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Issue 8: Dubai

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    •  Looking up into the iconic glass-walled atrium. Photograph by Walter Shintani.
      Looking up into the iconic glass-walled atrium. Photograph by Walter Shintani.
    • A lobby restaurant. Photograph by Walter Shintani.
    • The opulent, indoor infinity pool lined with shimmering mosaic tiles. Photograph by Walter Shintani.
      The opulent, indoor infinity pool lined with shimmering mosaic tiles. Photograph by Walter Shintani.
    • A bridge connects the hotel's private island to Jumeirah Beach. Photograph by Walter Shintani.
      A bridge connects the hotel's private island to Jumeirah Beach. Photograph by Walter Shintani.
    • A sumptuous banquette inside the Arabian restaurant Al Iwan. Photograph by Walter Shintani.
      A sumptuous banquette inside the Arabian restaurant Al Iwan. Photograph by Walter Shintani.
    • Nearly 4,000 fish species swim inside a floor-to-ceiling aquarium at the Al Mahara restaurant. Photograph by Walter Shintani
      Nearly 4,000 fish species swim inside a floor-to-ceiling aquarium at the Al Mahara restaurant. Photograph by Walter Shintani

      Issue 8: Dubai

      Few places in Dubai better symbolize the modern city’s exuberant “more is more” philosophy than this gleaming glass skyscraper that rises like a wind-rippled sail from the waters of the Arabian Gulf. The fourth tallest hotel in the world, it’s also widely considered the most luxurious: all of the 202 duplex suites are stocked with Hermès toiletries, airport transfers are offered via Rolls Royce, Mercedes, or helicopter, and upon check-in guests are presented with a solid gold iPad to use as a “virtual concierge.”

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        Nestled in a lush preserve 45 minutes from the city center, this exceptional all-suite hotel boasts a tent-like architecture inspired by Bedouin encampments, deluxe rooms featuring plunge pools, and vistas of the desert and nearby Hajar Mountains. Bonus: Nature-loving guests can enlist the help of one of the on-site Field Guides to spot species like oryx and gazelles in the wild.

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          Sleek and glamorous without being showy, since opening in 2005 this 45-story hotel near Dubai’s marina has won raves for its tasteful Art Deco decor, superlative restaurants, and impeccable service. (As in: all 749 rooms are equipped with butlers and Bvlgari bathwares.) Plus, its location in the heart of the action–just a short skip from the sprawling Mall of the Emirates but close to Jumeirah Beach’s water sports and resorts–simply can’t be beat.

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          An art exhibit. Photographs by Walter Shintani.
           
          Homemade mint lemonade.
           
          The central courtyard.
           
          A bright couscous salad.
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            A little slice of paradise for both couples and families, the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Dubai is ideally set against the white sands of Jumeirah beach with easy access to all its watery entertainments, from bars to windsurfing and waterskiing. The polished décor has an old Holywood glamour and the champagne brunch at the neighboring Westin (which shares facilities with Le Meridien) is the stuff of legend.