The Shangri-La hotel in Dubai has been made infamous as the venue where disgraced UK politician Liam Fox met his adviser Adam Werrity and financial backers – a revelation that eventually contributed to his resignation this week (14 Oct).
A Hedonists Guide To – purveyors of the best places to stay around the world – select five other Dubai hotels any high-profile figure could enjoy a stay in. Who knows, if Mr Fox had taken any of Hg2’s recommentations, his destiny may have been very different.
This luxury eco-retreat would have been a great place for Liam Fox to enjoy the solitude of the desert, set in Dubai’s largest conservation area. Here, among the champagne-coloured dunes under the evening sky, the former Defence Secreatary could have spent some time contemplating his moral scruples.
Le Royal Meridien
This beach resort and spa is one of the biggest in the city. There is plenty to distract any visitor, from watersports to the to the Caracalla Spa. Should have been some water-based pleasure to delight – even for an MP ‘drowning’ in his own ambition.
Anyone who appreciates excess would appreciate this $1.5 billion, 1,539 room mega-resort which is frequented by everyone from Russian oil barons to ruch Sheikhs. Surely room at the inn for a British MP and his entourage?
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Located in Dubai’s financial district, this is a Hg2 recommended stay-and-meet destination for businesspeople. Relax in one of the Tower’s bars or just enjoy the spectacular sky-high views; the perfect Bable-esque backdrop for those who drunk on power and status.
For anyone holding secret meetings, taking a sumptious villa in the Madinat Jumeirah resort will afford you all the seclusion you need. Plus there’s plenty to entertain your best friend if he comes to visit you, from the onsite Talise Spa to the nearby Souk Madinat Jumeirah.