKHKRWHO Breeze offers an all-day dining concept with views of the sea and serves an extensive lunch and dinner buffet of LQWHUQDWLRQDOFXLVLQHZLWKORFDOĂ&#x20AC;DLU$ breakfast buffet is also served every

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AL NOKHADA If you would like to dine on authentic Arabic cuisine, look no further than Al Nokhada. The restaurant offers Khaleeje dishes such as hot or cold mezzeh, taboulleh, fattoush, kibbeh and an assortment of fresh mixed grills, so make sure your desire of tasting $UDELFFXLVLQHLVIXOÂżOOHGDQGKHDGWR$O Nokhada during your stay.

GRAND BLUE For a relaxed lunch out on the terrace, make your way down to Grand Blue. The restaurant offers a variety of sandwiches, salads and steaks and is set along the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beach.

THE LOUNGE The perfect place to relax with friends while treating your sweet-tooth, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, ORFDWHGRQWKHJURXQGĂ&#x20AC;RRUOREE\7U\WKH high tea and savour delicious sandwiches, pastries, nibbles and coffee or teas.

FACILITIES Begin your journey by visiting Spa Zen, which offers professional and tailor made treatments. Your body and mind will immediately go into a peaceful mode, the minute you enter the spa. Pamper yourself with treatments such as massages, body treatments, facials and scrubs to renew your spirit.

THE SPA FACILITIES INCLUDE: Â&#x2021; Health club Â&#x2021; Jacuzzi Â&#x2021; Private changing areas and showers with locker rooms Â&#x2021; Sauna Â&#x2021; Steam room Â&#x2021; Coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treatment room Â&#x2021; Relaxation lounge

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Â&#x2021; Beach cabana for outdoor treatment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is ideal for those who want to snooze away to the soothing sounds of the ocean

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including Fujairahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s number one activity, diving, takes place. The Palms Dive Centre can teach those wanting to learn to dive and snorkel. Lessons are available for adults and children and are taught by expert trainers, while all the diving and snorkelling equipment is available for hire, for those are already experienced and having diving licenses. Guests who wish to stay above the water can discover the Arabian Sea by boat, and sail off on a deep sea ÂżVKLQJWRXU

:LWKRYHUPRISULYDWHEHDFKDQGDÂżYH outdoor swimming pools for both kids and adults, it may seem like there is enough to do, however the real adventure lays at the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beach where exciting water activities

BEST SUITED FOR....is great for families looking to keep their children occupied with activities, while relaxing and taking a break from the city life.

KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ACTIVITIES The resort not only caters to the comforting needs of adults but also their children, who require fun and entertaining activities. The Kodomo Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; club and Asobi games room, offers a variety of activities, arts and crafts, toys, sports and Playstation 2 video games.

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P.O. Box 12590, Dibba, Fujairah

info.resort.fujairah@radissonblu.com

Rezidor Carlton Group

Tel: (+971) 9 244 9700

www.radissonblu.com/resort-fujairah

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KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; PASSPORT

Kids get their own Rixy passport on check in. Collect 10 stamps and win an award!

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RIXOS, THE PALM DUBAI Turkish luxury has found a new home on the The Palm ne of the newest developments on The Palm is Rixos, which sits perched on the edge of the Eastern Crescent for magnificent views across the Arabian Gulf. The low slung, modern property sits on 10 acres and allows sea vistas in all directions, whilst you have plenty of room to play, lounge and sunbathe. Two connecting buildings are joined through a spacious atrium

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which will welcome guests to the wonders of Turkish hospitality. Rixos is made up of 259 rooms and suites, which are perfect for both couples and families to make the most of their getaway. Float away from your daily stress in one of the two hotel pools which back directly onto the golden sands of The Palm or take a wander round the landscaped gardens and you’ll wish you were staying for longer.

ACCOMMODATION Rixos has 259 five star rooms, which includes 70 suites.

you can relax with more space in the separate living area.

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JUNIOR SUITE

The slightly larger Deluxe rooms offer everything you might need, plus floor to ceiling windows in the living area, and a balcony which affords Palm views. Bathroom amenities include Bvlgari and other luxury treats.

Junior suites include a walk in wardrobe, work study, large sun terrace, private balcony off the bedroom, large living area and access to the Executive Lounge.

PREMIUM ROOM Premium rooms come with a choice of king-sized or twin beds, they have their own private balcony and all come with a separate living room space which includes a working area. Guests will love soaking in the deep marble bath in the luxurious bathroom.

