Holidays with heart

WT Writer
Jul 1, 2018
From luxury city breaks to island idylls, stay with Raffles, Fairmont and Sofitel this summer and feel welcome


Living in the UAE means we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to planning our holidays. Those of us in Dubai, for instance, are within four hours’ flying time of a third of the world’s population, so it’s easy to understand how deciding where to travel can feel overwhelming at times. With a network of 4,300 hotels and nearly 620,000 rooms in 100 countries, AccorHotels will catch you wherever you land. 

Those who want to live the legend are sure to be impressed by Raffles Hotels & Resorts. Steeped in history – the iconic Raffles Singapore introduced the world to private butlers (and the Singapore Sling) back in 1887 – its properties can be found in leading cities and lavish resort locales in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa and Europe, and are known for treating guests like family. 

Alternatively, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts are buzzing with the energy, culture and history of their surrounds, with locally-inspired cuisine, lively bars and lounges and a distinctive design characterising each of the properties – The Plaza in New York is just one example of a much-loved Fairmont institution.

For a taste of modern French luxury, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts offer a chic travel experience that blends the essence of a destination with art de vivre. Think bespoke service, modern facilities, and a great night’s slumber thanks to the MyBed™ concept, which is designed to promote restorative sleep. Healthy gourmet dining and in-the-know nightlife recommendations make this hospitality brand a top choice among travel connoisseurs. To further help you narrow down your options, the experts at AccorHotels highlight six hotels that should be on your radar…

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Raffles Seychelles

Located on the north-eastern tip of Praslin, the second largest granite island in the Seychelles, here you can explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, unwind on the beach and be pampered the spa. 

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Raffles Dubai 

A calming oasis in the city, this property offers a fantastic sense of place, with most suites offering stunning skyline views. The nearby Khan Murjan souk is a haven for artisan keepsakes. 

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Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort

With panoramic views of the Gulf of Oman, this family-friendly property is great for active types, with watersports, guided mountain bike tours, and hiking in the mountains on offer. 

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Fairmont Amman 

Boasting a glitzy address in the 5th circle, this contemporary property is a top choice for foodies, with highlights including Levant cuisine at Nur, Japanese at Tsuki, and succulent steaks at Salt. 

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Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa

In need of some ‘me’ time? Home to the only Thalassa Sea and Spa in the GCC, this is the place to go for a restorative break, with plush rooms and great dining rounding out your stay.

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Sofitel Dubai Downtown

Shopping fans will be perfectly placed at this property, which is connected to The Dubai Mall. Stash your buys inside your suite before cooling off with a dip in the infinity pool.

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