We have recently come back from a family holiday to Dubai which was just what we all needed. Joe had been away for 8 weeks with England rugby for the 6 nations and we really needed some quality family time together. We love Dubai at this time of year because the weather is perfect and it’s not too far to travel with Blythe. We tend to try and get evening flights at least one way so that she sleeps for most of the journey.
We decided to stay in 2 hotels this time as we wanted to experience the desert and something more traditional. We headed to Bab Al Shams in the Dubai desert. It’s a really traditional hotel about 45 mins outside of Dubai. We loved it, it’s so peaceful there and the design of the hotel is beautiful. We ate traditional Arabic food in the rooftop restaurant, we rode camels, watched falconry displays and relaxed by the hotels beautiful pools. It was the perfect start to our trip.
We next headed to Jumeirah al Naseem hotel which is the newest hotel within the madinat complex. It is amazing. Having lived in Dubai and also stayed at lots of hotels in Dubai it is our current favourite! We will definitely be going back. The hotel is fairly new so everything feels very fresh and new. We had a club room which means you have access to a family lounge. At certain times this means free food and drink a bit like a business class lounge. We could eat breakfast here, afternoon tea and they also offered a happy hour period in the evenings with drinks and food. It was amazing and perfect for keeping Blythe topped up with snacks between mealtimes.
There is a kids club which is great for getting little ones out of the sun and has lots going on. Blythe loved getting her face painted and making friends with other children.The beach is beautiful with views of the Burj al Arab and a selection of pools with kids and adult only options to suit everyone. The hotel has a turtle rehabilitation centre which is so lovely to see and we took serval trips to visit the turtles. Wild wadi water park is next door and as a hotel guest you have free access to the park. You can walk there or hop on a buggy. This is great fun for kids and adults, they have special children’s area which is amazing!
There are so many amazing restaurants and bars within al Naseem and the madinat. If you do half board you can eat at pretty much any restaurant in a Jumeriah hotel, some of these are supplemented but it’s so worth it. I would recommend Mai Thai, Rock fish, Black tap ( for these milkshakes!), Pier chic and Katsuya but there are so many to choose from! You can get a buggy or a water taxi to most of the restaurants. There is just so much choice that you will always leave feeling like you need to go back! We always feel a bit sad to be leaving a holiday but this time we really didn’t want to leave we felt so relaxed and at home at the Al Naseem.I couldn’t recommend this hotel more, whether your going away with friends, as a couple or as a family it really does cater to everyone needs.
We had lots of friends in Dubai at the same time as us so we arranged to go for lunch at EL Chiringuito, at the Rixos the on the Palm. This is such a beautiful restaurant right on the beach with its own pool so its perfect for a long lunch. They also have a mini Chiringuito where kids can go and play. Its a great place to go and spend an afternoon, we had a lovely lunch and pool/beach day with friends and all the kids loved it too.
Love M xx