Winter Sun…from under £550pp

Escape the miserable British weather this winter with a trip to one of these stunning tropical destinations...

Five star surroundings: Downtown Dubai is a mix of old and new, a busy, attractive neighbourhood which features iconic landmarks such as the Dubai Fountain (think the Bellagio Fountain on steroids) and the world’s tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa. The Old Town is home to the Souk Al Bahar, which features a range of boutiques and waterfront restaurants.

Stay in style: Base yourself at the upscale, 4* boutique hotel, Manzil Downtown Dubai; design is contemporary Arabian, with slick, modernist touches such as white marble bathrooms and Instagram-style art. There are several delicious restaurants to choose from, including The Courtyard, serving Mediterranean food al fresco, and The Boulevard Kitchen, which has a more Middle Eastern focus. Sun-worshippers will also welcome the outdoor pool.

Don’t miss: The hotel is just across from the Dubai Mall, thought to be the world’s largest shopping mall, which contains over 1,200 shops. Brands range from Mango to MaxMara, mixing high street and designer labels. It also boasts an aquarium and an ice rink. Mall of the Emirates, home to a diminutive 466 stores, offers the country’s only indoor ski slope (with real snow), so you can park the husband and kids while you concentrate on bagging those bargains…

HOW: A double room at the Manzil Downton Dubai starts at £125 (720 AED). For more information, and to book, visit vida-hotels.com/en/index.aspx. Return flights to Dubai start from around £338 with Royal Brunei Air, flyroyalbrunei.com (three nights including flights costs £525pp).

W+H TIP: Where possible, aim to fly long haul on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Royal Brunei Airlines offers Dreamliner service on all long-haul flights); features include mood lighting, a generous seat pitch, extended leg room, bigger windows, more overhead luggage space, cleaner healthier air, reduced cabin noise and a touch screen monitor for the latest inflight entertainment.

W+H TIP: The annual month-long Dubai Shopping Festival runs throughout every January, where you can bag amazing discounts and deals. Visit www.mydsf.ae/ for more details.

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