Le Meridien Mina Seyahi

Nothing says ‘holiday’ more than a swim up bar, an infinity pool, and the beach beyond palm trees… it’s a beautiful sunny day at @lemeridienminaseyahi with the sound of splashing in the pool, the smell of bbq on the grill, and people angling their sunbeds towards the sun in search of the perfect tan.

HiH Must Try: Enjoy lounge music and double-bed sunloungers @barastibeach during the day

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The Welcome

Time dramatically slows when you enter the airy lobby of this hotel, where the promise of beach and sun await just on the other side. Take off your watch, kick off your heels and get ready to tell time only by the movement of the sun and how many glasses with umbrellas in them you have near your sunbed.

Sweet Suite

Stunning. Sea. View. Enough said. With so many five star hotels springing up in Dubai on a regular basis, you’ll understand why Le Meridien Mina Seyahi has long held onto its charm with tourists and locals alike. The rooms are simple, modern and chic. There are lovely works of art decorating the walls made by local artists.

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Food-tastic

There’s nothing like swimming all morning and working up an appetite. Maybe that’s what makes sinking your teeth into a burger piled high with caramelized onions and melted cheese so damn delicious. The curly fries on the side will somehow disappear off your plate as everyone around you reaches out to try your order at Horizon. 

One of my new fave restaurants in Dubai is Fish Tavern, an airy restaurant with wooden tables on the grass facing the sea that evokes the charm of the Greek islands. I grew up in Greece, so between that association, the amazing food, the romantic atmosphere (lanterns in the trees!) and the heady sea air, it’s no wonder I went there four times in one week when I first happened upon it.

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Can you believe this isn’t Greece?

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Beautiful island vibe at night

 

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Spa-mazing

Get a respite from the heat with a couples massage that includes tea, nibbles, and champagne if it’s a special occasion.

 

Just For Kids

If you’ve got kids between the ages of 4 and 12, they’re in for a treat at Kids Club. From shell painting to volleyball and badminton, it’s sure to wear the kiddies out while you enjoy a lie-in in the sun.

 

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When the weather is lovely in #Dubai, kick off your heels and sink your toes in the sand while dancing on the beach at Barasti. You’ll find families in one area chilling on bean bag chairs and smoking shisha, while the party people dance up a storm right on the beach near the DJ. Just try not to spill your fruity drink on your dress.

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So…Kids Club or Party Central?

Both. Children will love the kids club activities, while the party crowd will have a blast at Barasti. If there’s a special party or DJ, Barasti does tend to get loud and rowdy, so you may want to check on performances when you book.

Here’s a suggestion of #whattopack to make the most out of a stay at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi!

Embrace sunny pool vibes and laze around in this watermelon pool float. Look luscious in this gorgeous peach one-piece suit and sparkly espadrille wedges. Fashion has been having a playful year, so why not bring #choupette along with you in @karllagerfeld’s beach tote for some stylish fun in the sun… and how cute is that #iPhone cover?

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi beach time

 


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Lilliput Felix one piece bathing suit
650 AED – wolfandbadger.com

Aquazzura wedge sandals
1,910 AED – brownsfashion.com

Karl Lagerfeld handbags tote
640 AED – stylebop.com

Hring eftir hring beaded jewelry
150 AED – wolfandbadger.com

Casetify iphone case
145 AED – casetify.com

Floppy hat
55 AED – smile.amazon.com

Karen Walker sunglasses
890 AED – matchesfashion.com
Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Welcome
 
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.
 
Eating
 
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.
 
 
Location
 
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 www.hotel-bedford.com
 
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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