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Review: Lapping up the luxury in Dubai

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Shopping, spas and super supperclubs are the recipe for a perfect girlie weekend in Dubai, says Catherine Wylie

AS I look up at the beautiful mosaic ceiling, I sigh indulgently as the masseuse pours silky suds all over my freshly exfoliated skin. I'm having my first ever Turkish hammam and I like it, a lot.

In Dubai, where historical landmarks are in short supply, the spa takes centre stage as part of the daytime activities in a girls' getaway.

I've come to the emirate with a group of friends. We arrive feeling remarkably alert after a flight with Royal Brunei; the airline's Dreamliner service uses a special climate control system which circulates more oxygen, which means fewer headaches - and LED lighting to help passengers seamlessly adjust to different time zones.

Almost immediately, I discover the stories I've heard about Dubai's luxury are true. Home to the seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel, this is a destination that takes both customer service and grandeur very seriously.

But I also learn that a lot of the preconceptions people have about supposedly strict laws in this man-made city aren't entirely accurate.

In fact, I find the blissfully serene experience at the Talise Ottoman Spa in the gold-encrusted Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel on the Palm Island, to be the calm before the hedonistic storm.

On arrival at the hotel we are instantly made to feel like VIPs. My room has a view across the sea, and in the bathroom there's a marble tub that would easily fit four people, and a gold sink. The ultimate display of tailored luxury is the dressing gown folded on my bed which has my name sewn on.

Mornings are spent taking a dip in a pool lined with palm trees, followed by a stroll along the private beach in front of the hotel.

In pursuit of memorable eats, we book into the Friday brunch at the hotel's Imperium restaurant.

Lebanese dishes, sushi, trays of roast meat, oysters, pies, breads and a whole lot more take pride of place on beautifully decorated tables in a huge dining room lit by chandeliers. Next, we get a taste of what it's like to stay in the city itself, moving into the Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

From my bed, I have the pleasure of looking out at the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

It's time for some retail therapy, involving some mooching around the mall or the souks. I come away with a cerise pink pashmina and a very cool handbag.

For the more traditional side of Dubai, we go on a Platinum Heritage desert safari, travelling in an open-top vintage Land Rover through the Arabian sands.

Next it’s a a helicopter flight. From my bird's eye view, I can confirm that The Palm really is shaped like a palm tree, and the Burj Khalifa sparkles just as much from above.

It’s time to sample the nightlife. But we're all stumped about what we should wear.

Demure dresses and strictly no cleavage, is the order of the night.

However, when we arrive at the exclusive supperclub restaurant and club, we encounter a liberalism which we weren't expecting. Sparkling wine and cocktails flow, and women wear tight dresses that show more than just a little thigh.

Travelbag (travel bag.co.uk; 0845 543 6615) offers two nights at the five-star Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on The Palm (half-board) and two nights at the five-star Jumeirah Emirates Towers (half-board) from £779 pp, including direct flights with Royal Brunei from London Heathrow. Book by June 30 for travel in July.

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6:24am Sun 18 May 14

woolywords says...

The Dubai that they don't want you to see... (viewer discretion advised)

http://www.vice.com/
en_uk/vice-news/the-
slaves-of-dubai
The Dubai that they don't want you to see... (viewer discretion advised) http://www.vice.com/ en_uk/vice-news/the- slaves-of-dubai woolywords
  • Score: 3

7:10am Sun 18 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

Thanks, wooly. I follow vice.com and recommend its reporting as the antidote for the review work presented here, and for much else.
Thanks, wooly. I follow vice.com and recommend its reporting as the antidote for the review work presented here, and for much else. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 2

9:10am Sun 18 May 14

salvadore says...

Get a life wooly, stop being negative and try dubai.
Get a life wooly, stop being negative and try dubai. salvadore
  • Score: -5

11:11am Sun 18 May 14

burner says...

Sorry . . . I'm a bit confused . . . I thought the new hotel in Central Blackburn hasn't been built yet !!
Sorry . . . I'm a bit confused . . . I thought the new hotel in Central Blackburn hasn't been built yet !! burner
  • Score: 5

11:46am Sun 18 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

Anyone know if LGBT are OK in Dubai?
Anyone know if LGBT are OK in Dubai? Graham Hartley
  • Score: 4

12:34pm Sun 18 May 14

woolywords says...

salvadore wrote:
Get a life wooly, stop being negative and try dubai.
Why would I want to support a morally bankrupt country that allows people to live in such squalor, as they rake in, massive profits?
I am simply pointing out that, in writing this blatant advert for a place, that all is not as it seems. When you treat an human being in such a degrading way, you play directly into the hands of those who would seek their own form of revenge upon the rest of us, for sitting idly by, as it goes on. After all, wasn't the premise of the attack on the World Trade Centre based upon how the West has done some despicable acts to foreigners?
I would like to think that I'm a better man than stay silent.
[quote][p][bold]salvadore[/bold] wrote: Get a life wooly, stop being negative and try dubai.[/p][/quote]Why would I want to support a morally bankrupt country that allows people to live in such squalor, as they rake in, massive profits? I am simply pointing out that, in writing this blatant advert for a place, that all is not as it seems. When you treat an human being in such a degrading way, you play directly into the hands of those who would seek their own form of revenge upon the rest of us, for sitting idly by, as it goes on. After all, wasn't the premise of the attack on the World Trade Centre based upon how the West has done some despicable acts to foreigners? I would like to think that I'm a better man than stay silent. woolywords
  • Score: 11

1:56pm Sun 18 May 14

sen c b l says...

No thanks!
No thanks! sen c b l
  • Score: -1

12:23am Mon 19 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

Has Catherine Wylie, offered to us as the author of this review, ever visited Dubai? What checks were made by LT to evince this claim?
Has Catherine Wylie, offered to us as the author of this review, ever visited Dubai? What checks were made by LT to evince this claim? Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

12:56am Mon 19 May 14

Steven11 says...

Graham Hartley wrote:
Has Catherine Wylie, offered to us as the author of this review, ever visited Dubai? What checks were made by LT to evince this claim?
Who from the eastern world would ever want to visit a backward thinking country such as this , certainy not me. !
[quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: Has Catherine Wylie, offered to us as the author of this review, ever visited Dubai? What checks were made by LT to evince this claim?[/p][/quote]Who from the eastern world would ever want to visit a backward thinking country such as this , certainy not me. ! Steven11
  • Score: -3

6:18am Mon 19 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Steven11 wrote:
Graham Hartley wrote:
Has Catherine Wylie, offered to us as the author of this review, ever visited Dubai? What checks were made by LT to evince this claim?
Who from the eastern world would ever want to visit a backward thinking country such as this , certainy not me. !
You don't need to go that far to see evidence of that. Take a walk round certain parts of East Lancashire and you'll see it in abundance.
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: Has Catherine Wylie, offered to us as the author of this review, ever visited Dubai? What checks were made by LT to evince this claim?[/p][/quote]Who from the eastern world would ever want to visit a backward thinking country such as this , certainy not me. ![/p][/quote]You don't need to go that far to see evidence of that. Take a walk round certain parts of East Lancashire and you'll see it in abundance. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 4

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