October 18th 2014
As the Autumn weather was fast approaching in London, a trip to Dubai was the perfect escape to capture some sunshine.
Part of my stay included staying in the 5* Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Hotel. The hotel’s entrance encapsulated the brand with the iconic clock and Peacock Alley.
The views from my Premier room were amazing; sitting on the balcony you could see the hotel’s pools and private beach with sights of the Palm and other iconic hotels, such as the Atlantis Palm in the distance.
Inside the room you had the amenities of a Nespresso machine, bottles of water, a mini bar and the comfiest robes & slippers! The personal touch which was my favourite was the ‘decision dice’ with so much to offer in the hotel it was great with helping to decide what to do first.
The hotel truly has something to suit all guests’ needs; from watersports on their private beach to a Kids Club and health spa all under one roof.
Also with two swimming pools on offer you can enjoy the smaller pool and Jacuzzi when it may get a little crowded & noisy at the other; mutually the view and heat was just perfect from both.
However if you’re finding the heat too much, the hotel opened their spa in May, an ideal location to relax and unwind. The facilities include 12 rooms with an array of nearly 50 luxurious treatments available and 2 private couple suites. The spa is open to all guests until 9pm including saunas, steam rooms (including a herbal steam room – it smells amazing), experience showers and thermal & water floatation lounges.
If the rooms and spa weren’t enough, the hotel offers amazing restaurants and lounges. Starting with a selection of sweet and savoury breakfast options in The Mezzerie; there’s something for everyone and you are truly spoilt for choice! (There’s even a chef ready to make omelettes – with an array of filling options – and fry/scramble eggs) In the afternoon for all premier and suite guests heading to the lounge is the perfect place to be… for afternoon tea :) I would recommend the chocolate fudge cake or mango dessert (it has a coconut macaroon on top – delicious!)
However if you’re staying in a suite catering options are available (you’ll just need to let your personal concierge know at least a day in advance if you’d like to order large amounts of food or drink to your room).
For dinner, treat yourself to some casual fine-dining with Social by Heinz Beck… with efficient service from every staff member and the delicious food, it is definitely somewhere I’d recommend visiting during your stay.
If you’re more of a South East Asian food fan, the hotel also has the very popular Lao on the lower ground floor.
To complete your evening, and to squeeze in a cocktail or two, I found the perfect place – Serafina! Whilst enjoying a ‘Red Dessert’ (a sharp tasting orange peel cocktail) on the balcony there was live music from Julie Zorrilla, a previous American Idol contestant, performing current chart music acoustically. The perfect relaxing way to end your day!
The Waldorf Astoria definitely is 5 out of 5 Limelight hearts, I was definitely #feelingthelove throughout my entire stay !
Outside of the hotel an amazing sightseeing opportunity would be to go on a helicopter tour with one of our partners Alpha Tours. Flying over Dubai I got to see the iconic sights; Burj Al Arab, The Burj Khalifa, The World islands and the Palm; seeing the city from above was an amazing experience & something to recommend to anyone!
On the other hand, thrill-seekers apply here for something more adventurous; a desert safari. The excursion begins with dune bashing whilst the sun sets; an experience in itself with great photo opportunities.
The tour also includes traditional food and entertainment.
Not too far from home in Dubai Downtown sits Gaucho and Zuma. Even visiting on a Monday you can expect it to be busy so it’s always best to book in advance. If you’re just after a drink at the bar, I’d definitely recommend either the Very Berry or Orange Martini cocktails; they were both delicious!
For all the shopaholics Dubai Mall is worth visiting filled with lots of designer brands and high street favourites; from Christian Louboutin to PUMA they have something for everyone (with over 1,2000 stores makes the mall the world’s largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination – it even has its own aquarium – be prepared to spend a whole day here!)
During your shopping trip something not to be missed is the fountain show outside of the Burj Khalifa… it was the perfect way to end my time in Dubai!
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