If you're in need of serious escapism, this nine-day journey to the Maldives and Dubai rolls out the red carpet and pulls out all the stops. Boat, fly, snorkel, scuba, swim, and lounge your way through the Maldives during your stay on the easily-accessible and absolutely stunning North Malé Atoll. Next, it’s on to Dubai, where you’ll check into one of the top hotels in the world, from which you’ll explore the City of Gold, taking in both its colorful past and its shiny, modern present. This is an nine-day journey that will leave you bronzed, relaxed, and totally in awe.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Bird's-Eye Views: Capture both the Maldives and Dubai from the sky with thrilling seaplane and helicopter rides, which showcase the reclaimed-land structures of the UAE and the jewel-like isles of Maldivian atolls.
• Superlatives: Gaze up at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world, then ascend to the 122nd floor to dine at panoramic At.mosphere, the world's tallest restaurant.
• Wildlife: In the Maldives, cruise with dolphins at sunset and explore coral metropolises on a scuba diving excursion; in the UAE, get off-road to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to encounter desert wildlife.
Fly in to the Maldives’ capital of Male, and escape the densely-populated city on a speedboat, which will whisk you away to the stunning Kaafu Atoll. Here, you’ll find everything you could ask for from a tropical paradise: sparkling azure waters, towering palm trees swaying in the light breeze, and soft, white-sand beaches. Check in to your resort of choice - we recommend the One & Only Reethi Rah or Huvafen Fushi.
Start the morning with a picturesque arm workout: kayaking through the surrounding crystal-clear waters. After breakfast, delve deeper into these exotic waters, literally, by taking a Discover Scuba Lesson. Replenish your energy with a tasty lunch, before heading back to Male, where you’ll explore the city on a cultural tour. Relax back at your hotel this evening.
Wake up with a rejuvenating beachside yoga class. You’ll want to be sharp and wide awake for your next adventure: a sea-plane flight that will glide through the air above the Maldives’ 1,190 islands, giving you a view of the atolls like no other. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure, until it’s time to step aboard a Dolphin Cruise for sundowner drinks amidst an awe-inspiring sunset.
Enjoy some time spent snorkeling this morning. You’ll have some time to relax before your next adventure: parasailing, which will give you a whole new perspective as you hang in the air behind a speedboat. You’ll no doubt be hungry after all that activity, and this afternoon you’ll learn how to prepare your own specialty lunch using fresh, local ingredients, during a cooking class with a master chef. Round the day off with an indulgent trip to the spa, before enjoying dinner and drinks by the beach.
Get your day off to a great start today with a Tai Chi lesson, followed by breakfast, and a private lesson on the sea life that surrounds the islands from a resident marine biologist. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy however you like, be it beachside, poolside, or at the spa. You’ll want to look your best for tonight’s private dinner on the beach under the stars - it doesn’t get much more romantic than this!
Say goodbye to the Maldives today as you transfer to Male and depart for Dubai. Once arrived, you’ll be chauffeur-driven to your ultra-luxury hotel of choice, be it the Armani Hotel, Burj Al Arab, or The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage & Palm. Spend some time getting acquainted with your plush new surroundings. In the evening, ascend the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world. Savor drinks and unbeatable panoramic views of the city at the sky-high At.mosphere restaurant, perched 442 meters above ground.
Step out into Dubai’s exciting streets and explore this Arabian gem. Start your day in style aboard a helicopter, which will provide you with a whole new, bird’s-eye perspective of the city. Stroll through the narrow alleyways of the Bastakiya quarter, enjoying the eclectic mix of art galleries and cafes housed in former Persian merchant shophouses. Engage in enlightening discourse over the culture of Emiratis with locals before sharing a traditional meal. In the afternoon, head to the Dubai Museum to learn about life in the Middle East before discovery of oil. Then, as the locals do, take an abra (water taxi) across the creek to visit the gold, spice, and perfume souks. Return to the hotel to unwind with a spa treatment before dinner. Optionally, those celebrating a special occasion may wish to take an indulgent private romantic 4-course dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht accompanied by live entertainment.
Spend the morning at leisure how you please, whether relaxing at the resort, enjoying the beach and water sports, visiting the Dubai Miracle Garden, or viewing contemporary art at the local galleries. In the afternoon, be ready for an off-road adventure out in the desert. Take a ride on the sand dunes, weaving through the trackless desert and tackling high and low dunes. Take a wildlife drive thorugh the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, and if you wish, stop by the camel farm and take a ride on the desert animal. Celebrate the end of your magical trip at a secluded camp privately set up amongst the rolling dunes just for you. Watch a bellydancing performance, indulge in aromatic shisha, get authentic henna tattoos, and have a private falconry demonstration. Enjoy a multi-course traditional Arabic dinner by the bonfire under the stars.
