You might recognise this palatial pad from its starring role in Sex & The City 2, where it plays the impressive Abu Dhabi retreat for the fashionable foursome.


Before the hotel even opened, the cast took over the stunning Royal Suite, which sprawls across the entire second floor and has its own bar, butler and curtains dripping in Swarovski crystals.

Ceilings are hand-painted, interiors feature a whopping 3km of gold leaf and the pool is easily confused for a lake. Much of the decor is made in India (home of the Taj hotel brand) and, although it's newly built, the low-lit, jewel-hued interiors give off the stately air of a renovated palace.

Every room comes grandiose - take tea in the massive Jade Room and we guarantee you'll get a crick in your neck.


Since it's situated in the leafy Palmeraie district half an hour's drive from town, you'll probably split your time between the madness of the Medina and luxuriating by that massive pool - or in the equally impressive Jiva Spa.

WOW FACTOR: This place is one big, swanky wow from the moment you glimpse its palatial silhouette - and the 22m-high chandelier in reception - against the Atlas Mountains.

FLIGHT TIME: 4 hours.

GO: Cox & Kings offers three nights from £875 per person, B&B.