My sister loves to travel, she has done a 3 month stint around the world followed by a career working in an airline company making the most of the cheap holiday deals. So far, because of her job, I have been lucky enough to travel to Antigua, New York and in September we jetted off to Dubai for a long weekend.
Dubai has never been on my list of places to go, with the heat and strict culture I wasn’t that bothered about seeing it. Jess had a trip booked for a while but hadn’t got a confirmed travel partner, as holiday time drew closer she offered up the other place. With my relationship breaking down and stress at work I thought I would give it a go. A break away relaxing in some heat by a pool was very appealing.
We had booked in to head off on Thursday night but chances of getting good seats on the plane where not great so we moved it back to Wednesday night, and managed to get Premium Economy seats. We landed Thursday morning in Dubai and headed straight for The Hilton on The Creek our first hotel for the trip. It was lovely, a higher standard of hotel than I have ever stayed in before. Our room and bed were huge with amazing views across the Creek through the giant picture frame to the Berj Khalifa. We headed straight for the roof top pool with more cool views. It was soooo hot, hotter then anything I have ever experienced and a bit of a struggle to cope with. Normally in heat I cba to even get in the pool after a while but I was in and out every couple of minuets trying to stay cool.
Not long after we got dressed and headed to Dubai mall to get some food. The mall is right next to the Dubai Fountains and the Berj Khalifa. So after walking around and around the mall trying to find gluten free, lactose free, wheat free food for Jess we headed outside for the 6pm showing at the fountains which was a pretty cool experience.
On our second day we got up early for a session in the gym followed by all you can eat breakfast and packing our bags ready to move onto our next hotel. Arriving at the Grosvenor Hotel in the Marina I realised this hotel was on another level of posh. We checked in but our room was not quite ready yet so we headed for the pool, we were greeted by staff who showed us to some beds and laid out towels for us. We were bought ice cold water which was regularly topped up with ice. The pool was lovely and great for cooling off, as I had still not become accustom to the heat. On our first night at the Grosvenor we headed to the sister hotel near Jumeirah beach for some Asian cuisine which was alright, we were half board so had a set menu to choose from which was a bit limited especially for Jess with her intolerances.
The next day we headed for the beach for a walk to an area Jess has stayed before where I saw my first Camel. In the evening we attended an all you can eat buffet in our hotel which was amazing. There was so much to choose from and it was all delicious. After filling our bellies we walked to the marina mall to help our dinner go down. At 10 o’clock at night it was 36 degrees and we were sweating walking back to the hotel for bed.
On our final day we did more of the same, chilling by the pool and beach followed by filling up on buffet in the evening. We had a pretty good time in Dubai, the heat was a bit much for me but achieved quite a bit in the few days we were there. Jess and I don’t normally get on that well, but we survived 4 nights together staying in the same room. I also hit 5K on the treadmill 2 days running which I have been struggling with since I went to Javea in June. I thought that Dubai was very clean and futuristic, the train stations look insane, everything is on time and the service we experienced was excellent. I would probably go back if I was given the opportunity to go again for not much money but there are other places I would rather see first.