I am a regular visitor to Dubai, and for a few key reasons. My lovely friend Hannah lives there, it’s only a 3-4 hour time difference, it’s only 6+ hours away to get guaranteed winter sun & you will never be bored in Dubai!!
Shopping, restaurants, bars, beach clubs, activities & incredible hotels. I don’t visit Dubai for the culture, but I do go for a fun filled foodie, sun & party break. So I wanted to share with you my top tips for where to stay and eat!
My top 5 hotels-
Nikki Beach Hotel
– Private beach
– Spa (opening soon)
– Rooms, suites & luxury beach villas
– Trendy Beach club
Newly opened, at Nikki Beach there’s been no expense spared…
I think this is the perfect hotel for a couples holiday, with just enough luxury and privacy to have a really lovely time. There’s a whole range of different rooms to choose from, but the beach villas are the ultimate luxury 👌🏻
Nikki Beach will have a Spa which is due to open very soon, but they are already offering massages in a private suite until it’s open. I had a full body massage, and it was absolutely incredible – one of the best massages I have ever had!!
It’s an up & coming area, so you feel quite secluded & it was lovely not to be in a high-rise building (or at least not to see one around you!) which is rare for Dubai. It is a little far out, but as long as you don’t travel during rush hour you can get to most places in under 35mins.
P.S Ladies day at Nikki Beach Club is definitely one not to be missed!!
Fairmont The Palm
– Private beach
– 4 pools
– Health club & spa
– 6 restaurants
Fairmont The Palm is a premium hotel with serene accommodation, plus a private beach! There’s so much to do here, the private beach includes a whole range of different water sports & there’s so many different dining options too. The location is ideal for exploiting Dubai, so if you want to be in the heart of everything, this is the place to stay.
💛Best for Brunch
– 9 restaurants & bars
– 5 swimming pools
– Private beach
– Watersport’s centre
– Award winning ‘Bubbalicious’ Brunch (My fav!!)
– Tennis courts
– Kids clubs
The Westin offers the perfect experience for both couples and families. Elegant rooms & suites in a high-end resort, but with so many different dining options & 5 pools you really can’t go wrong. There will be something for everyone. Plus there is a private beach & a luxury spa. You must, must, must book in for a Bubbalicious Brunch, oh my it was AMAZING! But I’ll talk more about this in a minute…
💛Pre-drinks in Siddharta Lounge then dinner in buzzy restaurant, Buddha-Bar.
– 14 restaurants & bars
– 2 spas
– Access via shuttle bus to Le Royal Meridians beach & pool facilities
Grosvenor House is instantly recognisable in the Dubai Marina, mainly because of the two iconic 45-story towers. This hotel is HUGE! There’s loads of lovely guest rooms, suits and apartments, and such beautiful views of the Marina. I loved the Siddhartha Lounge bar, and then had an amazing ‘Coastal Mediterranean’ meal in Buddha-Bar. I’d definitely recommend it!
💛Perfect for a romantic get away
– 2 restaurant/bars
– Luxury dessert suites with private pool
– Conservation efforts
– Dune dining available
A completely different feel to the Almaha to some of the other Hotels I’ve mentioned so far, this beauty is set in the magical dune and desert landscape and is soooo Pinterest worthy!! Almaha puts a lot of emphasis on it’s wildlife conservation efforts, and Al Maha’s field guides will be able to help you to explore the area to find a whole range of animals and birds, plus you can even dine in the Dunes! Really special for a romantic getaway for two.
And now, one of my favourite things to talk about!! Here are a few pointers on where to eat and drink when you’re in Dubai…
💛 I recommend the whisky & truffle cocktail and the cheese & truffle gyoza.
– New hotspot
– Great service
– Delicious cocktails & food
💛 Wear something comfy e.g. A floaty maxi with nice flat sandals as your are dining on the beach.
– Greek inspired food & interiors
– Great for Sharing food
– Relaxed & cool
– On the beach
💛 The whole seabass is INCREDIBLE… as is the hot American waiter that is the double of actor James Marsden 😍😉
– Best service
💛Must have a drink in Weslodge downstairs before or after your meal!
– Stunning interiors
– Service is outstanding
– Food insanely delicious
101 one & only
💛get the boat back to the hotel 🙌🏻
– View is 😍
– Great for couples
💛if you have been drinking at a beach club/brunch all day or are hungover this is the place to go!
– Fast food drive through with a difference
– “Gourmet Street Food Experience”
– Mexican, burgers, seafood.. basically anything naughty!
Bubbalicious at The Westin
💛 go to the hotel bar/club afterwards it’s like a rave at 5pm!
– Friday all day brunch
– Fun, lively
– More food & drink than you can possibly imagine
Now on to the best beach clubs! Don’t miss out on these!!
Nikki Beach Club
Nasimi Beach at the Atlantis Hotel
If you ever get the chance to go to Dubai, make sure you note down my favourite places to go and check them out!! I promise, you’ll love it 💗