Dubai has a deserved reputation as a first-class city. It is an oasis of royalty, world-class cuisine, designer shopping, luxury hotels and spas, golden sand and turquoise seas.
This iconic city has everything you need for a truly relaxing, luxurious break. Whether you are tired of the colder climate at home, or you need a break from the stresses of work, or you are treating yourself for a special occasion, Dubai is an ideal place to make the most of your holiday time.
Choose a top class hotel with an ocean view, and you might feel like you never need stray far from your room. However, there are a few unmissable experiences that will certainly make your trip to Dubai even dreamier.
Immerse yourself in these five luxury treats, and go home more refreshed and relaxed than ever:
1. Indulge in Serious Spa Time
Dubai does spas incredibly well. A combination of Dubai’s reputation for incredible hospitality, the importance of ritual bathing within the local culture, and it being the home to so many people from across the globe, means that the range and quality of treatment types are second to none.
It seems unlikely that any visitor to Dubai seeking rest and relaxation would want to miss out on these Dubai essentials:
- An indulgent massage
- A bespoke facial, pampering pedicure, or any other treatment that captures your fancy
- A traditional Hammam experience
- Downtime in a first-class sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi
2. Take to the Waters
Dubai is an ocean city with a rich maritime heritage. Its famous marina is one of the city’s most-loved areas, and no visit to Dubai is complete without visiting this luxury hotspot.
However, why not go one better and take to the water in style on a chartered yacht? From out at sea, you get to savor the very best of Dubai’s panoramic views, and enjoy a refreshing drink and cool ocean breezes.
You can take a dip in the marina lagoon, witness a breathtaking sunset, or just enjoy the kind of serenity that only time on the water can bring.
3. Take a Trip Back in Time
In Old Town Dubai — an area centered around the creek — the sumptuousness of Dubai can be fully appreciated. Its contrast to the ultra-modern Dubai is endlessly fascinating to visitors. Spend time in this area to truly feel like a prince or princess. Visit the Gold Souk and the Grand Souk Deira, and soak up the atmosphere of these timeless places.
Then lose yourself in the maze of beautiful alleyways of the Bastakiya, the historic neighborhood where Dubai’s rich merchants once lived, and now home to charming boutiques and galleries.
Finally, refresh yourself in the traditional Arabian way: with delicious tea and authentic dishes of the UAE in one of the area’s exquisite cafes.
4. Have Dinner Under the Stars
A desert safari is on the itinerary of many Dubai visitors, but you can make it a particularly dreamy experience by opting to stay out later than most. Many tourists have headed back to the city by sundown, but stay for dinner and you will be treated to a dazzling display of stars surrounded by the total tranquility of the desert. Premium safaris usually involve travel by luxury vehicle, a knowledgeable guide, and a comfortable silk-carpeted area for a luxury multi-course dining experience.
5. Do Something You Always Dreamed Of
Lastly, Dubai has earned a reputation for being a playground for the rich and famous, so it is probably not surprising that there are many opportunities to do the things you may only have dreamed of until now.
Here a few of the unique experiences you can tick off your bucket list while in Dubai:
- Swim with Dolphins at Dolphin Bay
- Hire a luxury supercar and take to the city streets
- Tour the city by helicopter or seaplane
- Get a bird’s eye view of the world from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building
- Ride into the desert on the back of a camel
A visit to Dubai is a treat for the senses and an experience that is miles away from your reality back home. So once you set foot in the City of Gold, make sure to indulge in all the fantastic activities and unique explorations that only this emirate can offer.
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.