This is the one place in Dubai you need to have on your travel hit-list

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From golden sands to vibey cocktail spots, here’s how Sofitel The Palm is about to make Dubai your next must-visit destination…

Whether you’ve already been to Dubai or not, chances are you’ve got an idea of what to expect.

Glittering skyscrapers? Check. Fine dining courtesy of the world’s top chefs? Check. Those famous Friday brunches? Check and double check.

However, while those are all present and correct, Dubai is also hiding some treasures you won’t have seen on your friends’ social feeds, and you can experience them all with a stay at ultra-dreamy resort, Sofitel The Palm.

Here are five of the best things to check out while you’re there…

  • 1. Make a splash

    If you like to spend approximately 90% of your holiday time bobbing about in the water, you’re in exactly the right place.

    First and foremost, the resort boasts a private beach across 500 metres of pure white sand, meaning you don’t need to jostle with the hordes in one of Dubai’s public swim spots.

    Not a fan of sand, but still like a refreshing dip? Not a problem – you’ve also got a frankly ludicrous choice of six different swimming pools to choose from.

    There’s even one with a waterfall. Insta-ready doesn’t even begin to cover it.

  • 2. Sunset sipping

    If you haven’t enjoyed a cocktail watching the sun set over the water to some ambient house, have you even been to Dubai?

    The Laguna Lounge is absolutely the place to be for golden hour, with a host of resident DJs spinning tunes while you take your pick from a range of premium drinks, classic sundowners and shisha.

    Had a bit too much sun? Not to worry – the Maui Beach Bar is a lovely spot for some post-lounger shade, while the Porterhouse Bar has you covered for shadowy speakeasy vibes.

    It also offers two happy hours per night, because yes… you’re on holiday and that’s absolutely fine.

  • 3. Sleep by the sand

    You might not think it’s possible to get that breezy beach holiday mood in an uber-modern metropolis like Dubai. But you’d be wrong.

    There are a host of different rooms available at Sofitel The Palm, but to fully trick your sun-addled brain into thinking you’re in an island paradise, we’d recommend a beach villa.

    One of Dubai’s most luxurious experiences (which is saying something), you can expect sea and sand on your doorstep, as well as a private pool, Jacuzzi and sun deck.

    Not what you’d expect from your average city break…

  • 4. Do everything, do nothing

    There are two schools of thought when it comes to how best to do a holiday. Either you’re super-busy and hit the activities like a train, or you like to be horizontal for as much of the time as possible.

    Fortunately, there’s ample scope here to do either or both.

    If you want to stretch yourself, you can get stuck in to a busy programme of watersports (including snorkelling, kayaking, waterskiing and wakeboarding), or head to the rooftop gym for a range of intensive fitness classes.

    But if all that sounds like hard work, you can always crash out in the on-site spa instead.

    We’d recommend drifting away with an Oriental Massage followed by a Muscle Melt Wrap. Bliss.

  • 5. All the eats

    With six dedicated restaurants at your disposal, there’s plenty of opportunity to spam your social feeds with #foodporn.

    In the mood for seafood from the Arabian Sea? Pagoda-inspired restaurant Moana should be your first port of call.

    Craving red meat? Porterhouse has all the prime cuts to scratch that cavewoman itch.

    Then you’ve got Hong Loong for traditional Chinese, not to mention seaside snacking at Maui.

    Options for days.

Now offering all-inclusive stays, Sofitel The Palm Dubai is the perfect 5* base from which to explore the city. Better still, you can book with British Airways Holidays, which offers carefully selected hotels, a 24-hour holiday helpline and deposits from just £75 per person, all with full ATOL protection.