WELLNESS ROOMS Treat yourself with a stay in a Wellness room which also has a sundeck area for private sunbathing. Floor to ceiling windows offer spectacular views at sunset and sunrise over the beach and

these adaptable, large spaces feature separate living and dining areas, fully fitted kitchens, extensive terraces and of course, access to the hotel’s Executive Lounge.

FOUR BEDROOM PENTHOUSE SUITE

The Senior suite is a two bedroom affair, both with ensuite bathrooms, with amazing panoramic views and sits at around 145 sq m. Guests also have access to the Executive Lounge.

For the ultimate in luxury book into one of the four bedroom Penthouse suites. All rooms are ensuite and all have their own plasma TV. Welcome friends in the large living room or enjoy the views from the huge sun terrace. Butler service is on hand 24/7.

KING SUITE

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The King suite is modern comfort defined, it can sleep up to four adults and also has a private dining area, spacious balcony and pantry area. It also has access to the Executive Lounge. Upgrade to a Grand King Suite for 360 degree views.

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WHITE X PARTY

The beach bar is the place to dance to international DJs, and has a Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night every Tuesday

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RESTAURANTS & BARS A LA TURCA The all day dining restaurant has a focus on Turkish specialities and also has a 10 person private dining room.

you can request a private lounge or even a Jacuzzi, and while away the afternoon in chic beach style.

NARGILE CHEFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STEAKHOUSE RESTAURANT A high-end steakhouse serves up the best cuts of meat from Australia, Argentina and of course Turkey, marinated and distinctly cooked.

A sheesha cafĂŠ is the place to find your favourite flavour.

VITAMIN BAR Finish off your spa treatment or massage with a healthy smoothie or snack.

ROCCHA

HIGHLIGHTS BAR

Roccha dishes up delicious Mediterranean fare in a relaxed and friendly setting.

Grab a delicious drink on the beach or have them delivered to your private cabana for ultimate luxury.

WHITE X BAR & LOUNGE

BLUE BAR

The hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature beach lounge bar, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the place to see and be seen at and

A late night, high-end beach hangout where the parties donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop until late.

FACILITIES The hotel has two beaches, including a Suite beach for exclusive use of guests who have booked suites. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not DOODERXWWKHEHDFK+HDGLQGRRUVWR the Rixos Royal Spa, a luxury health and beauty centre which offers a range of skin care treatments, water rituals and massages, all inspired by Turkish traditional hammams. For fitness fanatics, Rixos is a complete playground with a state of

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the art gym as well as instructors and facilities for yoga, pilates, water aerobics, Zumba, beach volleyball and soccer, water polo, tennis and private fitness sessions. For those that want to stay connected, check into the Executive Lounge, where you can hold informal meetings and enjoy express check in and out.

old, the Rixy Club makes sure little guests feel right at home. There are an array of supervised beach and indoor activities, pool games and talent classes on offer for young ones and the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities include a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pool, Rixy Disco Time, face painting and a regular childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cinema.

RIXY KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CLUB

BEST SUITED FORâ&#x20AC;Ś families who want a stylish yet affordable holiday.

Geared towards kids from four to 12 years

Rixos The Palm

East Crescent, The Palm Jumeirah

sales.dubai@rixos.com

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GO GREEN

The resort follows many sustainable policies to reduce its impact and also has its own organic veggie garden

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SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY This rustic chic hideaway offers a truly luxurious experience in Musandam

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ocated on the coast of the northern Musandam peninsula, above the UAE, Six Senses Zighy Bay is the last word in luxury with an environmental conscience. A rustic village style resort tucked away beyond the mountain range, the property offers, peace, seclusion and a chance to unwind with its laid back philosophy and inspired-by-nature architecture. Love by celebs and locals alike, Six Senses Zighy Bay is a spectacular retreat sat on a private 1.6 kilometre sandy beach, where no modern comfort is spared, amongst eco-friendly rustic dĂŠcor and

impeccable service. The resort has won many awards including Omanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leading Luxury Resort at the World Travel Awards this year as well as Best Suite at the Middle East Hotel Awards. Guests can choose to arrive in style by boat or by paragliding down off the hill, or simply be picked up from Dubai and head up and over the mountain in 4x4 and be prepared to be welcomed with open arms. Book into Zighy Bay and you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave, with private barbeues on the deck, romantic cruises, exciting watersports, relaxing yoga classes with plenty more memories to cherish.

