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The Best Luxury Hotels in Dubai

Quite often at Hotels Fairy we get emails asking us to recommend hotels around the world. For example, a pet friendly hotel in London or some luxury hotels in New York or an eco-friendly hotel in Hong Kong or a beachfront hotel for a honeymoon in Marrakech. The list is endless.

Even though it is not possible to reply to every single email that we get, we do try to get inspiration from what our readers are asking.

So when we can we send our office fairies on working vacations to discover and experience the local hospitality around the world and report back to us with their findings and many, many photos and stories from their travel adventures.

Nick, just came back from Dubai, where he spent two weeks sampling the local hospitality. Bellow you can find a short list that he compiled for us with the best luxury hotels in Dubai.

Luxury Hotels in Dubai

One & Only The Palm Dubai

One and Only - Luxury Hotels Dubai

One & Only The Palm Dubai, offers luxurious beach-front accommodation on Palm Jumeirah’s peninsula. Here you can enjoy the panoramic views, a private beach and the very best cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno.

The One & Only has really spacious rooms, suites and villas that are either situated within the hotel’s Manor House or in the private beach area.

The rooms and suites have direct access to a huge swimming and the palm-shaded terraces. The Beach Villas offer direct beach access for more secluded escapes.

Here you will have the choice of three exclusive restaurants and if you need more choice you can always get a water taxi to the One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai to have dinner at any of its seven restaurants!

IMG World of Adventures and Hub Zero Dubai are just a 35-minute drive from the hotel.

Raffles Dubai

Raffles Dubai in Dubai

The Raffles Dubai is one of the must stay luxury hotels in Dubai.

The architect of the hotel was inspired by the great pyramids of Egypt and his design reflects that inspiration. The Raffles Dubai is a stunning landmark in Dubai’s skyline. An award-winning hotel features an outdoor pool, and an extensive spa.

Many handcrafted ornaments and luxurious fabrics decorate the rooms at Raffles Dubai, each with a generously-sized private balcony with views of the Dubai skyline. Dubai International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

Grosvenor House a Luxury Collection Hotel Dubai

Grosvenor House Luxury Hotel in Dubai

If you want to feel like a celebrity the world-class service of Grosvenor House Hotel and Apartments will not disappoint you.

The 5-star Grosvenor House hotel is located on the Dubai Marina promenade and offers panoramic views of the marina, as standard comes a personalized butler service, an outdoor pool and an impressive range of culinary experiences.

The modern rooms and suites have marble bathrooms and come with Byredo amenities, a soaking tub with rain shower.

Grosvenor House’s fine dining options include a weekly seafood buffet at Sloane’s. Also highly recommended is the lively Buddha Bar & Restaurant which serves far-east and Asia cuisine.

Make sure you check out the Bar 44 which offers fantastic cocktails.

The Address Dubai Marina

The Address Dubai Marina

From all the luxury hotels in Dubai, this is the one to book if you want to be in the center of the action on the Dubai Marina. The marina is the largest man-made marina in the world. It is housing upscale retail stores, Michelin restaurants and trendy late-night bars & lounges.

The Address Dubai Marina is directly linked to the Dubai Marina Mall, which has more than 160 boutiques with high-end designer brands and electronics.

This luxury hotel has an elevated infinity pool on level 4, perfect for spending the whole day in the sun with its outside dining, poolside bar and spectacular views of the Dubai Marina and beyond.

Palace Downtown Hotel

Luxury Hotels - Palace Downtown Hotel Dubai

If you stay in this luxury hotel, you will feel like a royalty, a true palace decorated in a contemporary Middle Eastern style offers luxury rooms with balconies.

The Palace Downtown Hotel overlooks the Dubai Fountain and the lake surrounding Burj Khalifa.

Four different restaurants will be at your disposal providing fine dining opportunities, ranging from Argentinian meat to Thai curries. You can also spoil yourself with branch served buffet of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.

