Once home to the tallest building in the world (Taipei 101) before conceding the title to our Burj Khalifa, Taipei is a neon land buzzing with nightlife, superlative cuisine and architectural marvels. Rising from the Taipei basin, flanked by beautiful rivers Xindian and Tamsui and formerly vicious volcanoes, the city is famed for its hot springs that spout all over the land.
Street food and night markets rule in this vibrant city, with Taiwanese delicacies like oyster omelet, beef noodles and bubble tea must-tries. Dotted with museums containing Chinese artefacts, skyscrapers that offer panoramic sights of the city and ancient temples like the Baoan, Taipei is both retro and futuristic.
Unwind after chasing Taiwanese sights at the five-star Palais de Chine Hotel’s luxury suites with an air of art nouveau. Afterwards, indulge in some splurging at the Shilin night market, then breathe in scenic spots like the Maokong tea plantations and the Yangming Mountains.
If you’re still hungry for more, get a taste of Taipei with the annual Dragon Boat festival on June 9, a legendary spectacle brimming with cultural majesty.
From about Dh785 per night. Visit www.palaisdechinehotel.com
Sofitel, The Palm Jumeirah
Cool off in an extravagant haven this weekend, insulated from the scorching summer blaze, with a 20 per cent discount at the Sofitel Hotel. Enjoy delish dining at discounted rates at restaurants including the Polynesian-inspired Seafood restaurant Moana and the steak lovers’ paradise Porterhouse. Detox with two-for-one treatments at the So Spa. June 15 to September 30. Call 04 455 6600 or visit sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com.
Hotel de Rome, Berlin, Germany
Bask in the glory of Berlin while engaging in exhilarating yoga sessions for five days on the rooftops of the opulent 19th-century Hotel de Rome. Unwind in lavish suites and munch on healthy breakfasts after the yoga overlooking the historical Bebelplatz. Get exclusive access to De Rome Spa as well as discounts on popular tourist attractions. From Dh4,150 per person. July 17 to 21. Visit www.yogatravel-friends.de.
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Style on the go
POWER PLAY When your phone flashes the infamous dead battery sign, there’s no need to hunt for a charging station. Instead, charge on-the-go with this sleek power tube by Idea. With a USB plug-in, it’s portable and convenient! Dh26, ECity
GET A GRIP Clip this savvy jacket gripper on to your backpack while globetrotting, and you don’t have to worry about your jackets and coats falling off anymore. Made of non-slip silicon and a sturdy buckle, the Alife 3rd Hand jacket gripper keeps your hands free while acting as a third hand. About Dh106, Amazon
JUMPSUIT START We love how the tropical prints on this polyester jumpsuit for little girls exude both fun and flair. It also has a fancy drawstring tie! Your little girls will be walking with pockets full of sunshine this summer. Dh69, Tati stores