A weekend getaway on the Palm…
I was never much of a staycation person as in the UK it was mainly cold and raining, although I did enjoy some lovely ones in the countryside! A weekend at a hotel in Dubai can be a great escape after a busy week, especially if you head somewhere on the Palm as it’s far enough to feel like a getaway.
I have heard a lot of good things about Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa and was really excited when they invited me for a review. We arrived late on Thursday evening and after a swift check-in we were show to our Junior Suite. Consisting of a separate bedroom and living room area along with a stand alone bath and a large terrace balcony looking onto the Persian gulf, it had everything and more for a comfortable stay. Too tired to stop by any of their many restaurants, we decided on room service and I enjoyed a really good club sandwich (I always have one of those in every hotel I stay!)
Next morning, after an amazing sleep in their super comfy beds, we checked out the breakfast in Manava and the selection on offer was vast, from fresh fruit to pastries and live egg making stations as well as plenty of pancakes and waffles. After filling or bellies to the max we headed to their beach which looked towards the Marina and cooled off in the main pool although there are two more to choose from.
In the late afternoon I got to experience one of their treatments at So Spa. Despite the 40oC scorcher I opted for the hot stone massage to ease tense muscles and encourage circulation. After a 90-minute treatment I felt relaxed but I do think parts of my body could’ve been massaged more, but I’ll put that down to selecting medium pressure. After the treatment you can enjoy their sauna, steam room, tropical shower and pool.
Hotel has 7 restaurants including a Chinese, grill and Lebanese but we wanted to try their seafood spot called Maona. We started with chef compliments which was a grilled scallop with mushrooms and pumpkin purée. This was followed with chef’s selection of 16 nigiri, sashimi and maki and for the main he went for tiger prawns (which were giant!) and I opted for the red snapper. All the dishes were well prepared and tasted great, the only thing I’d say that the mains are too big which is a shame as it didn’t leave room for dessert.
The next day we were up bright an early to check out the breakfast at Bottega which was much calmer than Manava and pretty much offered the same selection. We headed back to our room to enjoy our final view from our balcony before heading back downstairs to check out and head back to reality.
For somewhere which is a quick drive away, Sofitel Resort offers an escape that you can tailor to your likes. Be it chilled days on the beach and spa or checking out their water sports and many bars. The choice is yours!
Photography by Kip