For the first part of my trip, I stayed downtown at The EDITION (a great option for a stopover) and unlike anything else here.
It's the first Middle East 'EDITION' and a vibrant, ultra-modern hotel set right on the waterfront of lively Al Bateen Marina. Foodies in particular will love it here, as British Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens is behind all three of its restaurants.
I particularly enjoyed the food, live-cooking stations and chilled-out atmosphere of Market (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and heaven if you're into healthy eating). But my highlight was the Rose Brunch which is held at the Alba Terrace every Friday: its three-course celebration of Italian delicacies with a cool live band accompaniment is an absolute must (do make sure you leave room for dessert)!
7 nights from £1025 per person