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The Veganuary Vacay

In need of a post-festive break? Planning to go vegan in January? We’ve got just the good-for-you getaway you need…

Detoxing from the global car crash that was 2020 is top of most people’s list of New Year’s resolutions. So if you’re keen to kick off Veganuary in serious sustainable style, how about a minibreak to a vegan wellness hotspot in the Maldives?

Just a five-hour flight from Dubai, located in the spectacular Raa Atoll on a flawless white sandy beach, the award-winning, five-star, all-inclusive Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa has launched new plant-based menu and mocktail offerings just in time for the New Year –  perfect for those looking to escape to a dreamy detox dining destination. 

Available across all six of its restaurants and bars as part of the resort’s deluxe, all-inclusive concept, with both sustainability and freshness in mind, the resort grows as many fruit and vegetables on site as possible including bananas, watermelon, papaya, pumpkin, Maldivian Chilli, Kopy Leaves, Curry Leaves, Pandan Leaves and cucumber, minimising its carbon footprint whilst maximising its commitment to creating spectacular vegan food for its guests.

Since the resort opened in 2019, we’ve seen more of a demand for really healthy, plant-based food, so we’ve enjoyed adapting our menus to keep up with our guest’s wishes,’ says General Manager, Srikanth Devarapalli. ‘Travellers generally seem more health conscious than they used to be, and going on holiday now doesn’t necessarily mean changing your diet – it’s a lifestyle movement, so we’re moving with it too.”

Aside from the new plant-based menus, a brand new ‘‘Green Corner’ has just opened the resort’s Aqua restaurant, where guests can prepare their own smoothies and juices from an array of home-grown produce, while a  new mocktail menu makes its debut for 2021 – a guilt-free treat to enjoy whilst lazing around in the resort’s pair of ultra-instagrammable pool bars.

With top-of-the-range Technogym equipment in its fitness centre, two tennis courts, two paddle courts, a water sports centre and five-star diving centre to explore the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, there’s plenty to keep guests in shape, while the award-winning Emerald SPA offers blissful Balinese and Thai treatments in 10 air-conditioned bungalows, complete with a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish baths. 

And as the battle against Covid19 continues, the latest accolade for the multi-award-winning Leading Hotels of the World resort is the one of which it’s most proud. Named the first hotel in the Maldives to achieve the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation for having implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention in October 2020, this joins a clutch of awards won in the resort’s first year of opening, including three wins from the 2020 World Luxury Awards: Global Win in Luxury all-inclusive Retreat, Continent Win for Best Unique Experience Spa at The Emerald SPA, and Continent Win in Best Eclectic/International restaurant for Amazònico, while Emerald Maldives was named Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort and World’s Leading New Resort from World Travel Awards 2020.

For more information, check out emerald-maldives.com


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Dubai Delights: Top Things to Do and Experience During December

Festive Dubai Delights.

Welcome to the enchanting realm of Dubai in December, where the cityscape comes alive with festive cheer and dazzling experiences. In this guide, we’ll uncover the top activities and events that make Dubai a must-visit destination during the magical month of December.

1. Festive Wonderland at Global Village:

Immerse yourself in the vibrant Global Village, transformed into a festive wonderland with dazzling lights, international cuisines, and cultural performances that capture the spirit of the season.

2. Glittering Nights at Dubai Miracle Garden:

Witness nature’s artistry at Dubai Miracle Garden, where millions of flowers bloom in captivating designs. During December, the garden transforms into a twinkling paradise, offering a surreal and romantic experience.

3. Skiing in the Desert at Ski Dubai:

Embrace the juxtaposition of skiing in the desert at Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort. Experience the thrill of winter sports and snow play, providing a unique and surreal adventure in the heart of the Middle East.

4. Dubai Shopping Festival Extravaganza:

Indulge in a shopping spree at the Dubai Shopping Festival, where world-class retail therapy meets entertainment. Discover unbeatable deals, cultural performances, and a vibrant atmosphere that defines the city’s festive spirit.

5. New Year’s Eve Spectacular:

Ring in the New Year with a bang at the iconic Burj Khalifa fireworks display. Join the celebration at various venues across the city, where the skyline transforms into a canvas of breathtaking fireworks and festivities.

Dubai in December is a sensory delight, offering a unique blend of cultural richness, festive celebrations, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re seeking winter wonderlands in unexpected places or immersing yourself in the extravagance of shopping festivals, Dubai has something to captivate every traveller’s heart during this magical season.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Dubai in December special for tourists?

December in Dubai offers a unique blend of festive celebrations, cultural events, and pleasant weather. Explore the top activities and experiences that make it an ideal month for travelers.

Are the December festivities family-friendly?

Absolutely! Dubai’s December festivities cater to all age groups. From the magical atmosphere at Global Village to family-friendly events during the Dubai Shopping Festival, there’s something for everyone.

What should visitors know about celebrating New Year’s Eve in Dubai?

Discover tips and recommendations for experiencing the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Dubai, including prime viewing spots for the Burj Khalifa fireworks and other festive activities across the city.


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