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Why You Should Choose the Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah Instead of Dubai…

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Did you know that Dubai was only one of seven Emirates? Why not get away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai and choose Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah instead.

 

There are a staggering 39 direct flights every week to the Emirates from Dublin airport. Many of you may have travelled to Dubai or stopped there en route to other destinations. Next time why not take the road less travelled and visit the quieter, more unspoilt Emirates. You will discover a relaxed atmosphere, lower hotel prices but still the same great beaches and expansive deserts. They are both very close to Dubai so you can easily take a day trip if you fancy a change of scene. Tropical Sky feature holidays to Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, two Emirates that combine sandy beaches and magnificent mountains with the Arabian desert. They are an ideal choice for a relaxing short break with some guaranteed sunshine. There are some amazing offers flying with Emirates direct from Dublin to Dubai until the end of the year, all with airport transfers included. I have hand picked some of their best to showcase why you should get off the beaten track and choose Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah instead of Dubai.

 

Ras Al Khaimah

 

4* Cove Rotana, Flights, Transfers & 5 Nights, All Inclusive, €889!

This traditional beachfront hotel is the perfect place to chill out. Choose from two swimming pools and a great choice of bars. Enjoy bottomless drinks and snacks while you watch the sunset in the Sunset Bar or some cocktails at Breakers at the beach. There are plenty of facilities to keep you active like their on site gym or if you want to chill out at the spa, thats cool too. They will also arrange sightseeing tours to the desert or you can enjoy a round of golf at the nearby course! Transfer time from Dubai: 90 minutes.

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5* Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Flights, Transfers & 5 Nights, All Inclusive, €969

If luxury is what you seek, look no further! This 5* hotel is located on a magnificent private beach in Marjan Island, yet only 5 minutes drive from the large Al Hamra Mall. All rooms have sea views and the amenities on site are second to none. There are seven pools to choose from including a adult-only infinity pool. The all-inclusive arrangement includes dining at one of the Emirates largest buffet restaurants, with live cooking stations and a BBQ as well as six other restaurants where reservations are required. The spa offers Turkish Hammam (self-service), steam room, sauna and an ice fountain and non motorised watersports are also included in the price. The hotel provides an excellent entertainment program for adults and children, as well as an on site kids club and teen zone. Chill out at the end of the day with a cocktail in the Mojito Bar or the fantastic beach bar. Transfer time from Dubai: 1 hour.

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Fujairah

 

5* Radisson Blu Resort Fujairah, Flights, Transfers & 5 Nights, All Inclusive €989

The Radisson Blu Resort Fujairah is situated on a private beach in the Indian Ocean. All rooms have sea views, perfect for a romantic drink on the balcony. There are excellent on site facilities including six restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness centre and dive centre. There is a water park for kids as well as a club offering snorkelling, sailing, games and crafts. Make sure to visit the nearby Madhab Park with its healing mineral springs. The hotel also offers a shuttle to Dubai, twice per week at an additional charge. Transfer time from Dubai airport: 90 minutes.

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5* Le Meridien Al Aqua Beach Resort, Flights, Transfers & 5 Nights, All Inclusive, €1369

This luxury Indian Ocean resort is set on its own private beach with the stunning backdrop of the Hajar Mountains. The Le Meridien Al Aqua Beach Resort is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Fujairah and is rated number 1 on tripadvisor. The on-site facilities are world class including one of the largest swimming pools in the region, a luxury spa, outstanding international cuisine and lush gardens. There is a dive centre, tennis and squash courts and a health club on site. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to Fujairah City and Dubai, if you fancy a day trip. For a limited time you will receive 30% off stays until the 20th of October, price above includes this discount. Transfer time from Dubai: 90 minutes.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Asia

Sri Lanka, Flights, 4* All Inclusive Hotel & Transfers, €1169!

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Gone are the days where tourists passed over Sri Lanka to visit other Asian countries. This year holidays to Sri Lanka are very much in vogue. There are so many reasons to visit Sri Lanka, go see it before the crowds arrive!

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka boasts a coastline full of white sandy beaches and an interior with tea plantations and rolling hills. There are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites so if culture is what you seek, you will find it in abundance. Sri Lanka is home to the world’s only elephant orphanage as well as offering numerous safari options. Of course we can’t forget the people, you will fall in love with their traditions, culture and their welcoming smile 😀.

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I found a great deal with Tropical Sky staying in the highly rated Club Hotel Dolphin. Situated on the sunny west coast, this all-inclusive beach front property is incredible value. Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, this hotel receives excellent reviews and was a travellers choice awards winner in 2016. It boasts one of Sri Lanka’s largest swimming pools and a wide selection of facilities on site, including the luxurious Pavillion Spa, evening entertainment and free WiFi. If you are feeling energetic you can enjoy a game of tennis, volleyball, horse riding or use the gym.

Sri Lanka

Water-sports enthusiasts will enjoy kayaking or scuba diving. If you want to see some of the country side, the hotel can arrange tours for you. For those travelling with children, there is a kids club on site and a separate children’s swimming pool. The Club Hotel Dolphin offers meals and drinks included in the price of your stay. You can enjoy the buffet with separate cooking stations in the main restaurant ‘Sands’ or go a la carte in ‘The Cove’. There are also a choice of three bars offering complimentary drinks and snacks throughout your stay.

Sri Lanka

Fly from Dublin to Sri Lanka in April, May, August or September and enjoy a seven night all-inclusive stay in this luxury resort for only €1169 per person. Prices also include airport transfers.

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

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