SPONSORED: 10 fabulous ways to celebrate the festive cheer

The moments are getting more magical every day and Anantara Eastern Mangroves is at the forefront. As the aroma of delicious feasts fill the air and – dare we say – the gentle ringing of New Year bells gets closer, we take you on this wintry list of exciting things to do this holiday season.

 Words: Derek Issacs

Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Group of kids sitting with santa and presents on christmas eve

There’s no better time than now to get together with your loved ones and close friends and there’s no better place than at The Pool DeckThe Pool Deck where the twinkling festive tree lights add to the cheer.

As the cool winter breeze blows, get to nibble on complimentary seasonal goodies and sway to live choirs and yes, the rumour is true… Santa is going to magically sail in by boat across the mangroves.

Free. 10th December, 6pm-8pm. Contact: 02 8656 1000

 

Magical Gingerbread House-Making

The season is all about age-old traditions, but there’s always room to add some new ones. And building these adorable tiny little gingerbread houses with the kids is absolutely perfect for that.

Create your house in the colours of the season using festive treats such as sticky gumdrops, hundreds of sprinkles, and those all important soft marshmallows… and when you’ve finished, take your masterpiece home for all the family to enjoy!

 AED 150 per kit includes free-flowing drinks and canapés. 15th December, 5pm-7pm. Contact: 02 8656 1000

 

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner

 There’s no Christmas without a Christmas Eve feast! Get to taste the season’s delights at Ingredients where a traditional buffet serves up festive favourites – think Foie gras, roast prime rib eye, turkey and sweet pudding. Alongside tastiest gourmets to a backdrop of live music.

AED 320 including soft beverages, AED 450 including house beverages, 50% off for children 5-12 years old). 24th December, 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 8656 1000

 

Christmas Eve Four Set Course Menu

Looking for a Christmas Eve feast with a difference? Look no further than Pachaylen where immersive seasonal flavours with a Thai twist promise to tantalize your taste buds. Tuck into the delectable four-course dinner and experience the invigorating flavours of the South.

AED 320 including soft beverages, AED 450 including house beverages – 50% off for children 5-12 years old). 24th December, 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 8656 1000

Papa Noël’s Brunch

Christmas celebrations continue to that all-important day, the 25th. Parents get to unwind and rejoice in a seasonal feast with live cooking stations, surf and turf and homemade sweets while the little ones enjoy Santa’s special visit.

 AED 320 including soft beverages, AED 450 including premium beverages, 50% off for children 5-12 years old. 25th December, 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 8656 1000

Jingle Glow

There has to be glitter at Christmas, and Anantara Spa is inviting you to get your seasonal sparkle on! Rejuvenate with a 90-minute treatment that leaves you all aglow.

Start with a 30-minute body scrub with lime and ginger salt and revel in the silky feeling of soft-smooth skin, followed by a 30-minute back massage with Cinnamon infused oil and a 30-minute glowing facial to get you ready for the busy seasonal events.

AED 700 per person. Offer lasts till 31st December. Contact: 02 8656 1000

Santa’s Spa Gift Card

Be Santa for a loved one (or yourself) with this gift card that pampers so the stress just melts away. Load the card with the type of luxurious treatments you want the recipient to receive. So they embark on memorable and rejuvenating journey.

Price varies. Contact: 02 8656 1000

New Year, New You

All that eating is making us want to head to the gym to gear up and get in shape for the New Year ahead. Yes, we’ve heard it all before, but with an exclusive 50% discount on this annual gym membership, we’re sure that you’ll be motivated to start your fitness programme. So, what are you waiting for?

For more information and subscription fees, Contact: 02 8656 1000

 

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Ingredients

Toast 2019 goodbye and give a hearty welcome to the new decade of 2020 with this unforgettable soirée. There’s even a glamorous lineup of live performances to serenade you during the opulent dinner serving an array of international dishes that tantilise the senses in every way imaginable.

AED 425 including soft beverages
, AED 725 including premium beverages, 50% off for children 5 – 12 years old. Contact: 02 8656 1000

New Year’s Eve Set Menu at Pachaylen

 

Bid farewell to 2019 and tastefully start 2020 in elegant surrounds as you immerse yourself in an authentic four-course Thai set menu and say cheers to the New Year with our premium sommelier selection.

AED 425 including soft beverages
AED 725 including premium beverages 50% off for children 5-12 years old. Contact: 02 8656 1000

 

For more information of these festive events at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, contact: o2 8656 1000 or email easternmangroves@anananantara.com

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