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Weekend Getaway: Ten Budget-Friendly Staycation Deals To End Summer On A High

Every summer has its story and there’s still a few weeks of heat this year! If you’re planning a weekend getaway soon, take a look at these budget-friendly staycation deals for under Dhs500.

Golden Tulip Aljazira Hotel and Resort

Offer: Dhs467

Where: Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi

About the deal: Watersports enthusiasts, this one is for you! The most distinguishing feature about the resort is its location-at Ghantoot island, where they’ve got activities to beat the heat, like snorkeling, jet ski and for those ready to brave the summer hiking. They’ve also got facilities such as steam and sauna room, hammam and a large swimming pool, ideal for those looking for a relaxing getaway. Plus, there are two restaurants: Brasserie and Zero serving a variety of local and international dishes and Cafe de Baileys serving coffee specialties and light snacks. The deal is valid till 30th September.

You can find the deal on Groupon.

Acacia Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah

Offer: Dhs429

Where: Ras Al Khaimah

About the deal: Food lovers are in for a surprise as Acacia Hotel boasts its variety of five food & beverage spots to suit everyone’s culinary preferences. Holidaymakers will have plenty of leisure activities to choose from as there’s a large swimming pool, beach access via free shuttle bus and free kayaking to keep you cool this summer. What’s more, the deal also includes breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and unlimited soft and house beverages. The deal is valid till 30th September.

You can find the deal on Cobone.

Oceanic Khor Fakkan Resort & Spa

Offer: Dhs313

Where: Khor Fakkan

About the deal: Imagine waking up to the views of the Arabian sea and skyline of the Hajar mountains, it doesn’t get any more picturesque with endless Instagram-material opportunities! You may also probably want to try their tea, as they’ve got two lounges serving up a brew as their speciality. Plus, wellness enthusiasts can enjoy activities like yoga and diving too. The deal is valid till 30th September.

You can find the deal on Groupon.

Western Hotel Madinat Zayed

Offer: Dhs399

Where: Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi

About the deal: Situated in the dunes of Al Dhafra, the hotel promises to take guests on a journey of contemporary design and distant Arabian architectural features. The hotel has got facilities like sauna room (in case it’s not hot enough outdoors for you) and a large swimming pool to keep guests relaxed as well as a range out dining options. The deal is valid till 30th September and they’ve also got packages exclusively for couples.

You can find the deal on Cobone.

Mercure Hotel, Jebel Hafeet

Offer: Dhs335

Where: Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain

About the deal: Planning a staycation and a road trip? Mercure Hotel has got the perfect deal as it’s located 3,000 feet up at the iconic Jebel Hafeet mountain, the drive up the mountain will have you feeling like you’re in a Bond movie. There are leisure activities like mini-golf, plus a swimming pool and jacuzzi available to keep you occupied, those looking for a relaxing experience can enjoy a 15% off on spa too. The deal is valid till 31st October.

You can find the deal on Cobone.

Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah

Offer: Dhs329

Where: Fujairah

About the deal: Beachgoers that aren’t afraid to brave the summer are in for an enjoyable experience at Radisson Blu as they’ve got beach access and swimming pools across the resort, so make sure to pack your beach essentials! Also, at the resort, there are on-site leisure facilities such as a gym, sauna and steam rooms. Their rooms are impressively tech-savvy as they feature climate control and bath technology. The deal is valid till 30th September on weekdays.

You can find the deal on Groupon.

Al Mafraq Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Offer: Dhs265

Where: Baniyas area, Abu Dhabi

About the deal: For those into sports and wellbeing, this is the perfect deal as they have a sports club, with indoor squash and badminton courts and outdoor tennis and volleyball courts. There’s also a fitness zone with gym and spa facilities as well as a climate-controlled pool with a swim-up bar. The hotel rooms have a combination of Arabic and modern design, with private balconies overlooking the pool and the garden. The deal is valid till 30th September on weekdays.

You can find the deal on Groupon.

Queen Elizabeth 2(QE2), Dubai

Offer: Dhs 383

Where: Mina Rashid, Dubai

About the deal: Dubai’s latest luxury tourist attraction, QE2 opened its doors to business last April and even though they don’t have any staycation deals, its rates are so attractive that we had to give them a shoutout! The historic ship has become Dubai’s one-of-a-kind floating hotel, with rooms available for Dhs 383 on weekends with breakfast included. Guests will be spoilt for choice from their wide range of restaurants and bars serving authentic British cuisine, grills and more.

You can check their rates on their website.

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Marjan Island Resort & Spa, Ras Al Khaimah

Offer: Dhs449

Where: Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah

About the deal: Located in Ras Al Khaimah‘s man-made touristic island, the resort has an attractive half-board staycation deal, including breakfast and dinner at its all-day international dining restaurant, Al Liwan. What’s more, the deal comes with plenty of attractive discounts, such as 20% off on watersports activities and 15% discount on Lamar Spa. The deal is valid till 30th September on weekdays.

You can find the deal on Cobone.

Tilal Liwa Hotel

Offer: Dhs330

Where: Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi

About the deal: Looking for an authentic Arabian staycation experience? Check out Tilal Liwa Hotel as it’s nestled in the quiet Rub al Khali desert and its luxurious rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, sleek furnishings, crisp white linen and Persian carpets. Moreover, they’ve got leisure facilities including a spa, a gym and a large outdoor swimming pool with beautiful desert views. Plus, foodies can also head to the Al Badiya restaurant, serving a fusion of local and regional meals. The deal is valid till 15th September.

You can find the deal on Groupon.