If you follow us on Instagram – you of course should be! 😉 – you may have noticed that we took a sneaky break and headed off to Dubai!
Our energy levels had been running low for weeks now and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from renovating our home, it’s that it’s really important to take breaks when you need them. For us it’s the best way to stay motivated and we always come back invigorated and excited to start new projects.
Although we were only there for a just over a week, we managed to do quite a lot while still taking it easy and doing a lot of relaxing – which was the main goal of our trip.
We visited the souks and crossed the Dubai Creek on a traditional Abra (a water taxi), spent a day in Al Ain, Jan spent a day diving, we had cocktails in At.mosphere in the Burj Khalifa, indulged in an all you can eat brunch with free flowing drinks, went on a luxurious dinner cruise along the Dubai Creek, ate amazing food and spent a lot of time sipping cocktails and relaxing by the pool. It was a perfect week of sunshine, relaxing and sightseeing.
We spent a day at an aquapark where we had a huge amount of fun sliding down countless slides. On one of the slides you’re stood in a tube where the floor drops away from under you and you just fall I don’t know how far, on another you’re sliding through an aquarium with fish and sharks all around you and of course there was a slightly more relaxing lazy river where you float along sat in a huge blow up ring, too.
We also went on a spectacular hot air balloon trip over the desert which was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Floating over the desert at sunrise and seeing the camels make their way over the sand dunes was quite spectacular. We were lucky and even got to see some gazelles and oryx!
The day in Al Ain on the boarder to Oman was also great. It was a lovely change from fast paced and busy Dubai and seemed like a much more authentic city. There are a few world heritage sights there (I’m still trying to tick every box), a beautiful oasis and some impressive forts.
Another highlight of the trip having a meal at a lovely Thai restaurant overlooking the the Dubai fountains. We’ve already seen the ones in Las Vegas and these are no less impressive.
We had a fab time and it was a great break away from real life, but I’m not sure that Dubai will make it into the list of our favourite cities. It was impressive, clean and the people were friendly, but for us it just seemed to be missing a bit of authenticity.
Have you been to Dubai? How do you recharge? What’s your favourite holiday destination?