ACCOMMODATION Six Senses Zighy Bay is made up of 79 villas, two Retreats and a private reserve. Every effort has been made to blend the properties into the landscape, building them in a indigenous village style and combining them with rustic luxury.

POOL VILLAS There are 33 one bedroom pool villas, although some can be made interconnecting for larger groups. The YLOODVVLWDWVTPDQGLQFOXGHDQLQÂżQLW\ edge pool of 21 sq m. A further 14 such villas also open straight on to the golden sandy beach.

included. If your focus is on some me time, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing better than not having to leave your villa to be pampered! They either come as villas or suites, and some also open onto the beach. There are also a number of two bedroom, two storey options for all of the above for larger groups.

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Two villa suites have everything of the above, but also feature a separate living room and bedroom, and a slightly larger pool. Nine more sit on the beachfront.

Sitting at either end of the resort, The Retreats have space for four adults and two children. They also include a kitchen and dining room and over-sized pool. Booking a Retreat also includes a signature massage per person, access to the steam, sauna and LFHFDYHÂżWQHVVFHQWUHDQGMXQJOHJ\P Complimentary use of the non-motorised watersports, tennis, vollelyball and petanque courts is free of charge.

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These properties have their own spa room

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Reserve which sits on its own stretch of beach and has its own entrance. Four bedrooms sleep eight adults and two kids comfortably, and the complex includes a variety of dining/entertaining spaces, a gym and yoga studio, wine cellar, private spa suite, maidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quarters, 17 metre pool and a live-in butler who is on call 24 hours a day. Booking also includes free transfers to and from Dubai.

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GETTING THERE...

Six Senses Zighy Bay is around two hours drive from Dubai. Or arrival to the resort, a private 4x4 will take you up and over the mountain that seperates the resort from the rest of the world. Not thrilling enough? Choose to paraglide in to the resort or arrive by speedboat for an extra charge

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RESTAURANTS & BARS Although the restaurants and bars are fantastic at Six Senses Zighy Bay, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over look the option of in-room dining, where you can hire order a private barbeque for the terrace, or arrange a romantic dinner a deux.

on a beautiful perch. The candle lit exterior makes for a sumptuous and romantic evening. Private tables can be booked with their own waiter for those wanting to celebrate something special.

SPICE MARKET SENSES ON THE EDGE AND DRINKS ON THE EDGE Head back up the mountain you arrived RYHUIRUDVWXQQLQJWKUHHÂżYHRUVHYHQ FRXUVHMRXUQH\WKURXJKIRRGRUVLS gorgeous cocktails as you watch the sunset over the glittering sea, high up

Open for breakfast and dinner, this international restaurant caters to Western, Middle Eastern and Asian tastes.

SUMMER HOUSE (QMR\DOLJKWPHDODWWKLVUHOD[HGUHVWDXUDQW that serves lunch and dinner.

THE CELLAR The resort has built a collection of some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best wines. It has a master sommelier on site who holds regular tastings and themed evenings. Book a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Haute Couture Winer Dinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to explore the cellarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secrets and learn the secrets of wine pairing.

ZIGHY BAR Zighy Bar keeps everything relaxed and fresh with a selection of cocktails and mocktails, infused with ingredients from the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organic garden.

FACILITIES Six Senses Spa is a treat not to be missed. A wide range of treatments and rituals are on offer, which have been inspired by local traditions and use only ingenious herbs and plants. Choose from energy balancing, Asian therapies, bath rituals, sensory experiences and more.

EXPERIENCES Experiences and activities at Zighy Bay are built around the brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy, and are grouped into: Your Space, At Home, With Friends and Upbeat to cater for everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea of a perfect holiday. Your Space includes cruises around the ORFDO0XVDQGDPIMRUGVHLWKHUIRUDGD\RU a sunset trip with bubbly and canapĂŠs.

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At Home includes everything you can do at the resort. From watersports and kayaking to exploring the walking and running trails through the rugged landscape, beach games and mountain biking. If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not adrenaline fuelled enough, try your hand at paragliding over the resort, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best way to take in the spectacular setting. With Friends you can head out snorkelling, diving, hire a speed boat or hike down to Smugglers Bay! PADI courses are also available. If you want to explore the surrounding area, excursions to Sabatyn village with its views over Wadi Al Bih are available in the Upbeat section, where you can experience ancient Omani life.

GO GREEN Six Senses Zighy Bay sources products where possible that are from environmentally and socially responsible suppliers and gives preference to local organic and fair trade products. KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CLUB Chaica Club looks after the small ones with fun educational games and indoor and outdoor activities, whilst Al Feetean keeps teens amused with everything from snorkelling to video games.

