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Amazing getaways
July 12, 2018
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From European adventures with the kids to Asian romantic getaways, we have put together a guide of the best summer destinations to escape the heat. Whether you prefer a bustling city escape, or a relaxing trip surrounded by nature, we’ve put together the perfect summer travel guide for GCC travellers of all ages looking to visit destinations near and far.

AVANI Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka

Amidst beautiful white beaches, authentic Sri Lankan culture and tranquil colonial charm, south of Colombo lies the bustling coastal stretch of Kalutara. Paddle through the tranquil waters to discover the old canal, spice plantations and explore the lesser-known monumental historic site of Richmond Castle, which encapsulates four distinct styles of architecture.

Escape to AVANI Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka where the Kalu Ganga River meets the Indian Ocean. Ease into evenings with sunset drinks and feast on local specialties by the sea. Just an hour and half drive from the international airport, AVANI Kalutara Resort ticks the boxes for fun, romance and adventure.

Plan your trip earlier and take advantage of the Advance Purchase Offer. Book 15 days in advance to enjoy 15% savings along with complimentary daily breakfast.

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Baros Maldives

This summer take time out to celebrate love. Whether you have been together for less than a year, forty years, or you’re just starting out with someone new, a spontaneous weekend getaway is always romantic. In the remote Indian Ocean-locale southwest of India and Sri Lanka, lies a secluded heaven for couples – the Maldives. Its year-round tropical sunshine, breathtaking natural beauty and idyllic location from the GCC make the Maldives the perfect escape for a quiet weekend away with your partner. Tailored for couples seeking a romantic getaway, Baros Maldives has designed an intimate and idyllic ‘Romance in the Air’ package.

The award-winning resort’s ‘Romance in the Air’ package offers a secluded sanctuary for couples looking to experience the epitome of romance coupled with true Maldivian hospitality. Choose to stay in one of Baros Maldives’ recently renovated Deluxe Villas or Water Villas with direct access to the beautiful lagoon either from the veranda or by the wooden steps from the sundeck.

Room rates per night start at $1335 plus taxes and are applicable for a minimum stay of three nights. Reservations can be made at

North Island, Seychelles

A short four-and-a-half-hour flight from the GCC, the Seychelles is the perfect getaway this Summer. North Island Seychelles is the ultimate in exclusive personalised travel catering to the 21st century luxury traveller, making it the ideal destination for a grand family getaway or a romantic escape for two.

Located within the inner islands of the Seychelles, 30km away from the main island and only a 15-minute helicopter transfer from Mahé airport, North Island is the ultimate playground for your children, with a wide range of activities on land and in the water designed to keep young minds and bodies active, to satisfy the most inquisitive and thrill the most adventurous. Balloon tennis, pizza making lessons and pirate treasure hunts are all on the agenda for a fun packed family holiday.

2018 rates for the Presidential Villas start at €6,127 per night and €9,644 per night for Villa North Island excluding tax. Children under the age of 17 sharing the second bedroom are free of charge. For young adults aged 17-19 sharing the second bedroom, the rate is €672 per night.

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The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa Bali

It’s fun, it’s filled with energy and it has enough glitz and glam to appeal to jetsetters from the Middle East. We’re talking, of course, about the hip hood of Seminyak. With its cool café society, renowned restaurants, buzzing bars and cutting-edge shops, Seminyak has transformed itself into Bali’s social capital. And those in the know will be checking in to The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa.

What’s more, they’ll also be checking in for a little longer with the resort’s special ‘Long Stay Offer.’ Guests staying for 10 nights or more will benefit from a huge array of add-ons including daily breakfast and afternoon tea, morning yoga, return airport transfers, a Balinese night buffet dinner, a Fishermen’s night buffet dinner, an After 8 drink at Klass & Brass, a 90-minute Kahyangan massage at Kahyangan Spa, a complimentary activity, an early check in and a later check out. Guests will also receive 10% off their total food and beverage bill as well as 10% off laundry and dry cleaning.

While in Seminyak you’ll need to save some energy for shopping; this is where you’ll find all your summer resort wear. From slip dresses, romper shorts, playsuits, strappy evening dresses, cute camis, colourful kaftans, crochet cover-ups, eye catching bikinis, sandals, to woven bags and bold accessories, the boutiques in Seminyak are worthy of your hard-earned cash.

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