Dubai Holiday Fit For A Princess

After spending a week in Dubai it is easy to see why this man made Emirates country can encapsulate some of the features of New York, Las  Vegas, Chicago (when this desert city gets windy that is) and California into a bright and gleaming city. Of course let’s not forget the Middle Eastern charm…

For one week I felt as if I was living the Dubai fairy-tale, I guess referencing Princess Jasmine in this instance would be apt.

one and only dubai hotel

Let me begin with my arrival at the “palace”, pulling up in front of the One and Only hotel on the Palm did not fail to impress from the onset. A combination of jet lag and a night check-in did not prepare me for what awaited the  following day…

An oasis set on the most idyllic spot on the Palm; luscious palm trees and spacious cabanas lined the Olympic sized swimming pool in the most precise and symmetrical manner, Haussmann would have been proud. There was stylish lunching on a veranda overlooking equally stylish guests – a wonderful setting where families can relax amongst the fashion posse.

I imagined that the One and Only Palm was my personal palace for the week, and living the modern Arabian lifestyle came with its fair share of trappings, my favourite being the spa – a massage so relaxing and energizing – it was Cleopatra worthy.

However if you do feel like an excursion, there is enough culture to keep you on your toes from the old Souk in the old town where you can pick out traditional local kick-knacks. An equally riveting desert safari can also be arranged. However, my favourite excursion during the day was the Dubai Mall – it is a shopaholic’s paradise, but also fun to wander around and stretch your legs in the cool air conditioning.

One of my favourite things I did was grabbing a bite at the American burger import Shake Shack in the Emirates mall – try the Shack burger and the cheese fries.

Dubai suits my nocturnal nature as the dinner/lounge scene is fantastic. The One and Only’s jetty lounge is a great place to begin the evening. Must see restaurants are Nobu, Zuma, La Petite Maison and Roberto’s. Zuma on a Wednesday is really good fun – a good tip is to sit in the lounge to have a bite, as there is a DJ playing the perfect hedonistic sounds. Sit back and watch the glamorous expat crowd mingle.

But let’s not forget, that every good night out must never end without a night-cap – and when in Rome…. Do as the Emiratis do and digest your meal and memories with a shisha. The Arabian courtyard is my favourite place, which is in the One and Only Royal Mirage hotel. If you wish to see something more local – Reem Al Bawadi is an original spot where people choose to cool off into the early hours.

arabian courtyard hotel dubai

Arabian Court Yard One and Only Royal Mirage

Overall, I had one of my best vacations to date, and there are no complaints…

but alas! Still no Aladdin…

Sandance Festival at Atlantis The Plam

Sandance Festival Atlantis The Palm

Thank you to the One and Only team for everything – and last but definitely not least, a thank you to the Atlantis hotel for a wonderful evening at the Sandance festival on Nassimi beach, followed by a delicious meal at Nobu.



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