JA Palm Tree Court

JA Palm Tree Court Hotel Dubai

JA Palm Tree Court’s rooms provide 5-star accommodation with all the top luxury amenities that you can desire. It also features a 9-hole golf course, a Jacuzzi, a beauty centre and a sauna.

Those staying at JA Palm Tree Court can start their morning at Calm Spa & Salon, or enjoy the various fitness amenities, including outdoor tennis courts, a driving range and squash courts.

For a quick getaway, you can park your yacht or seaplane on the private marina next to the hotel!!!

The hotel boasts convenient dining options, including seafood dishes at Anchor Restaurant and Mediterranean food at Captains Restaurant & Bar. Divaz offers a fine dining experience, and serves seafood cuisine in an intimate and romantic setting.

If you wish to discover the great outdoors, JA Palm Tree Court is close to many popular fishing and scenic spots. The staff at the tour desk of the hotel are always keen to recommend and organize tours and activities in Dubai.

You can choose between Dubai Desert 4×4, Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Safari. These are only a few of the tours available at the tour desk.

I hope we have given you a brief idea of what is available among top end and luxury hotels in Dubai. So if you wish to spoil your loved one, Dubai is the place to do it. Enjoy!!!

The Maldives Travel Guide: 4 Things You Should Know

Maldives Travel Guide

The Maldives is one of the dream destinations of most travelers around the world. Who would not want to see this picture of paradise? It offers luxury bungalows that extend over turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and pure luxury.

Those who went to this lovely place claim that it looks exactly like those images floating on your screen – transparent blue lagoons, low waters with baby rays and reef sharks, bright sun, white sand beaches, and house reefs teeming with different kinds of fish. But aside from this, there are several things that you may not know about this place.

Before booking your room at one of the best resorts in Maldives, you need to know these facts! A short Maldives travel guide follows bellow.

Maldives Travel

1. The Maldives is Made up of Over a Thousand Small Islands

The Maldives is made up of more than 1,190 coral islands in its 26 prime atolls. These islands are peppered across the Indian Ocean. Some are too small that you need to zoom in on them on Google map before you can see them.

Out of these small islands, only about 200 are inhabited. These include those with permanent populations living in fishing villages and farming towns. The uninhabited islands are used as picnic islands or for farmland. Indeed, a picnic in one of these islands is as remarkable and unique as having a picnic in the desert with your loved ones.

But did you know that some of these islands are man-made? Huhulmale, for instance, is an island created by dumping loads of concrete and sand in 2004. And this is the closest island to the main airport. It looks like a developed town with shops, coastline, housing, and paved roads.

While other islands are being created by man, other islands are disappearing. In fact, more than 100 islands have disappeared already because of the natural erosion from the rising water levels. Up to now, beach erosion is a huge problem for the remaining islands. Thus, you can see sea walls built around some islands to help pump sand back onto land.

Maldives - Manta Rays

2. Expect to See Large Marine Life

The Maldives offers some of the best marine life viewing experiences, both below and above the water. You have a big chance to see pods of dolphin around the South Ari Atoll. In the North Male Atoll, you can see plenty of manta rays. In fact, you can see them from the air as your seaplane moves slowly past the Manta Point.

If you want to see Hammerhead sharks, the Rasdhoo Atoll is the only place in the world where you get to see them up close.

3. Fun Things to Do

There is no end to the fun and marvelous things you can do in the Maldives. Here are some of them:

Diving and snorkeling in the Maldives

●       Diving and Snorkeling

There is no doubt that the Maldives is one of the world’s premier scuba diving destinations because of its crystal clear blue waters that offer incredible visibility. If you are not a certified diver, there are several dive centers where you can take a discovery dive. A close encounter with whale sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and other fishes will certainly be one of your unforgettable experiences here.

If diving is not your thing, a great option for you is snorkeling. By spending about two hours in the water, you can see more than just sea turtles.