BEST SUITED FOR...those looking to relax and unwind in privacy and peace and quiet.

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Zighy Bay, Musandam Peninsula,

Tel: (+968) 2 673 5555

Six Senses Resorts

Sultanate of Oman

www.sixsenses.com/SixSensesZighyBay

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ST REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT The first St Regis in the region to open offers palatial surroundings and an exquisite stay

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St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Tel: (+971) 2 498 8888

www.stregissaadiyatisland.com

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CHECK IT OUT IN… The best time to visit Muscat is between October and April

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THE CHEDI, MUSCAT High end relaxation in one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most luxurious and spacious properties

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egularly voted as one of the best hotels in the Middle East, The Chedi was recently commended as one of the Top 25 Relaxation & Spa Hotels and one of the Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in the Middle East at the 2012 Travellersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choice Awards from TripAdvisor. Set beside the majestic Al Hajar mountains in Muscat, the property spans 21 landscaped acres which have a gorgeously serene zen like feeling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; here, relaxing is a serious business and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have no choice but to fall into line!

Set on the tranquil Gulf of Oman coast, you have a choice of stunning pools to loll beside, including a 103 metre long pool, while if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a more holistic approach youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after, the hotel has just opened a 13 suite Balinese spa. Talk a walk around the stunning grounds, swim in the sparking waters, lounge on the golden sands of the pristine beach and indulge in one of the delicious eight restaurants and bars, and time will slow down considerably. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve checked in The Chedi, Muscat you really wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave.

ACCOMMODATION The 158 rooms and suites have either garden, sea or mountain views from the grand windows.

rooms sit at 39 sq m also and again feature ODUJHOLJKWÂżOOHGZLQGRZVWKDWPDNHWKH most of the modern decor thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full of local touches.

SERAI ROOMS There are 60 Serai rooms which are 33 sq m and sleep two (and one child under six). The rooms fuse Asian style minimalism with delicate Omani details. Comes with a large bathroom with rain shower with luxurious bath products to carry on your relaxation in your room.

DELUXE ROOMS 52 Deluxe rooms offer everything as above but they have a little more space with 39 sq m, and feature oversized windows and high ceilings to let in the natural light and make the most of the palm fringed garden view.

DELUXE CLUB ROOMS Surrounded by water gardens and next to The Club Lounge, the eight Deluxe Club

CHEDI CLUB SUITE 38 private villas make up the Chedi Club Suites, all of which have panoramic views of the property, whether over beach or gardens. 67 sq m means that you can holiday in absolute bliss and privacy and sleep two adults and two children in a separate living area. The huge open plan bathroom features a sunken terrazzo bath and we reckon youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have trouble leaving these gorgeous rooms.

EACH ROOM INCLUDES... Â&#x2021;LQFKĂ&#x20AC;DWVFUHHQ79 Â&#x2021; Bose entertainment system Â&#x2021; iPod & iPod docking station Â&#x2021; Complimentary wireless Internet Â&#x2021; Complimentary minibar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; water, soft drinks and beer only (refreshed once daily)

Â&#x2021; Complimentary breakfast served at The Restaurant Â&#x2021; Complimentary fruit basket (replenished once daily) Â&#x2021; Complimentary use of the Business Centre facilities Â&#x2021; Nespresso machine & tea station Â&#x2021; Luxurious bath products &OXEEHQHÂżWVIRU'HOX[H&OXE5RRPV DQG&KHGL&OXE6XLWHVDOVRLQFOXGH Â&#x2021; Complimentary return airport transfers in a limousine Â&#x2021; Access to The Club Lounge Â&#x2021; Complimentary afternoon snack Â&#x2021; Complimentary cocktails and canapes at The Club Lounge in the evenings Â&#x2021; Complimentary minibar including alcohol (refreshed once daily) Â&#x2021; Complimentary laundry Â&#x2021; Complimentary Wi-Fi Â&#x2021; Discounted rates for chauffeur-driven limousine Â&#x2021; Complimentary daily newspaper

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GETTING THERE... The hotel is only 15 minutes drive from Muscat airport

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RESTAURANTS & BARS There are eight restaurants and bars, all stylishly designed by renowned Japanese interior designer, Yasuhiro Koichi of Design Studio SPIN.

THE RESTAURANT International food in a high end contemporary setting, with four show kitchens to bring to you the best of Western, Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian fare. It also has a terrace and eight private dining rooms for those who want to dine in peace and quiet.

