Whether you want to tick another country off your list, think you deserve a long weekend away, or have been meaning to book your dream getaway for a while, now’s the time to travel! If you’re flying from Dubai, or Abu Dhabi, we’ve got five destinations we think you’re going to love. The best part? They’re all less than five hours away.
If you’re taking off from Dubai…
Colombo | Sri Lanka
Fastest time: 4hrs 20mins
Prepare to be busy. When you’re in Sri Lanka, you may as well see it all, so fly into Colombo, but don’t stop there… Climb Sigiriya, surf, travel by train, visit an elephant orphanage, release baby turtles into the ocean, drink fresh coconut juice, eat your body weight in seafood, whale watch and stay in a cabana on the beach. We’d be impressed if you could fit these all in, but we think you should give it a good go! If you fancy a treat, opt for an overnight stay at the likes of Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa – you won’t be left disappointed.
Malé | The Maldives
Fastest time: 4hrs 5mins
Say goodbye to the real world and hello to paradise in the magnificent Maldives. Picture this: brilliant blue skies, stunning turquoise waters, and a golden sun glistening off the ocean. Luxurious, spectacular, picturesque – we could go on, but you’re going to have to see it for yourselves. Make planning your holiday that little bit easier with ENTERTAINER getaways, and save up to 60% off your stay when booking your hotel. We love Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon and Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, and we know you will too.
Larnaca | Cyprus
Fastest time: 4hrs 15mins
Not only does Larnaca boast gorgeous beaches, amazing local markets for fresh fruit and vegetables at a fraction of Dubai prices and pretty little streets to get lost down, it’s also super close to the airport, AND you can use your ENTERTAINER there! The beautiful small island is the perfect location to head to for a long weekend, and ensures an ideal balance between exploration and relaxation. Where to make the most of your Cyprus App? Why not use your last evening to tuck in to some 2 for 1 Mezze at Taverna Zenon (located in Makedonias 8), or sip lavish cocktails at BLOK Cocktail Bar (located in Kleanthi Kalogera 53) while you and your travel buddy reminisce on your fav parts of the trip.
Or if you’re flying from Abu Dhabi…
Istanbul | Turkey
Fastest time: 4hrs 45mins
Istanbul: Where East meets West. First and foremost, you must start your trip with a traditional Turkish breakfast (a selection of cheese, eggs, olives, butter, jam, honey, tomatoes and cucumbers), not to mention Turkish tea. Secondly, put your trainers on and get ready to sightsee! Possessing some of the world’s most magnificent architectural achievements, be prepared to exhaust your camera with a lot of snaps of the very famous landmarks – Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque are just two on our list. After your stops, get ready to bargain at the bustling Grand Bazaar, where you can pick up some of your favourite brands inside one of their four thousand plus shops. With such a young population, Istanbul is also very well known for its vibrant nightlife, so when the sun goes down, make sure you get out! A good ol’ Turkish Hammam is well worth it, too – you’ll feel like a whole new person.
Mumbai | India
Fastest time: 2hrs 45mins
Prepare for a city that puts you on sensory overload the moment you land. Twenty one million people call Mumbai home, and they all mean business (literally because Mumbai is the financial capital of India). Stop by the famous Café Leopold or Bayside Café for a beautiful view of the Harbour and the Gateway of India, or soak in the mix of Gothic and Art Deco architecture that make South Mumbai truly unique. While in Mumbai, you must also make a day trip to the Elephanta Caves, a collection of cave temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is over 1,500 years old. Food you should sample? Mumbai is known for its street food with the Vada Pav (Indian burger) and Bhel being the most popular choices. Thirsty? The cheap and plentiful coconut water should keep you hydrated while you go street shopping in Colaba.
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