Samantha Wood shares her guide to life in the UAE…

Each month, we ask Dubai residents to share a guide to the UAE through their eyes. Their favourite places, hidden gems, must-try dishes and local brands they love.

This month, we chat to Samantha Wood (@foodiva), founder of impartial restaurant review website and curator of dining experiences. After living in Dubai for 24 years, she shares her tips to making the most of UAE life.

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Six Senses Zighy Bay is my favourite UAE staycation spot. Strictly speaking, it’s in Oman, however, given the two-hour drive from Dubai, in my book, this resort qualifies as local. Having returned so many times since my first visit back in 2011, I’ve lost count. A combination of pool villas, outdoor showers, endless beach for long strolls, five-star butler service and utter serenity makes this resort extra special.

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Yin Yang Spa

A traditional Chinese massage at Yin Yang Connection Spa is my favourite hidden gem. I frequent the JBR branch for a no-frills, deep-tissue treatment by Bonnie that alleviates muscular aches. If I am feeling lazy, then I’ll book an at-home massage with Kaina Home or Solace Home Spa.

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