WHERE IN THE WORLD
DUBAI & OMAN, UAE
Never has there been more hotel choice than in Dubai. Where does one start? Having scoured every luxury hotel, our heart always comes back to the same place where you can have a holiday on your own exclusive bit of beach with a spa to die for and a gym that almost encourages you to exercise. The hotel’s private boat will take you across the water where you can hop in a transfer and enter Dubai proper. One & Only The Palm is a wonderful surprise and the service verging on perfection. My very fussy and selective husband was not convinced by my idea of a family trip to Dubai and Oman purely focused on our 8-year-old. Needless to say, my husband loved it so much that he booked us into One & Only The Palm next October for a quick 5-night stay, as we were checking out!
THE NEXT STOP
Hidden in its’ own bay with the mountains as a dramatic backdrop, Zighy Bay is a creation of an old Omani village; soft cream hues and wonderful use of wood and stone. We love Six Senses for their ability to make sustainability feel so luxurious. Upon arrival, our butler whisked us off to our duplex beach house. Our 8-year-old didn’t know what to do with himself; private pool, beach in reach, kids playing football on the sand, kayaks, paddle boards, a bike with his name on it…While he opted for making friends over football, we headed to the beach bar, feet in the sand and ordered a signature cocktail with ginger, coconut, rum and an umbrella to boot.
THE STAR DUST
On our second evening, we grabbed a paddle board and my husband snuck two cold beers in his board shorts. Paddling out to sea we floated on the water and as a family looked back to the beach and watched the sun set over the mountains. There is no other place like this…it doesn’t have the tropical feel of the Maldives or Caribbean but the incredible landscape you are immersed in is utterly captivating and good for the soul.
THE WORLD SAID
Dubai; Ferrari World, Wild Wadi Water Park, Atlantis, behind the scenes at the Aquarium, the water fountains – we did it all. BUT we did it in style; our private Cabana at Atlantis meant we could relax their all day, waited on by our charming butler, which meant absolutely no queuing!
Oman; There is so much to do at Six Senses Zighy Bay and it fits all types of trips whether it be a multi-generational holiday with family or a secret honeymoon spot. You will always find your own private space – with only 84 villas and extensive grounds, other guests seem to appear only when you want them to. Sitting up at the bar by night or having lunch on the deck of the restaurant… This place really is heavenly!