Royal Mirage Dubai

All that greenery… Where have you been all my life? The second the car turns into the hotel entrance and that divider lifts, it’s like entering a world where time moves a little slower and birds chirp from trees that line the winding roads like they do in a Disney film. This feeling of being in a private, magical garden continues: from airy rooms that open out onto acres of grass and the beach, to winding walkways that lead you to fabulous restaurants. #RoyalMirageDubai really is an oasis in the city.

There’s a lot of beauty in the architecture and interior design at this dreamy hotel. We fell in love with all the arches that gave an elegant touch to every corner of the resort.


If the hallways are this graceful, imagine what the rest of the hotel has in store…


Standing pretty in front of arches for an event for Stylist Arabia, where I had a monthly column!














Lights dancing with arches…


The Welcome

You think romance, you think rose petals… (flattering) candlelight… soft music and a light fragrance… the #royalmiragedubai is steeped in romance and elegance. And yes, that is a fountain filled with rose petals in the lobby. Not a mirage.



The pool is a fabulous place to spend an hour… or five or six…



The fresh seafood, particularly local hammour fish, is a treat at beachside tables at #beachbarandgrill. It’s all nodding palm trees, sea breeze, and elegant seafood at this hotspot.


Really, this is Dubai, not the Caribbean!



Watch the sunset and the pretty people at #jettylounge. Kick off your heels and sink your toes in the sand…

Dubai_One & Only_Jetty Lounge

Can you feel the sea breeze playing with your hair?…



This resort does spas right. The Traditional Royal Hammam is an absolute must-try.




Here are suggestions for #whattopack for an indulgent stay at the #royalmiragedubai!

Afternoon Tea Affair

Ladylike is the name of the game for afternoon tea at #SamovarLounge in @ooroyalmirage. You’ll be picture perfect with legs crossed in this sleek grey number with the pink coat on the arm of your chair as you sip tea with your little pinky finger pointed out. How much are you loving the periwinkle shade of that @yvessaintlaurent bag? Class act.

Royal Mirage Ladylike


Topshop gray dress
160 AED –

Alexander McQueen coat
10,265 AED –

Gianvito Rossi pointy-toe pumps
3,115 AED –

Yves Saint Laurent blue purse
4,760 AED –

Michael Kors cuff bracelet
430 AED –

575 AED –

Kate Spade stud earrings
140 AED –
Date Night 
For a romantic dinner for two at Eau Zone, pump up the volume with this sexy ensemble. Black leather, pops of red and killer heels, all eyes will be on you despite your fabulous surrounds at #royalmiragedubai. You’re welcome!
Royal Mirage Date Night


Miss Selfridge lace tee
105 AED –

H M leather biker jacket
210 AED –

David Koma embellished skirt
5,610 AED –

Yves Saint Laurent black pointed-toe pumps
1,695 AED –

Yves Saint Laurent monogram handbag
5,215 AED –

Aldo jewelry
22 AED –

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana lipstick
125 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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