Only in Dubai would they build three tropical-palm-shaped peninsulas to extend the shoreline by 320 miles. But build them they did, making it the perfect spot if you like your beach with a side of city life.

The latest addition is the palatial Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. It's Ottoman Empire-style opulent and each of the 405 rooms and suites comes with a Turkish marble bath and private balcony.

The views of pristine beaches against the Dubai skyline highlight the contrasts of this city. If the heat gets too much, retreat to the Talise Ottoman Spa for the Royal Ottoman hammam - you'll feel like a new person.

The hotel has a world tour of culinary options, from Lebanese to Vietnamese, and even has its own theatre.

WOW FACTOR: Sip cocktails 200m above sea level at the Skyview Bar at sister hotel Burj Al Arab. A personal cocktail waiter will create a bespoke drink for you on the spot - impressive!

FLIGHT TIME: 7 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring

GO: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit for more details or email