July 16th 2015
Marnie Whelan – Limelight Travel Advisor
As a luxurious metropolis situated in the middle of a stark dessert, Dubai is proving to be a must go destination for all globe trotters and those alike. As such, the Limelight team felt it essential that every member of the team take their own little break in Doobs! Setting out in style, Charlotte and I enjoyed our flight in Emirates Business Class to arrive fresh and ready to explore…at 07:00AM!
Taking full advantage of Emirates chauffeur service, complimentary with all Business class fares, we took our first stop at the tallest building in world, The Burj Khalifa, home to the Armani Hotel. The staff were welcoming and obliging with possibly the best breakfast spread the city has to offer. In true Armani fashion even the decor was alluring and chic giving us a sense of refined glamour.
For anyone looking for some retail therapy the downtown location is ideal. Downtown Dubai is the perfect start to your holiday, enjoying the city and its buzz before heading to the beach, sun and relaxation. I would definitely recommend staying in this part of town for 2 or 3 nights if you are going on to another destination like Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius!
Wanting to venture around the city, we found ourselves at the boutique hotel, Vida, which has a unique feel to it compared to the other Dubai hotels. If you are looking for something trendy, yet relaxed, with a bit of a Ibiza twist, Vida’s chilled pool parties and brunches are a definite winner…well they were with us!
Keeping up with the city’s energy we found the perfect spot for dinner at Address Hotel’s Zeta restaurant and bar. Immediately blown away by the cocktails and food, Charlotte and I found ourselves enjoying the great atmosphere over an extended dinner. We also discovered it was easily the best location for watching the famous dancing fountains.
Moving out of the city and onto the beach, our next stop was at The Four Seasons which is located near Jumeirah Beach. It was clear to us that the hotel’s attention to detail was top notch from our lovely welcome card and flowers to the fresh decor that gives the resort a rejuvenating quality that is not always found in the traditional Dubai hotel.
We wanted the perfect spot for sunset viewing and sundowners and we found the Mercury Lounge at the Four Seasons was it! This rooftop bar mixes traditional cocktails as well as those with a slightly peculiar flare. This hotel was our favourite and we particularly loved the fact that whilst on the beach we could press a little button and our waiter would come with a refreshing drink! We loved the location as well as the service.
Shifting scenery, Charlotte and I went to explore the Anantara on the Palm which I could only describe as a little piece of Thailand. An entirely family friendly resort, it offers a relaxed environment with every element of luxury you would expect. Our favourite room type were the lagoon access rooms as you can get in the pool one end and swim right up to your accommodation. If you’re lucky enough you can also catch their mini bar boat, serving up sweet treats to the guests.
Whilst staying at the Anantara we were invited to Madinat Jumeirah to “test” out the spa treatments and dinner at the world famous seafood restaurant Pierchic…I had yellow fin tuna ceviche to start and roasted Wagyu beef and Charlotte had Cornish crab salad and baked Australian lamb with gnocchi… it was delicious and we give top marks from us!
As we continued to make our way around Dubai, next on our list was the Grosvenor House. This hotel is located in the Marina where there are lots going on. They also have Buddha Bar and Embassy Club. Currently the place to see and be seen! The only thing we would say is that this hotel isn’t on the beach however you can use the facilities at nearby sister hotel Le Royal Meridien. The hotel also runs a complimentary shuttle bus between the 2 hotels every 15-20 minutes.
For our final pit stop we headed to the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray offering the ultimate Arabian luxury. The Limelight team has been championing this hotel for years now and it has become more and more popular with our members over the years. They have a number of great restaurants and whilst still family friendly with a new kids pool area built in 2014, it’s less full on than some of the other hotels in Dubai! Whether you’re a beach person (private beach, may I add) or a pool side lounger this hotel has you covered.
All in all we had a fabulous time in this wonderland of a place…until next time Doobs…
P.S. For all our other recommendations for things to do and see in Dubai, please let any of the team know .
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