Cloe Sommadossi hand-picked Dubai as the third location for her Pilates Academy in 2015 after the success of studios she opens in Milan and New York. She tells us all about her new favorite City.

MY FAVOURITE WORKOUT

It wouldn’t be right if my favourite workout wasn’t some form of Pilates, however my favourite is quite different to the original Pilates principle, its called Cardiolates. Cardiolates is a high energy, low-impact workout combining individual trampolines, upbeat music and a lot of fat burning. I was the first Pilates master trainer to bring Cardiolates to the Middle East and this is a huge success to me, as I want as many people to experience it as possible. It’s such a feel-good exercise, sure to work the most important muscle of the body, the heart, as well as enabling people with injuries like myself to work out effectively, but most importantly safely.

MY FAVOURITE DATE NIGHT SPOT

As my job is incredibly social, surrounded by people at the studio all day whilst being indoors the majority of the time, My husband and I prefer to spend our time together in an intimate and private setting, so we spend a lot of our date nights at Palace Beach. We love listening to the waves and watching the moon while being able to take in the fresh air and spend undisturbed quality time together.

MY FAVOURITE PLACE FOR A FAMILY DAY OUT

Being active is not just part of my job but also my personal life, so you will often find myself and my husband with our friends out sailing or kite surfing in Jebel Ali. After spending all day out on the sea, we love to relax with sundowners and a BBQ on the beach.

MY GO-TO HAIRDRESSER

My hair is super-long and I hate to cut and colour it, which means I visit my hairdresser around twice a year to simply ensure it’s healthy. With such a busy schedule, I always look for places close to the studio in JLT and have been visiting The Nail Pavilion for several years now, Bashir is my go-to guy who I know I can trust.

MY FAVOURITE SPOT TO SHOP

Since I am in my training gear from 7am to 9pm every day and wear shoes for approximately three hours a week in total, dresses and high heels are sadly not on my shopping list very often. I can be found buying bags and bags of lycra at LuluLemon, YApparel and Kata & Asana.

MY FAVOURITE PLACE TO UNWIND

Unwinding for me is not necessarily a place but a matter of what I do. I am a real geek and love to study self-development, anatomy and new medical techniques, much to the surprise of many this really relaxes me. I also love baking and have since a very young age as well as any form of arts, from knitting to silk painting, I tend to go through different phases. Finally, what really makes me let go and unwind is cranking my music up real loud and dancing freely, this is probably my favourite.

MY HIDDEN GEM

Although Zaya Nuria Island off Abu Dhabi is rather well known, I would still say this is my hidden gem. My husband and I feel like we have jetted off to the Maldives whenever we go there, it’s so tranquil, has a beautiful spa and most importantly it feels a million miles away from the hustle of Dubai.