Sunset surfing in the Maldives

●       Surfing

The Maldives is also a first-class surfing destination. The country attracts surfers around the worlds to also try windsurfing, which is a water sport that combines the elements of sailing and surfing. If you are not a pro, don’t worry because you can take surfing lessons here.

Paddleboarding in the Maldives - Maldives Travel Guide

●       Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding is a good alternative to surfing. The Maldives is the best place to do this type of water sport because most islands are surrounded by calm waters. While paddling, you will also see fish swimming just below your boards.

●       Underwater Dining

The Maldives is also known for its underwater restaurants that serve exquisite seafood dishes. It is also the home of the world’s first underwater wine cellar.

Other things you can do on this island include canoeing, mono-skiing, knee boarding, jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, speed boat charter and banana boat rides, and tubing.

A visit to the Maldives means more than just relaxing under the sun, sipping cocktails, and watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Once you arrive at the islands, you’ll discover that there are plenty of things you can do. But to ensure a remarkable adventure, be aware of these facts and make sure to follow the country’s laws.

AUTHOR BIO

Thomas Grundner the author of the “Maldives Travel Guide” is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”

The Best Greek Islands for Family Holidays

The Greek Islands offer exciting activities for the entire family to enjoy and visiting these islands is the perfect way to learn more about the fascinating history and culture of Greece. Visitors can also find plenty of posh hotels during their stay, allowing you to experience this ancient land in complete luxury. Here is just a small selection of the perfect places to enjoy luxury family holidays in Greece…

Crete

This popular island is particularly known for its ancient ruins and spectacular scenery. Visitors on luxury family holidays can spend a day relaxing at one of the island’s picturesque beaches. Families also have the option of learning more about the island’s history by visiting museums such as the Heraklion Archaeological Museum or the War Museum of Chania. Children will certainly be amused by the large collection of marine animals featured at Aquaworld Aquarium.

Daios Hotel on Crete

Daios Hotel on Crete

Lesbos

Known for its stunning historical structures, this enchanting island is also a great place to connect with nature. An intriguing petrified forest contains many different types of fossilized plant. Adventurous visitors can try climbing Mount Olympus. Lesbos is additionally known for its abundance of olive and fruit trees. Other sites of interest include an ancient Roman aqueduct and Ipsalou Monastery.

Rhodes

This Island has long been a popular destination for tourists taking luxury family holidays. The Water Park in the resort town of Faliraki is the largest water park in Europe. Younger visitors can also find entertainment by taking a trip to the island’s marine aquarium. The historic Jewish Quarter tells the story of the island’s Jewish population during the Middle Ages. The Palace of the Grand Master is one of the island’s architectural masterpieces. Families can swim and sunbathe while visiting Vlicha and Tsambika beaches.

Rhodes the best Greek islands for family holidays

Rhodes

Corfu

Charm and elegance are the defining characteristics of this lovely island. Clean streets and manicured gardens enhance the splendour of this family holiday destination. Aqua land, the island’s famous water park, features several water slides and rafting rides appropriate for all ages. A horse trekking trail offers horseback rides for families. Kalypso Star, a boat with a glass bottom, allows guests to see the ocean beneath their feet as they tour the harbour. Once the site of brutal wars; Corfu additionally showcases a series of monuments and memorials paying tribute to the island’s tumultuous past.

Corfu

Corfu

Zakynthos

Magnificent cliffs along the sea make this island a marvellous wonder of nature. Zakynthos is also known for the radiant shades of blue and turquoise seawater along its coast. Diving is one of the island’s most popular activities. Any spot on the island offers a terrific opportunity for a memorable family photograph. Families can also take part in the cultural festivals commonly found around many parts of the island.

Zakynthos' famous shipwreck

Zakynthos’ famous shipwreck

Author: This article was written by Tom Browne, a travel writer who recently went to Greece with his family.  Luxury family holidays in Greece are an excellent way of combining family time with an unforgettable experience.

