Summer in the city!

Ahlan! tracked down the best places to keep cool this summer
Wednesday , 13 August 2008

Raffles Dubai
Sheikh Rashid Road ,04 324 888

Raffles has fast become the must-hangout spot for Dubai's jetset, thanks to the success of the super-cool Asia bar and the gastro-fabulousness of Noble House.

Super-luxe:Giant beds, sprawl-tastic sofas and super-covetable walk-in wardrobes (oh, and did we mention you could get lost in the bathroom?), the huge suites make for a super-luxurious stay.

Chill-out pool:
Chill-out music is piped across the pool area, while a ‘pool clock' squirts out massaging jet streams of water as time ticks by.

Noble nosh:
The superlatives that have been thrown at Noble House still can't prepare you for the delicate dishes you'll experience. Miniature Chinese breads are followed by dim sum, soups, starters and mains, and we strongly recommend the intriguing white pepper ice cream. Delish.

Polish off

Emerge from the Amrita Spa as sparkling as Dubai itself with its Golden Body Polish treatment, which features layers of gold creams rubbed into exfoliated limbs, leaving you glittering at the fab China Moon Champers bar.

The Monarch
Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 501 8888

A sanctuary away from the daily grind, with views over landmarks like Emirates Towers and Trade Centre.

Chic suites:
Your 24-hour butler may wonder why he never hears from you, as nothing is amiss in the chic suites - from plump pillows and fluffy white towels to the gorgeous Ermenegildo Zegna products.

High-tech:
If the poolside loungers aren't enough to put you in chill-out mode, the hydrajet beds beside the Jaccuzzi should do the trick.
Fit for a king: Wake up to a delicious buffet selection in Mizaan (the velvety scrambled eggs really are a breakfast fit for a king).

Sublime spa:During the signature massage at the Mandara Spa, two therapists treat you to a sublime synchronised blend of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Balinese and Swedish massages. Sheer bliss!

Roll in style

Tired of being caught in the crowds on Trade Centre roundabout? Opt for the chauffeur service, and arrive and leave in royal style in a Rolls Royce or Bentley. For real look- at-me value, you'll want to whizz around twice!

Emirates Towers
Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 319 8500

Emirates Towers offers the ultimate weekend summer escape - right in the heart of the city.

Japanese minimalist:Decked out in chic furnishings, the spacious, modern rooms are complemented by stunning views of the city from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Not to mention the decadent Japanese minimalist bathroom with walk-in shower, teaming with aromatherapy goodies.

Modern flair:The romantically-lit Vu's restaurant on the 50th floor not only offers unparalleled views over Dubai, it serves up exquisite European
fare with a dare-you-to-try-it modern flair. Flavours and combos you've never heard of will both delight and surprise you. Try the pork belly with mustard ice cream (trust us, it's amazing).

Sunny delight

Chilling by the open-air pool, with Jacuzzi and sundeck, it's easy to forget you're in the middle of the city, as you slip on your iPod and soak up the sun.

Le Royal Meredien Beach Resort And Spa

Dubai, 04 399 5555

Whether you're walking in the exquisite gardens or just lazing by the pool, Le Royal Meridien is the perfect getaway from the rat race.

Tower suites:In the butler-serviced tower suites, not only do you have a living/dining room, large double bedroom and dressing room, but the bathroom will blow you away with its large corner bath and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Palm Jumeirah. After a relaxing soak in the tub, you can choose to have a DVD from the selection hand-delivered to your room.

Spoilt for choice:With three temperature-controlled pools, one with a swim-up bar in beautiful garden surroundings, you're spoilt for choice at Le Meridien. If you're looking for a little more adventure the private beach has heaps of water sports from wind surfing to kayaking.

Secret garden:Take in the stunning views of the Arabian Gulf while walking through the lush gardens, which are even more breathtaking when
lit up at night.

Moreish mexican

At the awarding-winning Maya, set in the beautiful gardens, you will experience the amazing taste of Mexico, with the finest quality contemporary Mexican food.
Suits from Dhs2550 + 20% tax until August 31st, 2008

Le Royal Meridien
Abu Dhabi, 02 674 2020

Enjoy the UAE capital at Le Royal Meridian.

Weekend relaxation:Overlooking the beautiful swimming pool, the immaculate, spacious rooms are just what you need to relax and unwind. From the huge bed to the stand-alone bath big enough to swim in, the room is the ultimate in spacious weekend relaxation.

Pool perfection:The tranquil surroundings of the pool, lined with comfy sun loungers (and waiters on hand to serve your every whim) is the perfect place to relax.

Revolving restaurant:Don't miss Al Fanar, the revolving rooftop restaurant, with amazing 360° views of Abu Dhabi. The delicious salmon starter is a must, along with the sumptuous steak for the main event.

Bubbly brunch

Want a brunch with a difference? Check out the Saturday bubbly brunch onboard the breathtaking Shuja Yacht, owned by Le Royal Meridian. Priced at Dhs165.

The Westin

Mina Seyahi, 04 399 4141

The sprawling Westin has certainly livened up the Jumeirah beachfront and manages to perfectly mix a family-friendly environment with a strictly for-the-grown-ups vibe, thanks to its plethora of super-cool eating joints and bars.

Instant relaxation:A chilled-out ambience awaits in the suites, with the ground floor ones boasting relaxing terraces and gardens. And although it's tempting to ring up for in-room dining, drag yourself away from the jars of Jelly Babies in the very girl-friendly mini bar!

For grown-ups:The pool at the Westin is certainly one of the best in Dubai. Winding under numerous mini footbridges, it beats the boring square-shaped variety any day! And with its ‘no under 16s' area, it's the perfect place for grown-ups to sip their cocktails in peace.

Spice night:The Westin is rightly very proud of its Asian fusion restaurant, Spice Emporium, with its open kitchens and funky ambience. Expect a taste explosion as even the tiniest most delicate flavours come alive in the attention-to-detail cooking, which is meticulously put together flavour-wise, using everything from the wok to the tandoor oven.

Heaven scent

The spa certainly lives up to its ‘Heavenly' name. Try the calming Rollerssage, where heated crystals of choice are rolled over the body.