Grand Millenium Hotel

This unassuming hotel tucked into Barsha Heights, between Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai Marina, has secrets to share. They all revolve around one thing: having one of the best nights out on the town. Enter Lucky Voice Dubai.

When I was invited to try the karaoke bar import from London’s Soho, I was actually really nervous to sing in public, outside of a shower or my car, for the first time. I’d been to plenty of karaoke bars before and somehow always managed to avoid singing. But how can I blog about an experience without doing it? *gulp*

The Band

Here’s where I was in for a surprise: Lucky Voice Dubai is so much more than a karaoke bar. It’s 10,000 square feet of a funky space that includes neon signs, giant wooden tables, and a live band (called Game Over lol) crooning classics like ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and ‘Purple Rain’.


It really gets you in the mood to sing and let loose in the private karaoke pods later – or maybe that’s just the cocktails talking 😀

The Food

And then, there’s the eclectic international menu that includes everything from beef sliders to empanadas to Goan curry with crab meat. Seriously. It’s like pub food on steroids. The cajun chicken pizza is a dish I’ll definitely be coming back for.


And it’s all so affordable by Dubai standards. We feasted and drank like kings and it cost about Dhs 200 per person!

The Singing… and Rapping

After we felt like we had enjoyed a full night out with all the food and live music, the real evening actually started when we were escorted to our private karaoke pod that fit all 9 of us. There’s a touch screen with 15,000 song options and in a matter of seconds we were all belting ‘Living on a Prayer,’ ‘I Will Survive’ and countless other karaoke classics.


I had a shining moment impressing our tipsy crew with my rapping skills to ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ and I lived to tell the tale. Before we knew it, it was 1 am – not an easy feat for new parents – and we all couldn’t stop laughing.  Top marks for a truly fantastic night out! I’m already practicing songs for our next karaoke adventure 🙂



PS Make sure to try the Gin & Tonic White Chocolate Truffles from the dessert menu… oh… my… goodness are they good…




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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