You guys are surpassing others when dealing with the current worldwide problems. I couldn’t have asked for more.
We were in Abu Dhabi and not sure if we would get home. I spoke to Jessica and she reassured me that if there was a problem with our flight she would let us know. It made me relax knowing that DialAFlight would update me if necessary.
Thank you Tony. We had a wonderful time and we will book again for our next holiday.
As always personal service and exceptional value from DialAFlight. Thanks personally to Andrew, always friendly and efficient.
Sebastian always goes over and above to help with anything. I also deal with Jacob in his absence and he does the same
Special thanks to Lucas. Very professional and helpful
Arrived home safely. Lucas was most helpful.
I have asked my husband to contact Jonny today to book his flight. Excellent service from him.
Thanks Greg for organising such an amazing trip
Excellent as always
Libby was excellent from start to finish - excellent and prompt communication.
Oscar was amazing. Every detail went to plan and a pre-review to ensure we had covered everything a few days before the visit was perfect
Mike and his team always give the best service.
As usual Max was an excellent guide and support
Had a great holiday, all went smoothly
Brilliant service! Ashley has been really helpful and informative sorting our first trip with our little one.
Flight amazing, hotel has too many children for our liking but perhaps I should have mentioned adults only ... but accommodation good
Very friendly staff who guided me in the right direction and booked my flights and accommodation. Tony dealt with my bookings and was in touch with me to guide me further.
Only room for improvement would have been requesting an early check in at the hotel, otherwise a flawless service and experience. Thank you!
Another fantastic trip, thanks DialAFlight.
One person makes using this platform the best holiday experience. Connie Lau is outstanding, professional and always has enough time to answer all your worries comprehensively. Being a return customer I won’t go anywhere else. Well done DialAFlight. Amazing set up. Don’t think any other company can offer same service at these prices.
Roy and his team, as usual were fantastic, attentive and informative.
Very efficient staff. Thank you Jacob for all your help.
Trevor was very helpful
Booked a number of holidays with Miles and the service is excellent - he always picks the best holidays for us
Very helpful, had a great holiday
Noah was excellent throughout
Very efficient and helpful
A problem did occur, but one phone call to DialAFlight and it was all sorted. Excellent service and would use again
W hotel at Yas Lidl and great half board deal. Amazing
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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