Rachel Ruiz, 31, an advertising manager, and her TV producer husband, Federico, 32, decided to blow their budget, and turn their honeymoon into a super-luxurious maxi-moon. Here's the lowdown (we're not envious at all)…

"We wanted to start our honeymoon with some serious lavishness. And the Desert Palm boutique hotel, with its gold feature walls and grand silver sculptures, has it in spades. Our vast suite, its lounge area overlooking a manicured polo field, and coffee table laden with chilled champagne and a treasure chest of Turkish Delight, offered a luxurious welcome. But lovely as the suite was, we weren't in it for long. There was the Lime Spa to unwind in, for one - don't miss the Aromatic Facial, with exquisitely scented organic essential oils, or the Intuitive Couple's Massage - easily the best massage either of us has ever had. Dinner at Rare, with views of the twinkling Dubai skyline, was just as memorable - we'll still be talking about the incredible miso cod in 10 years' time. After just a few hours at the Desert Palm, we felt totally at home in a world where sipping cocktails and unwinding are all that's required."

WOW FACTOR Book a couple's body scrub, massage and facial at the spa, where you'll be pampered in tandem.

FLIGHT TIME 7hrs from the UK

GO ITC Luxury Travel www.itcluxurytravel.co.uk offers four nights in a Palm Deluxe Room from £1,105 per person, B&B. Includes flights with Emirates www.emirates.com and transfers