THE ARABIAN COURTYARD & THE SHISHA LOUNGE Enjoy Arabic mezze, shwarma and kebabs to the sounds of live Omani music on piles of plush cushions, under the stars. Adjacent is The Shisha Lounge with colourful divans, shimmering lanterns and the traditional water pipes.

THE CHEDI POOL CABANA Healthy and light Mediterranean meals are served poolside, while after dark the FDVXDOEDUJHWVDOOURPDQWLFZLWKÂżUHSRWV and candles. A perfect place to watch the sun go down.

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Catch up with the daily papers, meet new friends and grab a Middle Eastern bite or coffee amongst the Omani antiques.

Fancy a touch of the East? The dark tiledĂ&#x20AC;RRUEDUDQGUHVWDXUDQWLVRSHQWRWKH Omani elements but serves up fresh and tasty Asian delights which will refresh and revive you.

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Sit and watch the Arabian stars come to life at night at this swanky beachside eaterie. A creative seafood menu is the perfect accompaniment to time spent soaking up the sea breeze.

Club guests can make the most of this exclusive and swanky private lair with extensive library and business services. Pop in for canapĂŠs and cocktails in the evening or indulge in breakfast in a European setting.

The Long Pool Cabana, helpfully situated poolside offers Japanese and Malaysian cuisine, delicate sashimi and spicy Malay fare, perfect for breaking up those long, lazy stints in the sun.

DOOWKHODWHVWHTXLSPHQWWRNHHS\RXÂżWSOXV Power Plates, a Kinesis wall and a dedicated Pilates corner. There are personal trainers available for some one on one time if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you desire and you can wind down afterwards in the sauna and steam rooms. The 21 acre resort is home to the longest pool in the region, at 103 metres. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the adult only Chedi pool, so your serenity will stay intact here without being splashed by lots of children! With the

stunning landscaped gardens to roam around, a huge expanse of golden sand to play on, and plenty of cabanas to relax in, The Chedi is a grown upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea of paradise. For those that want to be more active there are two floodlit tennis courts or the hotel can arrange day trips into Muscat or watersports options.

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FACILITIES A seriously decadent spa is home to everything from bathing rituals, nurturing enveloping wrap treatments, reviving body polishes, therapeutic massages, beauty treatments and various combination days or half days, inspired by the Far East. The serene Balinese spa cannot fail to work out whatever stress you arrive with.

THE HEALTH CLUB With a rooftop feel, the Health Club has

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BEST SUITED FOR...adults who want a decadent but stylish break.

The Chedi, Muscat

18th November Street, Muscat

reservation@chedimuscat.com

GHM Hotels

Tel: (+968) 2 452 4400

www.chedimuscat.com

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BEACHSIDE DRINKS Head next door to Barasti to enjoy live music, live sports and one of the best atmospheres in town

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THE WESTIN MINA SEYAHI BEACH RESORT & MARINA For an all inclusive beach holiday in the middle of Dubai, look no further

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he Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina has long been a popular getaway for residents of the UAE and further DÂżHOG:LWKLWVVSUDZOLQJODQGVFDSHGJURXQGVDQGEHDFK access, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a haven for those sunseekers who want to do QRWKLQJPRUHWKDQMXVWEHDWRQHZLWKWKHEHDFK:DWHUVSRUWV and sailing are right on your doorstep through the marina and sports centre located at the hotel and for those that

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ACCOMMODATION DELUXE ROOMS These rooms have been decorated in a contemporary style, with high ceilings and EDOFRQLHVRIIHUDVHDYLHZ EXECUTIVE ROOM SEA VIEW These rooms enjoy around 53 sq m of Ă&#x20AC;RRUVSDFHDQGJLYH\RXDFFHVVWR7KH :HVWLQ([HFXWLYH&OXE/RXQJH DELUXE SUITES Add an extra bedroom and upgrade WRDFRUQHUVXLWH$OOVXLWHVFRPHZLWK ([HFXWLYH&OXE/RXQJHDFFHVV DUPLEX SUITES Revel in a grand marble entrance, sweeping staircase and your own kitchen LQRQHRIWKH'XSOH[RSWLRQV LUXURY or GRAND SUITE 7KHVHWKĂ&#x20AC;RRUVXLWHVHQMR\VWKHLURZQ living room with dining area and private bar, entrance hall, a private gym and IXOO\HTXLSSHGNLWFKHQ7KHUHDUHWZR bedrooms, a hammam room with Jacuzzi,

