Dubai has evolved into quite the fantasyland over the last few years. Hotels beyond glamorous have sprung up, shopping malls with snow skiing are the norm, and gold purchases are a traveller's must-have.
People asking questions such as "did you hear about the latest in Dubai?" are not unusual, and Catriona Rowntree found the latest response to that question.
One&Only Luxury Resorts have properties in the Bahamas, the Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico and Cape Town. In Dubai they have three properties: The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa.
Catriona visited the Residence & Spa at Jumeirah Beach, a slice of old Arabia on the Gulf with a kilometre of private beach. The three properties are nestled in 26 hectares of landscaped gardens and are a tribute to Arabian architecture with arches, domes and intricate carvings and hospitality on a regal scale. It's hard to imagine it was all desert just 15 years ago.
The property has 32 prestige rooms, 12 junior suites, two executive suites and a garden villa all facing the sea and with balcony or terrace.
The impressive Oriental Hammam and Spa has towering domes and features individual massage and therapy rooms, steam baths and jacuzzis. Massage has been practised for thousands of years in this part of the world so you are in good hands.
Catriona met with executive chef, Bruno Cerdan, who hails from France. He looks after One&Only's eight restaurants.
The Residence & Spa dining room has an elegant outdoor terrace with atrium setting, privacy and personalised attention. Many dishes have a Moroccan influence and are cooked in a tagine. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There are also superbly furnished bars where you can sink into soft cushions and enjoy a drink. The Rooftop Terrace has views to Palm Jumeirah. The library is the venue for afternoon high tea each day at 4pm. It also has volumes of books for serious reading or social browsing.
Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates.
Greece & Mediterranean Travel has two-night packages staying at the One&Only Royal Mirage Residence & Spa. Breakfast, return airport transfers and a half-day Dubai City tour are included. They start at $599 per person twin share.
Emirates has flights to Dubai.
- Perth $1737
- Melbourne and Adelaide $1791
- Sydney $1810
- Brisbane $1814
Prices are for a limited time only.
Prices correct at April 1, 2010.
For further information
Ph: 1300 303 777
Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre
Suite 2, 644 Botany Road
Ph: (02) 9313 4633 or 1300 661 666
Fax: (02) 9313 4475
Visas: Visas are not required for entry into Dubai but passports must be valid for at least two to six months.
Electricity: Plugs are European with two circular metal pins.
Time zone: Time is GMT +4.
Currency: The UAE dirham.
International dialling code: + 971.
It is recommended travellers to Dubai see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended. For further information, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au.
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