Sunday, 27 April 2014

JW Marriot Marquis - My visit to the tallest hotel in the World


My last trip to the UAE was an exciting one, while staying at Fairmont the Palm, we ventured out and explored JW Marriott Marquis hotel where the bruv decided to spend a couple of nights.
JW Marriott Marquis is currently the tallest hotel in the world; so let's just say history was made here with family. Love them to bits #FamilyIsEverything


Reception



On entering the hotel, you walk into a massive reception space with large flower arrangements and very colourful ornaments.  The hotel is definitely gorgeous but it had more of a business vibe to it; It was missing the feeling I usually get when I walk into a family hotel but I still loved its ambience.


After check-in, which I have to say went very smoothly and swiftly, we went up to the room which was equally as gorgeous as the rest of the hotel. Definitely my kind of luxury :)





Bedroom







The bedroom has a good size free standing bath - I'm a sucker for free standing baths. hehe :) :)

Bath


Shower room



JW Marriot Marquis provides a free shuttle to a few locations such as Mall of the Emirates and also Dubai Mall;  which is the biggest shopping mall in the world. The free shuttle is always a nice touch while exploring any city. Dubai mall is a 10 minute journey from the hotel which is very handy for shopping and dining. 


After check-in, we made our way down to Noodle house in Dubai mall. Their Thai Green curry is to die for......

Yummy - The way to my heart is definitely through a good Thai Green Curry :)

        


That ends my short review of the tallest hotel in the world. GoUAE #wholeNotherLevel.

I 'm already getting my excitement on as holiday season is nearly here again :):) check my blog in the next few weeks to find out where I'm off to next. xo




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Tips for JW Marriot Marquis Hotel UAE:
- Taxi's to get to the hotel from the Airport cost us approx. 50AED about £9 for a 30 minute drive. (FYI - Taxis are very cheap in Dubai)
- Be prepared for the 500AED hotel holding deposit per night so it doesn't come as a surprise, the money doesn't leave your credit card but its held and available again approx. 48hrs after checkout.This is the norm in most hotels when you travel abroad.
- The Entertainer Dubai book gives you 1 night free when 1 night is purchased. Bargain.  https://www.theentertainerme.com/Travel
- Dubai Mall is only about 10 mins away from the hotel, handy for lunches and dinners and also for entertaining the kids.
- Flights to Dubai from London HeathrowStansted from £270 upwards.... dependent on airline and peak/ off peak travel prices

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Melia Dubai


In my last post, I mentioned I'm now a city hotel convert after visiting Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. So I figured why not sample another 5* Dubai city hotel and see what it had to offer in comparison, so I ended up booking a few nights at Melia Dubai.

Melia Dubai hotel is the first Spanish hotel in the UAE; and its a very gorgeous hotel on the inside. Come on my journey with me and see what I have to say about our stay at this hotel. 

We stayed at Melia hotel for a couple of days when it had just opened. We initially had a bit of trouble locating the hotel as the entrance is located via an underground carpark, but we got there in the end :) :)

When we got to the hotel we were welcomed by a very friendly doorman who took our luggage and directed us to reception via a downstairs lift. I have to say his service with a smile made up for the time spent trying to locate the entrance of the hotel. I wasn't sure what to make of this when we first arrived ... But I kept an open mind. :) 

We had a Junior Suite Level room and it was definitely more than enough for 3. Hubby, Lil munchkin and myself. I could tell a lot of effort had been made on the inside of the hotel to compensate for the location. The finishing touches and bespoke decor of the hotel was superb. I'll let the pictures do the talking


Bedroom with King bed and pillow menu

 



Junior suite Lounge/Dining Area

Lounge Area

Rollaway bed and TV embedded inside the Mirror. Cool




There was a TV embedded inside the mirror which was really cool. The flag reflection on the mirror is from the embedded TV which definitely added a slick touch to the suite.

Free Standing Bath... lush

Free Standing sink


Breakfast was provided on the Level floor. A good spread was provided including fruits, ham, Cereals, Cakes and so on. I managed to grab a few shots below. #iphoneography




                                                                                                             

View at Breakfast.... Being a city hotel the views weren't the best. But the atmosphere in the breakfast room was very relaxed.

The hotel also has a Rooftop pool with panoramic views of the city and very relaxing cabanas.

We had to entertain ourselves and the lil munchkin during our stay at Melia, so we ventured out into the nearby areas and found a few activities to entertain the lil Munchkin. 
We ventured out to the Creek park a few times and watched the Dolphin show, the creek park also has camel and pony rides and a very impressive children's science world.


while waiting for the taxi on the ground floor we took a few snaps




Dolphin show at creek park... FunTimes


Outside the Creek park. Science world.



In summary we enjoyed our stay at Melia,  it definitely was a change to what we are used to in Dubai, but the modern feel and atmosphere made us feel right at home. 


This hotel provides a good location if you want to be closer to the Historic parts of dubai such as the Gold/Spice souqs, Creek park or the Dubai International Airport.