dressing room and steam room with VHSDUDWHUDLQVKRZHU PRESIDENTIAL SUITE Join the Luxury and Grand suites together to HQMR\DIRXUEHGURRPH[FOXVLYHRSWLRQ ALL ROOMS INCLUDEâ&#x20AC;Ś Â&#x2021; Make-up/shaving mirror Â&#x2021; Cribs Â&#x2021; The Heavenly BedÂŽ Â&#x2021; Coffee and tea maker Â&#x2021; Refrigerator Â&#x2021; Cable channels Â&#x2021; Wireless high speed internet access in all guest rooms (charge) Â&#x2021; In-room safe Â&#x2021; Refreshment centre Â&#x2021; In-Room movies Â&#x2021; Rainforest shower Â&#x2021; Iron/Ironing board Â&#x2021; Handicap accessible room Â&#x2021; Hairdryer All rooms above the Deluxe room level, enjoy Westin Executive Club Lounge

access which includesâ&#x20AC;Ś Â&#x2021; Complimentary airport transfer from Dubai International Airport (only if booked directly with the hotel) Â&#x2021; Buffet breakfast in the Executive Club Lounge Â&#x2021; Complimentary internet access Â&#x2021; Private check-in area Â&#x2021; Access to Executive Club Lounge Â&#x2021; Complimentary coffee, tea & soft drinks in the lounge all day Â&#x2021; Afternoon tea in Executive Club Lounge - buffet set up with pastries DQGVDQGZLFKHVIURP every afternoon Â&#x2021; Happy hour in the evening in Executive Club Lounge - buffet set up with three hot items and two cold LWHPV Â&#x2021; Evening sweets in Executive Club Lounge - chocolate display, soft GULQNVWHDDQGFRIIHHXQWLO every day Â&#x2021; Free DVD / CD rental Â&#x2021; Complimentary pressing of one suit or dress per person per stay

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GO BUBBALICIOUS! Enjoy Dubai’s busiest and brightest brunch, ZLWKOLYHFRRNLQJ stations, drinks stations, kids’ area and entertainers

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RESTAURANTS & BARS BLUE ORANGE

HUNTERS ROOM & GRILL

SENYAR

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FACILITIES The Westin Mina Seyahi has an exemplary beach, where you can kick back and relax in a sunlounger and let WKHZRUOGFRPHWR\RX7KHZDWHUVSRUWV centre offers everything from waterskiing DQGZDWHUVXUÂżQJWRVNLND\DNLQJDQG\RX FDQDOVRFKDUWHUD\DFKWRUVSHHGERDW Want to learn to sail? Take a lesson with RQHRIWKHKRWHOÂśVLQVWUXFWRUV%DFNRQ ODQGKLWWKHĂ&#x20AC;RRGOLWWHQQLVFRXUWVWKHVWDWH of the art Westin Workout gym, take a ÂżWQHVVFODVVRUĂ&#x20AC;RDWDURXQGLQRQHRIWKH many pools or the lazy river to indulge ERWKWKHFKLOGUHQDQGWKHFKLOGZLWKLQ $QGDÂżYHVWDUKRWHOLVQÂśWDKRWHO ZLWKRXWDVSD+HDYHQO\6SDE\:HVWLQ UHDOO\GRHVOLYHXSWRLWVQDPH:LWK treatment rooms, for men and women,

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and a couplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; therapy room, you can both KLGHDZD\IURPWKHZRUOGIRUDZKLOHDQGÂżQG \RXUVHOYHVLQSHDFHDQGVHUHQLW\&KRRVH from an impressive list of treatments, therapies and indulgent rituals to bring \RXUVHOIEDFNWROLIH

PENGUINS KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CLUB Kids are really well catered for at The Westin 0LQD6H\DKL%HDFK5HVRUW 0DULQD7KH Penguin Club operates every day and provides games, activities, babysitting VHUYLFHVDQGVSHFLDOPHQXV7KH\DOVR RUJDQLVHGDLO\EHDFKJDPHV6XLWDEOHIRU FKLOGUHQEHWZHHQIRXUDQG\HDUVROG whilst kids below four can be accompanied E\DQDGXOW%DE\VLWWLQJLVDOVRDYDLODEOHIRU DDGGLWLRQDOFKDUJH

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Al Sufouh Road, Dubai

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YAS CONCERTS

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re heading to a concert at Yas, why not stay overnight and make a weekend of it?

