Dubai, United Arab Emirates & Phuket, Thailand
31°C / 87°F
Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
A glorious 5-star hotel located along Dubai’s famous strip known as “The Walk”, Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach is an all-inclusive property that effortlessly caters for every kind of traveller. Everything you could possibly need is located directly on your doorstep; the sands of Jumeirah Beach, the Beach Mall with a children’s waterpark, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina, and so much more. Comfort and relaxation is guaranteed here with the 301 elegantly decorated rooms and suites that provide breath-taking views from the private balconies, while going hungry isn’t an option with the award-winning dining concepts on-site. With cuisines ranging from Italian and Japanese to British and American, a gastronomic experience is guaranteed, alongside plenty of facilities including a fitness and wellness club with a gym, spa treatments and an outdoor swimming pool, and an activity centre for kids aged between four and 12 years old.
Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa, Thailand
Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa Hotel provides nothing less than a heavenly retreat along the sands of the picturesque Karon Beach. This well-rounded 4-star property is located in a prime location; easily accessible to the likes of the Big Buddha Karon Market and Chalong Temple, as well as being just 10-minutes away from Junclyon Shopping Mall and the iconic Bangla Road for exciting retail therapy nightlife. The hotel has a wealth of facilities which include three swimming pools and a children’s waterslide, a fitness centre, a kids’ club, and an InBalance Spa. Satisfy your hunger with the range of dining options serving a multitude of local and international dishes, or quench your thirst at one of the two bars. Expect to feel nothing less than right at home at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa, thanks to the 224 spacious and comfortable rooms suitable for any party size.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The city where too much is never enough, Dubai is a thriving metropolis with a reputation for world-class hospitality and all things luxury. A holiday to Dubai means you can revel in the sunshine on its many beaches, with the most famous being Jumeirah Beach. This stretch of sand is adorned with multiple hotels and restaurants, while the water is warm all-year-round. Internationally known for its architectural individuality, Downtown Dubai is home to the iconic Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall, the latter of which ensures shopaholics are utterly in their element. If you want to escape the bustle of Downtown, the Dubai Marina is a well-visited area where you’ll find Riveria-style living built around a 3.5 kilometre canal, with seven delicious international restaurants found in Pier 7 Dubai Marina. Finally, no holiday to this UAE gem would be complete without visiting the desert where visitors can embark on a trip along the dunes on either a 4x4 or a camel, depending on your preference.
Dazzlingly beautiful and incredibly diverse, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is nothing less than a tropical paradise in more ways than one. Despite being a little tamer than its Bangkok sibling, Phuket is covered by lush rainforests and fringed by powder-soft beaches, and is a hub of excitement for partygoers, foodies, relaxation lovers, and adventure seekers. Patong is an area made famous by the notorious Bangla Road; a buzzing strip of bars, clubs, and after-dark activities that continue well into the early hours of the morning. Alternatively, families will naturally be drawn to the low-key regions of Kata and Karon, whereby the beauty of Kata Beach and Karon Beach, respectively, are scattered with an abundance of stunning hotels and resorts, and are home to some of the best sunsets on the island.
Phuket sits delightfully within day-tripping distance of the picturesque Ko Phi Phi islands, known for the most emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, pearly-white sands, and neck-craning natural limestone formations. Movie fans will adore a visit to Maya Bay which is home to Maya Beach, the setting for The Beach starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Snorkelling, scuba diving, and even monkey spotting are amongst some of the most popular pastimes on Ko Phi Phi.
Phuket Old Town is the place to go for a culture fix – think historical museums, majestic temples, and Peranakan cuisine. The Big Buddha is a must-see attraction, and despite its name being self-explanatory, this impressive monument towers an impressive 150 feet over the island, and offers stunning 360-degree views of the bays below.