Dubai and Mahé
Travel 11 Jun 2021 - 30 Jun 2021
Book by 30 Sep 2020
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Saving £361 per person
- 3 nights Rove Dubai Marina, Dubai - Rover room
- 5 nights CaranaBeach, Mahé - Oceanview chalet with breakfast
- Carana Beach - receive a complimentary 60 minute massage per couple
- Flights to Dubai and onwards to the Seychelles with Emirates, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. Daily departures (weekend supplement of £25pp when travelling Fri & Sat).
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
Located at the heart of one of Dubai's most happening neighbourhoods.
Oceanview chalet with breakfast
This new boutique hotel overlooks a dramatically picturesque beach.
Flights to Dubai and onwards to the Seychelles with Emirates, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. Daily departures (weekend supplement of £25pp when travelling Fri & Sat).
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £60, Birmingham from £60, Newcastle from £60, Edinburgh from £60, Glasgow from £60. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
Named by Lonely Planet as one of their 'Top 10 cities to visit in 2020" this ever-changing Emirate is like nowhere else on the planet and features eye-catching architecture, scintillating tax-free shopping, incredible attractions, beautiful beaches, glamorous bars and restaurants as well as ancient traditions and the silently shifting sands of the dramatic desert interior.
Over the last few decades Dubai has undergone huge growth and has evolved from a small Gulf trading centre to one of the world's most spectacular and futuristic urban destinations. While for many the beaches are the main attraction, there are so many other places of interest and activities to occupy you as well as a wide variety of places to stay. Whatever you choose to see or do and wherever you opt to lay your head, it's cheap and easy to get around, either by taxi or metro, ensuring you can see as much as possible, should you wish to do so.
For a glimpse of times past, head to Dubai Creek. Here, ancient dhows ply the busy waters which flow past ochre coloured houses and souks humming with activity and bargaining banter. In Downtown Dubai crane your neck for a view of the Burj Khalifa before whizzing to its observation decks on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors for staggering skyline views. Here also, you can watch water dance at the Dubai Fountains; shop, dine and play at the vast Dubai Mall or head to the Dubai Opera for a diverse range of world-class concerts and musicals.
If you’re looking for a beach base, then Jumeirah will definitely do with its nine miles of coastline, iconic hotels, shops, private beach clubs and Wild Wadi Waterpark. Set back from the sand is The Walk, a pedestrianised area of shops, bars and restaurants at Jumeirah Beach Residence (or JBR as it’s known). Close by is man-made Dubai Marina, a buzzing enclave with lots of trendy and upscale eateries. Take time also to explore the Palm Jumeirah, the famed man-made island resembling a palm tree. If you’re not staying at one of the many resorts on The Palm, public transport gives easy access to the fantastic dining options and amazing leisure attractions. Jebel Ali, which sits in an outlying district, is another great spot for lazy days beside the sea, while also close to the thrilling rides and family fun of Dubai Parks™ and Resorts.
In a city that boasts the world's largest shopping mall and an annual Shopping Festival, it's no surprise that Dubai is paradise for shopaholics! As well as the vast modern malls that dot the city, there's plenty of old-fashioned Arabian shopping to be found in the souks of Deira and Bur Dubai.
For those who like to be active there's plenty of outdoor, or indoor, sporting pursuits on offer, including all manner of watersports, a spectacular selection of golf courses, an indoor ski slope, ice rink, several water parks with fun for all the family and don't miss the opportunity to get out into the desert, even if for just a few hours. Dubai also boasts a top calendar of annual sporting events including leading tennis and golf tournaments, the world's richest horse race - the Dubai World Cup along with international cricket matches.
Visitors to Dubai will also discover a superb spread of top-quality restaurants and celebrity chefs with cuisine from all around the globe as well as contemporary bars, many with superlative views. Some of the best establishments are found within the numerous luxury hotels with most offering several options. The Madinat Jumeirah complex and souk has an array of restaurants and shops while the big malls also have lots of eateries, including fast food options.
Oceanview chalet with breakfast
Mahe may be the largest and most densely populated island in The Seychelles, but at only 17 miles long and 5 miles wide it is delightfully compact and easily explorable. The joy of Mahe is the variety it offers: glorious coastal scenery ranging from wild granite cliffs to tranquil palm-fringed bays, while inland are high hills and remote rainforest and throughout the island are small towns and a unique Creole culture.
There are over 60 wonderful beaches and coves fringing the island, ranging from sweeping bays of white sand to hidden corners to find for your own Robinson Crusoe experience.
On the stunningly beautiful northwest coast is popular Beau Vallon, which may be more developed than other areas but is still low key with a gorgeous beach spread across a huge bay along with calm, gentle waters. Beau Vallon also has a good range of restaurants so you aren't limited to those in your hotel, however good they may be! It's also a good base for exploring Victoria and for access to the harbour for boats to Praslin and La Digue.
On the west coast is Port Launay Marine National Park, which has a horseshoe-shaped beach of white sands and calm, relatively deep waters forming a natural harbour. As a protected marine reserve the snorkelling is fantastic here and with a glorious backdrop of jungle clad mountains and high granite hills covered in forest, you'll feel surrounded by nature.
For beach hopping and seclusion it's hard to beat the south of the island. Here you'll find small settlements interspersed with forest and winding coastal roads leading to spectacular beaches, such as Anse Forbans, a huge bay naturally divided into three smaller beaches by boulders. The waters are shallow and calm with a natural lagoon formed by a reef some way off the shore. Other beaches close by include Anse Royal, Soleil, Intendance and Takamaka.
Mahe's tiny capital, Victoria, is a bustling centre whose streets are lined with endemic palms and a mix of Creole-style houses, Indian shops and British relics. There's a vibrant market, manicured botanical gardens and modern shopping plazas.