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
In your villa at the One&Only Reethi Rah, it’s easy to feel like you’re in a far corner of the earth. The resort, which first opened in 2005, makes the most of the Maldives’ reputation as a perfect palm-trees-and-beaches tropical escape. Each villa is situated for maximum privacy and comes with an overwater perch or private beach access. There are four restaurants and bars with world-class menus and drink lists, as well as 24-hour in-villa dining. The excellent ESPA offers a wide range of holistic healing and beauty treatments, and includes underwater treatment rooms, couples’ rooms, a relaxation lounge, saunas, steam rooms and a Japanese-style onsen. There is a full service fitness center, every imaginable type of water sport, including big-game fishing and private sailing cruises on a fleet of beautifully maintained wooden Maldivian dhonis, and an open-air, overwater yoga pavilion. If in the midst of all this, you still must stay connected to the outside world, all villas are equipped with high-speed broadband Internet access.
Huvafen Fushi describes itself as a "living dream," and this is a title that is indeed hard to argue with. Occupying a private resort island in the Maldives, the resort’s 40-some private bungalows and pavilions offer stunning views of the Indian Ocean, and all are fitted with private plunge pools. It goes without saying that the beds and furnishings are top quality, and luxurious bathing facilities, such as oversized tubs, rainforest showers, and even Jacuzzis, are the norm in this tropical paradise. Many of the accommodations are located directly above water, as are a number of its restaurants, which serve fresh seafood and flavors of both Western and Asian inspiration. There is also an underground wine cellar cum restaurant on the island that boasts over 6,000 different wines. Of course, a sommelier is on hand to help guests make sense of it all. In terms of activities, there is a surreal spa that features two underwater treatment rooms. Guests can enjoy looking out upon a marine landscape as treatments are administered, though there are also aboveground treatment rooms. Naturally, water activities abound here, and the aquatic center provides equipment and guides for scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions alike. There is also an overwater water gym, and yoga classes are held daily.
Evoking memories of Bedouin palaces, the One&Only Royal Mirage sits on an expansive plot of coastal land in Dubai. It features three unique environments: The Palace, Arabian Court, and Residence & Spa. The Palace area has beachfront rooms, temperature-controlled swimming pools, and a watersports center. The Arabian Court’s regal architecture makes for a majestic atmosphere, featuring rooms and suites with sprawling sea views, and three fantastic restaurants. The Residence & Spa features its own private reception, as well as Arabian-styled rooms, suites and villas in an ornate environment. Here, guests will also find the indulgent One & Only Spa, an Oriental Hammam, and designer beauty and hair studios. Guests may choose from an incredible array of eight different dining venues, featuring fine cuisines from all over the world, including European, Moroccan, and of course, Arabian. A beach bar, nightclub, and sports lounge make excellent spots for guests to enjoy a casual drink with friends or family. Among the vast selection of facilities available are a fitness center, a selection of pools, floodlit tennis courts, and putting green, and much more.
Designed with typical Armani flair and set in the heart of downtown Dubai, The Armani Hotel Dubai is one of the city’s most chic addresses and a must for fashion-conscious travelers. The hotel has 160 beautifully designed rooms and suites, some designed by Giorgio Armani himself and many offering incredible views of the city, with personal Lifestyle Managers on hand to make sure your stay goes smoothly. The hotel also has as many as seven restaurants and lounges offering Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and lavish cocktails, the opulent Armani Spa & Fitness Centre, and an ultra-luxe retail area.
The world’s first six-star hotel, it is regularly voted as the world’s most luxurious hotel and has taken opulence to a new level. All 202 duplex suites have at least 170 square meters of space and all come with their own private butler, Jacuzzi and spectacular views. The hotel also boasts six award-winning restaurants, the exclusive Assawan Spa & Health Club, a private beach, and a whole new level of personalized service.
Built with Moorish and Andalusian architectural style and techniques, this palatial hotel sits on a glimmering peninsula amid manicured gardens, fountains and pools. Understated elegance may have been their goal, but this opulent hotel is well-suited to Dubai’s over-the-top nature. Guests may choose from a vast array of well-appointed rooms, all boasting exquisite views, and featuring plush, Arabian-inspired interiors. Dining options at One&Only The Palm include the hotel’s four bars and restaurants, featuring fine cuisine of both Middle Eastern and international flavors and breathtaking views of the palm island and Dubai’s incredible skyline. It’s not necessary to leave the hotel, with a host of on-site facilities that include a colossal main pool, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness facility, private spa, and internationally-renowned beauty center, but those who choose to can do so via water taxi to the mainland, just a short ride away.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation with daily breakfast, roundtrip shared boat transfer in the Maldives, transfer, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities, shared helicopter flight-see, some lunch and entrance fees. Flights, Maldives resort activities, and optional special activities in Dubai will be additional cost. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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