My guide to Dubai 

I have been back in England for a day and am already lusting after the 5 days of luxury my boyfriend Jonny and I had in Dubai – you are really treated like royalty by the residents living there and everything is so clean and shiny – take me back already!

We stayed with Jonnys family who have been living in Dubai for the last 2 years which was great for hot spot recommendations and where to go advice.

Day 1.

We spent the first day Friday Brunching at Mazina at The Address Hotel Marina. With a view of the marina, flowing prosecco and all you can eat seafood, Cantonese and sweet treats and more, this was the perfect start to our trip. This hotel smelt amazing, I had to capture the flowers in the entrance so I could remember how fresh it smelt!

We left here in the afternoon and headed to Uptown Bar on the 24th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel for post-brunch drinks. The terrace boasted beautiful views overlooking the Burj Al Arab Hotel and the coastline, and it was happy hour so I indulged in some cocktails!

Day 2.

In the morning, all of the family went on a yellow boat trip around the marina, to the Atlantis Hotel and the Burj al Arab. It was such good fun but I could feel the cocktails I had drunk last night (oops!)

What I wore: Jeans from Topshop, white cheesecloth top from Primark, Stan Smith Trainers and a Levi jacket.

After the boat trip, we spent the afternoon at the Mall of the Emirates shopping centre. I bought a casual sweat top from H&M in grey and pink which I thought would be comfortable for the plane journey home.

We stopped at the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I had a smokehouse BBQ burger and a red velvet cheesecake – I was so full I had to take half of my cheesecake away!

That evening, we went to Bahri Bar at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort for cocktails and nibbles. We sat outside and had a beautiful view of the Burj al Arab lit up in all its glory.

^ just a pool of candles and rose petals in the entrance 😍

Below – Myself and one of my lovely friends who is now living in Dubai.

What I wore: ASOS top with lace trim, Primark choker, New Look jeans, Zara heels and Larsson and Jennings watch.

Day 3.

We spent the day at the Dubai Mall – the worlds largest shopping centre – it is amazing and was a lot better than the mall we visited the day before in my opinion. There is so much to see – an indoor aquarium, a huge candy store, fashion avenue, Vogue cafe, an indoor waterfall and so much more.

What I wore: my new H&M top, Zara stripe jeans, Stan Smith trainers (they are just too comfortable) and a quilted ASOS bag with chain.

The tiled flooring in this mall was so pretty!

Instead of going out in the evening, the girls went to Tips and Toes for some beauty therapy – I had my eyebrows threaded and tinted and a neck, shoulder and head massage – it was heaven! We then had a takeaway Indian for dinner at the house.

Day 4.

We spent the morning by the pool as it was the first day of good sun and no chance of rain (and I even got a bit burnt thinking it wasn’t as hot as it really was!) I was so content with my Stylist magazine for Dubai – I used to love getting this weekly magazine when I worked in London.

We were staying in the Arabian Ranches where a lot of ex pat families live but it was so quiet and peaceful.

I found some treasure in Tk Maxx just before we went away – these mirrored Quay sunglasses for £12.99!

I had to visit the Burj Khalifa whilst I was in Dubai so we headed there for the rest of the day. In just over a minute in the lift, we were up the top on the 125th floor – The views were amazing as the sun was beginning to set. I really didn’t want to come down!

Once back on the ground and in the mall, we went into Entrecote Cafe de Paris for some tea whilst we waited for Jonnys family to meet us for dinner. It is located right next to the waterfall so is a very good spot and the desserts were delicious.

I had the French toast with caramel and ice cream and an iced mocha and Jonny had creme brûlée and a vanilla latte. It was a bit of a naughty treat before dinner.

We headed outside to see the Burj from below and were just in time for the water fountains. This was the highlight of my time in Dubai. They are amazing and it has such a romantic feel with the sun setting, the music playing and the lights twinkling on the buildings.

We met up with the rest of the family for dinner at P.F Chang’s. I had heard so much about this Chinese restaurant and the food did not disappoint – the Mongolian beef is a must! 

To watch the whole vlog, the YouTube link is below, check it out! 

Thanks for reading!


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