Be it a family holiday, a romantic rendezvous or a relaxing break, we’ve put together the perfect travel guide for GCC families looking for an exciting trip.
North Island, Seychelles
A short four-and-a-half-hour flight from the GCC, the Seychelles is the perfect short getaway destination for you and your family. Located within the inner islands of the Seychelles, 30km away from the main island and only a 15-minute helicopter transfer from Mahé airport, North Island enjoys a unique private location nestled away from all distractions. It is the ultimate playground for your children, with a wide range of activities on land and in the water designed to keep young minds and bodies active, to satisfy the most inquisitive and thrill the most adventure seeking kids.
For more information on North Island visit www.north-island.com
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum
Spoil your family at the luxurious Turkish Riviera resort Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum.
For more information visit
Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park London
London always promises a good time for families and Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, on the doorstep of the West End, is the ideal spot to begin family explorations. Take a stroll through the vast green acres of Hyde Park or walk over to Mayfair for a taste of local luxury, the cool weather and gorgeous scenery are sure to keep you out all day. Finally unwind and end your day with afternoon tea at the Rosebery Lounge or relax at the recently renovated Knightsbridge wing of the hotel which features brand new guestrooms and suites perfect for your whole brood.
For further information, please visit https://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/hyde-park/luxury-hotel
The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa, Bali
Bali’s tropical climate and moderate weather conditions make for a splendid family holiday at any time of the year. With its world-class clubs and restaurants, and expansive villas perfect for all your family, the recently relaunched Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa provides a welcome escape from the outside world.
For more information, please visit https://www.theseminyak.com/
Mandarin Oriental, Sanya
Luxury property Mandarin Oriental, Sanya is located just 7 minutes from the city centre providing convenient access to all of the area’s major tourist attractions that are perfect for keeping a whole family entertained. The resort features a series of private low rise and villa accommodation with ocean views and landscaped tropical gardens - some featuring private pools, patios and gazebos - that can sleep the whole family under one roof.
For more information, please visit
Mandarin Oriental, Paris
Mandarin Oriental, Paris is a celebration of Paris today, inspired by fashion and artistic creativity and underpinned by the brand’s legendary service. This truly Parisian five-star hotel provides an oasis of tranquillity and a cocoon of luxury. The 98 chic and elegant rooms and 40 spacious suites offer couples and families alike an exceptionally stylish Parisian experience. Located in the very heart of the city, the hotel’s best kept secret is its inner garden providing a sanctuary from the bustling city and a peaceful dining haven.
For more information, please visit
Hailed as the St Tropez of Turkey, the resort is the riviera’s newest ‘place to be.’ Located on a private peninsula on the stunning Turkish Riviera, LUX* Bodrum boasts 91 guest rooms and 19 private residences which provide breathtaking views of the secluded bay and private cove beach, along with an impressive infinity pool, exquisite dining and award-winning architecture. Guests can soak up the sun and experience Turkey’s fresh and nutritious cuisine at LUX* Bodrum’s outpost of Beach Rouge.
AVANI+ Luang Prabang, Laos
Home to unexplored caves and rare wildlife, Laos offers a unique taste of South East Asia. For millennial-minded travelers, the recently launched AVANI+ Luang Prabang ideally located in central Luang Prabang, just a few steps from the Mekong River, Royal Palace, and the popular Night Market, is set to become the hottest property in town.
Offer: Plan your trip earlier and take advantage of the Advance Purchase Offer. Book 15 days in advance to enjoy 20 percent savings along with complimentary daily breakfast. For more information, visit https://www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/luang-prabang
AVANI Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka
Amidst beautiful white beaches, authentic Sri Lankan culture and tranquil colonial charm, south of Colombo lies the bustling coastal stretch of Kalutara. Escape to AVANI Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka where the Kalu Ganga River meets the Indian Ocean. Ease into evenings with sunset cocktails and feast on local specialties by the sea. Just an hour and half drive from the international airport, AVANI Kalutara Resort ticks the boxes for fun, romance and adventure.
