Roy and his team, as usual were fantastic, attentive and informative.
Trevor was very helpful
Very helpful, had a great holiday
Very efficient and helpful
Claire, our travel manager, was amazing. From day of booking to day of travel she made it so easy for us.
Great advice given beforehand
Great trip. Thank you for your attention to detail throughout.
Great flight times and price. Great service to know someone is on the end of the line if you need them
Very professional, timely advice and information. Also good out of hours service - fast and responsive
Great communication with team and Logan.
Tyler covered every aspect of our holiday with professionalism and a kind manner.
Teddy is the best travel advisor we have encountered - he is charming knowledgeable and very efficient
The work you did was spot on - shame about the weather in Dubai
Ellis was great, he found us a great deal on our holiday and the service he gave was exemplary. You cannot go wrong booking your trip through DialAFlight. We've used them numerous times in the past and will continue to do so for future trips.
There when I needed them. I was on a cruise last week where the itinerary was changed at short notice due to the Corona virus. I rang the emergency helpline at 4am UK time and had a new flight home from Sri Lanka within half an hour only costing me £130 extra which the cruise line will cover.
Nick and his team were efficient and very helpful. Our hotel in Zanzibar was wonderful. Thank you so much for all your help.
Tristan, always helpful, just a phone call away.
Everything fine with DialAFlight and I will use again. But Emirates flights have really changed and not for the better
Elizabeth was very patient and gave some good advice on the whole holiday. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family
Bradley dealt with my holiday - he was so patient and understanding. Excellent all round and ensured we got the best deal, would definitely recommend to others.
Fabulous break. Just what the doctor ordered. Thanks Des
Fabulous from start to finish
Personal touch, answering all questions!
Lily is always very helpful
Rupert is a superb manager. Very efficient and lovely to deal with. Nothing too much trouble.
Again a wonderful trip arranged by your helpful, friendly staff who go to great lengths to provide the dream holiday.
Great service, once again
Only a pity that Manchester Airport is not as efficient as your company. I waited 70min for my luggage to come through in spite of business class luggage being marked priority!
DialAFlight great and would use again. Hated my overnight flight as kids didn’t sleep and the hotel wouldn’t let us check in early so won’t do that again
If we build it they will come' could be the mantra of the overarchingly ambitious project that is Dubai.
My first visit in 2002 was a stopover from Afghanistan where I'd been reporting for ITN. We were awed by the scale and luxury. We drank lurid cocktails at a swim-up bar and watched dredgers spraying arcs of sand into the sea. Someone said they were creating a huge island, the shape of a date palm. The idea seemed so fantastical as to be unbelievable.
Through audacity, far-sighted-ness and an ability to hold its nerve through the financial crash, Dubai has created a futuristic mega-city that's now the fourth largest tourist draw on Earth.
If visitors ask to see the 'real' Dubai, they're pointed towards The Creek, where wooden boats once fished the saltwater inlet and traders from India and East Africa supplied souks on the water's edge. There, visitors are assured, they can still find authentic heritage. But the Creek is being transformed. Tourist boats still chug down the waterway but today they're spotting super-yachts and giddying construction projects.
And its centrepiece, sitting long and low on the waterfront, is one of the most ambitious and high-end hotels to date - the Palazzo Versace. Imagine fusing the most flamboyant Italian fashion house with the pulsating emporium of wealth and ambition which is Dubai. You might picture the result as a fest of gaudy excess.
Yet the Palazzo Versace, a vast neoclassical construction that resembles a 16th Century Italian palace is, dare I say, subtle and tasteful amid gold and glass skyscrapers that pierce the clouds all over town. It may be restrained in Dubai terms, but it's not low-key. The entrance has striking high ceilings, and a huge glass frontage overlooking the water.
There's the vast mosaic on the floor, made up of more than a million pieces and the size of an Olympic swimming pool, beyond which there is, well, an Olympic-size swimming pool.
And marble everywhere. Then there are the furnishings. Every single piece of furniture and fabric in the hotel's 215 rooms and suites is designed and tailor-made by the House of Versace.
At this point I may have been reviewing the wisdom of bringing my three pre-teenage boys along. I wouldn't let them walk past a Versace store at home for fear they'd cause costly damage; now they were effectively living in one.
Yet, from the off they rose to the challenge. They might have spent the whole first day in their vast room playing with a console that created mood lighting and operated the curtains had our butler (yes, really) not offered them a hotel tour.
They discovered the central infinity pool is for adults only but as there are two other huge pools, it wasn't exactly a hardship.
They were quickly on first name terms with most of the staff. They struck up a friendship with a Malaysian chef who sent over duck pancakes each time we ate at the fantastic buffet.
A DESERT ADVENTURE
We swerved the famed shopping malls (some the size of 50 football pitches), instead heading to the desert in search of adventure. Our guide, Saleh, looked incongruous in the marble foyer in a huge pair of desert boots, as did his 4x4 among the Ferraris and Bentleys outside.
But half an hour later the skyscrapers had given way to sand dunes and we were spotting oryx resting in the evening sun.
That was the calm before the sand storm as the dune bashing began: this is a sort of do-it-yourself rollercoaster where your vehicle climbs to the top of a dune, then lurches perilously down the other side.
Another day trip was to a water park where my children sought out the scariest rides. As a gift to myself, for surviving, we had dinner in the Palazzo Versace's Enigma restaurant. The restaurant showcases top chefs from around the world. Each comes for a three or four-month stay. We were fed by Quique Dacosta, who has a three-star Michelin restaurant near Alicante. It was an incredible sensory experience.
This hotel is the centrepiece of what Dubai calls its 'Culture Village'. If you think culture and Dubai don't belong in the same sentence, that's to underestimate its incredible vision. In a few years Dubai will have an opera house to rival Sydney's.
So could this centre of conspicuous consumption become a destination for art and culture tourism? You wouldn't bet against it. After all it's not as farfetched as building a giant island shaped like a palm tree in the Arabian Gulf.
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