Category: United Arab Emirates

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

Tripadvisor has once again published its Travellers’ Choice awards – this time for 2012.   The top 25 hotels in the worldwide luxury category are as follows: 1. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo – Chiyoda, Japan 2. Hotel Imperial Vienna – Vienna, Austria 3. Hotel Palacio de la Magdalena – Soto del Barco, Spain 4. La Casa […]

World Travel Awards – The Grand Final

World Travel Awards – The Grand Final

Doha in Qatar was host of the Grand Final of the 2011 World Travel Awards last week, which saw the best of the best throughout the world of travel awarded for their services to the industry.  The Wall Street Journal recently dubbed the awards as the ‘Oscars of the Travel Industry’, and it’s not hard […]

Test cricket comes to the Middle East

Test cricket comes to the Middle East

For the first time ever, the Middle East is to play host to an official ICC ranking Test series – and what’s more, it involves England who lock horns with Pakistan in the first Test beginning on 17th January 2012. So, if you’re planning to enjoy the average 24 degree temperatures of Dubai or Abu Dhabi […]

The 5 most luxurious family friendly holiday resorts

The 5 most luxurious family friendly holiday resorts

When planning a luxury holiday for the family, one of the key things parents want to know is how well the destination resort caters for children and teenagers. A 5 star hotel in a peaceful, tranquil and sun soaked destination may be the minimum requirement for adults, however, that much needed peace and quiet could […]

Top travel tips for 5 fantastic honeymoon destinations

Top travel tips for 5 fantastic honeymoon destinations

Maldives Much has been said about the beauty of the Maldives and it’s true that by air, the islands offer a truly dramatic sight, so if you can, choose a seaplane transfer to get the most impressive views. An underwater camera is also recommended as you really shouldn’t pass up the chance to go snorkelling […]

Abu Dhabi: not what you think it is

Abu Dhabi: not what you think it is

OK, well maybe it is a little. There is desert, there are camels, and the locals do wear dish-dashes.  But to say Abu Dhabi is developing as luxury holiday destination is something of an understatement. Gradually, the make-up of the landscape of Abu Dhabi is evolving into a cosmopolitan, dynamic resort. The tourist board have and […]

The theme of the day is racing

The theme of the day is racing

More than 100,000 fans will descend on Abu Dhabi on 1st January 2012 for the Volvo Ocean Race. The UAE capital becomes the first Arabian city to play host to the fleet when it arrives for the third leg of this thrilling round-the-world event. The Ocean Race is a test of sailing endurance, prowess and […]

10 unique luxury hotels you’ll never forget

Tripadvisor recently published ’10 unique luxury hotels you’ll never forget’.  Strangely, it’s just a list – albeit with pictures – but with no explanation as to what, precisely, makes each one memorable.  For what it’s worth, though, I’ve reproduced their list below. Please post a comment and tell us what hotels you think are unforgettable… […]

Luxury travel with the kids in tow

Luxury travel with the kids in tow

Well, after ten months away from my desk on maternity leave I have returned to work a changed woman. Well, changed in the way I am now looking at holidays that is. As a new Mum, my focus has moved away from the romantic island getaways I have previously favoured to something firmly focused on […]

Top 10 most luxurious stag destinations

Top 10 most luxurious stag destinations

Whether you want a calm and upscale stag holiday or a more rambunctious occasion where the drinks flow freely, you can find whatever you are looking for at some of the best stag destinations around the world. From Asia to Europe, there are countless attractions, bars, and nightclubs to entertain you, and provide you with […]

Extra touches to make your stay special

Extra touches to make your stay special

We’ve all been to hotels and received little freebies on arrival or departure, but in the luxury hotels it is something of a challenge for them to be original and provide guests with memorable tokens to help enhance their stay. Items like pens, extra towels and welcome chocolates are all lovely, but they aren’t going […]

5 of the best restaurant views in the world

1. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – Tanzania, Africa This one is a personal favourite of mine as we spent a few nights of our honeymoon here.  A truly incredible location with a restaurant that overlooks one of the finest locations in Africa. 2. Skyline Restaurant – Queenstown, New Zealand A stunning location with great staff and […]

In profile: One&Only Luxury Resorts

In profile: One&Only Luxury Resorts

With a name like One&Only, you really can’t afford to have too many properties in your portfolio, and true to the name, this luxury hotel brand feature just seven luxury spa hotels worldwide. Dubai is the only place in the world to boast two One&Only resorts; the distinctive Royal Mirage featuring three separate accommodation wings […]

A hidden jewel of the Middle East

A hidden jewel of the Middle East

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi on a work educational trip, taking in many of the beautiful luxury hotels that provide such a strong lure to travellers worldwide. As a destination rapidly on the rise, Abu Dhabi is beginning to make significant waves in the industry, and this […]

The 10 most romantic restaurants in the world

The 10 most romantic restaurants in the world

Looking for somewhere really special to take your partner out for dinner? Tripadvisor have announced their 10 most romantic restaurants and for once there’s a good geographic spread with not one country represented more than once. Here’s the list they came up with, but please tell us your favourites that didn’t make the list but […]

5 of the most luxurious hotels in the world

5 of the most luxurious hotels in the world

For some, the ‘perfect holiday’ involves relaxing and getting away from the stresses of modern life. For those people, staying in a luxury hotel is a great way of achieving this. Whilst this certainly isn’t a cheap holiday option, it is one of the best. If you are planning a trip to a luxury hotel […]