Opulent hotels, Glorious sunshine, fine foods and glamorous shopping! Whats not to love! Dubai is a city that has it all here is our Diamond Beach guide on the best of Dubai, and of course what to wear.
BEST PLACES TO STAY: Ultimate Luxury
Dubai’s iconic sail-shaped hotel features a fleet of Rolls Royce, Hermès toiletries, and a pillow menu for your king-size bed.
From the sail-inspired architectural design to the views from each of the suites, this hotel is all about show-stopping scenery.
Burj Al Arab is a collection of 202 duplex suites, each as ornate and opulent as you’d expect from a 7-star hotel in Dubai. Expect hints of gold, marble, and silk throughout your room. In case the pillow provided for your king size bed isn’t luxurious enough for you, each room comes with a pillow menu featuring 17 different options.
Take it from the hotel’s many British guests: High Tea at the Skyview bar is an absolute must. Three outdoor and two indoor pools mean you’ll always have a place to take a dip when the mood hits. Finally, Burj features nine on-site restaurants, so dining options never feel stale.
A haven within the vibrant city of Dubai, the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah boasts a private soft-sanded beach, six distinct restaurants and lounges and elegant sea-facing guest rooms and suites.
Situated on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island, this Waldorf Astoria resort promises all the amenities for a relaxing getaway, including:
• 200 meters of private beach
• Two temperature-controlled pools and kids’ pool
• Guest rooms and suites with sea and Palm Jumeirah views
• Waldorf Astoria Spa with nearly 50 luxurious treatments
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah offers a supervised Kids Club and numerous leisure activities for the whole family to enjoy. From snorkeling and paddle-boarding to wind-sailing and deep-sea fishing, your assigned Personal Concierge will arrange excursions to suit your preferences for an unforgettable experience.
Dubai’s premier dining destination offers the finest cuisine with unparalleled service, from the unique, contemporary Italian dining experience at Social by Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck and the Vietnamese culinary journey at LAO to international fare at Mezzerie. Enjoy al fresco Mediterranean dining and sunset cocktails at Palm Avenue. Experience a classic Waldorf Astoria afternoon tea at the iconic Peacock Alley followed by vibrant entertainment and classic aperitifs at the Venetian-inspired Serafina Bar
What to do in Dubai
Tick off the major Downtown highlights
The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, neighbours the sprawling, designer label-filled Dubai Mall and the dancing Dubai Fountain, and between them they share a patch of Downtown Dubai famed for prestige, evident right down to the parking lots lined with Maseratis and Lamborghinis. Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai, owns a penthouse in the tower, which also houses the At the Top observation deck, At.mosphere restaurant and Armani Hotel Dubai.
Insider’s tip: The Dubai Fountain is best viewed by night when laser and light shows accompany the music. Also note that the Dubai Mall is equivalent in size to 50 football pitches, so you should wear comfortable shoe
Spend an afternoon at Dubai’s hippest beach
At The Beach JBR, prove to the kids you’ve still got what it takes to make it around an inflatable floating assault course at sea (Aqua Park, AED 150/£30 for adults; AED 120/£25 for children), then refuel at one of the many restaurants on the strip. As night falls, potter among the market stalls, where you can learn how to create bottled sand art and pick up customised flip-flops.
Even with the multitude of malls available in Dubai, the Dubai Mall still provides one of the most complete shopping experiences. Not just a mall, this mini-city is home to over a thousand stores, a spectacular four-storey indoor waterfall, a huge aquarium, an Olympic size ski-rink and a staggering number of food outlets. The mall is designed with the most luxurious of finishes and houses brands from across Europe and the US including Galleries Lafayette and the first Bloomingdale’s outside the US. It is also hugely popular for the Dubai Fountains, which are beautifully designed to move to music.
There’s nothing the people of Dubai love more than to dress up and dine out. You can choose from a glittering array of celebrity restaurants and a huge variety of Middle Eastern food, plenty of them family friendly and almost all in Instagram-worthy locations.
Don’t leave without experimenting with street eats in Deira, a beachside breakfast on Kite Beach, rooftop dining in Dubai Marina, or our very own institution, the Friday Brunch. With more than 200 nationalities living in Dubai, we’ve got nearly every craving covered.
WHAT TO WEAR
ABOVE: The Sunny Cove Midi Shirt Dress perfectly captures modern elegance and glamour. Translating perfectly from day to night. This versatile dress not only gives breathability to the wearer but is flattering to all body shapes. Featuring the exclusive Diamond Beach bespoke print in Diamond Sea, and adorned with beautiful Swarovski® button detailing.
The beautiful Moroccan Romance print breathes femininity into these shorts. Designed in a luxe silk, wrap side panels adorned with crystals give these classic shorts a fresh, glamorous and feminine new look.
Add a hint of prestige to your beach look this season with the Daisy dress. Let the lightweight fabric fall effortlessly down your body, benefiting from a flexible waist to ensure a flawless finish. Featuring a sexy open shoulder held up with slim shoulder straps, to create an elongated form across your shoulder line. In an addition to being ideal to pop over a bikini, the daisy dress can be dressed up with a beautiful beach bag and a pair of glamorous wedge sandals.
Blue and white make a perfect colour match and the Kaftan style of the Bebe dress makes a match made in heaven. Hemmed with delicate fringing and blue embroidery detailing this dress is chic and elegant . This Kaftan is the perfect piece to add to your holiday wardrobe, complete with loose fitted sleeve and a clinched in waist which can be adjusted to fit you perfectly, giving a very flattering, feminine finish. Pair this with your favourite white bikini and jewelled sandals to really complete the perfect holiday outfit.
The Stargazer one-piece, in the striking Amethyst Mamba snake print, pushes this super glamorous swimsuit into exotic new territory. You’ll look perfectly tropical in this luxurious intricately coloured print in shades of deep purple and white, while the minimal back design featuring delicate straps to tie up to your desired fit gives you unsurpassable comfort and freedom.