August 09 2010
Ramadan begins this week and thousands of Muslims will travel to Mecca. For the first time, luxe accommodations are on offer at the new Raffles Makkah Palace (www.raffles.com; from £239).
The hotel is housed in the towering Abraj Al Bait complex, its 213 suites all overlook Al Maasjid al Haram, and its entrance is a three-minute walk from the Kaaba. A Raffles Amrita Spa and a terrace restaurant also with views of the mosque round out the picture.