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Desert Palm, Dubai,

If you own a string of polo ponies and the odd Arab stallion, you are probably familiar with this resort already. Set against the backdrop of owner Ali Albwardy's private polo estate Desert Palm is a mix of sleek designer décor and flamboyant Middle Eastern flourishes, self-described as "Arabian avant-garde" in design. Imagine traditional Dubai opulence combined with Per Aquum chic (Per Aquum is also behind Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives) and you've got a desert retreat with a difference. The 26 suites and villas are dropped into the middle of a lush green landscape with four championship polo fields and a fringe of tall palm trees.

Mix with the polo playing classes while watching a sunset chukka from a rooftop terrace or brush up on your back swings, bumps and ride-offs with a private lesson or two. For a taste of the desert take a 4x4 tour and see sunrise over the dunes, go sand-boarding or look for rare birds on a special ornithological tour.

The Luxury Travel Bible is particularly fond of the Pool Residences and we have it on good authority that 10-goalers and owners like to book into the presidential Villa Lyali.

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