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YAS VICEROY For a touch of luxury and style right in the middle of the capital, head to Yas Viceroy

T

he jewel in the crown of Yas Island, Yas Viceroy is the pinnacle of opulent accommodation in the newly developed part of the capital. The stunning hotel is built beneath the incredible grid-shell, a 219 m of sweeping steel and 5,096 diamond shaped glass panels which crests around the hotel forming a veil over the two towers. These towers are linked by a bridge which spans the Yas Marina Circuit, home of WKHDQQXDO(WLKDG$LUZD\V)RUPXODÂ&#x152;*UDQG3UL[FLUFXLWÂąWKHÂżUVW ever hotel to do such a thing. At night, the thousands of coloured

lights across the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s structure transform the property into a beacon, stunning against the Arabian sky. The lobby is a modern interpretation of an Arabian mashrabiya, where guests will be welcomed with open arms. The hotel fuses the best of modern hospitality with a sense of occasion, a stay here will always be a memorable one. Also personalised service and attention to detail are part and parcel of the Yas Viceroy experience on Yas Island, and a sophisticated stay is only a phonecall away, no matter what time of year you choose to stay.

ACCOMMODATION The hotel has 499 rooms and suites

DELUXE ROOMS (QMR\Ă&#x20AC;RRUWRFHLOLQJYLHZVRIWKH)WUDFN in the 54 sq m rooms with custom furniture DQGOX[XU\IDEULFV:LWKDĂ&#x20AC;DWVFUHHQ television, wireless Internet and access for music players, game consoles and more, Deluxe Rooms are perfectly suited to the connected business traveller and leisure guests. Marina Deluxe Rooms are similar to the above but with a view of the marina.

EXECUTIVE ROOMS These include access to the Executive Lounge, a ESPA spa voucher, transfers, VIP check in and breakfast.

Â&#x2021; High-speed wired and wireless Internet Â&#x2021; All-glass bathroom with a rain shower and deep soaking tub Â&#x2021; Customised mood-lighting options Â&#x2021; 42-inch LCD television Â&#x2021; Centralised bathroom speakers Â&#x2021; Private voicemail Â&#x2021; In-room safe Â&#x2021; Laundry and dry-cleaning service

The sumptuous Yas Presidential Suite is WZRĂ&#x20AC;RRUVWDOOWRJLYHDQDPD]LQJLQQHU view of the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s structure. A dining room can seat 16 and the suite is serviced by a private lift, which goes down to a private spa and gym, full chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen and a pool on the terrace.

ALL SUITES INCLUDEâ&#x20AC;Ś DELUXE AND EXECUTIVE SUITES Make the most of the hours of Middle East VXQVKLQHZLWKĂ&#x20AC;RRUWRFHLOLQJZLQGRZVZLWK coloured glass panels that changes the light to differentiate the separate living room and bedroom. The suites also include a large wet-room, within a cool glass box, using PDUEOHDQGSRUFHODLQIRUDOX[XULRXVÂżQLVK

ALL ROOMS INCLUDEâ&#x20AC;Ś Â&#x2021; One king-sized bed or two twin beds Â&#x2021; Down comforters and pillows (foam and hypo-allergenic bedding available) Â&#x2021; Tea and coffee making facilities Â&#x2021; Generously stocked mini bar

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MARINA EXECUTIVE SUITES Grab a great view of the Grand Prix track and the Marina with these suitesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wraparound balconies. The suites also feature the latest home theatre systems in the living space.

Â&#x2021; Access to the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Executive Lounge Â&#x2021; One king-sized bed Â&#x2021; Nespresso coffee machine, electric kettle supplied with tea, coffee and condiments Â&#x2021; Walk-in closet Â&#x2021; Generously stocked mini-bar Â&#x2021; High-speed Internet connection Â&#x2021; All-glass bathroom with a luxury rain shower and oversized bathtub Â&#x2021; Guest bathroom Â&#x2021; Customised mood-lighting options Â&#x2021; Two 42-inch LCD televisions Â&#x2021; Centralised bathroom speakers Â&#x2021; Laundry and dry-cleaning service

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GETTING THERE... Follow signs for Abu Dhabi from Dubai and then follow signs for Yas Island. The hotel is signposted from there, follow Leisure Drive

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RESTAURANTS & BARS <DV9LFHUR\ÂżHOGVDQDPD]LQJ restaurants and bars.

cuisine offering dim sum and more.

NAUTILUS ORIGINS

An award winning seafood restaurant with a terrace with marina views.

International buffet restaurant offering cuisines from all seven restaurants.

