Dubai luxury, two ways: City or beach?

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Dubai luxury, two ways: or beach?

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Dubai is the of city found in your an oasis in the desert, a metropolis on the of the Persian Gulf, like a seen by Bedouin people camels. The skyline steals the of New York, Bangkok or Singapore the centrepiece being the world’s building: the Burj Khalifa. The while many manmade, some of the most luxurious experiences on the planet.

Adam Bub a very first-world dilemma: Dubai as a posh urban or live it up by the sea? Why not do both?

in style: Raffles Dubai, the Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains

most people don’t until they arrive is Dubai is big. It’s not a place and its hotels are spread the airport to the manmade palms jut out of the coast. The heat of the day often above 40 degrees, so taking transport is a must (I recommend Adventures #151; they do and hotel transfers as well as and desert tours #151; all ice water, friendly drivers and towels!).

My destination is Raffles . just 10 minutes from the centre and 20 minutes from the To describe this place as a hotel doesn’t quite do it it’s more like a Pulling into the driveway Sheikh Rashid Road is enough: the hotel is a glass

Spot the pyramid: The unmistakeable Dubai. Image: Raffles.

in 2007 alongside the Wafi Raffles combines the Asian of the hotel group’s flagship Singapore, with a Middle essence through its ancient theme. Even stepping the lobby makes me feel a king: I’m greeted by a waterfall feature, giant carved with hieroglyphics, chandeliers and huge palms a nod to Dubai’s signature desert

The aesthetics are as refined as a royal the lifts are lined with archs and the walls adorned Arabesque patterns. With 252 and suites, Raffles boasts the average room size Dubai. At the apex of the pyramid, are massive Royal and Presidential fit for a Saudi prince and his wives (of we see a few … we think?).

My Signature Room is #151; it clearly feels one of the biggest hotel rooms ever stayed in. Out on my private I look out onto the Wafi the hotel’s botanical gardens and the showstopper: the silvery city which lights up at night. is plush: a gold, red and brown palette across the long a cushioned wall above the bed, and a bathroom with saloon doors.

My butler himself and, not being to butlers in Australia, I ask him to tell me I might be able to use him for. Mr I can shine your shoes, get washing done, book I do everything, he says.

Not that I need much #151; I’m quite pretending I’m Egyptian by the pool: it’s designed as a golden sundial with (there they are again) a pool bar guarded by Phoenician Who needs the beach?

Afternoon out of the way, I visit the Raffles Spa for a massage and a personal highlight: a shave by barber Ali. very old-school, but using a trendy exfoliating medium: diamonds! The hotel even a 24-carat-gold facial.

City A Raffles Signature Room. Raffles.

Amid the excess, I forget to explore Downtown Within 10 minutes’ drive the world’s largest shopping the Dubai Mall, at the bottom of the Khalifa. With 12000 restaurants and entertainment offerings, the demands a full day just to at its beauty (the Dubai for example) and brand worship a Vogue cafe, no kidding).

I the mall on a city tour Arabian Adventures, who organised my in advance based on my interests. One of the I wanted to experience in Dubai was the Khalifa Observation Deck. My is a bubbly Saudi-born Dubai who grew up in Switzerland and takes the name Nicole, but I prefer to her by her real name Awatef.

pre-purchased the tickets, which is since the deck is booked out for the of the day. Just riding the to level 124 is worth the thrill disco lights, travelling at a of 10 metres per second and seeing the open to overexposed sunlight. words don’t quite the awe-inspiring 360-degree views of the and the sea.

Dubai being Dubai, also water at the foot of the Khalifa. Anyone who’s Mission Impossible: Ghost knows that far, far Tom Cruise is an artificial lake reflects onto the Burj’s exterior, as if scaling the tower

At night, the lake comes to in the form of the Dubai Fountain: the largest dancing fountain. evening, on the half hour, the oscillate in an elaborate Vegas-style set to music and lights (1.5 lumens of projected light, jets spraying up to 500-feet). of all, it’s free anyone around the Downtown precinct can watch the show. For the seat in the house though, the lavish spectacle from one of the restaurants (I ate at Thai eatery Quite simply, it’s

On that watery note, my resort awaits.

Resort to the Fairmont The Palm, cabanas and

Most Western travellers heard of The Atlantis The Palm, the situated on the artificial archipelago off coast #151; the world’s manmade island shaped a palm tree.

But there’s a new kid on the Jumeirah. The Fairmont The Palm is as luxurious, but it’s more than Atlantis. Open January 2013, this high-rise sandcastle is built on the water on its own manmade beach, West South West the skyscrapers of the city across the where I had been previously staying. No expense has been #151; the sandy exterior a golden glow in the day, and glow at night.

The lobby and common areas of floor are head-to-toe marble, framing that ocean and the other sandbanks of the palms; as as the glimmering city lights, the Dubai Marina directly

Luckily I get to gaze at that view from the comfort of my on the hotel’s ninth floor. living the high life in the this is the relaxing beach I never knew existed in part of the world.

Island in a Fairmont Gold Room. Fairmont.

It is unquestionably a romantic’s there’s an uncrowded private a day spa, butler service, restaurants, exclusive bars and a cigar room. With 381 rooms and suites, it’s spread out #151; once I feel more like a guest than just sardine in a cookie-cutter chain

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But make no mistake #151; place is a resort . There are pools, including adult and pools. The first time I see the pool, I’m immediately in club mode, as if I were in or Bali.

However, the Fairmont that it doesn’t feel you could be just anywhere in the giving the breezy locale a Eastern twist. Here, palms line the pool and pop up on in the water. As I swim around pods, I settle under a pod, close my eyes and one comes to mind: oasis. I lie on a sun-bed with my two friends, a Pina Colada (alcohol is in hotels only in Dubai) and time exists.


While Raffles put me in the heart of the Fairmont is more separated the action #151; but if you’ve around 14 hours from you might as well unwind in a resort. But there’s an extra of exclusivity available at Fairmont: Gold.

A resort-within-a-resort, the Gold allows access to a private Lounge, a sanctuary with a library, complimentary barista and an Aladdin’s Cave of fine and lavish afternoon teas Arabic pastries and Western like egg sandwiches, salmon and fresh dates. The real for me is the lounge’s quiet, romantic points to watch the sunsets over the water and the city.

On my day here, I visit the Willow Spa. While the spa has no views and slightly dark and claustrophobic windows, it offers an impressive room with various showerheads in mosaic-tiled surrounds. even an ice bowl for post-steam invigoration.

My masseuse is a British lass who pop star Cheryl Cole we have a nice chat I doze off into the soothing massage. Who said Dubai was all centres and tall buildings?

So. or beach?

If you’ve got time and to burn, do both. Ultimately, it on what kind of Dubai you’re looking for. travelling up to 14 hours from a beach stopover is really the way to unwind. Fairmont is expensive, but worth every dollar for a splurge. But for a few days of East-meets-West in the New and Old towns, the city is the way to go. Raffles is for value and wow factor, with a location to both the airport and

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