Some of you may have noticed my recent hotel and restaurant articles over the past few weeks from my trip to Dubai and if you did – you’ll have most likely realised just how much I fell in love with the city. Dubai was never on my radar in the past, for some unknown reason. But with an opportunity to visit I quickly fell in love. Dubai is a big modern city, surrounded by dessert and offers some of the best attractions and restaurants in the world. As well as the tallest and largest buildings. With today (date of publish) marking exactly 30 days till I return once more and for the first time Abu Dhabi, I want to share with you as always my travel itinerary and I hope you’ll join me along the way on social media next month!
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Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat al Beri – Abu Dhabi
This time around we’ll also be exploring Abu Dhabi for the first time. Flying into Abu Dhabi airport with Etihad, we’re being whisked away on arrival to the heavenly looking Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat al Beri. It looks magical when lit up at night and I can’t wait for our dinner at Shang Palace, though not before enjoying a cocktail in this sultry looking bar pictured above. This is five star accomodation pushed to the limits. Oh, and did I mention the hotel has a complimentary river boat service! Follow me on Instagram Stories where I’ll be revealing all!
Rosewood – Abu Dhabi
One of the original reasons I wanted to visit Abu Dhabi was because of the Rosewood Abu Dhabi. The pool with aluminium trees spurting from the grounds, a terrace which looks out over the waters edge and a dining room which oozes glamour and sophistication. Just wait till you see The Manor Club. An executive lounge we’re planning to spend a lot of time in which has won countless accolades for being one of the best in the world. I plan to be filling my Twitter feed throughout my two nights stay here.
Shangri-La Hotel – Dubai
After three no doubt unforgettable days in Abu Dhabi, we’ll be heading back to Dubai once again. You can travel between the two in approximately 1.5 hours and it will cost you no more than £100 each way. Perfect for short stays. We’ll be starting the return experience at Shangri-La Dubai. With views looking out over the Arabian Sea or the nearby towering Burj Khalifa, we’ve got big expectations when it comes to these views. I can’t wait to sample its many restaurants too, with a total of eight bars and restaurants to choose from. How will we ever decide? Follow me on Facebook and discover where I decide to eat!
Viceroy Palm Jumeirah – Dubai
Admittedly this trip is a little whirlwind, working with a lot of hotels and restaurants and so there was one in particular I wanted to really enjoy. One where I could put my feet up and experience without a big camera and only my phone besides me. Though realistically I know that’s never going to happen – but in my head it is for now. That hotel is Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai. A shiny new hotel opening it’s doors on March 31st 2017. I’m very excited to be one of the first to explore it and can’t wait to share that experience with you next month!
Intercontinental Dubai Marina – Dubai
My last and final hotel, the Intercontinental Dubai Marina is one that actually has three elements about it which I’m very excited to explore. Firstly the location. Situated within Dubai Marina, it’s one of my favourite parts of Dubai. It’s smart, modern and has some of the most perfect places to eat outside and watch the world go by. Secondly, the hotel. Neutral and calming interiors but lots of luxury and a swimming pool which looks out across the Marina. But above all – I can’t wait to be dining at Jason Atherton’s latest venture, Marina Social. If it’s anywhere near as good as his London restaurants – we’re set to be in for a real treat.
I hope you can follow me on my journey in April and I’d love to know where you’re visiting next! Have you been to Dubai and what did you think?