Eid al-Adha is right around the corner, and if all goes as predicted, UAE residents could be in for a four-day public holiday. Combined with the regular weekend, a six-day escape without touching any annual leave. With almost a whole week to spend time with loved ones and reconnect with oneself, Eid al-Adha is the perfect time to enjoy a staycation or vacation. Here are nine Eid al-Adha travel packages to pique your fancy this long weekend.
Eid al Adha travel packages: vacations
An artistic escape in Sicily
Thanks to the second season of White Lotus, interest in Sicily soared this year. Travel to the rugged Italian island this Eid al-Adha with We Love Transformational Travel, a booking platform offering escapes beyond the traditional travel experience. The seven-day retreat runs from 24 June to 1 July (largely over Eid week) and takes guests on a journey to discover their creativity through art. The retreat is sustainable for beginners and experienced artists ad includes daily meditation, workshops and guided art sessions by experienced teachers. Accommodation at Masseria San Giovanni Sgadari is charming and authentically Sicilian, and private and shared options are available. Stroll in the centuries-old garden, enjoy nature and dine on vegetarian meals from the farm’s certified organic produce. An Eid al Adha travel package that will nourish the body and mind.
Sicily, Italy; prices from AED2,942 for seven days; 24 June to 1 July; welovetransformationaltravel.com
A culinary adventure in Maldives
Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani are some of the Maldives’ most beloved and beautiful resorts, and this Eid, both will play host to renowned Danish culinary talent Wassim Hallal. The published Michelin-starred chef is popping up in the idyllic island resorts this Eid al Adha as part of the brand’s Soneva Star programmes, which brings celebrated talents and specialists from across the globe to its resorts. Guests can book into one of his special cooking events, which will see produce and techniques from Denmark’s Aarhus region brought to the paradisical Baa and Noonu atolls.
Eid rates at Soneva Jani from $2,000 per night, Soneva Fushi from $1,160 per night; soneva.com
Unwinding in nature in Lebanon
Another one of We Love Transformational Travel’s Eid al Adha travel packages is a five-day retreat to Lebanon’s picturesque Sirjbal landscape. The retreat is designed to promote overall wellness and includes sunrise yoga sessions, daily meditation sessions and art therapy experiences, in addition to invigorating ice baths, acro-yoga and sound healing. Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a Temazcal ceremony – a powerful ancient Mayan ritual where participants face their deepest fears and emerge ready to re-enter the world. Guided hikes and nature experiences in Sirjbal’s lush hills and forests and plant-based meals make this one of the most nourishing ways to spend Eid al Adha. Packages include return airport transfers, accommodation, meals and all activities.
Sirjbal, Lebanon; prices from AED4,081 for five days; welovetransformationaltravel.com
A mini-break in the Maldives
At just a four-hour flight from the GCC, Maldives is always a good idea, guaranteeing sand, sea, family-friendly activities and an all-together relaxing escape. Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa’s ‘Chase Endless Summers’ package is a great excuse to visit the island nation this Eid al Adha, offering guests who book a stay of four days or more a complimentary half board package, including water sports, a special 30-minute photo shoot to commemorate the holiday, and 25% off on spa services. Guests can enjoy a breakfast buffet at the ocean-front Turquoise Restaurant and evening meals at Velaa Bar & Grill – offering ga la carter fresh grilled seafood, meats, and wood-fired delicacies or back at Turquoise Restaurant for a relaxed Asian and modern European buffet.
Four nights from $ 2,887 based on two sharing a one-bedroom beach villa; marriott.com
A yoga retreat in Thailand
Eid al-Adha is the perfect time to disconnect from everyday life and re-centre for the months ahead, and a fantastic way to do this is at a yoga retreat. Running from 20 June to 1 July, this 11-night yoga retreat takes place in Thailand’s beautiful northern city of Chiang Mai and is perfect for those looking to experience authentic Thailand. The retreat will comprise a small group of like-minded yoga enthusiasts – with spaces still available to book – and includes daily yoga classes along with exciting excursions, workshops and Thai massages. Visits to temples, waterfalls, an elephant sanctuary and the chance to learn Thai massage during a three-day workshop are just some of the truly memorable experiences available on this dreamy Eid escape. Guests will stay at Away Hotel Chiang Mai, an elegant vegan hotel with a luxury boutique feel and modern amenities, and enjoy daily vegetarian breakfasts.
Chiang Mai, Thailand; prices from AED6,611 for 11 days; 20 June to 1 July; welovetransformationaltravel.com
Eid al Adha staycations
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
Nowhere transports you from Dubai like Nikki Beach Resort & Spa. Located on Pearl Jumeira island on a private stretch of palm-strewn beach, the minimalist, modern resort feels a world away from the city, thanks to the sweet smell of coconut, almost Grecian white-washed design, and European Riviera feel. This Eid, the luxury beachfront property is offering 30% off the best available rate on stays of two nights or more, meaning residents can feel like they’re in the Greek Islands, South of France or even Miami, without getting on a flight. What’s most, guests will get a complimentary breakfast at Café Nikki and 30% off treatments at the zen Nikki Spa. The offer is available until 30 September with a valid UAE ID and the code ‘STAYCATION’.
Peal Jumeirah; from 1 June to 30 September; book now
Kempinski Hotel & Residences
The pastel-pink palace Kempinski Hotel & Residences has launched an Eid al Adha staycation offer with 20% off standard daily rates from 28 June to 2 July. The Palm Jumeirah beach hotel is an excellent setting for a languid, waterfront Eid staycation, with swimming pools, a private beachfront and complimentary use of Kempinski bikes to explore Palm Jumeirah. The hotel’s acclaimed Italian restaurant Brunello will also offer a specially curated three-course Eid al Adha menu during the public holiday.
Cheval Maison – The Palm Dubai
For a home-away-from-home staycation (but without the washing up and bed-making), check into Cheval Maison – The Palm Dubai. The newly opened elegant aparthotel is the first of the Cheval Collection properties to open outside the UK, providing chic apartments perfect for families looking to enjoy the joys of Palm Jumeirah. Until 31 August, travellers can enjoy a stay in a one-bedroom apartment with a kitchen and terrace from AED777 per night and enjoy early check-in from 11 am and late check-out from 4 pm. The hotel has a rooftop pool, fitness studio and is footsteps from Nakheel Mall.
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; from AED777 per night; chevalcollection.com
Park Hyatt Dubai
Park Hyatt Dubai is a go-to resort for escapism in the emirate – located within the leafy Dubai Creek Resort and on the storied banks of Dubai Creek. Whitewashed walls, blue-capped domes and bougainvillaea create a Mediterranean-meets-Moorish vibe, which carries through the low-rise grounds hiding swimming pools, gardens and a Myconian spa with striking blue and white tiles. Interiors, however, are firmly planted in the Middle East, and guests can expect soothing earthy gues and mashrabiya patterned woodwork complemented by the delightful fragrance of frankincense. This Eid, the city oasis is offering 20% off participating restaurants, up to 30% off spa retail and preferential rates across its sports facilities, along with complimentary access to Cave Kids Club, Club Pool, Amara Pool, Al Porto Lagoon Pool as well as idyllic Lagoon Beach by Twiggy.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek; From 26 June to 2 July; hyatt.com