9 international vacation spots for Eid Al-Adha holidays
July 24, 2018 | 12:19 PM
by Times News Service

Muscat: With the Eid Al Adha holidays coming up in a month, holidaymakers are already planning their next getaway from Oman, and a number of Asian vacation spots are great places to visit this year.

From European adventures with the kids to Asian romantic getaways, here's a guide to the best Eid Al-Adha destinations for an idyllic getaway. Whether you prefer a bustling city escape, or a relaxing trip surrounded by nature, we've put together nine perfect destinations for GCC travellers of all ages looking to visit places near and far.

1. Avani Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Amidst beautiful white beaches, authentic Sri Lankan culture and tranquil colonial charm in the 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.

Avani Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka is located just where the Kalu Ganga River meets the Indian Ocean, just an hour and half drive from the international airport, AVANI Kalutara Resort ticks the boxes for fun, romance and adventure.

Reservations can be made at

2. Baros Maldives


Called the ‘Legend of the Maldives’, Baros Maldives is a bucket-list escape for anyone looking to visit the Indian Ocean. One of the first islands in the Maldives to be transformed into a luxury resort for discerning travellers, the resort has become one of the most luxurious and sought after locations.

Far from rustic, Baros Maldives is dotted with over-water villas and beachfront suites designed with almost every modern convenience imaginable.

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and spend the day at leisure. Get a tan, enjoy some refreshments and unwind or opt for some adventurous water sports such as jet skiing, para-sailing, and kayaking. From Sails Bar, The Lighthouse Restaurant to Cayenne grill and Serenity Spa, this resort has you covered with the best spots for ultimate relaxation.

Room rates in a Baros Beach Villa for two starts at USD802 per night and in a Baros Overwater Villa with a private pool for two from USD 1,207 per night and are applicable for a minimum stay of three nights for stays between August 20 and August 27, 2018. Reservations can be made at

Eid Special Package Includes:

• Daily breakfast and dinner (set-menu) in Lime Restaurant

• Return airport transfers via speedboat

• 24-hours wireless high-speed internet access

• A round of Sheesha in the Sails Bar per day

• Fruit platter in the Villa on arrival

• Baros Nature Walk on Thursday or Sunday

• Marine Biology presentation on Friday or Monday

• Access to the fitness centre

• Early check-in and late checkout (based on availability)

3. North Island, Seychelles


A short four-and-a-half-hour flight from the GCC, the Seychelles is the perfect getaway this Eid Al-Adha.

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, 30 km 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, 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 EUR6,127 per night and EUR9,644 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 EUR672 per night.

For more information on North Island visit

4. The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa Bali


The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is offering guests a special three-night ‘Villa Indulgence’ package for an unforgettable getaway this Eid Al Adha.

With a one-day holiday for Arafat Day on Tuesday August 21, plus a two-day holiday for Eid Al Adha expected to start on August 22, GCC residents can look forward to a very long weekend in August. And we can’t think of a better way to make the most of this extended break than with a relaxing holiday in a villa that’s mere steps away from the soft sands of Seminyak Beach in Bali.

With options from Suites to Private Pool Villas to Penthouse, this resort is the epitome of Balinese luxury.

The ‘Villa Indulgence’ package includes daily breakfast and afternoon tea in your private villa, return airport transfers, and a 90-minute spa treatment at Kahyangan Spa, among other offers.

Villa Indulgence Package Includes:

• Daily breakfast and afternoon tea in your private villa

• Return airport transfer

• One-time dinner in your villa

• One-time lunch in your villa

• 90-minute spa treatment at Kahyangan Spa

• One-time complimentary minibar

• Early Check-in from 11am and Late Check-out until 3 pm (subject to availability)

For more information, please visit

5. Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum


This Eid Al Adha, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum offers families and couples the ideal opportunity to unwind and indulge in a luxurious setting during this long weekend break. Located on the northern coast of the Bodrum peninsula on the Paradise Bay, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum’s oriental style combined with authentic Turkish charm and hospitality make this hotel the perfect getaway this Eid.

Guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation and special dining experiences when booking either the Scuba Diving or the Suite Temptations packages this Eid season. Home to a host of water activities, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is the prefect destination for adventurous visitors. Guests can explore the shoreline on Jet Skis, test their strength Fly Boarding or race around on Seabobs. Post water sports, guests can settle in to one of the hotel’s luxury suites – some of which include their own private pool and sauna – that can accommodate intimate couples or large parties alike.

