Charlotte, Nieves Lavi’s Media & Marketing manager has escaped to the beautiful city of Dubai, for a sun-drenched unforgettable undefined period of time. A perfect get-a-way with no-end date.
Dubai, Located In the Arabian Peninsula on the coast of the Persian Gulf, is the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates and an international hub. A destination where the modern world meets Arabian culture, the city is a true melting pot of different cultures and beliefs. From exploring the iconic architecture and sandy beaches to discovering traditional bazaars and souks, there's something for everyone in this vibrant metropolis.
If you're looking for inspiration on where to eat, explore, and stay during your visit to Dubai then look no further. Charlotte shares some of her favorite spots in this mesmerizing city so you don't have to — from luxurious spa retreats to lively beach clubs and more. So if you're ready for an unforgettable escape that will make any fashionista feel like royalty then pack your bags (find all you need at our vacation shop) and book your flight today!
WHAT TO DO
Dubai bursting with opulent stores, chic malls and local markets - perfect for any fashion-lover looking to set her own trends. The Dubai Mall is a must-visit destination for luxury shopping, boasting more than 1200 stores filled with designer fashion brands. Both big names and niche boutiques can be found here, selling everything from swimwear to evening dresses. For a more authentic experience, there are plenty of traditional souks to explore too. From the bustling gold souk at the Deira district to Spice Souk in Bur Dubai – uncovering hidden gems in these winding alleyways is an absolute treat. You can also find vibrant fabrics, Persian rugs and exotic spices throughout these markets – perfect for creating stylish pieces of your own or as souvenirs from your travels.
Spend The Day At Al Seef Dubai Creek
Al Seef is a beautiful destination in Dubai that offers visitors a glimpse into the city's rich cultural heritage. One of the main attractions of Al Seef is the traditional buildings that have been restored to their former glory. The architecture of these buildings is truly breathtaking, with their intricate designs and ornate details. Once you’ve walked through, you can take the boat to Grand Souk Deira. The boat ride itself is a unique experience, as it takes you along the Dubai Creek and gives you a different perspective of the city. Once you arrive at the Grand Souk Deira, you'll be able to explore a traditional Arabic market filled with treasures waiting to be discovered.
Dubai is home to some of the world's most stylish beach clubs, perfect for those seeking a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. If you're looking to soak up the sun in a chic and trendy setting, then the Nikki Beach Club is a great option. With its sleek decor, plush day beds, and vibrant music, you're sure to have a fun-filled day. For a more laid-back experience, try the Cove Beach Club, where you can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired design and breathtaking views of Dubai's skyline. Another must-visit spot is the Drift Beach Club, which offers a serene and tranquil escape, complete with turquoise waters and swaying palm trees. All three beach clubs are ideal for anyone who wants to bask in the sunshine while experiencing the best of Dubai's fashionable and upscale scene.
If you're looking for a thrilling adventure in Dubai, a desert safari is an absolute must-do. Hop aboard a 4x4 and explore the sandy terrain as the sun sets, followed by a night of entertainment, delicious food, and traditional shisha smoking at a Bedouin campsite. This is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Arabian Desert while immersing yourself in the rich culture of the UAE.
WHERE TO EAT
Located in the Four Seasons Resort, Scalini is the perfect spot for delicious Italian cuisine and a refined dining experience. You’ll dine on an Amalfi-inspired terrace that sits under a magnificent lemon tree. Make sure to try their signature dishes like the beef tartare with truffle aioli, homemade tagliolini with black truffle, or the classic veal Milanese with rocket salad.
Zuma is a world-renowned contemporary Japanese restaurant in Dubai that serves up a range of delicious dishes, from sushi and sashimi to robata-grilled meats and vegetables. Some standout dishes include the spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili, and sweet soy, the miso-marinated black cod, and the seared wagyu beef with truffle ponzu. A must-try!
For a restaurant that celebrates Emirati culture, Al Fanar is a must-visit. Set in a rustic Emirati interior (the one located at Al Barsha is especially nice), the restaurant creates a unique experience by recreating age-old traditions. Food is always best when it’s shared, so we recommend going with a few people and getting their platters so you can taste a bit of everything. Charlotte’s personal favorites are the Machboos Laham (rice and meat marinated in a delicious spice broth) and Samak Tanoor (grilled fish marinated in special spices). Oh, and don’t forget to order the desserts - they are so delicious! Enjoy!
Tagine is a lively and authentic Moroccan restaurant in Dubai that's perfect for a fun night out. They offer a menu full of traditional dishes, including the delicious lamb tagine with dates and almonds, harira soup, and a tasty mezze platter. With live music and belly dancing, Tagine provides a vibrant and memorable evening full of the flavors and aromas of Morocco.
WHERE TO STAY
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach - For a little bit of luxury
For those seeking a luxurious stay in Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is a must-visit. With its prime location on the beach, stunning Arabian Gulf views, and first-class amenities such as the three pools, full-service spa, and six restaurants and lounges, it's an ideal place to unwind and indulge. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach or explore the city, this resort has everything you need for an unforgettable stay in Dubai.
25hours Hotel One Central
If you’re seeking a different side of Dubai, 25hours Hotel One Central is a great choice. This cool and quirky hotel offers a unique experience with its vibrant and colorful design, stylish amenities, and relaxed atmosphere. Forget the glitz and glam, 25hours Hotel is a hub for creatives, digital nomads, and those in the know who appreciate something different. With its central location, you can easily explore the city's hidden gems while enjoying an unforgettable stay.
Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah
Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah promises a memorable stay for a family holiday.. The rooms and villas are designed to resemble traditional Arab summer houses and are connected by canals, which gives the resort a unique character. The lush gardens and private beach offer a serene and sophisticated setting to relax and unwind. With plenty of dining options and top-notch amenities, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf is the perfect place to indulge in a lavish vacation in Dubai.