If it’s fly-and-flop all-out luxury you need, try Abu Dhabi. Smoke sheesha in the cafes, haggle in the markets, ride the world’s fastest roller coaster – then retreat to a beachside suite and just relax. Luxe hotels litter the desert and shoreline, but for sophisticated interiors – minus most of the glitz – the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, set on a stretch of white manicured sand, is a great choice.
Float around in the calm sea, or dip in the hotel’s pool – which is one of the largest in Abu Dhabi – then try a mangrove eco tour to experience a side of the emirate you probably never knew existed. HOW: Virgin Holidays offers four-night stays from £924pp including flights and accommodation.