UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
I’ve always been fascinated with Dubai’s reputation for decadence and over-the-top architecture (remember how the Burj Khalifa surpassed the CN Tower as the world’s tallest freestanding structure in 2007?)—and I justified this luxe trip as the ultimate gift to myself. After a crazy-busy year in my new role at Canadian
Living (and the 13-hour flight from Toronto, which I only survived thanks to Emirates Airlines’ business class!), the soothing elegance of the palatial One&only Royal Mirage resort was a welcome respite. From the sweeping view of the private coastline from my room to the spectacular service (there’s a pool attendant who offers sunglass cleaning), perfection abounded. A short boat ride across the bay took me to the equally opulent One&only The Palm. A calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai, the resort is so spacious it feels empty even when it’s at full occupancy. The best part? My beautiful bathroom was almost as big as the bedroom itself.
Known for over-the-top luxury, Dubai didn’t disappoint—especially when I laid eyes on this incredible 850-squaremetre swimming pool.