The Weekend Luxury Getaway: Definitely Dubai

The entire region is a natural and cultural treasure trove. Its historical and landscapes are among the oldest and most fascinating anywhere in the World. 

Dubai is one of those places you really have to see at least once and many return year after year, enchanted by the fine weather, the fine shopping, the fine dining and the sheer enormity of attractions where no expense has been spared. Abu Dhabi is catching up with its neighbour and has its own over-seized amusements to tempt you. Both also retain an unmistakable Arabian flavour, explore the gold and spice souks of old town, join a camel safari and glide down the river on a traditional abra.

 [divider]Burj Al-Arab, Jumeriah[/divider]

Iconic sail architecture housing one of the world’s most opulent and luxurious hotels.

This is simply the ultimate in hedonistic living is the place to be and the place to be seen. You haven’t truly experienced decadence until you’ve been to Dubai and thanks to a series of jaw-dropping luxuries such as a fleet of Rolls Royce cars and butlers available around-the-clock and reception desks on every floor, the Burj Al Arab certainly lives up to every superlative going. In discerning companies it is referred to as the most luxurious resort in the world and as rooms are incredibly spacious and contain some fabulous fixtures and fittings, it is not hard to see why. The six restaurants are just as magnificent as the rooms and with chances to dine in the world’s tallest atrium, in front of an aquarium and suspended 200m above sea level, you won’t forget Dubai in a hurry!

[toggler title=”Hotel Address” ]Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road, PO Box 74147, Dubai, United Arab Emirates[/toggler]

[divider]Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown[/divider]

This is a hotel where every element – the look, the touch, the taste and the quality- reflect the style and spirit of Giorgio Armani. Located in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building that is the centrepiece of Downtown Dubai, Armani Hotel Dubai occupies eleven floors. Elegance, sophistication and comfort are the cornerstones of this property. Materials such as stone, zebrawood, Venetian plaster and various fabrics and leathers have been chosen by Armani for their sculptural and tactile qualities.


Although renowned as a fashion designer, Armani’s style when it comes to his various homes has attracted almost as much attention over the years as his clothes. His signature blend of strikingly modern mix with classically graceful works as well in his town house in Milan as it does in his sun-scorched retreat on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria. It is the very personal sense of domestic style that he brings to the hotel.

[toggler title=”Hotel Address” ]Armani Hotel Dubai P.O. Box 9440 Emaar Business Park Building 3, Floor 3 Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai United Arab Emirates[/toggler]

[divider]One&Only The Palm[/divider]

An elegant, secluded enclave on Dubai's most sought-after Palm Island peninsula.
An elegant, secluded enclave on Dubai’s most sought-after Palm Island peninsula.

Nestled amongst the palm trees on a peninsula that faces back at the new Dubai skyline, One&Only  The Palm is a rare luxury; a secluded, stylish and very private resort surrounded by gardens, fountains and beaches on the edge of one of the Middle East’s most dynamic cities. Close enough in fact to venture in any time for shopping. yet far away enough to avoid the hubbub. It is situated on the fringe of The Palm – the most sought after residential address in Dubai. It appears to be in a world of its own, yet the city lights of Dubai are in the near distance. In a sense it is very much like the relationship between Miami and South Beach.

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As for the rooms, built in a culturally sympathetic style that blends Moorish Andalusian architecture with contemporary interiors, the ninety rooms and four villas are exclusively low rise and indulgently sumptuous. With views of the enormous pool and lush gardens, the beach and the sea, they combine th eluxury of space and light with sensual materials such as travertine dark woods, linen and silk.

[toggler title=”Hotel Address” ]One and Only Residence and Spa Jumeirah Beach Road Dubai United Arab Emirates[/toggler]

[divider]Desert Palm, AlAwir Road[/divider]

Picture the romance of a lush green polo estate in the middle of Arabia.
Picture the romance of a lush green polo estate in the middle of Arabia.

From suntans and white jodhpurs to the deep chestnut browns of Arabian colts, there’s more to the deserts of Dubai than you may have first imagined. The Desert Palm Retreat may sound like the setting for the next Jackie Collins novel – however, this Per AQUUM oasis hideaway, located twenty minutes from downtown Dubai, is the real deal. Wandering around the grounds of this idyllic estate will bring you face to face with the best polo players onn the international circuit and some of the finest horses too. A chance to visit the stables, riding school and playing fields is a unique experience, not to be missed.


Discerning locals come out to Desert Palm to dine, sip, cocktails during sunset chukkas or just enjoy the serenity and space. The stylish Rare serves up rare breed beef (Wagyu, Kobe) with an extensive wine list form the Red Bar, views from the terrace stretch out across the field with the Burj Khalifa rising from the distant city skyline. Epicure has a great deli for snacks and light lunches and serves afternoon tea on the infinity pool terrace. You can also dine in your spacious suite or villa; Polo suites have a balcony with views of the action.


[toggler title=”Hotel Address” ]Desert Palm Retreat Dubai Al Awir Road PO Box 103635 Dubai United Arab Emirates[/toggler]

[divider]Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Desert Retreat [/divider]

Every guest that comes to Al Maha leaves with the same conclusion: 'the desert is a very special place.'
Every guest that comes to Al Maha leaves with the same conclusion: ‘the desert is a very special place.’

As a guest here you luxurious suite comes complete with an expansive bathroom, sitting area, tailor-made super king-size bed, entrance foyer, verandah and a private swimming pool There is something quite mesmerising about navigating the wind-blown peaks and troughts of a fine sand desert, it awakens a sense of adventure and mystery and freedom.

At Al Maha there is no target or agenda, it’s just driving in the desert in whatever direction takes your fancy, and the 225sq km Al Maha Resort is particularly well equipped for it. They operate a fleet of high end four-wheel drive vehicles for covering as much of the desert as possible but there are other ways to get around. Experience the romance of dunes at sunrise from horseback and camel treks in the afternoon and likewise in style, with Champagne at sundown. Guests can choose two complimentary activities per night stay included in the package.

[toggler title=”Hotel Address” ]Al Maha Desert Resort And Spa Sheikh Zayed Road P O Box 7631 Dubai , 00000 United Arab Emirates[/toggler]


In-House Editor

To say Hamyar has traveled would be something of an understatement. His passion for travelling has taken him from Tanzania to Dubai and an enviable number of places between, and the memories he captures always make for interesting reading. As well as travel, other subjects which fall into his expert remit include culture, design, fashion and cars - in other words, a born globetrotting who is destined for great things if his aspirations so far are anything to go by.

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