Four Seasons Jumeirah

Doesn’t this make you want to take a deep breath and smile? The @fourseasons #Dubai in #Jumeirah is such a short drive from some of the busiest parts of town – Dubai Mall, for one – and yet creates an atmosphere that is its own, calm universe….


The Welcome

Winding up a green hill in line for the valet behind Bentleys and Lambos, we enter a world of luxury before stepping foot in the Four Seasons Jumeirah. Once out of the car, we see beautiful arches to the right and left. This beautiful symmetry of arches continues again inside the hotel lobby, before we are greeted with a grand winding staircase leading down to the gardens and the beach. The only thing that will tear your eyes from the view is your cell phone, so you can scroll through filters on Insta. Except you won’t need any #nofliter.


Arches pointing to a light at the end of the tunnel…


The symmetry, the lights, the accents of colour… beautiful interior design


Sweet Suite

Dubai is a busy, busy city in the middle of the desert. The rooms at the Four Seasons provide the opposite experience: quietude, laziness and greenery. The rooms are decorated in simple colours to keep attention on the gardens and beach outside. There are some serious pieces of art on the walls, though.

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So many places to sit to admire the room… Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah


For a breathtaking, airy sea view with a side of the freshest fish in town, Sea Fu hits the spot.  We loved the black cod and found the wasabi cocktail full of surprises.

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Sea Fu at sunset



First one to arrive for dinner at Sea Fu at a table for 14… yay me… #earlybird


Craving steak? Nusret serves up some of the best cuts of meat in town. Just save room for the super sweet baklava with ice cream.

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Nusret baklava: hot and cold, sweet and savoury… a heady mix of contradictions that will make you so happy 🙂

Brekkie: an insane breakfast buffet… made-to-order omelettes? So last year. This place has a full on Italian coffee bar. HH must-try: #Nutella mocha. You’re welcome.



Start off with drinks @coyadubai then continue the madness over at @provocateur_dubai. Selfie Time: there’s a giant bathtub with a stuffed animal in it at #Provocateur. It won’t take too many cocktails before you’re posing next to it.

There’s a seriously gorgeous view of the @burjkhalifa from #mercurylounge at @fsdubai! Music is popping and the DJ is a woman in the highest #louboutins we’ve ever seen 🙂



Indoor swimming has never been this glamorous… the facilities are as talked-about as the actual backrubs. My favourite part was actually the hair salon, En Vogue, where you can read fashion books and get the best blow dry ever. Pricey, but a treat.

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Here you go: #whattopack inspiration for a stay at the #fourseasonsdubai!

Turn heads in this gorgeous outfit that is equal parts classy and sexy. The pink and beige shades will set off a glowing tan after a day spent poolside at #fourseasonsdubai. Wear this as you flit from @mercuryloungedubai to @coyadubai before dancing the night away at @provocateur_dubai. … you social butterfly, you 👠💕 Curated with love by fashion consultant extraordinaire @ruladajani


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 by mschannel featuring pink jewelry

Sexy sweater
92 AED –

Exclusive for Intermix short shorts
325 AED –

Semilla high heel shoes

Cara pink jewelry
29 AED –
Turn up the heat in this ensemble with splashes of wine red, several textures and a cheeky clutch. Ideal for a nightcap at the scenic #mercuryloungedubai…
Four Seasons drinks


Alberta Ferretti red top
1,160 AED –

IRO leather jacket
4,165 AED –

Citizens of Humanity jeans
1,220 AED –

Gianvito Rossi black high heel shoes
1,730 AED –

Anya Hindmarch colorful purse
4,760 AED –

Chanel jewelry
1,835 AED –

Smashbox lipstick
77 AED –
Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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