Offer: Book two or more nights to get added benefits including a complimentary room upgrade and late check out with the Advance Purchase Offer. Also enjoy a fantastic daily breakfast and signature cocktails for two along with an extra 20 percent off on dining. For more information, visit https://www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/kalutara
AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa, Vietnam
One of Vietnam’s lesser explored cities is the blissful coastal town of Quy Nhon. Unwind and explore this vibrant coastal city in South Central Vietnam while staying at AVANI Quy Nhon which offers private balconies with unparalleled sea views from every room or suite. Adding to the coastal allures, guests can reach the resort’s private island by kayak or have a local fisherman ferry them across, and then enjoy a day of swimming, snorkeling, fishing, sunbathing and picnicking. Contemporary style is brought to life throughout the resort by hints of Vietnamese culture and Champa Kingdom heritage, including in the 63 guest rooms and suites. Quy Nhon Airport is a 50-minute drive away, with daily flights operating from both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Guests can also catch daily trains from Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.
Offer: Plan and book 21 days in advance to save up to 10 percent of rates along with daily complimentary breakfast with AVANI's Advance Purchase Offer. For more information, visit https://www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/quy-nhon
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
Falling within the protective borders of the Quirimbas National Park, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort offers extraordinary oceanic adventures in pristine, unspoilt waters. From vibrant coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, to some of the world’s largest populations of dolphins, whales, sharks and turtles. Only a short boat ride from the incomparable luxury of Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort lies a diver’s dream – a selection of twelve unique, dive sites featuring untouched marine ecosystems and some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. The resort offers a diving package that includes four guided dives with equipment, whale watching and an Ibo Island cultural tour which includes a helicopter transfer to Ibo Island, a guided walking tour and lunch. All this for AED 1,829 per person!
Niyama Private Islands Maldives
Live on the edge this Eid at Niyama Private Islands Maldives while taking advantage of the special Eid offer. Book your stay on niyama.com and enjoy an incredible 40% off the room rate, enjoy a free half-board upgrade and 60-minute massages for two at Drift Spa. Created especially for Middle East-based families and jet-setting couples, this promo starts at AED 2,500++ per night.
The jewel in the resort’s crown is the magnificent Crescent, a playground of five ultra-chic villas, all with private pools, for up to 14 adults and eight children. Boasting a private chef, two butlers and a host of complimentary activities including a sunset dhoni cruise and movie under the stars, this over water sanctuary is the perfect paradise treat for extended families, honeymooners and discerning travellers.
The validity period for the 40% discount on room rate is from 1 May until 30 September while the 60-minute massages for two adults are valid from 8 May to 31 July.
Anantara Kalutara Resort
Anantara Kalutara Resort offers guests a beach getaway and an authentic cultural experience all in one. Other than the prime location surrounded by the Kalu Ganga or the Indian Ocean and a plethora of King coconut trees, the resort offers guests beach activities as well as excursions including a trek all the way to the top of the Buddhist Mulgirigala Rock Temple, a safari in Udawalawe National Park, a tour of the late Geoffrey Bawa's estate and even an authentic Sri Lankan cooking class!
Guests who book to stay at either resort from 17 April to 30 June for three nights will only be charged for two. If they stay for seven nights, they will get the added benefit of a complimentary half-board upgrade.
Rates for accommodation start from AED 691 per night.
Alila Fort Bishangarh, India
This Eid, guests are invited to enjoy a culturally driven escape at Alila Fort Bishangarh. Travellers can experience the rich heritage of Bishangarh at the 230 years old warrior fort, perched atop a granite hillock in the midst of the vast expanse of the Aravalli Range, surrounded by hills dotted with havelis, villages and temples. Ideal for families, at Alila Fort Bishangarh kids under twelve are invited to stay for free and enjoy access to a range of Play Alila activities.
The Family Summer Getaway package includes access to Play Alila Kid’s Club with indoor games and activites with spa credit of INR 1,000 a night and 15% off all Alila Experiences. Available until 31st July 2018, starting from AED 853 plus taxes. https://www.alilahotels.com/fortbishangarh/offers/family-summer-getaway
Alila Bangsar, Malaysia
The recently opened Alila Bangsar is elevated above the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan district. The hotel, which is the group’s first property in Malaysia, is a modern, urban retreat that combines a haven for relaxation with a lively city vibe and world-class restaurant and bars.
