Your flights are booked, the dates circled in your calendar. Now you just need to get planning!
From where to rest your head at night to the best place to keep your skin glowing, here are three tips for the ultimate luxury vacation in Dubai.
1. Book yourself into a unique resort.
There is nothing more essential to holiday indulgence than where you lay your head at night. Luckily for you, Dubai has no shortage of luxury resorts.
If you and your travel companions are looking for a break from city life, then you may want to choose to stay in a mountain resort in the UAE such as the JA Hatta Fort Hotel Dubai. Here you can witness the beautiful Al Hajar Mountains each morning when you arise. How’s that for setting the right blissful mood for the rest of your day up in the mountains?
As for outdoor activities that will enable you to create amazing memories with your family, you’re sure to have great options in such a location. Aside from exploring the vicinity, the hotel also offers activities like mini golf (with a six-hole course challenge), archery (to introduce you to Dubai’s traditional hunting and recreation sport), and for the kids, opportunities to swim and play in a pool and lounge area surrounded by the stunning mountains.
On the other hand, if you prefer to have some more independence during your holiday, look into a self-catered apartment as these tend to feel more like “home.” Whether you are doing some “bleisure” travel (business and pleasure) in Dubai, or you just like to be able to cook your own meals, the facilities in these self-catered apartments ensure that you will have a world-class stay no matter what is on your schedule.
2. Experience a desert safari.
While in Dubai, your main priority should be to experience a desert safari as no other place in the world offers these excursions in such an incredible way. Not only will you observe the desert with your own eyes, but you will also breathtakingly experience Bedouin culture.
When you book a desert safari, make sure you are choosing one that includes a range of activities, such as dune bashing, belly dancers, shisha, and an Emirati dinner under Arabian tents. You may also visit a falcon exhibit, as the falcon is the national bird of the UAE and is a representation of courage.
Going on a Dubai desert safari will be a highlight of your time in the Emirate.
3. Get ready to pamper yourself.
There is no other way to put it: Dubai is a flashy locale. Therefore, it only makes sense that while on your luxury vacation, you should choose to treat yourself the way the locals do — with plenty of pampering.
If you are looking for some self-care time while in Dubai, then your first stop should unquestionably be Anantara Spa where you can experience a traditional Arabian bath. The hammam (Turkish bath) has been an essential part of the Arabian culture for thousands of years.
Located within Anantara, the Palm Dubai Resort, Anantara Spa is notable for its remarkable marble Turkish hammam and highly skilled workers. Here, you can relax on the heated marble and have a scrub or Arabian Massage and then relax and detox your body in a foam bath.
This may be a great excuse to take some time out for yourself if you are traveling with kids and staying in a family hotel in Dubai.
Other celebrated pampering spots include The Pearl Spa at the Four Seasons Resort (a must-visit for those who are fans of facials), Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah (if you would like to dedicate an entire day to pampering), and Aveda Salon (to take care of your fingers and toes).
Do you consider yourself a luxury traveler or are you more the budget backpacker? Have you experienced Dubai on either end of the spectrum? If so, let us know your tips and tricks in the comments below!
AUTHOR BIO :- Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”