If there’s one thing a searing August in the desert is good for, it’s the knockout hotel prices. Package deals and mega discounts are everywhere you look, so you can have yourself a mini-break, right here in the country (at Sheraton Bahrain, pictured left, for example), without using up priceless holiday allowance or precious dinars. Got a bit more time to spare? Buzzing Dubai, beautiful Oman and cultural Qatar are less than a one-hour flight away, too. Here are 28 amazing deals for you to take advantage of this season.
Are you on the market for a memorable romantic escape? Then Art Rotana, which boasts a range of family friendly facilities, including a beach, kids’ waterpark and award-winning restaurants, has just the package. Starting from BD127++ per room, per night, you can book yourself into a beautiful Classic Room or Suite and get a complimentary gift hamper on arrival, complete with a bottle of bubbly. Breakfast is served to your room and you can enjoy late check-out until 3pm. You could also book the Two Night Escape, which offers 20 percent off on regular room rates in a Classic Room. This includes a free breakfast at Choices and 15 percent off on back and neck massages at Bodylines Fitness and Wellness.
From BD70++ per room, per night. Ongoing. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands, www.rotana.com/artrotana (16 000 111).
Save 30 percent
This new Manama-based hotel has a host of amazing offers on, including 30 percent off on room rates (valid until September 3). When you book at least two days in advance, you can save ten percent and a further five more when booking a minimum of seven days ahead of schedule (valid until December 31). On top of all that, guests over the age of 65 can benefit from a special senior citizen rate (valid until December 31), which includes 15 percent off on rates and a free breakfast.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Downtown Rotana, Manama, www.rotana.com/downtownrotana (13 119 999).
One night free
Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Fancy a stay in one of Bahrain’s snazziest pads? This five-star property, which boasts award-winning restaurants, beautiful facilities and an excellent spa, is offering great deals this summer. For example, in the Stay Longer package, if you book for two consecutive paid nights, you’ll get a third for free, alongside ten percent off on food at the restaurants and ten percent off on spa treatments. For a minimum of two night’s stay, you can also avail a 20 percent discount, although you can’t take advantage of both offers at the same time.
From BD100++ per room, per night. Ongoing. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, www.fourseasons.com/bahrain (17 115 000).
Save 50 percent
Save up to 50 percent by booking your stay in this five-star, centrally located hotel on a Thursday or Friday night, and then feast on international delicacies, seafood items and plenty of chocolate at the Chocoholic Friday brunch in Al Safir Restaurant. Alternatively, there’s a special spa package you can take advantage of. Book an overnight stay and get a free breakfast and one-hour massage.
From BD67 per room, per night. Until December 31. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama, www.sheratonbahrain.com (17 533 533).
Save 20 percent
The Crowne Plaza Bahrain
The Summer Fun for Everyone package at this Manama hotel stalwart offers 20 percent off on food and beverages in the hotel’s outlets, plus massage services at bFit. Not to mention free late check-out until 4pm and plenty of activities to keep the kids happy, too.
From BD49++ per room, per night. Until August 31. The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Manama, www.cp-bahrain.com (17 531 122).
Discounted spa treatments
The Diplomat Radisson Blu
The popular Diplomatic Area hotel has great deals on room rates this summer, starting from just BD49++ per room, per night. When you stay, you’ll also get 20 percent off on spa treatments, a complimentary breakfast buffet and free Wifi.
From BD49++ per room, per night. Until September 4. The Diplomat Radisson Blu, Diplomatic Area, www.radissonblu.com (17 525 252).
One night free
The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain
This popular five-star resort has the Better Together promotion. Reserve a three-night stay in selected rooms and suites and get one free night, as well as complimentary breakfasts, 20 percent off on food and beverages in selected restaurants and 25 percent off on various spa treatments. Kids under 12 can also play, stay and eat for free in all outlets (valid for two children per room).
From BD80++ per room, per night. Until September 17. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, Seef, www.ritzcarlton.com (17 580 000).
One night free
Aloft Abu Dhabi
With its boutique-style décor and tech-savvy ethos, Aloft is a popular choice with business travellers, but could also make a great base from which to explore the UAE capital. The desert summer sale means you can treat yourself to a longer break. If you book two or three nights, you can stay an extra one for free, while those booking a four-night stay will be given another two nights gratis.
From BD33 per room, per night. Until August 31. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE, www.aloftabudhabi.com (+971 2 654 5000).
