About a week ago, we returned from what was one of the most relaxing and gorgeous Winter breaks. Luckily for us, we had a few meetings which just HAPPENED to be in Dubai. I mean, we really didn't want to go, but it was insisted... (who are we kidding?!). It was amazing.
As you may or may not know, U&I Concierge is partners with the Starwood Hotel Group, meaning that whenever any of our members go pretty much anywhere in the world, there's a fabulous hotel for us to book them in to. Oh, and they always get some luxurious perks and discounts, too. Not bad, eh? You can click here to find out more about that.
So, as soon as we knew we were off to Dubai, we checked out which Starwood Hotels were out there and took our pick. We went for The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina (a bit of a mouth full, let's just stick to "The Westin" from here on!). We hadn't stayed at The Westin before, so it was all very exciting for us!
We enjoyed a very comfortable flight on the way there. Thank you to British Airways for the fantastic service and incredible in-flight entertainment. Who isn't happy with a 3 course meal, champagne, and their favourite TV show whilst thousands of feet up in the air?!
We didn't arrive until around midnight, so we headed straight to the hotel to check in and get into bed, ready for the week ahead.
I had two big beds to choose from...
... and was welcomed with a lovely greeting from The Westin team.
Now. This little object above, otherwise known as Handy. This was the best/smartest idea I have ever come across in the hospitality industry when it comes to travel! Handy was a little smart phone, already connected to the internet and to ready for you to make free calls whilst in the country. Already downloaded on the phone were apps that we all love to use whilst abroad; Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook... and this was just there, waiting for me in my hotel room! How cool is that? We all know that we struggle with WiFi when abroad, and we don't want to spend hundreds of pounds with our data roaming, so this really was incredible. If anyone from The Westin or Starwood is reading this, then THANK YOU!
Anyway, after I spent some time playing with and admiring my new friend, Handy, I hit the sack.
Our first day involved sunbathing, sunbathing, and more sunbathing...
What I loved about The Westin, was that even though the hotel was busy, we never felt over crowded or cramped when we were on the beach. Sometimes you go to a beach and the beds are basically on top of one another, nobody likes that! This was wonderful. The service throughout the day was great, too. The fact that we had 30 degree heat, no humidity, and a beautiful breeze, just topped everything off!
This is just us showing off our artistic skills. Talented, we know.
The waiters would bring us freezing cold hand towels every hour or so to cool us off. Ideal!
Later in the week, I decided to check out the Hotel Gym. I was really impressed. It wasn't huge, but it had everything that I needed; a nice selection of cardio machines, with a relatively big weights/floor area with plenty of equipment to get stuck into.
Now that's what you call a relaxing view after a workout! P.s, I could have slept on those sun loungers, they were so comfy.
It would have been rude to not go and say hello to the Spa, too...
Whilst in Dubai, we were lucky enough to catch the tour of Les Miserables which was showing at the brand new Dubai Opera House. We had all seen Les Mis before here in London, but that didn't stop the extreme excitement that we all felt when we found out we would be seeing it at this ridiculously beautiful venue!
There was a huge red carpet laid out at the entrance. It certainly made us feel very special!
The Opera House was absolutely stunning, and the seating was very comfortable with PLENTY of leg room, which was handy for our Business Manager who's a small 6ft 4"!
Also whilst we were there, we visited a good friend of ours who now runs the club Movida out there. We had a great night, and some of our friends from London (Unique Parties) happened to be hosting the night when we got there which was a nice surprise!
We had some delightfully delicious dinners whilst on our trip, too, including a more casual evening at The Meat Co. where I had possibly one of the best Wagyu Beef Burgers I have ever had (try not to drool too much at the photo below!), and also a more glamorous night at one of our favourite world-wide hotspots, Novikov.
Do you think there's any chance of sticking my hand in the screen and this reappearing?
It would be pretty great if all of the above would just reappear really wouldn't it?!
To summarise, we had an incredible week away. Everything about our experience at The Westin was top notch, and we are already planning our next trip there.
If you would like to become a member of U&I Concierge and receive some very special discounts and benefits on your travels, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org!
We hope to travel with you soon ;)