As the UAE steps up efforts to protect the public from Covid-19 or the Coronavirus, all scheduled events hosted by hotels and entertainment destinations in Dubai have been cancelled. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has also announced the suspension of all inbound and outbound flights with Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, with effect from 17th March, and until further notice. This comes on top of all schools closing early for spring break, only due to reopen on 5th April.

There’s no doubt that putting these measures in place to safeguard our health and the health of our loved ones, especially our children are important but at the same time, we have to admit that suddenly having our children at home for such an extended period is exhausting and cabin fever sets in pretty fast!

Why not book a staycation? These UAE hotels are the perfect place to unwind and just get away from home for a while. Whilst the sheer amount of hotels in the UAE may make the possibilities seem endless, we’ve done the not-so-hard work for you, rounding up a list of the best places worth booking.

JA the Resort, Dubai

Unwind at Dubai’s Only True Resort at any of the 3 five-star properties of JA Beach Hotel, JA Lake View Hotel and JA Palm Tree Court. Book a staycation starting from AED 476 per night including breakfast only and get 50% off your third night.

You can enjoy the tranquility of an 800m private beach or immerse yourself in 1 of 7 temperature-controlled swimming pools. With more than 40 exhilarating experiences, including 4 tennis courts, a world-class golf course, jet skiing, windsurfing and sea karting, there really is something for everyone!

Dine at one of 25 restaurants and bars, including unique dining experiences at Kinara, an award-wining Indian restaurant by Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna; Phoenicia, a modern Mediterranean restaurant with menus by Michelin-star Chef Greg Malouf, and all new Sette, a signature Italian restaurant with Sicilian and Sardinian influences.

When: Valid until 30th September 2020

Cost: Starting from AED 476 per night including breakfast only with 50% off the 3rd night of stay.

To book: Please call 04 809 9333, email reservations.jatheresort@jaresorts.com or visit https://www.jaresortshotels.com/dubai-staycation. Use booking code JA-CALLING on JAresorts.com.

Terms and Conditions: Offer valid for new bookings and is subject to availability. Rates are subject to service charge and municipality fees.

Zighy Bay, Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The setting of these beautiful indigenous village style villas and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic Al Hajar Mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other.

When: 1st March – 3rd April.

Cost: USD 950 per pool villa, per night, includes complimentary daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children below the age of 12 sharing one-bedroom villas.

To book: Please call +968 2673 5888 or email at reservations zighy@sixsenses.com.

Terms and Conditions: Offer valid for new bookings and is subject to availability. Rates are subject to service charge and municipality fees. Booking should be made by using the code ‘BMFSTC2020 and this offer is not combinable with other offers. The offers is valid for UAE passport and UAE residence visa holders only.

JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Dubai

Enjoy an adventurous escape in the mountains at JA Hatta Fort Hotel starting from AED 469 per night including breakfast only and get 50% off your third night! You can expect rooms with private balconies and panoramic views of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains, blue skies and lush manicured lawns. Unique Hatta experiences include archery, air gun shooting, mini golf, target driving range, spa, recreation centre, 2 swimming pools. There’s also more fabulous experiences in and around Hatta including Hatta Kayak and the Hatta Honey Bee Farm.

When: 1st March – 3oth April.

Cost: Starting from AED 469 per night including breakfast only with 50% off the 3rd night of stay.

To book: Please call 04 814 5555, email reservations.hfh@jaresorts.com or visit https://www.jaresortshotels.com/dubai-staycation. Use booking code JA-CALLING on JAresorts.com

Terms and Conditions: Offer valid for new bookings and is subject to availability. Rates are subject to service charge and municipality fees.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai

Why would you ever want to leave Dubai in the first place when you can come to Nikki Beach Resort with the whole family? Enjoy a poolside breakfast, al fresco lunch, free pool & beach access with plenty of space for flying kites and fun beach activities for everyone. With a fabulous outdoor space and a sandy white beach, you bring the whole family to enjoy a break from the madness.

When: Saturday to Thursday, until 4th April.

Cost:  20% off best available rate.

To book: Please call 04 376 6290, email Reservations.Dubai@nikkibeachhotels.com or visit https://dubai.nikkibeach.com/.

Terms and Conditions apply. 

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

The beauty of the Arabian desert has been a secret of the Bedouins for thousands of years. Now, visitors can experience its tranquillity, picturesque scenery and rich culture at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. The luxury resort brings together pampering services with opportunities to discover the land and the people, creating an unforgettable journey for the entire family. With 101 private villas each with temperature controlled pools, five dining venues including the farm-to-table Farmhouse and the open-sky Moon Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Spa combining European and Asian wellness philosophies and the unique Rainforest – a hydrothermal sanctuary along with various activities for the adventurous such as archery, desert biking, bird watching, horse and camel riding, stargazing, nature walks, and more, the resort is the perfect escape from the routine.

When: March and April 2020.

Cost: Starting from AED 1800++ per villa, per night inclusive of breakfast for 2 adults, 2 children under the age of 12 years. Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2.

To book: Please call +971 7 206 7777, email reservation.rakdesert@ritzcarlton.com or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/rasalkhaimah.

Terms and Conditions apply. 

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

A secluded oasis set along the Arabian Gulf, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach celebrates natural beauty and cultural heritage. Blending traditional elements with modern luxury, the hotel offers a collection of experiences including outdoor adventure, bespoke dining and sea-facing spa treatments. With 32 private villas, each with its own pool and direct beach access, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Shore House restaurant offering poolside dining, ocean views and beach activities include archery, watersports, yoga classes – private or group session, and Ritz Kids activities, the resort offers seclusion and luxury in equal measure.

When: March and April 2020.

Cost: Starting from AED 2250 per villa, per night inclusive of breakfast for 2 adults, 2 children under the age of 12 years. Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2.

To book: Please call +971 7 204 8888, email reservation.rakbeach@ritzcarlton.com or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/rasalkhaimah.

Terms and Conditions apply.