Asia by Sara

Centara Mirage Beach Resort

Centara Mirage Beach Resort

Kids, get ready for the staycation of a lifetime. In Dubai, it's all about the latest new and shiny place, so I take hotel openings with a grain of salt, but this place exceeded expectations. The main reason? It's a family-friendly hotel that keeps a focus on the...

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Al Bait

Al Bait

a version of this article appeared in Travel + Leisure You don’t usually go to the desert looking for rain. But Sharjah, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, is full of surprises. For years, visitors were hard-pressed to find a decent place to stay. That’s changing...

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Dhigali Maldives

Dhigali Maldives

Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan Everything about Dhigali Resort feels magical; the moment you arrive all you feel is bliss. It’s a true escape from city life. You’ll feel engulfed in nature surrounded by pure shades of blue and green from the water, skies, and trees during...

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Palace Downtown

Palace Downtown

For a true Arabian fairytale right in the middle of our fair town, the Palace Downtown is an ideal place to stay. Authentic Arabic-inspired interior design, complete with wooden arches, arabesque designs and marble finishings, gives this five star hotel a local feel...

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St Regis Saadiyat Island

St Regis Saadiyat Island

This stunning hotel is more like a small village than a typical luxury resort. Everything about it feels grand and yet, somehow, attentive staff and the busy common areas like the pool and restaurants will make you feel at home. We wanted a staycation with our toddler...

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Top 5 Ramadan Dubai Hotel Iftars 2018

Top 5 Ramadan Dubai Hotel Iftars 2018

Dubai's beautiful hotels go all out in celebration of the holy season, and while I prefer a calm iftar at home with family where we can give leftovers to those in need, I do enjoy experiencing the beauty of tradition the way these five star hotels interpret it as a...

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The Oberoi Al Zorah

I've been to Fujeirah and Ras Al Khaimah a handful of times, but didn't know much about Ajman - only a half hour drive  from Dubai with a cleaner beach, I'm told. A lot of major five star hotel chains have opened here recently, including Fairmont, Saray Luxury...

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Ayana Resort Bali

*These excerpts are taken from a travel review written for Gulf Business Magazine After adventurous rice paddy and volcano treks and playing with wild animals in Bali, we sank into the luxurious lap of the Ayana Resort in Jimbaran. The resort is a destination in...

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Como Cocoa Island Maldives

A version of this travel piece appeared in Harper's Bazaar Interiors 2017 Rub your eyes and open them wide. Sand made of sugar, swaying palm trees and a hundred shades of blue? Welcome to the Maldives. True, the colors are so vibrant that it looks like an Instagram...

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