The Royal Retreat

If Dubai is a work in progress, then the Royal Mirage is a work of art — and a huge one at that. The sprawling beachfront resort consists of three stylish hotels (the grand Palace; the smaller, exclusive Residence & Spa; and the bustling Arabian Court with its domes, arches and intoxicating shisha aroma), eight restaurants, 15 boutiques and 26 hectares of gardens. But if you become overwhelmed and crave a little more intimacy, then retreat to the resort's traditional Hammam (Turkish bath). This beautiful, warm sanctuary, with its intricate mosaics and splendid dome, is a place...

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