Friday, November 17, 2017

Spotlight

From the minute you drive past the personalised Cadillacs lined up outside the Jumeirah Beach Hotel you know you are go to experience something special, something magical. The Bell Boys in their fabulous co-ordinated attire are buzzing to help, always with a smile on their face.

Last weekend I stepped into the foyer of this magical haven for a much needed weekend break.  I was greeted with a smile from the lovely Swapnil, the Duty Manager and whisked off to my room for an express check in.  Imagine my delight to find I had been upgraded to a Club Room and there on the table right infront of my Burj Al Arab view was a box of Godiva Chocolates, a massive fruit basket and a bottle of something red.  Could things get any better?  yes, the door bell rang and in came a bouquet of my favourite flowers.  It's the little things like this that really make a girl happy.

Once you check into Jumeirah Beach Hotel you are entitled to an array of various different benefits for the duration of your stay, Wild Wadi of course being a major attraction when you are spending your weekend with a particularly active 7 year old. We wasted no time and headed off to Wild Wadi, which you all read about a couple of days ago. A few hours of being scared half to death later we headed back to the family pool and the Sinbad's Kids Club (every Mothers dream). Mitten loves Sinbad's, it's safe, overstaffed and has excellent facilities including a small, shallow swimming pool for the toddlers.

As we had a Club room were were now to enjoy the benefits of being able to use the Premium Leisure Club which is basically a small hotel inside the main hotel if that makes sense.  It has fabulous children's facilities, computers, play area, face painting etc.  For the grown ups there is a complimentary bar with cocktails and canapes pre dinner and an afternoon tea available from 3 - 5 pm each day.  The Premium Leisure Club has an amazing gym (I didn't use it, no surprises there), and access to the Excutive Swimming Pool, which is beautifully located on the beach right near my favourite Dubai icon, The Burj al Arab.

We dined at the Dhow and Anchor that evening, but I am not going to go on about that too much as they really do deserve an article all of their own.  Suffice to say they serve the best Fish and Chips and Steak and Ale Pie in the UAE and that's a fact.

Following a good nights sleep in a bed fit for a Princess with a Godiva chocolate each on our pillow we were up with larks and watched the sun slowly light up the magnificent view we had from our window.  Then the best treat of all, Breakfast at Latitude!!  if you haven't had a Jumeirah breakfast, then simply you haven't lived. The breakfast buffet is the biggest buffet set up in terms of sheer size and the volume of choice that I have ever seen in a hotel.  Mitten indulged in the chocolate fountain, how decadent is that!!

Suffice to say we repeated everything all over again and were sad when Saturday came so quickly and we were checking out of Heaven and heading home, I can't complain though, not everyone can see the Burj al Arab from their villa, but I can! 

I want to thank the Jumeirah Group for being who they are, for making my weekend such a magical experience, and especially for Staying Different ....

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