Looking for travel inspiration to celebrate the end of Ramadan this year? We knew we didn’t need to look any further than our friends at Mandarin Oriental for our Eid 2019 hotlist. With astronomers predicting that a three-day holiday for Eid Al-Fitr is likely to begin on Wednesday, June 5, making it a long weekend, we’re casting ahead for Eid getaway destinations. Check these venues out, and when you do go, don’t forget to send us a postcard!
Turkey – Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
With the Aegean Riviera’s most beautiful resort, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, re-opening for the summer in April, its new family-friendly villas and suites are ideal for an Eid break with loved ones. Two brand new villas include the six-bedroom Arya Beach Villa and seven-bedroom Alisya Beach Villa – both are perfect for getaways with families or groups of close friends. Other impressive options for families are the new two-bedroom Water Front Suites overlooking the picturesque cove’s Olive Garden Beach, complete with private swimming pool, the new three-bedroom Blue Beach Villa located at Blue Beach, and the four-bedroom Olive Tree Villa, surrounded by an ancient olive grove.
Morocco – Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech
Families looking to explore ancient cultures this Eid will love Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech’s new luxury accommodation package. Guests booking the five-star resort’s Berber Experience offer will discover the atmospheric Red City, learn about Moroccan culture and traditions from local residents and stay in a sumptuous private villa or suite architecturally inspired by traditional local riad designs. As part of the Berber Experience package guests will have an opportunity to explore Atlas Mountains villages, where they will be served a delicious lunch in a local resident’s home and learn first-hand about the lifestyle and culture of the Berber, making this a truly memorable moment.
United Kingdom – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
The most anticipated re-opening of 2019, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park reopened in London following on from an extensive restoration of its 117-year history. Following the re-opening of the public spaces in December 2018, the hotel now unveils all new guest rooms and suites, including two newly created expansive penthouse suites. Most accommodation offers exceptional views of leafy Hyde Park and the London skyline. In celebration, the hotel has created a ‘Be the First to Stay’ package available until 30 June 2019 which includes daily breakfast, plus a credit for each stay to be used in the new Spa, Mandarin Bar, The Rosebery or Bar Boulud.
Thailand – Avani+ Samui Resort
Having started to welcome guests at the end of December 2018, Avani+ Samui is rapidly developing a reputation as a secluded beach paradise for both families and couples. Designed as a seaside hideaway, Avani+ Samui is just steps away from an untouched, secluded bay. Guests can choose from 25 guest rooms, 27 private pool villas, or six beachfront pool villas, with the villas perfect for those with children in tow. Each is spacious, with nature-inspired interiors and ample natural lighting. Even more privacy can be found within the villas, where modern amenities are surrounded by verdant gardens with a private pool for the ultimate indulgence.
Bahrain – The Merchant House, Manama
Also new to the hotel landscape, The Merchant House is Bahrain’s first boutique hotel to be awarded a five-star rating. The all-suite status of this stunning property makes it perfect for families looking for bonding time this Eid. Situated within Manama’s old town, The Merchant House has 46 luxury suites, each of which has an open-plan sitting room, a kitchen and dining area, as well as a spacious bedroom. The level of space, comfort and convenience means that the well-designed suites make for a very special experience. Its central location, meanwhile, makes it the ideal base to explore the city, with the bustling Bab Al Bahrain souk is right on its doorstep.
Maldives – Velaa Private Island
Taking exclusivity to the next level with facilities and services that go beyond traditional resorts, Velaa Private Island is perfect for families who really want to push the boat out this Eid. With just 47 villas, houses and residences, GCC travellers will be particularly impressed by the four-bedroom Velaa Private Residences – of which there are four. Ideal for families or those travelling with friends, the two Private Residences, which can sleep up to 10, are set on their own private stretch of beach. What’s more, they come equipped with everything you can possibly think of including a gym and a spa room, along with ample outdoor space for in-villa dining and entertaining.
Dubai – Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
For those who prefer to take advantage of Dubai’s temperate climes, then the recently opened Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is just the ticket. Not only has this stunning property been described by many fans as “the most beautiful hotel in Dubai,” its rooms and suites are some of the biggest in the city making them perfect for families. Younger fans will also enjoy an array of thoughtful amenities and services in the resort including a dedicated kids’ pool, complimentary dining up to the age of four, in-room movies on demand, toys and age-appropriate toiletries, and a Little Nomads club.