Dubai luxury offers
With the UAE back on the amber list and Dubai welcoming visitors, it could be worth thinking about an autumn break in the sunshine. There are quite a few good deals on hotels currently. There’s also a sale on with BA that makes the flight prices fairly reasonable.
To enter Dubai, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check-in. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
This is one of my favourites for a short break being close to the airport and on the Creek. You can read my review here. They have recently added a lagoon as well making it feel more beach-like. Practice your swing at the 18-hole championship golf course, 9-hole par 3 course, or at the golf academy. You can also experience the aerial sightseeing sensation Seawings, tennis, and yoga. There are several great restaurants there too along the Creek.
Italy luxury offers
In the last few days, Italy has announced that they will no longer require fully vaccinated Brits to quarantine and they will accept the UK NHS Covid vaccine app. If you fancy a few days in Italy, here are some of the best hotel offers. There are also some decent flight prices still with British Airways and Avios availability to most Italian destinations.
Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome
Travelzoo has an offer to buy a voucher for the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome with up to 50% off. The voucher is refundable. Once you have booked you can get a refund up to 14 days prior to your stay.
The hotel scores 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor and looks gorgeous! It is situated directly onto Rome’s landmark Piazza della Repubblica, with the elegant Fontana delle Naiadi (Fountain of the Naiads) at its centre. It is also walking distance from many of the key attractions such as the Trevi Fountain and it is close to the main train station. There’s a rooftop pool to cool off in after a day of sightseeing too which doubles as a bar! You can even see the ruins of the imperial Baths of Diocletian through a glass floor in the hotel.
The offer is as follows:
- overnight accommodation in a Premium Room with View:
- £229… 1 November, 2021-31 March, 2022
- £259… 1 September-31 October, 2021
- £275… 1 April-30 June, 2022
- Overnight accommodation in a Junior Suite:
- £275… 1 November, 2021-31 March, 2022
- £345… 1 September-31 October, 2021; 1 April-30 June, 2022
- Stays include daily breakfast and a bottle of wine (once per room, per stay)
San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice
Much as Venice is a beautiful city it can be a little overwhelming with the number of people. Last time I visited Venice I stayed at the San Clemente which is a respite from the crowds of people as it’s set on a private island, far away from the madding crowd. Yet it’s only ten minutes away by complimentary boat ride from Saint Mark’s Square.
Lush gardens, antique courtyards, and the historic church of San Clemente – a former monastery make the hotel something very special.
- Breakfast inclusive (up to two people per room);
- 100 USD F&B credit per stay. Suites (all room types above Junior Suite Lagoon View) get 200 USD F&B credit per stay – credit can be applied towards Acquerello Restaurant, Insieme Restaurant, Pool Restaurant & Bar, Clemente Bar, Sunset Bar as well as room service and minibar;
- 10% discount on Spa
- Upgrade at time of booking, upon availability, up to Junior Suite Lagoon View;
- complimentary early check-in upon availability (Noon check-in);
- Guaranteed complimentary late check-out at 4pm;
- Special San Clemente Red Wine in the room upon arrival
- Free WiFi
New Covid travel test discount codes and sale
New discount codes for Covid tests for travel are popping up all over the place.
- Hotels.com have partnered with Qured to give a 15% discount. Qured allows you to take a rapid test with you for your return to the UK and take it from the comfort of your hotel room, guided by a video consultation. You can read my review here. You can find the discount code and more details here.
- American Express are offering 20% off with Collinson by adding AMEX20 at checkout.
- You can find lots of discount codes through BA here.
Collinson has a sale until 9am Wednesday 1st September 2021. The sale prices are only valid for on-site UK testing, so it excludes all Self-Test propositions and all Rapid PCR tests (though I think £95 for a 3 hour turnaround is reasonable). You can find the sale page here.
If you are looking for testing locally, or struggling to know where to start, the Covid Testing Network comparison site allows you to filter in lost of ways to choose the test that you need,