A dose of virtual reality or a massive aquarium and underwater zoo filled with creatures from the deep blue sea? Both are activities that make for a fun family staycation, especially when you can go to them completely free. Those looking to experience some of the Downtown Dubai’s best features can book a stay at Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall or Address Boulevard and get free access for two people to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall, as well as two Super 7 passes to the VR Park. All three hotels are five-star resorts and placed right in the heart of Dubai, so you won’t be far from the two attractions.
From Dhs1,500 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. Various locations including Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall and Address Boulevard, all Dubai, www.addresshotels.com.
DUKES, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
From relaxing on a private beach, to daily breakfasts at the Great British Restaurant (GBR) and lunch and evening meals at either GBR, West14th or Khyber, this sister hotel to the London DUKES THE PALM, a Royal Hideaway Hotel has an all-inclusive deal that sounds brilliant. You can also get drinks at the hotel's bars. Kids will also have access to the Dukesy Kids Club. The deal starts from the time you get there (check-in is 3pm) until the time you leave (check-out is noon).
From Dhs1,000 per person, per night. Ongoing. DUKES THE PALM, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1100).
Fairmont The Palm
Fairmont The Palm has gone all-in on its summer staycation offer. On bookings made until September 30, you can get a room at the luxurious five-star hotel on the Palm from as little as Dhs650. For your cash, you’ll get a tonne of extras. So not only will you get your standard Fairmont room you’ll also get the breakfast buffet for two and dinner for two people at your choice of restaurant. In between meals, you can unwind at one of the hotel’s four temperature-controlled swimming pools, plus a 30-minute spa treatment to choose from for two people, when booking a 60-minute treatment.
From Dhs650 (excluding taxes and fees). Available until Mon Sep 30. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.fairmont.com.
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
For a budget stay at a Jumeirah hotel, take your weekend bag over to this Garhoud property. A starting rate of Dhs400 per room, per night is admirable value, considering the price includes Wild Wadi tickets, the opportunity to use Jumeirah Zabeel Saray facilities and even a buffet breakfast and refill of your room’s mini-bar. From Dhs400 per room, per night.
Ongoing. Garhoud, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com (04 230 8555).
Rove at The Park
For just Dhs199 per night you’ll be able to stay at the brand-new park in the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, and they’ll even throw in two free tickets to the theme park itself.
There are also interconnecting rooms for families, so you can trick your teens into thinking they’re independent while keeping them under a watchful eye. Late check out at 2pm is available, too, which should be enough time to rouse yourself for the day ahead, as well as leisure facilities including an outdoor pool and 24-hour gym.
From Dhs199. Rove At The Park, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, www.rovehotels.com.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Escape from the city and recharge your batteries at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi’s spa indulgence package, offering a $100 (around Dhs367) spa voucher for Chi, The Spa along with a daily breakfast.
From Dhs975 (prices vary). Ongoing. Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8888).
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
If you’re up for a splash-tastic day at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Waterworld or speedy fun at Ferrari World after a hearty buffet breakfast, then just punch in the promo code 2MP when booking a stay at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort. A fun package for the whole family.
From Dhs575. Until Sep 30. Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 677 3333).
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Book a staycay at the hotel until December 31 and you’ll be able to eat at one of the hotel’s swanky restaurants for an additional Dhs5.
All you have to do is book the Five Years Celebratory package and you can select a delicious breakfast, lunch, high tea or dinner at Mezzerie, Peackock Alley, Serafina and Social by Heinz Beck and more for an additional five dizzers per person. Alternatively you can invest your Dhs5 in a 30-minute spa treatment at Waldorf Astoria Spa, with complimentary access to the spa facilities including the Himalayan Salt Stone Sauna, Aromatic Steam room, Herbal Sauna, Experience Showers and some wonderfully relaxing waterbeds.
That’s Dhs5 well spent we’d say.
From Dhs1,200. Until Dec 31, 2019. Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com.