Save 25 percent
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
There’s never been a better time to head to this luxe hotel – arguably Abu Dhabi’s most famous – as the Summer at the Palace deal offers guests up to 25 percent off their holiday. The offer includes a complimentary buffet breakfast in Le Vendome and access to the Palace Lounge.
From BD105 per room, per night. Until September 30. West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE, www.kempinski.com (+971 2 690 9000).
One free night
Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
The UAE capital gets its first-ever Four Seasons hotel on Al Maryah Island this season. With the Summer Family Package offer, you can stay three nights and get a fourth night for free. Taking your little rascals? You get 50 percent off the best available rate for the second room. And you’re also guaranteed late check-out.
From BD102 per room, per night. Until September 30. Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE, www.fourseasons.com/abudhabi (+971 2 333 2222).
Discounts for GCC residents
Tilal Liwa Hotel
The earthy tones and russet reds of this textured desert hotel have the power to instantly calm you. The Summer Saving offer is valid for families living in the Gulf, with two adults and two kids under the age of six.
From BD30 per room, per night. Until September 15. Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi, UAE, www.danathotels.com (+971 2 894 6111).
Unlimited access to Ferrari World
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
We’re aware that it’s not F1 season yet, but Yas Viceroy’s Splash and Stay offer will make you head to Yas Marina to grab this deal. Guests get unlimited entry to Ferrari World, and an overnight stay at one of the 499 suites above the F1 track. If you’re craving some R&R, the Stay and Dine package gives you Dhs100 credit to use at the hotel’s Espa Spa or one of the restaurants.
From BD85 per room, per night. Until September 30. Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, UAE, www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com (+971 2 656 0862).
Unlimited water park access
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
The stunning five-star hotel is offering a special five-year anniversary rate of Dhs555 per room, per night. The deal features benefits including unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark, use of the Talise Ottoman Spa facilities, private beach, pool and Sinbad’s Kids’ Club.
From BD57 per room per night. Until September 30. Palm Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com (+971 4 364 7555).
Get BD100 credit
The Address Hotels & Resorts
Book two nights or more at The Address Dubai Mall, The Address Montgomerie Dubai, The Address Dubai Marina or The Palace Downtown Dubai, and get stay credit of up to Dhs1,000. On top, get free in-room Wifi and tickets to attractions, including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Reel Cinemas, KidZania, Sega Republic and Dubai Ice Rink.
Prices vary. Until September 30. Locations across Dubai, UAE, www.theaddress.com, www.ubyemaar.com (+971 4 423 8884).
One night free
Grand Hyatt Dubai
To celebrate summer, this luxurious property on the famous Dubai Creek is offering you the chance to stay an extra night on the house, meaning you can extend your staycation without having to ruin your finances. Pay for two, three or four nights and get an extra one for free. And if you decide to stay for a week, you’ll only pay for five nights.
Prices vary. Until September 6. Oud Metha, Dubai, UAE, www.dubai.grand.hyatt.com (+971 4 317 1234).
Save 25 percent
Park Regis Kris Kin
Residents of GCC countries are in for a treat this summer, as this hotel in the heart of Bur Dubai is offering 25 percent off stays. The summer savers’ package includes free use of the rooftop pool, gym, sauna and steam rooms along with free Wifi throughout the hotel, plus a complimentary shuttle bus service to The Dubai Mall and Jumeirah Beach Park.
From BD50 per room, per night. Until September 15. Bur Dubai, Dubai, UAE, www.parkregiskriskrin.ae (+971 4 377 1111).
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
Take a trip to the Creek in old Dubai and enjoy an extended staycation at one of the city’s original five-star hotels. Book two nights and get the third night free, book three and get the fourth free, or book four and stay for six.
From BD46 per room, per night. Ongoing. Dubai Creek, Dubai, UAE, www.sheratondubaicreek.com (+971 4 228 1111).
The rest of the UAE
Kids go free
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Al Marjan Island
Kids under the age of six stay and dine for free at this newly expanded Ras Al Khaimah resort. The hotel is home to 11 restaurants and bars, a Kids’ Paradise children’s club, dance classes, movies and more, plus a life-sized pirate boat-style aqua zone for younger guests to play in. There’s also a 450 metre-long beach, fitness centre and five temperature-controlled adults’ pools.
From BD72 per room, per night (including breakfast). Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, www.hilton.com/ras-al-khaimah (+971 7 203 0000).
