Jumeirah Dar-al-Masyaf, Dubai

04/03/2019 by .

“My butler … “

There I’ve said it. Growing up in a post-Jeeves-and-Wooster egalitarian world, I never thought that I would utter those words. But Jumeirah’s Dar Al Masyaf, DAM to returning regulars, at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah, thrives on personal service.

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Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Kaimah

06/11/2017 by .

The famous Waldorf Astoria clock definitely doesn’t disappoint, sitting proud amongst the finery of Peacock Alley lounge.

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The Cove Rotana Resort

01/11/2017 by .

Considering it was the wee small hours by the time I arrived at The Cove Rotana Resort after a 45 minute drive from Dubai airport, there was no lack of energy from the night staff.

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The Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island

01/06/2016 by .

It’s 9pm and Luca Paltinieri Executive Chef of Felini, the signature restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island, is teaching me a valuable lesson about Lambrusco in Abu Dhabi. “The bubbles disappear the minute the wine crosses the Italian border. Better you should drink Barolo.”

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Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek

01/06/2016 by .

Well lucky me. I’d found a cosy hideaway in the top floor Royal Club Lounge giving me a front row bird’s eye view of the Arabic Dhow boats setting off up Deira Creek on their evening dinner cruises. “Must book one of those for tomorrow night” I thought to myself as I sipped a smooth scotch and contemplated a chocolate dipped date. Such is life at the Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek, a world away from the razzle dazzle Dubai of Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim.

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Madinat Jumeirah

12/03/2015 by .

Well this was a first; a whiskey cocktail with real smoke pouring out of it. You can call it theatre, but I called it genius.  It was a little number entitled “as good as it gets”  the signature cocktail at Pier Chic, the celebrated seafood restaurant at Madinat Jumeirah set at the end of a pier jutting out into the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. Just us, the moonlight and The Burj for company. It was romantic for sure, but wait a minute, this was Dubai.

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