-POOL DAY: Cabana at Burj Al Arab
I love a little gem in Dubai. I recently heard about 7 star hotel’s Burj Al Arab Cabana pool area that is quite exclusive and has a beautiful infinity pool that leads up to the sea – so I decided to pamper myself and visit with my sister a few hours after a flight. The cabanas are not like the beach beds you are imagining, they are air conditioned cabanas overlooking the pool that includes a mini bar, TV, private toilet, fresh fruits, and expresso machines. After getting our tan on (there are 3 pools, my favorite is the infinity one), we had lunch at Scape, a Californian fusion restaurant – which everything is made to share. Everything was delicious, from the quesadillas, endive salad to the Mexican street corn. Plus points? Instead of ice lollies and frozen grapes (which I’ve seen at other beach clubs). Highly recommend this for a weekend plan!
My sister recently told me about a super cool cuban salad very close to where we live, so I decided to book in for some treatments – nails, hair and a body massage at the salon. The attention to detail there was just impressive, the owner – Maria, who has been in the salon business before launching Casa Havana – recreated the salon to look like a Cuban house. Every room’s tiles are difference, and you can see how much work has gone into this beautiful salon. I was also pleased to hear about the choice of brands she has – from Kevin Murphy and Nashi for hair, Eminence for skin, and CND, Essie and Zoya for nails to name a few. If there were two treatments I’d recommend at the salon, they would have to be the full body massage with Abby (which costs AED250 for an hour) and a beach waves with Zaya (which costs AED125).
How about having breakfast at the tallest building in the world? I recently went out for an early start with my mom to have breakfast at At.mosphere inside the Burj Khalifa (you can enter through the Armani Hotel). Within the package, you get a continental breakfast (pastries and cheese) as well as one basic main course (like an omelette, french toast or crepes) – a signature dish like truffle scrambled eggs is considered an extra dish. The view is unreal, it never really gets old – and quite a nice way to see the view early in the morning. The atmosphere was super relaxed with a range of tourists to families having breakfast that weekday. Side note: The service could have been a little better. The breakfast package costs AED325
I love karaoke, I find it such a great way to have a fun night out with friends. I was so excited to hear that Blind Dragon from LA (a celeb favorite) was opening in Dubai. As soon as it opened (They opened in Al Habtoor city – The Atrium to be exact, right between the W Hotel and St Regis), I booked a private room for my girls (you need to spend a minimum of AED500 per person – which you can spend on drinks, bottles or snacks). It wasn’t packed as it was still during early days, but it’s definitely the most luxurious, and classiest karaoke spot I’ve been to in the city. Fab service too, our waitress, Marina took great care of us and jammed to our music! I loved the high tech element to it, I just would change two things – creating an easier way to find songs by Artists you like, and having more than 2 microphones per room!