ikandy2So what have I been up to since I arrived in Dubai…..easy answer is having too much fun.  Yes I know I’m supposed to be working, but it really is too easy to enjoy yourself far too much here.  And as I always say, “Life is short, so stay awake!”

Here goes then on my whistlestop tour of Dubai this week; Friday night found us at iKandy a chill out Al fresco lounge situated on the rooftop of the Shangri-La Hotel, think swaying palm trees, tranquil pool, signature cocktails, laid back vibe, all bathed in a pinky mauve ultra-violet glow.

Good fun had by all 🙂

Saturday was a definite beach day and Mr C and I headed to Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, it’s has a great little secluded beach where we had a lazy sunbathing day, followed by late lunch at Flooka fabulous fish restaurant where we sat on the terrace and took in the view. Perfect.


On Sunday we found ourserves in Dubai Festival City one of the City’s premier shopping malls, located on the edge of Dubai Creek on the Deira side of the City, by night it is beautifully lit.  We spent the evening at the Hard Rock Cafe  always a lot of fun with its stage for live performances, seating for 350 guests and two Rock Shops full of memorabilia.

Then we headed on to The Vault, a bar at the top of the World’s tallest Hotel, the JW Marriot Marquis.  The bar is located on the skyscraping 71st and 72nd floors.  The name is inspired by the hefty Ocean’s Eleven-style entrance doors from a real bank vault (Elie and I couldn’t resist giving them a go).

The bar has an elegant black and gold decor, but to be honest you are more likely to be gazing out of the floor to ceiling windows.  The hotel itself opened in splendid style this year with a concert by Leona Lewis!

On Monday Elie and I visited the Ritz-Carlton Dubai 5 star luxury hotel, set in the heart of the vibrant Dubai Marina District.

Visit it and you will discover as we did, your own private playground situated on 350 meters of pristine white sands.


All the opulently decorated rooms enjoy ocean views and are decorated to an extremely high standard in calming colours, the bathrooms even have a wafer slim television fixed to the wall, so you can take in your favourite programme while you enjoy a soak.  They think of everything here!

The Ritz-Carlton has the intimate feel of an exclusive boutique hotel.  Quite a find thesedays in Dubai, where every new hotel is bigger, taller, more opulent than the last.  My opinion? A real treasure of a find.

So thank you to Luca and Emir for a delicious unexpected lunch and review of the hotel and its exceptional facilities.

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And so on to Monday night where Mr C and I decided that it had to be done…..yes, we’d had drinks in the highest hotel bar in the world….so now on to the highest restaurant in the tallest building in the world.

At.mosphere on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa.  You have to take two ear popping lifts to reach it, and actually it takes you to to 123rd floor and then you walk down one flight to make a VIP entrance in all your finery.

We were lucky enough to have a window table for two (we had asked, but they won’t guarantee it).  The wine list and menu are predictably expensive….and I mean expensive!  But there you are, I guess you are paying for the breathtaking view of Dubai by night which is just quite simply magical.  And that was worth every penny!