The Alila Bangsar opening package ‘Stay for Breakfast’ is ideal for an Eid escape, with breakfast at the guest’s leisure and option to explore the city with return chauffeur transfers to KL Central, Bangsar Village, and Mid Valley City.
The Stay for Breakfast package is available for booking until 31st July 2018 and stay until 31st December 2018, starting from AED 400 a night exclusive of taxes. https://www.alilahotels.com/bangsar#offers
Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
As the warm summer months arrive, Alila Jabal Akhdar invites guests to escape the sweltering desert heat and cherish the crystal-clear skies, invigorating fresh air and crisp breezes of the Hajar mountain range. Ideally positioned 2,000 meters above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar is always 15 Degrees Cooler during the summer months making it a perfect place in which to celebrate Eid with a difference.
Discover the wonders of the solar system, with the clearest and coolest night-time views of the stars and be intrigued by the spectacular rock formations which fill every corner of the Jabal Akhdar Mountains with the World of Rock Stars guided experience. The 15 Degrees Cooler Package is available until 30th September 2018, starting from AED 1,097 a night plus taxes. https://alilamoments.com/jabalakhdar/en/home/offers/gcc-offer/
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
From pristine white sandy beaches to the majestic Uluwatu Temple perched 100 metres above the Indian Ocean, Alila Villas Uluwatu offers picture-perfect views of the aquamarine ocean and radiant golden sunsets. Relax and unwind with Alila Villas Uluwatu’s Luxury Escape package. This Eid, guests are invited to treat themselves and their loved ones to a luxurious holiday, curated to provide the perfect escape.
The Luxury Escape package starts from AED 1,202 plus taxes. https://www.alilamoments.com/uluwatu/luxury-escape/
Alila Diwa Goa, India
Alila Diwa Goa is located in the south of Goa, a quiet and peaceful haven, away from the beaten tourist trails and crowds, set amidst the serene landscape of lush, verdant rice plantations flowing towards the Arabian Sea. Offering a real slice of authentic Goa, Alila Diwa Goa is the perfect place to retreat and embrace the beauty, warmth and rich culture of the state.
This Eid, guests seeking a wellness retreat amidst luxury need look no further. Alila Diwa Goa’s Spa Alila has created simple yet effective programs designed to rediscover the optimum level of wellness. Guests can expect a full body composition and measurement analysis, emotional assessment, daily holistic and Ayurveda treatments, yoga and meditation sessions, life skills workshops, nutritionally balanced meals, art therapy and even a day of sightseeing.
Three packages are available, ‘Detox Tour’, ‘Weight Management & Vitality’ and ‘Revival’, from 3,5,7,10 and 14 nights. Starting from AED 4,428 plus taxes. https://www.alilamoments.com/diwagoa/wellness/
Beit Musandam, Your Home Away from Home, at Six Senses Zighy Bay
Located at the secluded end of Six Senses Zighy Bay with its own stretch of private sandy beach and a 60-foot (17-meter) infinity swimming pool, Beit Musandam is the largest private villa in the Middle East at 32,292 square feet (3,000 square meters); sleeping up to eight adults and four children making it the unique location for family holidays and special occasions.
Offering spectacular views of the Gulf of Oman, Beit Musandam has been carefully designed to reflect the traditional, local Omani architecture with its exclusive entrance leading to an open courtyard which overlooks the three sequestered buildings.
Dubbed ‘The Private Reserve’, families will have complete privacy and can experience everything the resort has to offer in the convenience of their own space with the all the stay inclusions shown below, during the upcoming Eid break.
Don’t delay, book your private resort within a resort at Six Senses Zighy Bay. The nightly rate for Reserve accommodations are USD 13,300. Reservations can be made throughwww.sixsenses.com, by email@example.com or phone at +968 26735558.
THE LATEST FASHION NEWS & COMPETITIONS STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX