Hello everyone, welcome back! So as you know from my Instagram I have been travelling a lot since February.
I recently went on a trip with my mother to Dubai, and stayed at the Al Naseem hotel. Now, if you want pure modern luxury in Dubai this is the place to stay. Everywhere else seemed quite classical and traditionally Arabic. Which isn't a bad thing, I just really like modern luxury. The contemporary interior design is inspired by sand dunes, blue skies, sea breeze and Dubai's heritage of pearl diving and Bedouin traditions. Al Naseem is the newest of hotels among the Jumeirah group.
Al Naseem also is home to a turtle lagoon which helps nurse back injured turtles from the ocean, they're also a protected species so they're all tagged and then released after a couple of months. Every Wednesday at 11am they have a feeding hour, which of course the kids love! (But I am a big kid so I was right in there!). One of my the most memorable things about the hotel was Blacktap restaurant for it's milkshakes! (photo's below!). While we left the hotel to try other restaurants, that were OK, our favourites of the trip were Coya and Il Borro, which is owned by the fashion designer Ferragamo. We also ate at a fantastic fish restaurant called Pierchic, BUT if it is a windy night, the walk along the pier makes for a chilly entrance! The food here was stunning, and not only that we had an exceptional view of the Burj (even though our room was facing the Burj, so we were spoilt!)
I was badly advised before going to Dubai that it takes over an hour to get on and off The Palm, however on both visits to Atlantis hotel we spent only 20 minutes in a taxi there, and back. I strongly recommend leaving your hotel if you ever go to Dubai, just to experience other designs and also restaurants. But if you're a person who really doesn't like to leave their base then the best area to stay in would be one of the Jumeirah group hotels alongside Al Naseem. All the hotels are connected by buggy, so you can either walk along the seafront of take a buggy to restaurants between them. You also have a selection of over 50 restaurants in the Jumeirah group too, from cheap and cheerful to fine dining.
Now, the Dubai Mall, where to start, I definitely didn't get the whole place finished. I found it hilarious how they offer a taxi service in the mall, on a little red buggy! It really is that big that they have a taxi service. Mid shopping I stopped with my mum at Joseph cafe which over looks the fountains and the Burj Khalifa, highly recommend it as a photo stop too!
Since I loved my trip so much I think I'll look at going again in the summer. Unfortunately during my stay the weather was pretty awful, but it didn't stop me from enjoying Dubai and all it has to offer.
If you have any questions please feel free to comment below & I will get back to you as soon as possible!