One night free
Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort
Located on a stretch of a pristine beach on the Indian Ocean, with the breathtaking Hajar Mountains forming the backdrop, this gorgeous Fujairah resort provides many reasons for guests to keep coming back. One such reason is that you can book two nights and receive a third night free.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Dibba Road, Fujairah, UAE, www.lemeridien-alaqah.com (+971 9 244 9000).
Rixos Bab Al Bahr
This property in the UAE’s northernmost emirate knows exactly how to lure holidaymakers onto Al Marjan Island. Its all-inclusive, leave-your-wallets-at-home deal includes everything, from unlimited food to drinks and even that sneaky midnight mini-bar haul. Book a premium room until September 30 and get a complimentary couple’s treatment in Anjana Spa.
From BD50 per room, per night. Until September 30. Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, www.babalbahr.rixos.com (+971 7 244 4400).
Kids stay free
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
Relax on a tiny, stunning island off the shore of Doha and experience renowned Anantara hospitality at this wellness resort. Book a minimum two-night stay and get a range of benefits, including, but not limited to, 20 percent off on 90-minute oil massages, daily breakfasts, potential room upgrades and late check-out. The Summer Escape package includes accommodation in a room, suite or villa, free breakfasts, one game of bowling, 30 minutes access to the Splash Surf Pool per person, per day (for children eight and above), plus return boat transfers between the port and the resort.
From BD137 per room, per night. Until December 31. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, Qatar, www.doha.anantara.com (+974 4040 5050).
Shangri-La Hotel Doha
The contemporary Asian design influences and touches of Arabian hospitality will win you over here, as well as the lush gardens and lagoon-style pool. Choose from two different staycation deals, including the Brunch and Stay package, and get Friday brunch at Yabby with bubbles, a fresh fruit basket in-room, à la carte breakfast in bed the next day, plus 25 percent off at dining outlets and 50 percent off on spa treatments (from BD100 per night). Or, foodies, book the Gourmet Doha package which will get you a bottle of grape and cheese platter on arrival, a seven-course meal with pairings at Fuego or Yabby, à la carte breakfast in bed and late check-out at 4pm.
From BD100 per room, per night. Until December 31. Conference Centre Street, West Bay, Doha, Qatar, www.shangri-la.com/doha (+974 4429 5050).
Buy-one-get-one-free on massages
Sheraton Grand Doha
Doha’s first hotel is home to no fewer than ten restaurants, plus a huge stretch of private beach and a 24-hour fitness centre. The couple’s staycation deal includes buy-one-get-one-free on massages, free Wifi, plus early check-in and late check-out with full-board, bed and breakfast, and room-only rate options.
From BD145 per room, per night. Ongoing. The Corniche, West Bay, www.sheratongranddoha.com (+974 4485 4444).
Discounts for GCC residents
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
With its fantastic seaside location and perfectly landscaped gardens, the Al Bustan is a haven of tranquillity. This summer it is knocking down prices for GCC residents so book now for a super saving.
From BD59 per room, per night. Until September 30. Al Bustan St, Quron Beach, Muscat, www.ritzcarlton.com (+968 2479 9666).
The Chedi Muscat
Spend two nights at this meticulously designed boutique hotel and receive a complimentary three-course dinner for two at one of its award-winning restaurants. Oh, and the laundry service and mini-bar are free, too.
From BD98 per room, per night. Until September 30. Al Khuwair, Muscat, Oman, www.lhw.com (+968 2452 4400).
Save ten percent
Juweira Boutique Hotel
With a wonderful waterside location, this Salalah hotel is perfect for a weekend away for solo travellers, couples and families. Book just a day in advance and receive a ten percent discount. If you reserve a room via the website, they’ll also throw in some food and beverage and spa discounts.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Taqa Road, Souly Bay, Salalah, Oman, www.juweirahotel.com (+968 2323 9600).
One free night
Grand Hyatt Muscat
This five-star hotel is situated on a pristine stretch of beach in the Omani capital and is a striking illustration of Arabian architecture. Have a three-night break here and only pay for two, or book two nights and just pay for one.
Prices vary. Until September 6. Shatti Al Qurum, Muscat, Oman, www.muscat.grand.hyatt.com (+968 24 64 1234).
Qatar Summer Festival
Pay for two nights and stay for three, or pay for five nights and stay for six, at any of the 56 participating hotels and hotel apartments as part of Qatar’s annual Summer Festival. Each hotel offers a different combination of benefits, including free daily breakfast, late check-out at 5pm, and free meals for kids.