If you’ve been following my Insta Stories, you already know where we were last weekend 😊 We were in Al Ain, the ‘garden city’ of the UAE. We had a room booked at Al Ain Rotana, one of the oldest properties in the Emirate which also happens to be the only 5-star property of Al Ain as of now.
We drove into Al Ain a little past 12 noon on a Friday afternoon. Loved cruising through the near-empty roads! We were there in a little over an hour.
The beauty of the Al Ain Rotana property is its flat, spread-out structure. Not your typical towering hotel building here, but rather a collection of mid-heighted structures with a spread of exclusive villa properties, spacious greens and wide, inviting pool areas.
I love mall-hopping with my
little girl. It’s our mummy-daughter bonding time, and one of our favorite
shopping destinations has always been Dubai Festival City Mall.
Apart from a wide range of shopping
options including the two anchor tenants Ikea and Robinson’s which do not have
stores anywhere else in the city, Dubai Festival City has a great selection of
restaurants and cafes, and the spectacular IMAGINE show that takes place every
half-hour at the harbor front is absolutely magical for kids and grown-ups
Last weekend, I flooded my Insta Stories with
live updates from our weekend away at Radisson Blu Ajman. This is one of the
Radisson Blu group’s newest hotels and opened its doors a little over a year
Located in a quiet corner of the industrial
heart of Ajman, the grandeur of the hotel façade stands out with its European-inspired
arched windows and astute driveway. The location is actually ideal for tourists
wanting to explore the Northern Emirates as it is just off-road from the E11
highway that connects Ajman, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.
Last weekend, we stayed at Radisson Blu Ajman, and had
dinner at Filini. The fully licenced Italian restaurant has stunning, welcoming
interiors complete with a real-life Vespa at the front, a rose-gold coffee urn
and other interesting artifacts from an Italy we envision when flipping through
What’s not to love about Thai cuisine? The exotic blend of
herbs and pungent spices makes Thai dishes a treat for the entire senses, and
despite having that ‘feel good’ comfort food vibe, Thai food in general is very
wholesome and healthful.
Great news for Thai cuisine lovers out there, we have a
brand-new nook in town that gives you an entirely authentic Thai dining
experience. Introducing Master of Wok, now open on the bustling 2nd December
street juxtaposed between swanky Jumeirah and great-value Satwa.
South African fine-dining cafe and diner concept Walnut Grove has opened its second store in Dubai. Their first branch is located in CityWalk, and their newer and arguably more prominent location is in the heart of The Dubai Mall, right by the waterfalls.
The savvy, brightly lit cafe looks delightfully inviting with its Parisian-inspired interiors but the real highlight of the new branch is its spacious outdoor seating area that boasts of a stunning view of the Dubai Fountains and the mighty Burj Khalifa.
If you are a fan of North Indian thaali’s, chances are Rajdhani is way up on your list. Banking on their well-established brand name, the company has now opened a sister chain called Rajdhani Street.
I visited their branch in Karama (Dubai) last weekend. The
interiors are colorfully kitsch and inviting. The walls are splashed with
color, and at one end is a retro-style Indian bicycle heaped with a pile of
A night’s stay at five-star property Marriott Al Jaddaf includes a complimentary breakfast at their all-day dining restaurant, The Market Place. The breakfast runs from 8 am till 11 am and covers a wide range of international breakfast favorites.
Having over-snoozed in my comfy queen bed with the curtains
blocking out the morning sun well past
9, all my good intentions of doing a few laps at the pool post breakfast were
forgotten and we headed downstairs a little past 9.30 am.
We spent a very restful, pampered weekend away at Marriott Al Jaddaf (Dubai) and during our stay we visited Scots American Grill for dinner. This fine-dining steakhouse is located on the first floor of the hotel, offers a unique menu that is a fusion of Scottish fine foods with a new-age American flair. They have an entire lineup of steaks as well as enticing seafoods, and the very helpful staff are more than happy to assist with your choices.
2019 has been a super busy year so
far, but busy in a good way. All my weekends have been packed with socializing
or eating out or photography activities and I’ve been craving a good old quiet,
under the covers laid-back break.
I recently got an invite to spend a
night at the Marriott in Al Jaddaf, Dubai and thought this would be the
perfect low-key break I’ve been wanting so badly.