Category: United Arab Emirates

What's it like inside one of the world's most famous hotels?

What’s it like inside one of the world’s most famous hotels?

Have you ever dreamed of visiting the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, one of the world’s most famous hotels, or wondered what goes on behind its doors? An all-suite hotel where every ‘room’ spans two floors. Well, now you can see for yourself – from the comfort of your own home. I recently had the pleasure […]

15 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2015

15 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2015

2015 was another year filled with interesting opportunities and visits to far-flung places around the world, including trips to Japan, Singapore, UAE and the Maldives, as well as many much closer to home, including several trips around the UK. My photography continues to need some fine tuning (I will be going on a course in […]

12 of the dreamiest pool villas on the planet

12 of the dreamiest pool villas on the planet

Discerning travellers are becoming increasingly hard to impress; impeccable service, fancy bathroom toiletries and spacious rooms are all taken for granted when you stay at a 5-star hotel. But there’s one room type that even the most hard-to-please globetrotters still get excited about: the pool villa. There’s something about staying somewhere with your very own […]

Where should you spend this Christmas?

Where should you spend this Christmas?

That time of year is fast approaching! That’s right, Christmas is just around the corner and already shops are gearing up for the festive season. Wherever you look, reindeers and snowmen are looking right back at you. Perhaps you’re thinking about spending this Christmas somewhere other than home. Great! We have some great suggestions for […]

Top 5 Winter sun holiday destinations

Top 5 Winter sun holiday destinations

Winter is upon us, and the days are getting shorter and colder. There is no better time to escape to warmer climes and enjoy tropical surroundings and sunny weather abroad. We have picked a selection of winter sun holiday destinations you can choose to relax and unwind in away from the UK. Bali As Autumn […]

What's it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

What’s it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

On a recent trip to the Maldives, we had a short stay in Dubai which happened to co-incide with Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset. Of course, there are many things you should and shouldn’t do in Dubai simply out of respect, whether […]

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

JA Palm Tree Court forms part of the five star JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort complex – the ‘mother’ hotel to the JA Hotels & Resorts brand, and is tucked away in beautifully landscaped gardens. Unlike many Dubai hotels, this one has a relatively low-key feel (by Dubai standards, at least!) with low-rise buildings but […]

The top 5 souks to see in Dubai

The top 5 souks to see in Dubai

Dubai – the land of luxury, fast cars, skyscrapers and world-record breaking achievements. Spend a few days in this bustling metropolis and it’s all too easy to forget the Emirate’s rich Arabian history. Carved out of the desert sands, Dubai has undergone more transformation in its short 43-year lifespan than most countries have over the […]

The 5 best places to enjoy luxurious food in Dubai

The 5 best places to enjoy luxurious food in Dubai

Dubai is known as one of the world’s most decadent locations for a reason; it’s got great shopping, the hotels are the very epitome of style and comfort, and the food’s extraordinary. Whether you’re a strict vegan or you’d like to sample some delicacies which aren’t often found on most ‘normal’ menus, Dubai is the […]

Top 10 cities in the world for marriage proposals

Top 10 cities in the world for marriage proposals

Getting engaged is the most exciting, nerve wracking, and potentially important day of your life. For years to come (hopefully!), your story about the planning, thought process, and personal touches behind how and, perhaps more importantly, where you ‘popped the question’ will be told and retold on countless occasions. The pressure for a memorable and […]

6 far-flung business class flights from under £1,700 return

6 far-flung business class flights from under £1,700 return

If you sometimes find yourself struggling to justify the extra expenditure of a business class flight, which can often amount to several thousand £s, then you are in luck as right now as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is having a sale on its KLM World Business Class flights, with prices starting from as little £1,249 return and many […]

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

What do you think of when you think of luxury?  A grand hotel and butler service? Yes, indeed – but such luxury has a time and a place.  At other times getting away from the textbook description and finding a place others haven’t or stumbling across a gem where you least expect is as good if not […]

5 of the best high-in-the-sky travel experiences

5 of the best high-in-the-sky travel experiences

Dubai, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Shanghai… A solid top 5 must-visit list, and home to some the highest and sought after attractions. Being on top will always be en vogue! How do you rival an Orlando Disney World experience? What’s it like to stand atop a glass floor from 100 storeys high? How much adrenalin […]

7 luxury travel experiences worth every penny

7 luxury travel experiences worth every penny

If you had to spend the earth for the ultimate experience, would you? Where do you draw the line on luxury and extravagance? The perfect holiday is a fusion between accommodation, food, relaxation and attractions. From all the things we take away from our holidays only one really lasts: the experience we had. Over time […]

The top 5 hotels in Abu Dhabi

The top 5 hotels in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi may not be a flashy and over-the-top as Dubai, but it has emulated Dubai’s success in building itself into a booming city that has risen from the desert sands. It may not shout about it, but there’s plenty to explore in the Capital of the United Arab Emirates, and these are the top […]

Top 3 escapes for gourmands

Top 3 escapes for gourmands

Gourmands and epicureans will go where their taste buds lead; lovers of fine food know no bounds, scouring the world for fresh and innovative culinary experiences, and hotels are increasingly aligning themselves with this rise in gastronomic tourism. Here is our pick of the top three ‘foodie’ events this autumn. Arabian avant-garde in an urban […]

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