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My Dubai trip (as told by a zillion drunken photos)

Thursday, 14 May 2015


I really didn't want to be one of those people who start their blog post with an apology. But today that person is me, *I'm sorry!* Life got super busy, and it's only today that I've been able to sit down and put some thought into my upcoming blog posts - I'm hoping the content to follow will make up for my tardiness!

Now that's out of the way, I can gloat about my holiday to Dubai. I had such a fabulous time with two of my favourite girlfriends and I thought a travel diary might be in order. So, here's my little trip to Dubai in pictures...

~ We flew from London's Heathrow, and spent most of the evening drinking champagne cocktails and eating cheese in the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class lounge. The lounge has it's own spa, cinema room, roof-top bar, hair salon, and most importantly these amazing swinging chairs. So naturally, that's where I plonked myself for approximately 90 minutes until our flight started boarding.


 

~After all that champagne I slept most of the flight. *Thoroughly recommend drinking before flying*. We arrived bright and early and checked into our suite at the Hilton Doubletree, Jumeriah beach. JB area is one of my favourite locations in Dubai, I love the ambience and the people watching, the shopping and the fact your a stones throw away from the beach doesn't hurt. We threw on some fluffy bath robes and caught up on some much needed Zzzz's. Perhaps the champagne wasn't such a great idea after all...

 

 

~After a long Jet-Lag busting nap, our first evening was spent drinking cocktails at an old favourite of mine, Budda Bar. Great sushi, amazing atmosphere and an ultra glamorous crowd made for some great people watching. We then headed to another favourite of mine, 360 at the Jumeriah Beach hotel. After sitting on a golf buggy (whizzing past a harbour full of super yachts and wondering what went wrong with your life) you arrive at 360 - a swanky circular bar with amazing 360 degree views of Dubai, as the name would suggest. Here we drank espresso martinis, and admired the view of the stunning sail shaped Burj Al Arab.


 

~Our second day consisted of a little sunbathing by the hotels infinity pool. Jodie loved the water melon that was handed out to keep us refreshed, and we had some lunch al fresco before heading to the Mall by the Marina. I got told off by a local policeman for jay-walking (slapped wrist) and we headed inside for some much needed air conditioning and outfits for that evenings beach party.


~We had booked tickets to go to the DXBeach event, essentially a live music festival on the beach. Mark Ronson was Djing and Jess Glynne was performing. We bumped into a few flight attendant friends of ours, and spent the evening with them. After more than nine hours of barefoot dancing, shisha smoking and cider drinking (through a straw - not usually my style but we had to get into the festival spirit!) we left and relaxed back at our hotel.


 

~On the third morning we visited the Blue Marlin day club in Abu Dhabi and booked a daybed on the beach to make the most of their famous Saturday brunch. Bottomless champagne and sangria was flowing, as well as a limitless supply of appetisers - so the hangover was well and truely kicked to the curb! I would recommend this to anybody visiting Dubai on a girlie holiday, the chill out music was super relaxing and the place had a really laid back and glamourous vibe. The brunch cost just under £100 per person, but actually worked out to be incredible value as the food was delicious and the drinks were constantly topped up. This was my favourite part of the trip.


~The evening came, and after a quick shower and a spruce up it was time to go back out for yet more cocktails. Relentless. I'm finding daily drinking hard, and realise I must be getting old! *sad face!*


 

~On our final day we decided to do the touristy thing of dune bashing and camel riding (ok, and a little henna tattoo - yes I'm about 12 years old inside!) It was actually really enjoyable, although the 'dune bashing' in a 4x4 with deflated wheels was the least enjoyable part for me, and I'm not a particularly travel sick person. Yuk. The camel ride was too funny (and if you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen the videos! Cringe!) and the evening BBQ and show were actually a lot of fun.


*Camel selfie*

 

So that was my trip to Dubai, in a blury drunken I-phone picture nutshell. Have you visited Dubai? Any recommendations for my next trip?


3 comments:

  1. Looks like you've had an amazing time, I'd love to visit Dubai!
    So jealous.
    Amy @ Blonde Amy x

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  2. Wow that looks like an amazing time - I love all your festival outfits. The camel selfie is great too! xx
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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