YAS LOUNGE KAZU

The lobby patisserie and cafĂŠ is the perfect place for a quick refuel.

Japanese restaurant serving sashimi, tempura station and Teppanyaki.

SKYLITE AMICI

Gaze up at the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning grid-shell at this fun and funky rooftop bar.

Regional, rustic Italian with an open kitchen and casual ambience.

RUSH ANGAR

A destination bar with unrivalled view of the F1 track with comfy lounge seating.

Authentic Indian cuisine including meat and seafood dishes.

LONGITUDE AND LATITUDE ATAYEB

The two seperate pool bars, one in each tower, serving food and refreshing drinks.

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EXECUTIVE LOUNGE NOODLE BOX

A secluded space for VIP guests to meet, relax and work.

A casual yet fun contemporary Asian

FACILITIES No visit to Yas Viceroy is complete without a stop by ESPA, an award-winning spa ZLWKHLJKWWUHDWPHQWURRPV.LQHVLVÂżWQHVV equipment, and a relaxation lounge over looking the race track. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a private hammam steam room and a range

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of locally inspired treatments. Carry on all that relaxing by kicking back E\RQHRIWKHWZRKHDWHGLQÂżQLW\SRROVRQWKH hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rooftops or head indoors to the private reading lounge. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a separate childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool for the little ones.

Yas Viceroy

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

(+971) 02 656 0000

The hotel is perfectly located to explore both the new F1 track, Ferrari World and the other exciting activities on Yas Island.

BEST SUITED FORâ&#x20AC;Śadults who want a glitzy city escape.

www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/abudhabi

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AL MAHA DESERT RESORT

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Nature lovers will love the peaceful rolling dunes of this high-end sustainable hotel

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AL RAHA BEACH HOTEL Situated along a wide stretch of sandy beach in landscaped gardens, Al Raha Beach Hotel is the ideal destination

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ANANTARA QASR AL SARAB Nestled into the UAE’s Empty Quarter, this stunning resort brings to life Arabic traditions

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ARMANI HOTEL How can you beat Italian elegance in the tallest tower in the world?

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ATLANTIS

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BAB AL SHAMS DESERT RESORT & SPA Nestled amidst the majesty of the desert, this offers a unique escape

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BANYAN TREE AL WADI An oasis of comfort and luxury

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DESERT PALM RETREAT

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EMIRATES PALACE For the best in sheer luxury, this is the capital’s pride and joy

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HILTON RAS AL KHAIMAH Hit the beach, relax by the pool, or get active in Ras Al Khaimah

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A destination hotel at the site of the world’s most expensive and glamorous horse race

ST REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND The first St Regis in the region to open offers palatial surroundings and an exquisite stay

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THE CHEDI, MUSCAT High end relaxation in one of the region’s most luxurious and spacious properties

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SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY This rustic chic hideaway offers a truly luxurious experience in Musandam

THE WESTIN MINA SEYAHI BEACH RESORT AND MARINA

For an all inclusive beach holiday in the middle of Dubai, check out The Westin Mina Seyahi

Five star, European inspired luxury is now all yours

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RIXOS Turkish luxury has found a new home on the The Palm Jumeirah

JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY For an indulgent, Middle Eastern inspired getaway on The Palm, Jumeirah, try this recent addition

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JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL The wave-inspired hotel has long been a favourite

RADISSON BLU, FUJAIRAH Head to the Hajar mountains and the UAE’s spectacular east coast for diving round Dibba Rock

IBEROTEL MIRAMAR AL AQAH This Fujairah property is a hidden gem in the crown of the Eastern coast,

ONE TO ONE HOTEL- THE VILLAGE For a central, beautiful boutique hotel stay in the capital, look no further

A polo-inspired boutique getaway just outside Dubai

Atlantis The Palm will be one of the greatest experiences you will ever have

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Venture a few hours west from the capital for a rural, coastal escape and unwind

ANANTARA DESERT ISLANDS Sir Bani Yas island offers up a world of adventures and relaxation

DANAT JEBEL DHANNA

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This breathtaking mirage actually has a telephone number.

For more information call +971 4 8096100 or email BAS.Info@meydanhotels.com

Situated in the heart of the desert, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is an oasis of elegance and luxurious relaxation. Drawing on rich local heritage, the resort is built in the style of a traditional Arabic fortress offering luxurious accommodation and a host of great dining and entertainment options. Live music, warm hospitality, camel rides, desert cruises, fine dining and festive fireworks make Bab Al Shams a must for those who want to experience a unique stay in the desert.


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