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Planning a lavish holiday in Dubai..

When luxury is the goal, there are few more enjoyable destinations on the planet than Dubai. This amazing city-state in the United Arab Emirates is not a holiday spot for those on a budget, and everyone from heads of state to world-famous celebrities have enjoyed a week or two in this hot, scenic and magnificent destination. From luxury hotels to futuristic shopping malls bigger than any you’ve ever seen, Dubai has it all. Take our top tips for the city and use them to plan your own unforgettable trip in the UAE.

The Best Places to Stay in Dubai

The first thing to do when planning your trip to Dubai is to pin down your accommodation. In terms of lavish hotels and resorts, this city is definitely not in short supply. In fact, there are more upscale hotels than budget offerings, which is a sign of things to come for travellers in this amazing destination. If money is no object, you will definitely want to stay in the Burj al-Arab. This hotel is particularly impressive due to the shape of the structure, which is architecturally designed to look like a ship’s sail. Plus, Burj al-Arab claims to be the world’s first and only seven-star hotel. While this specific title might be up for debate, there is no question that the decor, spaciousness of the rooms, staff and location make it one of the best urban hotels on the planet. Business travelers who are in Dubai for work tend to be drawn to the Grand Hyatt Dubai, which definitely caters to those doing business in the city. Shopping enthusiasts will love the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, which is attached to an entire shopping mall, as well as the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, which is just next door to lavish boutiques in Jumeirah.

We can organize any of these hotels for you and of course, advise you which ones will suit your needs.

Traveling Around the City

The metro system in Dubai is adequate, and is one of the biggest systems in the Middle East, but it is far more convenient to travel by car. Taxis are affordable and readily available, but there are some concerns about drivers negotiating prices or refusing to drive women traveling on their own. For absolute safety and comfort, speak to the concierge at your hotel and book a private car with a driver for the duration of your stay in Dubai.

Shopping: The Jewel of Dubai

One of the things that Dubai is best known for is shopping. For those on a bigger budget, the city is a playground full of designer boutiques, tailors and gold souks. If you can imagine an item, then it is for sale somewhere in Dubai. Stores tend to open early in the morning and stay open until as late at midnight, encouraging people to shop at all hours. If you only go shopping in one place, make it the Dubai Mall, it is located in the world-famous Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure. Other amazing malls include the Mall of the Emirates, Burjuman Centre, Wafi Mall and Festival City. Be sure to visit the gold souk, where bars of gold are still sold out in the open by weight.

Major Attractions No Visitor Should Miss

Although Dubai is known for fine dining, shopping and modern architecture, there are some more historic attractions you shouldn’t miss. The Global Village, Bastakiya District and Jumeriah Mosque are all important heritage sites in the city. Contemporary attractions to see include the stunning Dubai Fountain, the Palm Islands and the Wild Wadi water park near Jumeriah Beach.

Magnificent Dining in Dubai

As you might expect from a world-class luxury destination, Dubai boasts a slew of impressive restaurants staffing some of the planet’s top chefs. Most of these are located in the larger luxury hotels. Options is run by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor and offers Indian fare, Cafe Chic serves French fare and has earned several Michelin stars and Al Mahara is an amazing seafood restaurant with some of the best views in the entire city.

Dubai is one of the best destinations for a truly luxurious getaway. If you are ready to indulge, you won’t be disappointed by this location’s shopping, dining and accommodation options

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dalamanAs a travel agent one thing we always hear from our customers when we mention Turkey, is that they’ve ‘never really fancied it!’.. And I must admit I had always thought the same. That is until my trip there last year, now i have been completely converted! I loved everything about it, from the welcoming locals, to the traditional food and the magnificent mountains & beautiful, sandy beaches.

I travelled with Anatolian Sky holidays and spent a week visiting all the resorts around the Dalaman area. After a stress-free arrival into Dalaman airport, where we swiftly collected our luggage and visas and enjoyed a relaxing private transfer to our first destination; a small tourist resort, Datca. We started our trip by checking into our first hotel The Perili Bay Resort, set right on the beach front, it was a hotel like nothing I’d ever seen before; an old mansion transformed into a hotel, keeping all the old features from the Ottoman, Seljuk and Renaissance period in – A really lovely experience! We were on All Inclusive and the food was to die for, all traditional Turkish cuisine, allowing me to sampled a whole581669_10152835822385346_769094549_n range of different food that i’d never even heard of before.

Over the next few days we visited more of the popular tourist sites in and around Datca, before moving on to our next destination; Akyaka, a cute-as-a-button village which sits at the tip of the bay of Gokova, 40 minutes’ drive north of Marmaris. It’s got forested mountains at its back door, and a sandy beach at its front. And you’re never far from the restaurant-lined Azmak river that wriggles through its middle. We checked into our next hotel, Yucelen. Here we visited the local market and met the locals, who were all extremely welcoming, along with buying some fresh, local delicacy.
Our next stop was Fethye, the resort i was looking forward to seeing the most! A cosmopolitan atmosphere, a rich history and fabulous restaurants and nightlife, it is a wonderful place to visit with a long and varied history. Here, we stayed in The Ocakkoy, A series of large, beautiful cottages with a traditional feel.
We ended the trip in my most favorite place of all! Kalkan. A resort that I genuinely cannot recommend enough to anybody looking for a lovely, relaxing holiday in a tranquil place with views to die for; A lovely old fishing village which is penned into a small space by mountains. Here, we stayed at the Oasis. A small and very modern hotel with service a cut above the rest.

Finally, we ended an unforgettable week with a boat trip to ‘The sunken city.’ we sailed to a series of different bays, where the boat stopped off allowing us all to jump in and cool of from the hot sun. We even managed to see some turtles in the clear, turquoise waters!

I would recommend Turkey to anybody, it has something for all ages.amber in turkey

 Location: Europe & Asia


Capital City: Ankara


Area: 780,580 square km, 301,382 square miles.


Language(s): Turkish


Currency: Lira

You must now apply for Turkish visas before arrival, and will last for a duration of 90 days