Recently, a lot of people have been substituting different alternatives of expensive flights and some over priced hotel stays to Staycations. Dubai is a major beach holiday that everyone really looks forward to coming to. We, as residents sometimes take it for granted and always need to be reminded that beauty is within our reach. Since summer is already here in Dubai, hotels start their staycation packages as an alternative to flying out that remind us of why so many people dream of being in a city like Dubai. Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai, has launched a pre-summer staycation offer for UAE residents to relax and enjoy before the heat sets in that launched yesterday (11th April 2015) and runs through to to 9 May 2015 with rates starting from AED1760, excluding taxes and we found reasons to believe that it could possibly be the one of the greatest staycation whether you are a family with children, with friends or just a couple. This is especially for you UAE residents!
Travel Junkie Diary
Why a Staycation in Madinat Jumeirah is what You need
We had a choice to book our stay at any of the luxury resort’s two grand boutique hotels – Al Qasr and Mina A’Salam – or one of 29 traditional villas in Dar Al Masyaf, all interconnected by 3km of waterways and lush landscaped gardens, which can also be enjoyed on a traditional abra. I was torn between Dar Al Masyaf and Al Qasr, having already stayed in Mina A’Salam few years back. I don’t know how the debate started between my husband, Chloe and I, but they had the higher votes and so Al Qasr was the winning choice. (My call was the villas at Dar Al Masyaf but clearly they won).
I think what won the heart of my daughter at first was that she was going to be staying in a palace. That’s what Al Qasr really means in Arabic. Designed in the style of a Sheikh’s summer residence, the hotel replicates traditional royal architecture, coupled with luxurious modernity throughout. I will be lying if I told you that I felt like home there, unless my home is a massive palace of 294 rooms, traditional Souk Madinat with more than 95 specially selected boutique in a whole new world.
My gut feeling had told me that Dar Al Masyaf would have also been a fantastic choice especially having a 3 year old. A more private setting, on the grass or by the water. Inspired by the traditional courtyard summer houses of old Arabia, I would definitely pick this one on another stay!
One of the greatest thing about Madinat Jumeirah is the 2km stretch of beach that is one of the most beautiful beaches in Dubai. I had to highlight this as a reason on its own. Named as one of my very few favorite beaches in Dubai.
Madinat Jumeirah has one of the greatest activities for adults and children. From different sorts of water sports such as kayakking, wake boarding, wind surfing, kite-surfing, boat trips around the palm & JBR to name a few. They also have chess, board games, archery, ping pong tables, volleyball, football, badminton, Sinbad Kids club and Wild Wadi. Some are even included in the staycation pre-summer package!
We took the boat trip on the second day at 9am and our captain was from Sri Lanka. We ended up chatting about Sri Lanka almost the whole hour of the trip. Chloe always love boat rides but the wind knocks her out…every time!
The award-winning Talise Spa in Madinat Jumeirah also features a communal swimming pool which serves a variety of health conscious spa cuisine. Facilities also include our own private yoga studio which caters to group and personal sessions. We booked a 30 minute Alpha Sphere Deluxe sensory experience which is a new technology focusing on certain pain in your body.
Overdose on lemon Ice lollies, coconut water and have some cocktail at the beach bar!
Don’t miss the opportunity to grab a buggy and have a tour starting from Al Qasr all the way to Jumeirah 360! I guarantee a beautiful ride! We took this buggy by accident only because Chloe had fallen asleep in my arms so decided to stay in the buggy!
Also don’t miss getting across by Abra, a photogenic moment with the family or friends! I couldn’t believe how much of Dubai we take for granted!
The Dining Options
Our package included complimentary breakfast and a choice of lunch or dinner at over 50 restaurants across Dubai. Khaymet Al Bahar, inspired by Bedouin tents, Khaymat Al Bahar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a daytime menu of imaginative international light fare. By night, the beachfront becomes the perfect spot to enjoy sunset drinks with friends and family before a sumptuous dinner of grilled meats & seafood classics in a lively and casual setting. Al Muna, Mina A’Salam is the ‘Harbour of Peace’ – and there can be no more peaceful way to spend your time than watching the abras and dhows drift by from the terrace of Al Muna. The décor of Al Muna celebrates Arabic style and heritage, and its cuisine is an exciting blend of not only regional fare, but also choice flavours from the rest of the world. Al Samar Lounge, afternoon tea is a time-honored tradition that is still widely embraced in the Middle East. What was once a filler between lunch and dinner is now a meal in itself.
Madinat Jumeirah has one of the best signature restaurants in Dubai, we picked to dine in MJ Steakhouse. You can also try Tortuga, the Mexican place which I heard many great reviews!
The Pre-Summer Staycation offer at Madinat Jumeirah provides a saving of 20% on the best available rate when booking a minimum of two nights on a half board basis. Guests can choose to stay at any of the luxury resort’s two grand boutique hotels – Al Qasr and Mina A’Salam – or one of 29 traditional villas in Dar Al Masyaf, all interconnected by 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens, which can also be enjoyed on a traditional abra.
The staycation promises an indulgent retreat as visitors step into another world accented by authentic Arabian experiences. A tribute to Dubai’s rich heritage and cultural traditions, guests can take in the sights and smells of the vibrant marketplace at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, or end the day with a pampering session at Talise Spa or invigorating yoga session on the beach at sunset.
The Pre-Summer Staycation promotion runs from 11 April to 9 May 2015 with rates starting from AED1760, excluding taxes. For more details, please visit: www.jumeirah.com/mjstaycation