I recently flew with Qantas and Emirates and stopped over in Dubai on my way back from Europe. Although I only had 48 hours there (and I admit I didn’t do much besides lie by the hotel pool) there was so much to do and see. I stayed at the beautiful One&Only The Palm and if you are ever in Dubai this hotel is a must-see. It has an Idyllic beach setting, beautiful spacious rooms, delicious food served through various restaurants, a fantastic spa, an excellent gym, plus it has great service and it’s guaranteed great weather. Even if you don’t stay there it’s fantastic for dining and the spa is superb. Some of my favourite things to do include:
The One&Only Spa has partnered with ESPA to create a centre of pampering excellence and wellbeing for the best treatments in Dubai. There are 12 private treatments suites and the spa offers a range of treatments. I opted for the Swedish 80 minute massage and I can honestly say it was one of the best I’ve had in my life.
The Jetty Lounge- This beach side bar is the perfect place for sunset drinks. It’s laid back and has a great selection of cocktails and selection of light snacks.
STAY by Yannick Alléno in One&Only The Palm is fantastic! STAY (aka ‘Simple Table Alléno Yannick’) is a concept created by and named after French Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno. The food is delicious, the menu is abstract yet uncomplicated and grounded in modern French cooking. But if you are like me and have a sweet tooth you have to check out the patisserie bar. The desserts are unbelievable. You can order singular plates or dessert platters measured by the metre and half metre and they prepared in front of you by the patisserie chefs.
Swimming with Dolphins at Atlantis Bay:
The Dolphin adventure at the Atlantis Bay is sensational. I have been lucky enough to swim with dolphins previously but this was an extra special experience. It was great watching these magnificent creatures so close, let alone getting to touch and play with them. The Atlantis hotel itself is a wonder; it’s located at the edge of The Palm. You could spend all day looking at the stunning aquarium or hours on end at the water park.