Dubai – decadent and dazzling with a dose of dreamy desert, this enticing emirate makes for a city break like no other. With world-class shopping, stunning scenery and super-spas galore, we bring to you our favourite ways to experience Dubai.
Everyone knows that if there were to be a contest for ‘capital city of the world’, Dubai would put itself forward in a flash. A proud home of many world firsts, fastest and biggests, city slickers will be abuzz with the towering sky scrapers, awe-inspiring architecture and futuristic visions that make Dubai a city to remember.
Of course, shopping is big on Dubai’s agenda. There are around ninety-six malls across the city, including the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall, which includes an Olympic-sized ice skating rink alongside its one-thousand-plus shops that range from high-street favourites to designer heavyweights and super-size department stores. If you are looking for an edgier boutique experience, head to the new City Walk – here, you will find a more urban atmosphere that combines the dazzle of the UAE with European-style boulevards.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is one of the most famous landmarks in the city and acts as a beacon for seekers of luxury, having been repeatedly voted as the world’s most luxurious hotel. You can already travel by Rolls-Royce or helicopter to and from this spectacular city base, but the opening of the new terrace in the last year gives guests something else to brag about; with white sands transported in to create a private beach with sumptuous cabanas and butler service, they are a cut above the rest. It is also where you can find a fabulous Afternoon Tea – one of the most renowned in the city.
With such a soaring city reputation, it is sometimes easy to forget that just a few decades ago, Dubai was all desert without a slab of concrete in sight. And while the city life pulls in many travellers, the desert still has the power to draw them away for a Bedouin discovery. With rolling dunes making for seductive scenery, the romance of these untrampled vistas is irresistible, and makes for a fantastic twin-centre-style combination to pair with a few nights in the city.
While there are plenty of adrenaline adventures to be had tearing up the sand, you can also take the time to savour the beauty and solitude of this breathtaking environment. Sit under the magical Arabian night sky with a candle-lit dinner out in the dunes, or roam the horizon on horseback to feel like an authentic desert wanderer.
Set out in an oasis deep within the desert, Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa makes an exquisite romantic hideaway. Each suite is divinely furnished with handcrafted Arabian furniture, with binoculars, an easel and a writing desk for you to document your unique experience. And, with private plunge pools overlooking the soul-stirring vistas, you can take the time to soak in the incredible atmosphere.
Despite the hustle and bustle of the city surrounding you, you can find a haven of serenity and relaxation in one of the finest spas of Dubai. Beauty is big business here, and the spas have a lot to live up to, considering the level of luxury the city competes for.
For the ultimate spa escape, One&Only Royal Mirage, Residence & Spa is the place to go. Inspired by old-Arabia, this intimate resort is internationally acclaimed for its distinctive destination spa. Its philosophy revolves around the three concepts ‘unwind, restore and elevate’ for a sense of rejuvenation inspired by the traditions of the land. It also boasts the best hammam experiences we have ever tried. Sink into the hot marble stone for head-to-toe exfoliation, pure clay body wraps and stress relieving massages that go beyond the ordinary, leaving you feeling intensely invigorated and refreshed.
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