Dubai is the capital city of the emirate of Dubai, located on the Persian Gulf, in the United Arab Emirates, known for modern architecture, luxury shopping, a bustling nightlife, and superb hospitality. Dubai is also known for having sunshine about 363 days a year. However, my husband and I had the misfortune of arriving at the start of the other two days, which offered us pouring rain and thunder storms. Of course we just had to laugh and make the best of it. The fact that we had tried to escape rainy London by booking a hotel in the desert, only to be welcomed by thunder showers was just too ridiculous!
Despite the weather, we still enjoyed three fabulous days and nights at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. Located on the East Crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island (shaped in the form of a palm tree), Sofitel Dubai The Palm is a 5-star beach resort offering chic Polynesian design paired with Arabian hospitality. I know it sounds extravagant, and it is!
My Experience At Sofitel Dubai The Palm
This luxury island retreat feels worlds away from the bustling city of Dubai but is just a 10 minute taxi ride to the Dubai marina and all the city has to offer. The Palm is also home to an array of luxury hotels, offering a plethora of upscale restaurants and unique attractions. But with seven great restaurants and six bars, a beautiful spa, a kid’s center and a sea center offering, tons of water sports, you will find plenty to keep you busy at Sofitel Dubai The Palm. My husband and I booked three nights in a Beach Suite to celebrate our babymoon (I can’t believe I am already 32 weeks pregnant!), and we were surprised at all the activities that could be done on property such as: jet-skiing, paddle boarding, SUP, boat rides, parasailing, yoga, and tennis, as well as well as off property excursions like the Hot Air Balloon Tour and the Heritage Night Safari through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
On our first full day in Dubai, we slept in embarrassingly late, had lunch and cocktails (virgin cocktails for me unfortunately!) at Maui Beach Restaurant & Bar, and then escaped the rain with a massage at the So Spa. The next morning we woke to sunshine, so I ignored the No Trespassing signs at the hotel property line and did a 30 minute beach run along the water’s edge. Most of the hotels on The Palm are built so that their beaches are situated on the inside of island where the water is very calm – perfect for families with small children and great for doing water sports such as SUP.
I was told the water inside The Palm was dirty but that was not my experience at all. The water is actually crystal clear with clean, light sand, and there are beautiful seashells all along the beach. (Although I did see several signs that said watch out for jellyfish, sting ray and sea-urchin!) After my run, we had an awesome buffet breakfast and then spent all of Sunday afternoon lounging on beach chairs by the sea, soaking up some much-needed sunshine, ending a beautiful day with cocktails at Laguna Lounge.
The Sofitel The Palm Dubai was the perfect choice for a babymoon. Our suite was spacious and well-pointed in a great location, right across from the ocean. The restaurants were excellent, the beach and water was beautiful, and the whole hotel seemed geared towards families with water slides, a gelato house, kids-only pools, adult-only pools, and an awesome kids club. Children over 4 years old are offered two free hours of access per day and additional hours can be purchased for AED 60 ($15 per hour) so parents can drop their children off and spend the rest of the day relaxing, knowing their kids are safe and having fun. My husband and I for sure want to come back and stay here when we have our little one!
Where To Eat & Drink In Dubai
The food at Sofitel is fantastic (the seafood pasta at Moana was the best I have ever had!), but if you would like to go into the city for dinner, I recommend checking out Pier 7, which offers a different fine dinning restaurant on each of its seven floors. We were told that Dubai has excellent Lebanese and Indian food so our friends suggested And al Whab, where we all sat on the patio overlooking the marina, enjoying delicious Lebanese food with a killer view.
We didn’t have a chance to eat at either of these places but I was told that Armani/Amal has excellent Indian food, and that Qbara also has excellent Lebanese. For cocktails with a nice relaxed feel and beautiful ocean views, try 360 Degrees. For a fun night of clubbing, try Armani Prive or Cavalli Club, but just watch out for “working girls” – one of the downsides of a city with such a hospitality driven, bustling nightlife.
What To See In Dubai
There is much to do and see in the Dubai but a few of the top attractions are the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest skyscraper), Dubai Miracle Garden (check out their Instagram for some flower photo inspiration), and The Dubai Fountain (the largest choreographed fountain the world).
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