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United Arab Emirates & Asia | An Enchanting Romantic Escape in Dubai and The Maldives

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Dubai, Maldives

Trip Duration

9 days/8 nights

From the futuristic cityscapes and desert landscapes of Dubai to the breathtaking island beauty of the Maldives, experience new cultures, unique flavors and centuries-old traditions for an alluring exotic getaway.

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Day 1: USA / Dubai

Upon landing in Dubai, be welcomed by your personal escort who will navigate you through the airport, immigration and transfer point for pickup bound for The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. With an enchanting blend of opulence and history, spend the next four nights in a luxurious one-bedroom Club Suite featuring lavish amenities, breathtaking sea views, personalized service and daily culinary presentations including afternoon tea, Lebanese wine and mezze, and frozen "shisha" meringues in the exclusive third-floor Club Lounge. In addition, revel The Ritz-Carlton Spa, nine restaurants and lounges, private beach access, pools and much more.

As the sun sets over the Arabian coast on your first evening, relax side-by-side on loungers or private cabana at La Baie, a chic indoor and outdoor venue, toasting with your favorite cocktail or shisha and sampling tantalizing tapas to begin to your exciting days together in Dubai.

Day 2: Dubai

Following a scrumptious breakfast, embark on a fascinating half-day exploration of this captivating city on the Traditional Dubai City Excursion. Your guided drive begins with a photo stop at the Jumeirah Mosque and the Zabeel Palace before a stroll through the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. Then, visit the Dubai Museum housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, for a taste of history and tradition. Enjoy a water taxi (abra) ride to the Spice and Gold Souks and immerse in the sights and aromas of the winding alleys, shopping for traditional and rare spices, unique items and special mementos of your charming getaway.

Tonight, taste a variety of local street food, savoring the flavors and aromas, on the Walking Food Experience. Walk hand-in-hand through the hidden gems along historic 2nd December Street as you learn about the culture and heritage of the Middle East, sampling canteen-style dining, along with a traditional Arabic fruit cocktail, dates, samosas, and other Arabic treats for a sweet ending to a wonderful day.

Day 3: Dubai

Spend the day at leisure poolside, at the spa, or explore Dubai together. Test your skills at sand-skiing, desert-driving or sailing. Ascend the towering Burj Khalifa, explore Miracle Garden or the sprawling Palm Jumeirah Island. Shop luxury brands, stroll tree-lined walkways or visit the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and the 76,000 square-foot high indoor theme park at the Dubai Mall.

This evening, choose from a variety of superb restaurant options in the hotel. Blue Jade offers Pan-Asian traditions with a contemporary approach, while Splendido boasts succulent Italian-inspired cuisine in its social bar and kitchen. Enjoy beach-grilled specialties and buckets of freshly caught seafood at Palm Grill or a collage of flavors and aromas from India, Arabia and the Mediterranean at Caravan's buffet. For a magical night under the stars, head to Amaseena for captivating Bedouin-style outdoor dining, complete with belly dancing and live music, captivating the romance of Arabia.

Day 4: Dubai

Experience your day together at leisure, basking in endless sunshine poolside or along the white-sandy beach. Go sea kayaking or kite flying or visit the nearby textile souk. Explore Al Quoz, the epicenter of Dubai's contemporary art scene or peruse the 1,200 shops, eateries and entertainment options at the Dubai Mall, with pop-up craft markets along the waterside promenade at the Dubai Marina Walk and more than 560 outlets and an indoor snow ski resort at the Mall of the Emirates.

On your final night in Dubai, prepare for a fairytale Arabian experience, sure to have lasting memories on a Private Sunset Dinner Safari. Your mystical desert adventure begins as you travel the sand dunes to your private Bedouin-style tent where your barbeque-style dinner awaits. Then, learn about the noble art of falconry at the amphitheatre and test ride a camel as the stars shine brightly above on your enchanting evening.

Day 5: Dubai/Maldives

After breakfast, depart Dubai and arrive at Male, the capital of Maldives. Board your seaplane transfer for a 45-minute ride to the extraordinary private Vommuli Island in the Dhaalu Atoll, where you will stay for four sultry nights in a one-bedroom overwater villa at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Island. Surrounded by pristine landscapes, a fine white-sand beach and the alluring waves of the Indian Ocean, revel in the ultimate overwater experience in a sumptuous, eco-conscious villa. Immerse in bespoke butler service, unfettered ocean views, an exquisite private terrace with a sparkling pool, and steps leading right into the lagoon. Delight in complimentary daily breakfast, plus delectable world-class cuisine from six superlative restaurants and lounges, an opulent underground wine cellar, infinity pool, overwater spa, library, and dive and watersports center.

Day 6 - 8: Maldives

As the epitome of paradise, spend your days exploring the translucent blue waters and the underwater utopia brimming with eagle rays, whale sharks, dolphins, tuna and turtles. Try your hand at parasailing, book a charter to the outer islands on the resort's speedboat, catamaran or Azimut yacht, or experience local life on a Dhoni, the traditional wooden fishing boat of the Maldives. Snorkel together through the private house reef, partake in exhilarating deep-sea-fishing or glass-bottom kayaking excursions or just laze on the beach for days of unending bliss.

Each day and night, savor epicurean delights from all over the world, utilizing fresh seafood and locally grown produce. Delight in delectable Italian cuisine in the resort's signature restaurant, Alba. For a taste of Asia, Orientale unites beguiling flavors with impeccable service. Or enjoy a wine tasting and personalized five-course degustation menu paired with complimentary hand-selected vintages in Decanter. For special dining experiences, plan your escape to a private island sanctuary with your loved one for an island destination picnic. Or, unwind with a candlelit table on the shores of one of the resort's many pristine beaches or comfort of your private villa. For the ultimate romantic dining experience, wine and dine your loved one aboard the resort's private yacht, Norma, complete with tantalizing island cuisine and scenic Maldivian coastline views, for a beguiling evening on the ocean.

Day 9: Maldives / USA

Following four days in the heavenly Maldives, board your seaplane transfer to Velana International Airport for your homebound flight. Bid a fond farewell to enchanting Dubai and the breathtaking Maldives as you make plans for your next romantic getaway.

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