Golf in Equatorial Guinea

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As golfing destinations go, you can’t get much more up-and-coming than Equatorial Guinea. This diminutive nation on Africa’s west coast is arguably most notable for the fact that it’s the only one on the continent where Spanish is the first language. And perhaps that Iberian influence has extended to its sport, with golf swiftly growing in popularity here.

We suggest heading to the Sofitel Malabo Sipopo le Golf. This luxurious resort boasts the country’s first 18-hole course that offers unforgettable mountain and sea views. But, along with a stunning backdrop for a round, this five-star venue also has plenty else to offer. Set on the populous Bioko island, the Sofitel has some 200 rooms and deluxe suites, all of which offer fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean or golf course.

The resort also offers a number of leisure activities, including boat trips. Alternatively, you could always kick back on the white sand of the private beach or enjoy a golf ball massage in the spa. If your exertions, or lack thereof, have left you feeling famished, fill up at one of the three restaurants that offer French cuisine and Guinean dishes.
From Dhs855 per room, per night. Ongoing. Sofitel Malabo Sipopo le Golf, Equatorial Guinea, www.sofitel.com/Equatorial/Guinea.

Abu Dhabi

Winter offer Courtyard World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi

If you’re looking for a good-value option in the middle of the capital’s Business District, this Marriott offering is perfect. With the Corniche a short stroll away, you’ll be glad you took the Winter Weekends deal that will give you 20 percent off your room from Thursday to Saturday.
From Dhs340 per room, per night. Until March 11. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street, www.marriott.com (02 698 2222).

25% off Danat Al Ain Resort

Widely regarded as one of the top places to stay in Al Ain, each of Danat’s rooms come with views of the lush gardens or the majestic Jebel Hafeet mountain. Or you could really splash out and grab yourself one of the 22 one- and two-bedroom Mediterranean-style villas. Book two weeks in advance and you’ll get 25 percent off.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Al Salam Street, Al Ain, www.danathotels.com (03 704 6000).

Rest of the UAE

15% off Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort

We love the smell of a brand-new hotel, and they don’t get much newer than Fairmont’s foray into Fujairah. Nestled among the valleys of the Hajar Mountains, the emirate’s “only art-inspired resort” features 180 rooms and suites, all of which offer guests marina or ocean views. Following its soft opening on Tuesday December 27, you can now book one of these and get a 15 percent discount if you book at least three days ahead.
Prices vary. Until September 30. Mina Al Fajer, Dibba, Fujairah, www.fairmont.com/fujairah (09 204 1111).

25% off Metropolitan Hotel Dubai
One of Dubai’s oldest and most-loved hotels has been reborn on Sheikh Zayed Road and, as an added incentive to indulge in a little nostalgia, the Metropolitan team is offering a special early-bird discount. Book one of the 320 contemporary rooms or suites between now and Monday January 30 and you’ll get 25 percent off the best available rate. You can celebrate your super saving with a slap-up meal at The Red Lion or Italian eatery Don Corleone.
Prices vary. Until January 30. Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.metropolitanhoteldubai.com (04 343 0000).

Suite offer Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Set right in the heart of The Walk on JBR, this luxury five-star hotel is about far more than just its location. It has 438 rooms and suites and is great for a spot of people watching. And, if you really want to feel like the lord or lady of all you survey, book a Prestige Suite and get 30 percent off.
Prices vary. Ongoing. The Walk, JBR, Dubai, www.sofitel.com (04 437 3333).

Golf deal The Cove Rotana
Pack your woods, irons and putters and head up the road to Ras Al Khaimah to this beautifully appointed hotel. Book a one-night stay here and they’ll throw in nine holes at the challenging Tower Links golf course, a basket of range balls for your pre-round practise and both breakfast and dinner at all-day-dining restaurant Cinnamon. All you have to do is dig out your plus-fours.
From Dhs1,485 per person. Sheikh Muhammad Bin Salem Road, Ras Al Khaimah, www.rotana.com (07 206 6000).

20% 0ff The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City
One of the most recent additions to the city’s hospitality scene, this urban retreat on the banks of Dubai Water Canal is offering guests a 20 percent discount on both their stay and food. Book a one-night stay now and you’ll also get Dhs100 off at Heavenly Spa as well as a free personal training session at WestinWORKOUT. So make sure you don’t forget your gym bag.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Al Habtoor City, www.westindubaialhabtoorcity.com (04 437 3333).

Oman

20% off Radisson Blu Hotel, Sohar
Another of the region’s newcomers, this waterfront venue brings you all the hustle and bustle of Oman’s ever-growing world trade hub while offering you the chance to relax as you gaze out into the Gulf from the nearby beach. Book a room here at least a week in advance and you’ll be given 20 percent off. Bargain.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Beachfront of Al-Zafaran, Falaj El Qabayil, Sohar www.radissonblu.com (04 390 0070).

By Luke Wilson
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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