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum offers a range of eight restaurants and bars with tempting dining options perfect for a family Eid feast.

The Scuba Diving package starts from EUR426 per night, for a minimum three-night stay and includes:

• Daily breakfast at Sofra restaurant for two guests.

• PADI Scuba Dive course for two guests.

• Two days with four dives (each dive will take 30-45 minutes as per the diving instructor's directives).

• Theory and practice sessions.

• Equipment rental for up to two guests.

• PADI license and logbook.

The Suite Temptations package starts from EUR1,480 per night and includes:

• A complimentary fourth night.

• Daily breakfast at Sofra restaurant for two guests.

• A spa credit of EUR 150 per suite per stay.

• A VIP welcome amenity.

For more information visit

6. Mandarin Oriental, Singapore


Experience the best of Singapore and Discover Marina Bay in style with a thoughtfully created package, which brings together a luxurious stay, dining and iconic experiences at the city’s world-class attractions.

Check in to the comfort of a Marina Bay View room, overlooking some of Singapore's most famous landmarks. Enjoy alfresco sundowners paired with fine canapés at the poolside [email protected], and take time to relax and unwind away from digital devices, with a personal colouring and canvas set.

During each stay, the hotel’s expert concierge team will arrange for guests to take in the sights, including 360° views of the city on the Singapore Flyer, a specially prepared picnic basket to enjoy at Gardens by the Bay and an all-access pass to the lotus-shaped contemporary ArtScience Museum.

The journey of discovery culminates with a cruise that departs from Marina Bay and takes in the skyline and attractions old and new at a leisurely pace along the Singapore River.

The Discover Marina Bay package is priced from SGD1,200 per night, requires a minimum two-night stay and includes:

• Accommodation in a Marina Bay View room

• Mandarin Sling cocktails with canapés at [email protected] for two adults once per stay

• Personal set of colours and canvas to paint scenic views

• Two tickets for the Singapore Flyer

• Two tickets to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest

• A picnic basket for a trip to Gardens by the Bay for two

• Two all-access tickets to the ArtScience Museum

• A sunset boat ride for two along Marina Bay and Singapore River

• Daily breakfast for two at Melt Café

For more information visit:

7. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok


Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is giving guests the opportunity to explore the renaissance of arts and culture and make their stay even better this Eid Al-Adha vacation.

While Bangkok is synonymous with shopping and known for its thriving culinary scene, the Charoenkrung Creative District has transformed itself into a foodie and artsy enclave. Multitudes of art galleries, shophouses, creative spaces, restaurants and bars are fostering a distinct atmosphere through a creative revival with the result being an eclectic mix of old and new world charm. Home to nine outstanding restaurants and bars, excellent spa and wellness facilities as well as a Thai cooking school, it is the ultimate Bangkok address.

For reservations or any information, please visit

8. Mandarin Oriental, Macau


For Eid Al-Adha, the historic city of Macau is also few of the best destinations to have a family retreat to. Once a sleepy Portuguese outpost, this southern Chinese metropolis has, in a few short years, established itself as the region’s undisputed entertainment mecca, with quaint colonial neighbourhoods making way for mega resorts.

Macau is home to some fine museums, including the Macao Museum of Art, just ten minutes by foot from the contemporary five-star retreat, Mandarin Oriental Macau.

• Valid until 28 December, 2018.

• Minimum two-night stay.

• Daily breakfast for two people at Vida Rica Restaurant.

• Macau Tower AJ Hackett Skywalk for two people, including T-shirt, e-certificate, membership card and Skywalk photo in USB.

• Complimentary Internet access.

The Skywalk Moment package is available from HKD2,188 per room per night. For more information visit:

9. Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is packed with historic monuments, steel-clad skyscrapers, lush parks, bustling street markets and lively night entertainment with incense-wreathed mosques and temples alongside a thriving modern art scene.

The city is recognised by CNN as a fashionista’s paradise, home to many of the world’s largest shopping malls, with thousands of international labels alongside local designers – all on the hotel's doorstep.

• Valid 1 June - 31 August 2018.

• Daily breakfast for two at Mosaic.

• A 1 hour 50 minutes Time Ritual spa treatment at The Spa.

• 6 hours use of our poolside Cabana for pure relaxation.

• A healthy Spa Wellness lunch or dinner at Aqua Restaurant & Bar.

• Complimentary Digital Silence Service, rewarded with a Spa phone cover and Digital Wellness tip sheet if you manage to disconnect from your phone for one full day.

The wellness package is available from MYR1,129 per room per night. For more information visit:

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