My 4 day dream trip to Dubai!
I was over to the moon when I got offered the chance to go to Dubai, its somewhere I've always wanted to go and see and now I was really going!
When I got to the airport I was in for a quiet a surprise – we were flying business class with Qantas! I have never flown business class and the excitement was just oozing out of me. The lounge was unreal, you had no sense that you were in the airport, just peace & quiet, food and Champagne.
We arrived late at our hotel The One & Only Royal Mirage so we checked into to our most beautiful rooms at the Arabian Court. The rooms were typically Arabic in style, huge and very comfy beds! But (all travel agents find a but!) only 2 adults and 1 child could stay in this room even though there is enough room for an extra child and no tea and coffee making facilities but feel free to order a tea to your room, it will only cost £7.50 !!!!!!
An early start the next day and we are off to see the One & Only The Palm. Wow – this turned out to be a word I used for pretty much every corner I turned! What a beautiful hotel, quiet & Luxurious, not one I would take my children too!!!! Its was fresh, modern, light and most importantly cool, just what you need in 42 degrees heat! This hotel was starting to swiftly become my favourite. The pool had lovely looking sunbeds – because we know that's very important right? The spa looked very inviting, many treatment rooms for singles as well as couples and every treatment you could imagine. The rooms again are just what you would expect from 5 star luxurious hotel in Dubai but still no tea and coffee making facilities! From the jetty you can get the hotels own boat over to the One & Only Royal Mirage where you have easy access to the famous 'Walk' and also get a taxi easily to either the Dubai Mall or The Emirates Mall, this is perfect for those wanting peace and relaxation during the day and lively by night – but be warned the last crossing back to The Palm is at mid night.
After our brief tour of the One & Only The Palm we head back, disappointingly by coach – I quite fancied the boat trip, to the One & Only Royal Mirage for lunch and a tour of the hotel. This seemed to set the scene for our trip, sleep, walk, eat, drink, sleep, walk, eat and yep you guessed it drink.
When I got the itinerary through I have to say I was so excited to be finally seeing the hotel that I have sent so many to over the years but the One & Only Royal Mirageleft me feeling a little oh. I suppose I did have a different image in my head of peace , quite and total relaxation but in reality its not. I found it quite strange sitting around the beautiful pool area and I could hear the traffic and I looked back at the hotel and it was surrounded by skyscrapers, I did not expect this at all. After I got over the initial shock I gave myself a talking to, put my travel agent hat on and I can see its appeal to others, its close to all of the major attractions Dubai has to offer, its luxurious and the service is second to none - as you would expect, plus the beach is wonderful – I wish I had more time on the beach!
Our next treat (if you aren't afraid of heights like me) was a trip up to the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa which is the world's tallest building. The lift is also one of the fastest in the world and I was dreading it! But I have to say I didn't feel the lift moving at all, what gave it away was the popping in my ears! But all in all as far as lifts go yep best lift i've been in.
So we are 124 floors up in the air! It took me a while to venture to the windows but I did it! Unfortunately it was so hazy we couldn't see very far at all – slight relief & slight disappointment ! But I would imagine on a clear day you could see for miles and would be quite breath taking, if tall buildings interests you then you wont be disappointed with the Burj Khalifa – its quite something.
After a long day we head for dinner at the Sofitel in downtown, which is in a great location with very comfortable rooms and great views of the city. Nothing really to say about this hotel other than it has a great bar, but it was Ramadam so no chance of sampling that one!
Another early rise and today we checked out of the Royal Mirage and headed to The Atlantis – not one I was looking forward to but that may change ….....
On route the Atlantis we stopped off for a very brief tour of the Jumierah Zabeel Saray and WOW – theres that word again ! Now this was my favourite hotel.
Again as you would expect from a hotel on the Palm in Dubai, luxurious, incredible service but this one is also peaceful and I would take my kids here, it has a lovely family feel but also has a nice adult feel to it too, they have definitely got it right here. After a brief tour we got to spend the next 1hour and half in the spa! Im sorry I don't have much to report here as I found a bed and slept for the whole time – very comfy beds though! But this turned out to be a good thing because I still had my make up on and my hair was passable and as we were about to head to the world famous Burj Al Arab for afternoon tea this was a very good thing indeed.
Wow Wow WOW!!!! The food at the afternoon tea was like nothing I've ever had in my life, very elegant indeed. You don't have to be a guest staying at the Burj to have afternoon tea, so if you can get booked do, its such a treat.
After our luxurious tea we waddle (the scales don't lie!) back to our coach where we made our way to the Atlantis. We were upgraded to the Imperial club rooms – which turned out to be very good value for money – WOW there's that word again and a new one VALUE – really I hear you say but yes really. You get a separate check-in/out area – its worth just this as the hotel is hectic! You also get an additional area for breakfast plus pre dinner drinks and canapes -we made good use of our imperial club rooms!
After getting our room keys I'm delighted to find tea and coffee in my room but I am a little disappointed in my room. Its quite different to the luxury I have now become accustom too – high maintenance life approaching! They are quite basic, but I guess you don't spend time in your room here. After another hectic day (wink wink) we get a few hours free to enjoy the pool. I love the sunshine but WOW this is like heat I've never experienced and I just had to get in the pool, there was no typical British kind of way, you know the kind - dipping toes in and counting to 10 – nope this one was just get in as quickly as possible before I quite literally melt!
The hotel is just too big to tour so we were taken to the model which the hotel had set up. We were given a brief run down of all the facilities had to offer – believe me its vast! The hotel really does cater incredibly well for families – in actual fact unless your an adult child like myself then I wouldn't send couples looking for sophistication and class here. We were very lucky to check out the Bridge Suite – no Value here at £30K a night !!! and also the underwater suites at the hotel which are just the most fascinating suites I will ever have the pleasure in viewing, there are no other words!
Whilst staying on site at Atlantis we had dinner at the Yuan which is voted the best Chinese restaurant in Dubai. Amazing setting delicious food and impeccable service. I think I ate my entire bodyweight in this restaurant the food really is to die for.
The last day and my inner child is doing cartwheels! Its the day i've been waiting for – a whole day at the water park – Aquaventure! I don't have much to say on this one other than FUN FUN & MORE FUN! Not only do you have all the thrills of the rides but you also have the sea life experiences such as the dolphins, sea lions and stingray encounters – we did the stingrays – bucket list – tick! Incredible.
Sob sob its the last night in Dubai! We had an amazing 6 course (I think this is now standard ….) meal at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Restaurant. Delicious, great atmosphere, book early with this one as it gets booked.
Another early rise but instead of a fun filled day we are heading home – Business class with Emirates – chin is on the floor once again!
As you would expect for Emirates, grand, classy, comfy and above all else very very private – not good if your a talker like me and you want to talk to the person sitting next to you but oh well I guess ill just have to eat my bodyweight with scrumptious food, drink the contents of my mini bar watch abit of Tom Hardy and just fall asleep on my bed – all just because I can.
To summarize, on paper Dubai you shouldn't work with your loudness, flashiness and massive skyscrapers but there's just something magic about you that has got me wanting more! So until next time, Cheers