Nicole Scherzinger is one of the world's most glamorous women – so it's no surprise that when she filmed her X Factor judges' houses stint recently, she jetted out to Dubai.
Ultra-modern, yet situated in the heart of the desert, Dubai is a city of superlatives – a playground for the rich and famous which has sprung up from a tiny fishing village.
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It's earned itself the title of the fastest-developing city on earth and boasts attractions including the world's tallest building and the spectacular man-made Palm Islands. And it's here, on the breath-taking Palm Jumeirah, that the former Pussycat Doll decided to stay – at the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.
The minute you pull up to the palatial 5* hotel, situated on the West Crescent of the palm, the grandeur of this stunning beach-front resort is on display.
From the magnificent gold, red and marble entrance, flanked by water features and palm trees, to the attentive staff offering you cool flannels upon arrival, it's clear that this will be a luxurious holiday with a difference.
The hotel houses the Talise Ottoman Spa – voted the world's leading spa resort in 2011, complete with snow ice room, 42 individual treatment rooms, floating baths and three authentic Turkish Hammam.
In fact, as soon as the X Factor judge arrived in Dubai, she headed straight to the treatment room to be pampered and unwind after her long-haul flight.
The stunning hotel took three years to build and opened its doors in 2011, and is already no stranger to playing host to A-list guests. Hollywood star Tom Cruise filmed scenes for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol here. "When people see it… they feel as though they are in India," enthused the actor. "It has a real elegance and beauty on camera."
The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is described as an homage to the golden age of the Ottoman Empire, and every guest here will leave feeling like royalty.
Want to experience a multitude of restaurants serving exquisite food? No problem. An upmarket shopping arcade, offering 12 premium boutiques? Check. Tennis courts, infinity pool, theatre, cinema? Check, check, check, check! No wonder the X Factor boys were in their element when they arrived.
Its location makes discovering Dubai, the jewel in the crown of the United Arab Emirates, a piece of cake, and the hotel provides complimentary shuttle services to and from the Wild Wadi water park and the Mall of the Emirates – famous for its indoor ski slope.
There is so much on offer that holidaymakers would be forgiven for spending their entire stay in the hotel – but make sure you venture out to see the world's tallest building, the Burj Al Khalifa, which acts as a majestic centrepiece to Downtown Dubai, and provides the backdrop to the world's largest water fountain show, Dubai Fountain.
Staying at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
For the ultimate X Factor experience, guests can live like Nicole and her boys for a luxurious, celeb-inspired break in Dubai. Stay for a minimum of three nights in one of the hotel's stunning Royal Residences on the Royal X Factor Package, which includes VIP airport pick-up and drop-off, 24/7 butler service, complimentary food and drink and a host of other perks. For more details, visit jumeirah.com.
Emirates fly to Dubai from more than 100 destinations around the world, including six UK airports. Visit emirates.com for more details.
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