Saturday, 5 September 2015

Dubai - Travel Link Up

It would seem that I can once again fit my latest blog post into a travel link up (yay). I know I'm not a travel blogger but I do like to travel.. I also like to share this with you guys. As we all suffer with Wanderlust, don't we?

This month is talking about 'the place you can't get out of your head'. The travel link up, if you haven't come across it before, it is run by Emma, Kelly, & Rebecca's. This month it is co-hosted by  Liz at Passport Packed - from the 1st of the month. 

I recently travelled to Dubai for a week of sun with The Boy. Dubai in summer is hot (we know this, and I promise you we're not crazy..). The holiday started out very casually our days were spent by the pool, reading our books, applying sun cream and cooling off  in the pool. I'll start by telling you a little bit about our days in Dubai and then I'll come to the bit why I can't get it out of my head. I'll let you in on our best bits of this trip.

We went out for dinner most evenings, exploring and finding new places to eat. The Madinat Jumeirah was a highlight for us. It is set within 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens, with waterways running throughout. There are two 5* hotels, and plenty of restaurants. The Madinat Jumeirah is a place I'd definitely recommend. We hadn't discovered it during our 2012 trip so it's great to explore new parts. We ate at an Arabian themed restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed the food. You can also explore the Souks inside, and the waterways by boat. Here you are only a short distance from the Burj al Arab which makes for some great photo opportunities. We said we'd go back during the day, but didn't get round to it.

 


On Monday evening we took a dessert safari trip. The Boy had done his research and decided we'd use Platinum Heritage for our tour. What a good choice he made. We heard stories from people in our hotel about the trips they'd taken and decided ours was 100 times better. Indeed you get what you paid for. We were driven to the dessert where we picked up our Vintage Land Rover! We rode through the sand dunes in quite frankly some of  the most amazing landscapes Ive seen. The tour included dinner within a camp, all drinks, henna tattoos, dancing, camel ride, falcon show, and star gazing. The star gazing was incredible - we saw shooting stars and Saturn through a telescope.



The day after was Tuesday the fourth full day of our holiday - we took it easy and stayed by the pool for most of the day after a busy evening the night before. This Tuesday is why Dubai quickly became the place I can't get out of my head. In the evening The Boy proposed to me on the balcony whilst we were discussing dinner plans. I wasn't expecting it, although I had a little inkling it may happen soon I had no idea he'd been planning the occasion for a month or so! We celebrated with drinks and food at the Pure Sky Lounge at the Hilton hotel on Jumeirah Beach.












On the Thursday we had Afternoon Tea at the Burj al Arab, which deserves it's very own blog post. But here's a sneak peek for you. Dubai has lots of sweet treats to offer - we could see Ladurée from our hotel window! There are also lots of lovely cupcake & macaroons in the shopping malls. I'll tell you about all the sweet treats another time. I promise.

The tans are fading, the holiday is now over a week ago but the memories aren't fading.

Dubai will now have a special little place in my heart and that's why I can't get it out of my mind right now.

What place are you constantly thinking about?
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  1. I thought the desert in Dubai was fabulous too! It was the first time I'd been in true desert (as opposed to a patch!) and it was amazing. just endless sand. The kids thought it was just a giant sandbox.

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    1. It's incredible isn't it? That must have been amazing for children, I hadn't even thought about that (and I'm a Nanny)!! Thanks for commenting x

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  2. Hi there! I found your post through the link-up! Dubai is on my mind lately, as I keep hearing such wonderful things about it and seeing such beautiful pictures. What a wonderful place for a proposal!

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    1. Amazing. I need to work my way through the travel link up posts! It is an amazing experience in many different ways. I hope you get chance to visit at some point.

      Thanks for commenting :-) x

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  3. I think travel is a state of mind rather than a blog label ;) Again, the biggest of congratulations - what a wonderful setting for your proposal!
    We're stopping in Dubai over New Year so I'm looking forward to more tips & recommendations!

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    1. That's a good way to put it Emma! Thank you :-D I'm probably going on about it a bit much now. I loved your post Emma.

      Oh amazing. How long will you be there for? And is that on the way to New Zealand? I'll happily send you some tips and things.

      Thanks as always for commenting xx

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  4. Congratulations on the engagement! I've also had afternoon tea at the Burj and thought it was completely decadent and fabulous, hope you liked it!

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    1. Thank you!! It's incredible isn't it? I was so overwhelmed but in a good way and didn't find it uncomfortably posh like I thought I might. I definitely did like it. There will be more about it soon.

      Thanks for commenting xx

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  5. Congratulations, I think Dubai is the great place to spend a vacation but it's very expensive city. I know one great tip how you can save your money and by in the place you need just in time
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