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An Insider Guide To Dubai With L'Couture Founder Lyndsay Doran

With guaranteed sun, excellent shopping, and a flourishing restaurant scene, Dubai is a popular winter sun escape.

Here, Lyndsay Doran, founder of luxury athleisure brand L’Couture, shares her insider guide to the city she calls home.


Essential items to pack?

SPF, a sun hat, bikinis, and activewear – of course!

The best time to visit Dubai is…

Between October and April; the summer months are extremely hot.

Our first pitstop should be…

The beach.

Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…

Bvlgari Resort, Dubai. It’s one of my favourite hotels for a staycation.

For an early morning workout head to…

Shimis on Alserkal Avenue for early morning yoga. It’s the best way to start the day.

Where should we go for breakfast?

Tasha’s. It’s my absolute favourite, and I go at least once a week.

How about for a long, lazy lunch?

Flamingo Rooms.

And for dinner with friends?

Verde at The Four Seasons.

 

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A must-try spot for date night?

Nusr-Et Steakhouse for the best steak in town.

Your favourite restaurant in town?

Budget: Britbalti for the best curry.

Blow out: NAMMOS. The food, music, and vibe is amazing. It never disappoints.

Where should we head post-dinner?

Miss Lily’s for dancing.

The drink to order at the bar…

A glass of Whispering Angel rosé.

 

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The best place for people watching…

Sitting outside Ladurée at The Dubai Mall with a coffee.

The culture spot to rave about…

The spice souks in Old Dubai.

The best place to treat yourself is… 

One of our two L’Couture boutiques!

For great shopping head to…

The Dubai Mall, you could literally spend days on end in there.

 

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Your favourite neighbourhood(s)…

I love Al Wasl. This is where our brand HQ is, and where our very first L’Couture boutique opened.

The one place only locals know about…

Alserkal Avenue. A hidden gym with some of the best fitness studios and coffee shops in Dubai.

For the best views head to…

The newly opened Ain Dubai. It’s the world’s largest observation wheel.

For a change of pace try…

A hot stone massage at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira.

 

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Great day trips include…

Zaya Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi. It’s just over an hour from Dubai, but I always feel like I am a million miles away on vacation.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

DRIFT. It’s the go-to beach club for breakfast, tanning, and an afternoon glass of rosé.

In a word, Dubai is…

Home.

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