Rhodes W1 Dubai

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Gary Rhodes was on TV a lot when I was growing up; to this day, his face, complete with trademark spiky hair, is one of the first that comes to mind with the phrase ‘celebrity chef’. His Step-by-Step Cooking (2001) was one of the first cookbooks I bought to prevent me wreaking havoc in my... Read more »

La Ville Hotels and Suites CITY WALK

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Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees, the saying goes, and sometimes you miss out on the spectacular skyline when you’re standing in the urban forest of towering edifices that make up Dubai’s downtown area. Fortunately, just ten minutes drive from downtown, the Marriott group have recently opened the boutique La Ville Hotels... Read more »

FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai Hotel and Resort

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“They are so beautiful that they would grace the entrance to Paradise.” Michelangelo said about Ghiberti’s doors for the Florence Baptistery. Grand entrances do make a lasting impression. It is the first impression of a venue which lays the way to the whole experience, like a glorious wrapping paper with an equally enchanting gift inside... Read more »

Amwaj Rotana

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The Amwaj Rotana, is a real gem of hotel especially for the shopaholics and beach bums amongst you, with its prime location on Dubai’s The Walk the seemingly endless promenade of luxury retailers, boutiques and restaurants. Enabling you to shop, drop off in hotel, shop, drop again to your heart, or wallets content throughout your... Read more »

H Dubai

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I was excited as I arrived at Dubai’s H Hotel. A tall and imposing skyscraper and shaped like a giant letter H, I was excited to venture through this self-acclaimed gateway to Dubai. Will it ease me in to what I should expect for the rest of my trip? Entering the great lofty atrium and... Read more »

W Dubai Al Habtoor City

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I felt like a fembot in an Austin Powers movie as I strolled casually into my suite at the W Hotel, Al Habtoor City. With a chic, modern space age vibe, white furniture in the lounge area, white washed walls, a stylish martini bar, a gigantic white circular bed, two flat screen TV’s showcasing beautiful... Read more »

Al Maha Desert Resort

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Being asked to write a review for the Al Maha Desert resort in Dubai came with two small but nonetheless important considerations, which I felt compelled to address before I left the UK. First amongst these was its setting, Dubai.  Now, I have no problem in the idea of building garish and over the top... Read more »