Sunday, 1 September 2013

Do Dubai dwellers dream of holidays?

It would be forgivable to think that a life spent in the luxury of Dubai might not bring about that same yearning for a last minute get-a-way as most Brits experience on a regular basis. I'll admit, I no longer crave vitamin D like I did during the average Bolton autumn, winter or spring and there is certainly plenty to see and do here in the world's most exciting city.

However I can say with some certainty that the stresses of trying to find a supermarket that stocks Quorn bacon, navigating the hellish driving conditions,  and constantly cleaning sand out of every nook and cranny, all while escaping the sometimes suffocating heat, can mean this life is just as exhausting as the next person's. It was in this state of mind that I decided Neal and I should act on the recommendations of several friends and spend a few days at Al Maha.

Nestled in the Dubai desert conservation reserve, the resort is like a little oasis of luxury and it could be quite tempting to settle in to your room (with it's own private infinity pool, of course) and not leave until checkout time. But for those who like a little action there are plenty of activities thrown in to your stay meaning that you leave with more than photos of you modelling your extra fluffy bathrobe. 

To make the most of our trip we signed up for the camel trek sun-downer, the falconry display, the dune driving and an unforgettable private desert dinner. Everything is seamlessly organised and set against a stunning backdrop of rolling sand dunes, dotted with the occasional gazelle. This place is really a photographer's paradise. 

That's not to say that this resort is a bargain. The price tag sure reflects the Trip Advisor label of top rated hotel in Dubai, and if you have kids, you'll be needing to find some way to leave them behind because you cannot take them along with you. But for the service, the food, the views and the experience, a visitor to Dubai with a few days and more than a few dirhams to spare would be lucky to do better than book in for a short break, and those of us living here will always have the excuse of the stresses of keeping our hair under control in this humidity to justify the need for a little escape.

* This is not a sponsored post. I just like to talk about what I love. 

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