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The Jewel of Dubai

The Vegas of the Middle East, Dubai has all the glitz, glamour (and sometimes questionable décor) of it’s other desert counterpart – without the vices. Built on tourism, it played host to 6.9 million guests in 2008 with over 49 598 hotel rooms and apartments on offer.

One of the city’s most iconic buildings, the Burj Al Arab, sits like a waiting yacht on it’s own man-made island 280 metres offshore in the middle of the crystal blue ocean waters of Dubai. It is the world’s tallest all-suite hotels and has become a symbol of Dubai’s innovative architectural developments. This year it celebrates it’s 10th anniversary, which is quite a milestone in the fast-paced construction world of Dubai.

Designed to resemble the billowing sail of an Arabian Dhow, it is not uncommon to see a helicopter drop visitors off on its specially designed rooftop-landing pad or below, rows of Rolls Royce Phantoms waiting to transport guests to various venues throughout Dubai. Although, most guests choose to enjoy the amenities on site which include the award winning Al Mahara restaurant that was named one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the World by Restaurant Magazine as well as the Sky Bar that stands 321 metres above sea level.

Unfortunately, the Burj Al Arab is no longer open to the public however; restaurant, spa and hotel guests may enjoy the amazing view and architectural design. My suggestion, splurge on a 7-course high tea at Sahn Eddar and celebrate the style and opulence of the Middle East. You might even see Paris Hilton there!

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is one of the few holiday destinations where the tourists are richer than the locals. With an exchange rate to rival the pound, this quaint island location has built a booming industry on tourism and finance.

Located in the Western Caribbean, Cayman attracts the rich and the powerful, the savvy and entrepreneurial providing a relaxing haven rather than a place to ‘see’, and ‘be seen’. Even Mike Ryan, property developer, can be seen walking through his multi-million dollar project, The Ritz Carlton, in shorts and shirt, smiling to visitors and locals as if he were the pool guy rather than one of the most successful property developers in the world.

The nightlife tends to be beach-front parties and retro dance nights without the pretense, door list and high prices of other holiday destinations. Day time activities include water sports, duty free shopping and don’t forget a trip to the Blue Iguana Recovery Program to say hi to some of the island’s original inhabitants.

Whether your budget lends itself to a residency at the Ritz or a stay in a local B&B, Cayman is a great place to relax in style and comfort.

Hotel Palomar, Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is a vibrant city filled with award-winning restaurants, art galleries and boutique hotels. Admittedly the arrival of its highest profile residents, the Obama’s, has piqued international interest however, for visitors looking for something new the nation’s capital will not disappoint.

Hotel Palomar is one of Washington’s premier boutique hotels conveniently located within the capital. For those looking for a stylish yet affordable place to relax and unwind this is it. Located within walking distance of two of Washington’s favorite neighbourhoods – Georgetown and Dupont Circle, the rooms are some of the most spacious you will find with all the mod cons including free wireless and flat-screen TVs.

Inspired by the modern elegance of 1930s French design, the interior includes exquisite pieces of art that compliment the soft hues of taupe and gold, the overall emphasis here, on style and service.

Relax with a cup of tea in the dramatic two-storey lobby, sip a glass of wine at the complimentary evening wine reception or take a stroll to a nearby art gallery or café. Whatever you choose to do, Hotel Palomar will see that it is done right. www.HotelPalomar-DC.com

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