There’s a long weekend coming up in Dubai so it’s time to start dreaming about where to spend it. If you’re looking for a little adventure, we’ve rounded up five long weekend destinations to help you make the most of a few days off!
Flight time: 4 hrs
A bucketlist destination while you’re in Dubai – jet off to explore powder white beaches, turquoise waters and swaying palm trees. If you’re a scuba diver, you’ll love exploring the shimmering shoals of exotic fish, dramatic caverns and rugged shipwrecks. If you prefer to stay on dry land, simply enjoy sipping cocktails and admiring the mesmerizing view with your other half.
Don’t miss: The incredible sunsets which are the most beautiful and most Instagrammable in the world. Stay at Jumeirah Vittaveli.
Flight time: 6 hrs 55
A trip to this traditional and charming city will be rewarded with quaint medieval buildings, apfelwein taverns, hearty regional food and shopping. In the summer, there are plenty of cafes, parks and riverside paths to explore and the thriving foodie scene offers many cutting-edge fine dining and international eateries.
Don’t miss: The city’s authentic German restaurants from quaint taverns to stately medieval dining rooms, why not take a culinary tour around Frankfurt’s best traditional German restaurants? Stay at Jumeirah Frankfurt.
Flight time: 7 hrs 40
This is one of the world’s most visited cities and it has really has something for everyone – from history and culture to fine food and world-class sporting events. Explore the city’s historical buildings such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben or spend a day exploring the luxury shopping, art galleries such as Tate Modern and the British Museum.
Don’t miss: Flee the crowds and discover leafy landscapes at the parks and gardens – Kew Gardens, Richmond or Hampton Court Palace offer beautiful panoramas. Stay at Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living.
Flight time: 8 hrs 40
Granted it’s slightly further afield but if you’re adventurous and enjoy experiencing new cultures, this one’s for you. First stop should be to explore the Shanghai Bund which runs alongside the Huangpu River and you’ll get a glimpse of most photogenic views of the city. Home to colonial-era buildings, pretty parks and glamorous boutiques, this waterfront stretch should be at the top of your itinerary.
Don’t miss: Sunrise tai chi. Start your day on the Shanghai Bund at sunrise. As dawn breaks and before the throngs of people descend, the promenade is a tranquil backdrop for local tai chi practitioners. Stay at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel.
There’s no place like home. Dazzling skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, palatial shopping malls and surreal attractions from aquariums to ski slopes, what’s not to love? Yes, it’s hot outside, we hear you. But if you can’t travel abroad, you could always book a staycation. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in bed, indulge in a massage, catch up on your favourite Netflix series or cool off in a temperature controlled swimming pool with an ice cold cocktail.
Don’t miss: If the heat is too much to bear, book a treatment at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s spa and you can cool down in the snow room! Stay at Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts.