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The Getaway: Dubai

The Getaway: Dubai

by Rakhee Bhatt

The picturesque landscape of Dubai owes much of its beauty to the mixing of new and old found in such modern architectural marvels like the Burj Khalifa and the timeless untamed rolling sand dunes of the Arabian Desert. Located on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has emerged in recent years to become an astounding cosmopolitan city attracting people from all corners of the globe to live, work and vacation. Here, we round up the best places to sip, savor, stay and see while in Dubai.

SIP

The Getaway: Dubai
Society Café & Lounge
Society Café & Lounge

Housed inside a glass villa, this sun-soaked locale offers a welcoming seat for those looking to start their day on a healthy foot. Signature drinks like the Iced Karak Latte, comprised of gourmet black tea extracts with evaporated and sweet milk, and the High Society, where blueberry-infused sparkling grape comes with gold flake sprinkles, are perennial favorites.

Comptoir 102

Sips come with a side of shopping at this concept café, where visitors can peruse an eclectic assortment of fashion and home wares before nestling into a seat on the Persian-carpeted courtyard to enjoy the nourishing drink menu. Wake up with the Good Morning—an immune-supporting smoothie made from bee pollen, dates, Himalayan salt and almond milk—to power your travel adventures in the country.

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SAVOR

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Coya
Coya

Traditional Peruvian dishes highlight modern influences from Japan, China and Spain at this inventive restaurant. With a seasonal menu replete with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and meat-loving options, there is something for everyone to love here. Dishes cooked in cazuelas, or iron pots, are favored such as the Arroz Nikkei made of Chilean sea bass with rice, lime and chili as are the ceviches such as the Atún Chifa formed from yellowfin tuna, sesame seeds, soy and a rice cracker.

Gaia

Step inside this chic and cozy Gate Village restaurant to fest on dishes that take a fresh approach to Grecian coastal cuisine. Furnished in a warm palette of neutral tones punctuated by plush blue chairs, this spot’s inviting décor comes second to the home-style offerings like the Crunchy Baked Feta and the mouthwatering Glazed Lamb Chops.

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STAY

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One & Only The Palm
One & Only The Palm

Nestled on the peninsula of Dubai’s stunning Palm Island lies this intimate resort that draws its vision from the architecture of Spain’s Andalusia Moorish palaces to create a tranquil respite for travelers. Take advantage of the stunning views readily available by booking a Palm Beach premier room that comes with either a private balcony or beachfront garden patio. Those who want to truly bask in luxurious living would enjoy one of the hotel’s four beachfront villas that come with outdoor space made complete with a private swimming pool, lush gardens and shaded seating.

Jumeirah Al Naseem

Sprawling terraces help to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor at this airy hotel, which draws its name from the Arabic term for “sea breeze.” One of three properties that comprise the Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Al Naseem’s grounds feature opulent gardens and pools, a seawater lagoon to help rescued sea turtles recuperate and guest access to the resort’s private beach. Stay in an ocean terrace room that has a magnificent open-plan bathroom, relaxing king bed and breathtaking views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

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SEE

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Arabian Adventures
Arabian Adventures

Catching the sunset takes on a whole new meaning at this desert endeavor, where an exhilarating drive through the sand dunes whisks guests to a Bedouin camp for an intimate three-course buffet dinner as the day turns to night. Camel rides, henna hand tattoos and a belly dancing performance are also included in this unforgettable experience under the stars.

Aquaventure Waterpark

At this fish-loving waterpark inside the awe-inspiring Atlantis The Palm, visitors can get up close to the marine’s most majestic creatures. Don a special underwater helmet to experience the shark safari where reef sharks and black spotted snapper can be seen up close, or take some time to hand feed the friendly cownose rays. For the true thrill seekers, head to the top of the Leap of Faith to plunge down a mega slide that stands at a height of nine stories tall.

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