02 January 2018
Dubai is the ideal destination for a relaxing getaway. This sun-dappled, serene Emirate is an oasis where you can visit rejuvenating spas, embark on fabulous shopping excursions and enjoy world-class dining experiences with exquisite cuisine!
Give yourself a new lease of life by booking a session in one of Dubai’s soothing spas. Spirit yourself away to a royal retreat at the Palace Downton spa, known for its tension-easing massages such as the signature ‘fusion massage’. The Saray Spa, based in the JW Marriott Marquis, is a favourite of many wellness enthusiasts due to its Dead Sea flotation pool, whose salty waters boast restorative properties. There are a range of standout signature treatments available in Dubai’s spas including the Guerlain Spa’s ‘silk indulgence milk scrub,’ which will make your skin feel brand new.
To enjoy an extensive spa experience, spend a day at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel’s Talise Ottoman Spa. Here you’ll find 43 treatment rooms, two thalassotherapy pools, saunas, snow rooms and rejuvenating treatments including sugar body peels. While you’re here, luxuriate in one of the Emirate’s authentic hammams. Breathe in delicious floral scents as you enjoy the ‘hammam rose ritual’ at the One & Only Spa, experience soothing treatments like ‘ritual hair washing’ at the Palazzo Versace Spa’s Moroccan hammam or bathe in blissful waters at Rixos the Palm’s Anjana Spa.
Embark on fun shopping excursions by including Dubai’s traditional souks and modern malls on your holiday itinerary. A favourite among many fashionistas is the textile souk in the Bur Dubai area, which is known for selling various fabrics like silk and cashmere, as well as slippers and other garments. Head to the perfume souk to find the latest fragrances, travel to the gold souk and pick up elaborate jewellery or stop at the spice souk and find everything from nutmeg to cardamom. It’s also worth visiting the Meena Bazaar, an Indian market selling jewellery, clothing, spices and more.
Find whatever you’re looking for in Dubai’s many extensive malls. The Mall of the Emirates is a popular shopping spot, as it houses 560 global shops selling everything from electronics to clothing along with 90 restaurants and cafes. Secure designer items by stopping at the Burjuman Mall in Bur Dubai, which features brands ranging from H&M to Zara, along with a hypermarket where you can pick up daily essentials. Another must-visit venue for shopaholics is the Dubai Mall, where you’ll find brands like Christian Louboutin and Cartier, as well as an ice rink and global restaurants.
An array of delightful dining experiences are available in foodie hotspot Dubai. For spectacular views book a table at one of Dubai’s elegant beachside dining spots such as the Jetty Lounge, where you can dine on Middle Eastern cuisine in secluded cabanas and Shimmers, an eatery with its own private beach renowned for its refreshing Greek salad. Treat your partner to a romantic meal at La Môme Dubai, where you can taste French deserts like Crème Brulée in Parisian surroundings. For world-class seafood visit the Surf Café on the Jumeirah strip, known for its extensive sushi bar.
Experience something truly unique by signing up to the Burj Al Arab Hotel’s ‘Culinary Flight’. On this gourmet food safari, you’ll get the chance to sample a variety of dishes, from Arabic favourites at Al Iwan to Asian cuisine at Junsui. Delve into the Emirate’s legendary spicy food scene by visiting eateries like Amala, where you can heat up your taste buds with the nutmeg-laced ‘paya shorba’ lamb shank soup. Cap off your culinary itinerary by enjoying a meal at the spectacular Pierchic, which combines fabulous seafood, a romantic ambience and marvellous views of the Burj Al Arab.
While away your time on one of the Emirate’s glorious beaches. Escape the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Dubai with a trip to secluded, palm-strewn Al Sufouh Beach, where unspoilt sands and crystal-clear waters await. Enjoy stunning sunset views and placid waters at the Black Palace Beach, engage in thrilling water sports including snorkelling and paddle boarding at Kite Beach or laze on sun loungers at the peaceful Al Mamzar Beach Park. Enhance your holiday experience by visiting one of Dubai’s beach clubs like the Riva venue, where private butlers will see to your every need.
A host of other intriguing attractions await in glittering Dubai. Stroll along the iconic Dubai Marina and take in Arabian Gulf views while visiting its pop-up craft markets. Spend a romantic night with your partner at the spectacular Dubai Fountain, where you can watch awe-inspiring 30-minute aquatic music and light shows featuring impressive water jets. You can also acquaint yourself with the Emirate’s local heritage by stopping at the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort, which now houses the Dubai Museum which captivates visitors with its immersive cultural exhibits.