If you have any questions simply get in touch. 
Also if you would like a blog written about your hotel get in touch..... :) 

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Tips for Melia Dubai Hotel:

- Taxi's to get to the hotel from the Airport cost us approx. 40AED about £6 for a 15 minute drive. (FYI - Taxis are very cheap in Dubai)
- Be prepared for the 500AED hotel holding deposit per night so it doesn't come as a surprise, the money doesn't leave your credit card but its held and available again approx. 48hrs after checkout.This is the norm in most hotels when you travel abroad.
- The Entertainer Dubai book gives you 1 night free when 1 night is purchased.  https://www.theentertainerme.com/Travel
- Melia Dubai website usually has stay offers on top of the already reasonably priced rooms, and if booking directly you get some credit per day to spend in the hotel. http://www.melia.com/en/hotels/united-arab-emirates/dubai/melia-dubai/index.html
- Flights to Dubai from London HeathrowStansted from £270 upwards.... dependent on airline and peak/ off peak travel prices. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Dubai - #MyCityCrush


When I think of a holiday destination the first thing that usually comes to mind is Sun.Sea.Sand.

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is a City hotel with an artistic flair that proves you don't need the Sea at your doorstep to enjoy your VacayCay ..

This hotel forms part of the famous Jumeirah brands and it's one of the only hotels that has slightly changed my views on what a city hotel should offer their guests. 

Come on my journey with me and see what I have to say about this hotel :)


On entering the hotel you immediately feel the presence of the 
red artistic d├ęcor. ps: if colour red is your thing you'll adore the effort. Next we were directed to the check-in area and also given some welcome cucumber juice. I have to say service here is top notch. 

Reception Area - photo-credit: Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

View of Reception from our Floor




After check-in, we where taken to our room and shown the amenities.
Cue The electric curtains,  iPod docks, free standing bath ...etc all very fab :)
We booked 2 separate rooms - A Superior double room and a larger Double deluxe room. 


Deluxe Double Room


King bed with pillow menu                              
 

Free Standing Bath

Blue Signature Jumeirah Duck in corner :)



Free Mini Bar



All contents of the mini bar are free and replenished daily... And they stock up on the minibar with numerous goodies :)

At 6pm in the evening, fruits, sweets and other goodies are brought to your bedroom at no extra cost, and offered with a smile. 

Also got to mention the daily turn- down service, where room amenities are replenished and rooms are fully tidied up with bedside chocolates presented and a beautiful animal sculpture left on the bed. - If you've ever  been to a resort- type place before this is usually the norm. We had the elephant sculpture most days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

It was my sons birthday when we arrived at the hotel and they surprised us with some welcome birthday treats. Yummy - we had a teddy bear's blanket cake with gummy bears, lush carrot cake and baileys iced coffee drink



SuperiorRoom -  Room 2: suitable for 2 Adults.



Monday, 7 April 2014

Fairmont the Palm Dubai - Palm Jumeirah


Dubai is a gorgeous holiday spot and so far it tops' my list of holiday destinations.
Just say #SunSeaSand plus chuck in a 5* Hotel and I'm there... Don't forget to include a top of the range Water park for my little trooper.... :)
I have sampled many 5* hotels in Dubai and what tends to set each hotel apart is mainly the service each hotel provides for its customers.

I recently visited Fairmont the Palm Dubai  and here's what I have to say about it. Hope you Enjoy:)

Fairmont is a beautiful hotel located on the Palm Jumeirah about 40 mins from Dubai International Airport.  The journey to the hotel didn't seem too long... Just soak in the views from the Airport to the Hotel :) .. there are many amazing views and once you get on the palm it gets even better..


Views Of the Palm



Once we got to the hotel there was a door man waiting to get our luggage... which is always a nice touch; no one wants to carry heavy bags after hours of flying ..especially with a toddler... #LuvTheLittleMunchkinThough :):)

Once we got to the hotel we were directed to Check-in which didn't go as smoothly as expected; a lady at reception was a bit standoffish... WasntVeryFriendly dont recall her name...... I would have named&shamed Her ... lol
Safe to say from then onwards our stay went smoothly!
 

Beautiful Reception area


We stayed in a Fairmont View room and it was big enough for 2 Adults and a toddler. We booked 2 rooms as I travelled with family, My room didn't have any welcome treats :( but the 2nd room which was also a Fairmont view room had some welcome treats waiting by the bedside...:) yummy Macaroons

Fairmont View Room1

Farimont View Room WithE xtra KidsBed

FairmontView Room2

Snuggle Chair







balcony - Extremely Hot Out Here


After we settled in, we went straight to the Pool area to get acquainted with the Sun.Sea.Sand
Towels and Water were immediately supplied 5 minutes after we sat down :) very nice touch... and they had plenty of life guards on tow by the pools watching out for kids.

Pool Area

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

My beautiful World - A Brief Introduction






A bit about me:

I work in the corporate world of Investment Banking, and when I'm not working I enjoy travelling and experiencing new adventures.I am a mother of 1 gorgeous little traveller and a wife, as a family we all love travelling and experiencing the world together.

My Inspiration for this blog came from the many beautiful wonders of the world I've seen and experienced over the past few years and my blog is simply for anyone who loves travel and lifestyle posts.

Take the ride with me as I take you through my travel journey and also share tips with you on how I put the whole trip together without breaking the bank!At the end of each post I will detail how to visit the destination I've blog about at bargain prices.

Live, Travel, Adventure, Bless and don't be Sorry.

Tolu
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