DUBAI HAS LONG BEEN THE DESTINATION FOR SUN-DRENCHED OPULENCE
But this haven in the heart of the city takes the abundance of gold literally, with its distinctive gilded decor, inspired by the Egyptian Pyramids. Rooms are suitably sumptuous, with luxurious fabrics and splashes of colour against sleek dark timber and views of the twinkling Dubai skyline (it’s truly magical at twilight).
RAFFLES DUBAI DUBAI HAS LONG BEEN THE DESTINATION FOR SUN-DRENCHED OPULENCE Photo Gallery
Spend your days basking on an oversized day bed by the pool – an oasis of calm in this bustling city – and cooling off with a cheeky Dubai Sling cocktail at the swim-up bar. Afternoon tea is a big deal here and Raffles’ Fashion Afternoon Tea – tempting delicacies with a fashionista twist, inspired by hot-off-the-runway collections – is very popular (so be sure to book ahead).
But hold back a little because, come evening, there’s a whole globe of dining options on the menu. Brides loved Tomo for Japanese, Solo for Italian and Raffles Garden for an Arabian-themed dinner in a cabana set against lush green lawns. Stay at least two nights to really soak up Dubai’s high-octane glamour before heading to your next stop.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
Just a 15-minute drive from the hotel, how about this for odd – snow penguins in the desert! Yep, that’s right – experience an exclusive, up-close-and-personal encounter with around 14 of these remarkable birds. You can swim, play and generally enjoy a fantastic day out (skidubaipenguins.com). GO Raffles Dubai (raffles.com/dubai) offers rooms from £285 per night, based on two people sharing.
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