UAE may not best be known for its winter attractions but you may consider it more of a marketing glitch. Yes, there are lots of places across UAE where you’d love spending your weekends and enjoy your time with your family and friends. Here we have listed some of the best Winter Staycations you must consider on your next trip to this part of the world.
1.Al Ain Rotana – For Those Culture Connoisseurs
As soon as you’ll drive to Al Ain you’d see those beautiful palm trees swaying around rather than those typical skyscrapers that you see across Dubai. Even this initial impression of the place is enough to recharge your batteries, but there’s much more in store if you’re a culture connoisseur.
Al Ain used to be an oasis for caravans that traveled across between Oman and UAE and they used to stop here for quenching their thirst as well as replenishing their supplies. The place hasn’t since lost its charm and is known for its lush landscapes and beautiful cool weather. Those natural springs running through this city really make it a wonderful spot for relaxing.
Al Ain Rotana really makes you get a true feel of this place. Located close to business district, the hotel really is a huge retreat for everyone coming here for gathering, dining and relaxation. You can dine at the Zest that serves delicious local and international cuisines along with offering impressive concept nights.
Your stay at the Falaj wing would be amazing where you can find some peace in any of the 1-bedroom or studio units. The design is modern and tasteful and the décor is bold and vibrant.
You can also enjoy some time relaxing at the Zen spa which boasts of a really impressive menu of massages and facial treatments.
Furthermore, you can get a taste of the Emirati culture by visiting some of the historical places in the surroundings. From UNESCO World Heritage Site to archaeological areas and Al Ain National Museum to Al Ain Oasis, you have a lot of opportunities to explore for getting a feel of the culture in this part of the world.
2. Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach – For Those Nature Lovers
This really is one amazing coastal retreat which is just an hour away from Dubai and is considered ideal for some quick rejuvenation and relaxation.
The place is known for its Zen-like serenity which you’ll start experiencing even before actually getting there. An amazing sense of tranquility and calm will prevail. The hotel is made special by the fact that all its guest rooms have their own building and they’re actually designed to feel more like Bedouin-style tents.
They are all built equal and give a feel of exclusivity offering you four-poster bed that’s been draped beautifully and a rain shower wet room. The villas also have private beach access and a pool of their own as well.
Here you will be served with some delicious salads, fresh seafood and some mouth-watering meat chunks over your terrace. Some delicious food amidst the tranquility of nature is certainly something to cherish.
3. Rixos The Palm Dubai – For Those Serenity Seekers
The beautiful, twinkling Dubai Marina really presents one spectacular backdrop to this winter staycation and it really makes it a perfect choice for weekends. There’s a pristine beach with private access where you can have a stroll in the evening. The tables are decorated tastefully as the finishing touches are given and sumptuous buffet is set up. You’d love it at the Italian restaurant L’Olivo Ristorante as it serves a perfect fine-dining experience at the hotel.
Combine breathtaking view and better tasting food and you can’t find a better combination for sure. There’s also a play area available for kids called the Rixy Club. The Club offers plenty of activities to keep your little ones busy. While your kids are enjoying there, you can take the chance to explore the luxury spa and have a typical Turkish bath. It will surely give you all the serenity you’ve been looking for.
4. Traders Hotel Abu Dhabi – For Those Value Hunters
Both the UAE residents and the tourists often head to the capital for visiting Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, various cultural and entertainment options, and the top-notch restaurants the city is filled with. However, you can expect best value should you opt for the Traders Hotel which lies in Qaryat Al Beri. The 4-star hotel is known for being more pocket-friendly and really is among the top best-value hotels across Abu Dhabi.
The Traders Hotel is built on same complex as Shangri-La and boasts of amenities like CHI: The Spa and a cool canal-wreathed souq. Besides, the bright and effervescent interiors will soon revive you too. It may not be too opulent as in most 5-star hotels, but it’s still quite clean, spacious and comfortable offering all the possible amenities you’d be looking for.
Every weekend, they host a sumptuous barbecue banquet to give you some amazing feel of the private beach. Families can have fun in one of the cozy cabanas that are accentuated by tables that look quite inviting. The decadent salads, gourmet-grilled meats, seafood and fish, and artisan breads will certainly leave you craving for more.
So, what do you make of these winter staycations then? Plan out your weekends and spend some quality time in UAE with your loved ones.