Living in the UK for the first 30 years of my life has meant the words ‘spring’ and ‘summer’ instantly fill my heart with glee – but then my mind catches up and I remember that I live in Dubai. This means that within a few weeks from now, our lives will be moving inside again when the weather gets too sweaty – and that’s, well, quite depressing to be honest.
So for the last few weeks, we have been making the most of the great outdoors and the lovely warm temperatures – and I thought you’d enjoy seeing what we have been up to. It also gives the chance to give a shout-out to two places in Dubai that we’ve enjoyed over recent weeks. If you live in Dubai or are visiting soon (or just fancy a nose about what we expats get up to) read on!
1 – A beach and pool day at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
We love going to the beach – and every once in a while, it’s nice to do it the posh way with a day at a luxury hotel. We were recently invited by Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, which is located on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, to enjoy their facilities for the day. Knowing what a beautiful hotel it is (I’ve been treated to a few days in the spa in the last few years), we couldn’t get there fast enough.
The great thing about this hotel is that there is a brilliant kids club called Sinbad’s, with a fun, air-conditioned space inside, play equipment outside, and a fantastic pool area (well, two pool areas) for little ones. If you have a baby or very young toddler, this is the perfect hotel for a day trip, as the baby pool means they can crawl, splash, and play in very shallow water. It’s literally the most relaxed I have ever been around a pool with a baby and toddler in tow!
After we had spent the morning in the kids area, my husband took the boys home and I enjoyed an amazing afternoon relaxing on the beach as my Mother’s Day treat. I think this is the first time I’ve lounged on a beach without kids in tow in nearly three years, so this was a big deal – and I enjoyed every second. I ordered a fresh coconut water and sipped away as I enjoyed the view and a good book. I even napped on the sun-lounger (I cant remember my last weekend nap! It was bliss!)
I really recommend this hotel if you want to treat your family. Prices are Dhs350 for adults and Dhs250 for children, which includes full day access to the kids club. Visit the hotel website here.
2. Pik-Nik at The Westin Dubai, Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
We were invited to the launch of the new Saturday Pik-Nik brunch a few weeks ago at The Westin Dubai, Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, but we sadly couldn’t make it – so yesterday, we finally got to try it. I had read some really good reviews from other mummy bloggers in Dubai, so was excited to take my family (and my Mum who is currently visiting).
The brunch takes place every Saturday (except for hot months June-September) and costs Dhs390 per family of 2 adults and 2 children. As you can see from the pictures above, the brunch is so beautifully presented – I pretty much felt like I had stepped into a Pinterest board. After arriving, we were given a hamper and unpacked it at our picnic rug, finding french bread, rolls, cheese, cold meats, various salads, and some delicious sweet treats. The boys were so excited as I unpacked it!
There is also entertainment for children in the form of balloon modellers, entertainers on stilts, and a great kids area with a circus workshop (children under 4 must be supervised). The brunch starts at 11.30am, which means that families with lunchtime-napping-children can still enjoy a leisurely lunch before heading home. I like that a lot, as I find regular brunches too hard with overtired babies and toddlers.
If I’m honest, it was too hot yesterday, so I feel like there is limited time to enjoy it now with summer in sight (funnily enough, the temperature dropped again today so we would’ve been a lot more comfortable – sod’s law!) I also found the contents of the basket a bit unsuitable for younger children (Stanley really just ate jelly beans and cake) so bear that in mind if you have a toddler that refuses to eat salad, pickles, and cold meats! But if your children are over 4 or 5 and you are lucky enough to get a cooler day, you will have a very lovely time. Going with a big group of friends is a great idea as you can pull together rugs and the kids can all hang out together – there were several groups there yesterday and we discussed what a great idea it was. Just make your booking soon, before the weather hots up any more.
For bookings call: 04 511 7136