Park Hyatt Dubai

A green hideaway set smack in the middle of Dubai’s old town overlooking the Creek – and just 2 km from Dubai’s airport – the Park Hyatt Dubai is a destination in and of itself. It’s got acres of rolling hills ideal for a round of golf or a round of drinks as you admire the scenery. One of the oldest hotel establishments in our young town, it’s also one of the finest. It’s reviewed for Holidays in Heels by girl-about-town Anita Buys, a lovely South African presenter, moderator and inspirational woman.
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Check out Anita’s blog: www.hernameisanita.com for a dose of fashion and fun in Dubai!
The Welcome
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Meet me in the hotel lobby!

 

This beautiful resort is big enough to cater to those looking for a quiet time with a friend or those attending a big blow-out wedding – tiara and all. Anita says: “I’ve experienced quite a few firsts at the Park Hyatt Dubai. This hotel has so many beautiful memories, that every time I visit, I feel so nostalgic. My very first time at the hotel was for my friends wedding. I was one of her bridesmaids. It was an intercultural marriage, so relatives of the bride and groom flew in from all over the world, which made for such a diverse reception.  I’ll recommend this hotel without a doubt, I love visiting a resort that feels like a destination on its own. You never have to leave the hotel because you’re too entertained by all their amazing activities.”
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With an 18 hole golf course, 25 meter pool and eight different restaurants to choose from, you’ll find yourself hard pressed to leave the resort at all.
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The exterior looks like a glass boat sailing on the Creek

Sweet Suite
The rooms in this sprawling resort are a calm sanctuary. They are decorated in muted tones and offer sweeping views of green golf courses or of the Creek. All rooms have free wifi and floor-to-ceiling windows so you can look out over the pretty view and compose poems 😀
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Playtime
The hotel has an exciting Boardwalk BBQ Donut experience. Anita says: “My adventurous dad booked a boat for 5 (the family) and we sailed around Dubai Creek while having a BBQ on the boat! We chose to sail off in the evening, so we could watch the sunset… #OnlyInDubai ;)”
The 18 hole golf course is a major drawcard for avid golfers or those who love a hotel set amid rolling hills – we really miss this kind of scenery in Dubai. It’s hard to believe this quiet oasis is right in the middle of one of Dubai’s busiest parts of town. Kick back with a fruity drink facing the golf course and skyline at sunset – no better way to end the day…
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Food-tastic
There are some amazing choices for foodies at the Park Hyatt Dubai. Anita says: “The restaurant QD’s is one of my favorite places to go for lunch/dinner while overlooking Dubai’s Deira Creek.”
Cafe Arabesque has traditional Arabic food so you can sample local flavours (mmm saffron rice and lamb stew!), while The Terrace has sunset views and yummy bites ideal for impressing a date. You’ll be hard pressed to decide what is more striking at award-winning French restaurant Traiteur: the small plates bursting with flavour or the dazzling architecture.
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Strike a pose at Traiteur

 

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Spa-mazing
Saved the best for last. The award winning Amara Spa is all flowers and wood, open air rain showers and bathtubs fit for two. They also have some of the best trained therapists in town.
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Outdoor rain shower = heaven on earth

Anita says: “At the Amara Spa, I treat myself to their signature Swedish Massage every now and then and always make sure to ask for the lovely Balinese massage therapist Julie.”
What to Pack
Anita’s breezy, feminine look is spot on during a stay at the beautiful Park Hyatt Dubai. Enjoy!
Afternoon at Park Hyatt Dubai

 


Self portrait white lace cocktail dress
1,265 AED – matchesfashion.com

Christian Louboutin stiletto heel pumps
3,105 AED – nordstrom.com

Alice Olivia leather hand bag
1,725 AED – thecorner.com

Lana taper earrings
10,560 AED – bergdorfgoodman.com

Kate Spade oblong scarve
325 AED – zappos.com

Smith Cult moisturizing lip gloss
85 AED – neimanmarcus.com

Marc Jacobs fragrance
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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!

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