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Holiday like a superstar in Dubai or the Maldives

Compare the luxury destinations of Dubai and the Maldives


Some people take a holiday solely because they need a relaxing break. Others go to explore a foreign culture. And then there are those who dream of holidaying like a superstar, with all the glamorous and indulgent trimmings.
Dubai and the Maldives are two of the most sought after destinations for style-seekers with a penchant for exclusivity.
Dubai has the gloriously bling beaches, Michelin-starred restaurants, towering skyscrapers, desert and miles upon miles of designer shopping, while the Maldives is an altogether more traditional paradise archipelago of islands. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are lusted after for the tropical fauna and white sand beaches, a heady combination of lazy island luxury.
Because Dubai is the home to extravagance, the best way to visit the country is to book luxury all the way. A company like Hayes and Jarvis, who specialise in luxury holidays and the high life, will be able to point you in the direction of some of the most splendid and plush hotels in the city.
Choose to stay in any one of the many palatial resorts in the heart of the city or beautiful high-rise hotels on Jumeirah Beach, or choose to stay above the water on the famous manmade island, The Palm. Most resorts provide you with access to private beaches, spa treatments, golf courses and water sports.
Dubai has a skyline to rival any other city in the world, and on your visit you must take a trip up Bhurj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, to experience the stunning views across the city and surrounding desert.
It's important to look the part on your superstar holiday, and where better to indulge in retail therapy than Dubai. Home to the Dubai Mall, (one of the world's biggest shopping centres) the city is synonymous with designer goods. Stop off at the likes of Chanel or Louis Vuitton before eating out at one of Dubai's top restaurants, such as La Petite Maison, a recent winner of the city's 'Restaurant of the Year' award.
Alternatively, say goodbye to the city and head for the sand dunes. 4x4 drives, dune surfing, camel rides and overnight excursions are excellent additions to the unquestionable attraction of all that Dubai has to offer.
Cities are wonderful for shorter breaks, but if you're interested in a luxury holiday in the more traditional sense, then the Maldives might just be the tropical paradise for you. Think stunning turquoise water, deep blue skies, tropical vegetation, sleepy hammocks, scuba diving among coral gardens, swimming, long beach walks and fresh local produce.
Hayes & Jarvis offer stays at the Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort on the Noonu Atoll, famed for its traditional charm. Or you could decide to enjoy the all-out opulence of the adult only Anantara Veli Resort. Wherever you choose to rest your head, the tropical beauty of the Maldives is bound to seduce you. The more rock and roll travellers will also be pleased to know that island transfers are available via seaplane, the best and most adventurous way to view the Maldives from above.
Since Maldivian law allows only one resort per island, the islands are the perfect place for privacy and solitude. Walk the picturesque beaches, swim in the crystal clear water and indulge in the fresh seafood of the resorts gourmet restaurants.
Whether you choose the luxury metropolis of Dubai or the tropical paradise of the Maldives, you will return with that unshakeable superstar feeling that only the most amazing holidays can offer.
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