Jumeirah Mina A’Salam

Staying at this resort is like staying at an upscale, adult version of Disneyland. You’ve got a world class gym around the corner (we’ve spotted Versace models and Miss Universe in zumba class), the bars of Madinat Jumeirah steps away, and some of the city’s most popular restaurants right at your doorstep. Mina A’Salam is part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex that includes Al Qasr and Dar Al Masyaf.


Sweet Suite

Book an ocean suite, just do it. Aside from containing two of our favourite words in the world (Suite. Ocean. Enough said), there’s really no better way to embrace a vacation state of mind than sitting on your balcony and enjoying a private terrace with a killer view. And yes, that means FROW for a Burj Al Arab view.


The Suite Life


If you have cash to splash, book a room in @madinatjumeirah’s #DarAlMasyaf, which has a massive courtyard outside each mini-villa that looks like something out of a James Bond movie set.


Ideal for a photo shoot, isn’t it?


In the mood for a taste fiesta? At Mexican restaurant #Tortuga you can eat guacamole made to order and wear a sombrero. Cheesy, but so is the food – in the best possible way.¬†It’s a taste fiesta at this casual hotpot in #Minasalam in @madinatjumeirah where you can munch on nachos, drink strawberry margaritas and wave to people on abras as they sail on by…


It’s even prettier at night when the lanterns are lit up



Totally celebrated a birthday here with the sis… because, sombrero!


Mellow out to a live band at #BahriBar with a view of the #BurjAlArab if you’re lucky enough to get a seat outdoors.

Taste of Culture

With Madinat Theater around the corner, there’s always a fun show to watch during your stay at this hotel. My favorites have ranged from famous stand up comedians to Beatles musicals to ballet shows. Most recently, the Opera de Paris dancers were in town for a performance and I was lucky enough to sit in on a rehearsal. The command these performers have on their bodies is amazing – the rehearsal alone was full of grace and athleticism. Videos to follow!

What to Pack

Channel the vibrancy of Mexico at #tortugadubai in #Minasalam #hotel with this bright ensemble. Pay homage to artist #FridaKahlo with this colourful iPhone cover and play up that stunning green hue in the @aliceandolivia dress with dangling earrings. As @jimmychoo says, you are what you wear not what you eat, so no worries about all that cheese ūüėā It’s a celebration of colour!



Mina A'Salam Tortuga - lunch fiesta


Alice Olivia floral dress
1,275 AED¬†–¬†neimanmarcus.com

Alice + Olivia flat shoes
1,090 AED¬†–¬†revolve.com

Jimmy choo handbag
4,115 AED¬†–¬†net-a-porter.com

Turquoise jewelry
580 AED¬†–¬†jjcaprices.com

Casetify iphone case
145 AED¬†–¬†casetify.com
Mina A’Salam hosts a lot of events throughout the year (including my wedding!)… for a polished look at an event – say, for a new jewellery collection or art exhibition – go for a classic look:


David Koma color block dress
4,645 AED¬†–¬†farfetch.com

Gianvito Rossi high heel shoes
3,245 AED¬†–¬†neimanmarcus.com

White purse
695 AED¬†–¬†wolfandbadger.com

Smashbox lipstick
77 AED¬†–¬†marissacollections.com

Chloé perfume fragrance
420 AED¬†–¬†sephora.com


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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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