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XVA ART HO­TEL Far from the skyscrap­ers, tucked away within the shaded al­ley­way of Al Fahidi, one of Dubai’s old­est neigh­bour­hoods is this bi­jou gem. The re­stored tra­di­tional build­ing is cen­tred on an airy stone court­yard that is home to the XVA veg­e­tar­ian cafe: a place of cool­ing respite when ex­plor­ing the his­tor­i­cal precinct and busy souks hug­ging the creek dur­ing the hot­ter months. XVA is one of Ara­bia’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary gal­leries, and its ho­tel off­shoot con­tin­ues the theme, with rooms de­signed by lead­ing artists in­clud­ing Karim Rashid and thought­ful works fea­tur­ing through­out. xva­ho­tel.com

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DESERT PALM A very dif­fer­ent palm, set not by the beach but in the sur­pris­ingly lush grounds of Dubai Polo Club. Desert Palm is a sis­ter to the Mal­dives’s ridicu­lously good­look­ing Hu­vafen Fushi, but in place of un­der­wa­ter treat­ment rooms and over­wa­ter bun­ga­lows, there’s a heavy eques­trian theme to the small-scale re­treat – the world’s rich­est horse race is held in Dubai each March – and guests can spend the nightly happy hour watch­ing chukkas tak­ing place on the ad­ja­cent polo fields. Per­haps what’s most re­fresh­ing is the abun­dance of green: it’s the desert, yes, but not as you know it. de­sert­palm.per­aquum.com Plan your get­away with BAZAAR’s edit of Dubai’s top re­treats.

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ONE&ONLY THE PALM There’s a host of glitzy, gaudy of­fer­ings out on the man-made ar­chi­pel­ago known as the Palm Jumeirah (take a bow, At­lantis). Mer­ci­fully, the One&Only The Palm is a low-rise ho­tel (a rare Dubai beast in­deed) that of­fers a mix of beach­front rooms and man­sions. You’re a lit­tle far away from the ac­tion out here on the “fronds” of the Palm de­vel­op­ment, but what you lose in prox­im­ity you make up for in aes­thet­ics and ac­cess to the re­sort’s ESPA. Our top pick for a best-of-both-worlds beach­side break. thepalm. one­an­don­lyre­sorts.com AR­MANI HO­TEL DUBAI Mr. Ar­mani’s Ara­bian out­post is all you’d ex­pect from the Ital­ian de­signer: sub­tle, re­strained, and ut­terly on-brand. Plenty of tonal hues and ex­cel­lent re­gional Ital­ian fare at Ar­mani Ris­torante (Yes, yes, you want to eat au­then­tic Ara­bian food dur­ing your stay? That can be a chal­lenge, con­sid­er­ing UAE’s cater­ing to Western tastes). Ar­mani Ho­tel Dubai’s po­si­tion within the lower floors of the sky-wor­ship­ping Burj Khal­ifa means you’re per­fectly placed to take in the nightly light show at Dubai foun­tain, and are just a stroll from the afore­men­tioned Dubai Mall. dubai. ar­mani­ho­tels.com JW MAR­RIOTT MAR­QUIS Dubai is ob­sessed with records, and the def­i­ni­tions that make some of those records pos­si­ble. The new JW Mar­i­ott Mar­quis is the world’s tallest free­stand­ing ho­tel (the ac­tual high­est ho­tel is the Ritz-Carl­ton in Hong Kong’s IFC Build­ing, but of­fice space takes up its lower floors). That aside, it’s con­ve­nient for the air­port and the Burj Khal­ifa, rooms are gen­er­ous and dis­creet in style, and the restau­rants and room ser­vice are top tier. Head to Vault, on floors 71 and 72, for cock­tails. Al­ter­na­tively, in­dulge in shishas (hookah pipes) at the ho­tel’s gleam­ing Ara­bian restau­rant. mar­i­ott.com.au

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