Your guide to the best beaches in Vietnam

If you truly want to enjoy paradise under endless clear blue skies, take some time exploring the turquoise waters in Nha Trang in Vietnam’s Khanh Hah province. This area has the best beaches in Vietnam.

Whether you are in the mood for adventures above water or below, Nha Trang has a variety of sports and resorts to take advantage of. The area is known for Rainbow Divers, the first PADI-certified diving centre, and for being one of the best diving spots in the South China Seas.  In addition, you can enjoy kite surfing, wakeboarding and banana boats.

The town has a variety of spas with private access to the beach and the nearby mountains. Nha Trang is worth a stop on your Vietnam holidays if only for a ride on the Vinpearl cable car, the longest sea-crossing cable car system in the world. From a height of 60 meters, admire the bay, beaches and expansive vistas of this paradise.

the best beaches in Vietnam

Girls on the beach

If you seek tranquility, head away from the tourist circuit to the quieter Phu Quoc Island off the west coast of the Mekong Delta. Sprawling pure white sand beaches, untouched jungle, and dirt roads await you. Three of the island’s most visited beaches are Long Beach, Ong Lan Beach, and Bai Sao. Long Beach is the most developed and has a number of resorts. Recently long beach has also been voted as one of the best beaches in Vietnam

Called My Khe to the north and Cua Dai to the south, this area is home to a gorgeous stretch of white sand and surf. Formerly a big military strategic area during the war, Danang Beach is known for its excellent surfing, scuba diving, and resorts. Take a morning jog or swim along the beach in the morning, join in a tai chi practice, or pamper yourself at one of the area spas.

Halong Bay

Head just 30 miles up the coast from the bustling Nha Trang to the quieter Doc Let. Beautiful smaller resorts and pristine beaches make Doc Let a hot pick for your Vietnam holidays. You won’t find any tourist attractions here.

Phan Thiet is a fishing village located 3 hours from Saigon. Its proximity makes it a popular weekend beach getaway for locals. Known as “the Hawaii of Vietnam”, Cape Mui Ne is a 13 mile-long stretch of beach also known for its striking red sand dunes and rows of tall palms.

Swim in the blue waters, climb the sweeping sand dunes, or relax by a pool. Another popular beach, Doi Cat, is the favourite artistic subject of many inspiring photographs and paintings. To complete your Vietnam holidays, stay in a quiet thatched-roof bungalow overlooking the beach.

Author: This article was written by Tom Browne, a travel writer who went to Vietnam back in 2012. Vietnam holidays are a fantastic way of combining sparkling beaches with magnificently preserved culture and history, and he wanted to share this experience with those looking to visit this wonderful destination.

Luxury of Tuscan Holiday Villas

tuscan-villaFrom the Leaning Tower of Pisa to Michelangelo’s David in Florence, Tuscany has drawn visitors from all over the world. They come to explore ancient villages and the flagship Salvatore Ferragamo store. Some visitors stay in bucolic splendor, far away from the bustle of cities, while others wouldn’t trade the opportunity to stay in the midst of urban traffic for anything.

No matter what sort of holiday the visitor imagines, a stay at a luxury villa can be the best way to experience the region. Villas can be rented throughout the Tuscan countryside or in the midst of Florence’s winding streets. Either way, they are the ideal way for the independent traveler to make the most of their stay. Click here to read more »

Europe’s Most Luxurious Lakeside Hotels

Finding the most luxurious lakeside hotels in Europe can be a difficult task. There are so many hotels that finding the right one can take hours, even for the most seasoned travel agent. Here is a list of some of the top European luxury lakeside hotels where you can rest, relax and enjoy the water. You can find them in Italy, France and in many other European countries. Click here to read more »

Chocoholics Holiday Ideas

There’s just something synonymous about holidays and chocolate. It’s a dessert that you can dress up for a grand Christmas party or dress down to create a casual dessert for a fourth of July picnic. It’s all in the execution. Click here to read more »