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28 May

Fujeirah Rotana Beach Resort & Spa

Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan! Weaving through curved roads bounded by high mountain peaks, I leaned forward in my passenger seat, taking in the surrounding sights in awe. A two hour drive from Dubai to Fujeirah exposed us to sights of blue seas, scarlet desert sands, lush green farms, and stone grey mountains. Work matters that were on my mind in the initial part of the ride were vanishing away as we became engulfed by the beauty of the mountains around us. Entrance, Reception, and Hotel Design As we pulled up to the entrance of Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa - Al Aqah Beach, the sounds of streaming fountains, children’s laughter, and a tennis ball struck by a racquet filled the air. I looked at...
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3 Jan

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Welcome to the future. Inside and out, this unique hotel looks like a spaceship that landed in the middle of the desert. It's half on water, half on land, and 100% futuristic in design. There's a breathtaking glass structure that blankets the two main buildings of the hotel, overlooking the Formula 1 circuit where cars zoom by during the season. With the lighting, it looks magical. I visited over New Year's Eve to take advantage of the proximity to the Yas Arena where Coldplay performed one of the best concerts I'd ever been to. The hotel provided a 5 minute shuttle service to and from the arena, which made my sore feet happy after hours of dancing. And every time we...
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11 Aug

Waldorf Astoria RAK

One day, when I get my dream summer home, this is what I want it to look like. This airy, lightweight feeling is mastered throughout the regal Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah, the shining star of hotels in the seaside emirate. I've always loved staycations that mean no airport queues or jet lag, so the one hour drive to RAK from Dubai was a perfect escape. We actually drove by camels on the way - very Arabian nights!   The Welcome Once we reached, the valet area was all high ceilings, marble finishing, valet attendants in taupe and a few Bentleys thrown in for good measure. We had arrived. I began clapping when I saw the lobby. It's actually my second time here, and yes,...
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