Canadian Living - - Life & Community - ERIN MCLAUGH­LIN, ED­I­TO­RIAL DIREC­TOR

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.

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