With our last major trip in 2012 (Orlando + New York), we decided that 2014 was going to be the year for travel. We got to go to Taipei earlier in April, and Dubai in August. The opportunity to go to Dubai came very suddenly, and even right now I can’t believe we’ve been to the Middle East and back, just like that. We’ve been incredibly blessed to get these opportunities to see the world, and we want to get out more while we still can!
Anyway at this point we’ve got a lot to unpack and photos to sort through from the Europe trip (more about that next time), but I do want to share the details of our Dubai getaway, because it was indeed very lovely, and unlike anywhere we’d ever been.
Our trip was off to a good start when we received an upgrade to Premium Economy on Cathay Pacific. AMAZING. Everything’s bigger and better. The screens are wider, the seats are more comfortable, and the service was outstanding. Not that plain ol’ Economy offers bad service, just more… basic. In Premium, you could really tell that the crew was a lot more attentive. I can only wonder what kind of TLC they shower on the passengers in First and Business Class.
The in-flight meals on Economy are usually a choice of rice or pasta. Here you have lamb chops. Lamb Chops. With fancy-pants potato gratin, green beans, and capsicums. And then there’s some cutesy chicken salad in the corner and glazed chocolate layer cake for dessert. Hands down, the best meal I’ve ever had on a flight.
And as icing on the cake, each passenger in Premium Economy also received a little care package from G.O.D. (Goods of Desire), which is this kitschy cool lifestyle design and retail brand company based in Hong Kong, known for their tongue-in-cheek interpretation of Hong Kong design and culture. (By the way, I got that bit of information off Wikipedia.)
In the bag: socks, eye mask, ear plugs, Jurlique hand cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a 10% discount coupon at G.O.D.
I used the Business class washroom by mistake, and I’m glad I did. It was spacious and spotless, and besides liquid hand soap, there’s also Jurlique facial cleanser, moisturiser, and facial mist for guest use. So this is how fancy folk fly.
After being spoilt by our awesome flight experience, we checked into Fairmont the Palm.
Everything you’d expect from a five star hotel, but I was still blown away.
The bathroom alone is bigger than our apartment back home.
Oh, and we got upgraded to a room with full panoramic view! Yes, please bring on the upgrades!
Views from the balcony. Absolutely breathtaking.
As you can see, the hotel has its own private beach that’s literally just beyond the pool, and you get to take in the most gorgeous views while soaking up the sun. But beware, it’s about 40 degrees out there, and while it’s nice to be sunkissed, it’s another thing altogether to be burnt and peeling within the hour.
I picked up a copy of Glamour magazine at the airport, but it turned out that I didn’t have to. There was plenty of reading material available, perfect for curling up by the balcony, so I could enjoy daylight in air-conditioned comfort.
It wasn’t quite one of those “do nothing” holidays, but we still wanted to laze around in the morning. We ordered a Canadian breakfast to be brought up to the room. There are few things as decadent as lying in bed while waiting for breakfast to be served.
Ahhh… Life is good.
There was a sandstorm (!!) during one of our evenings there, so we stayed in and tried the “Arabian Nights” themed dinner buffet, which turned out to be fairly good, and according to the staff, quite authentic as well! It’s great that we didn’t have to venture too far to try the local cuisine, so that was convenient.
Fell in love with hummus during the trip. I must have consumed a kilo of the stuff over those few days.
The fish was a monster when I first saw it, but when I went back to take a photo, it was reduced to this.
So happy that I got to try the chicken shawarma while in the Middle East!
Middle Eastern desserts are incredibly sweet, and one bite was more than enough sugar for me!
That’s it for photos of our dinner! Don’t worry, we ate a lot more than that, and hopefully got our money’s worth!
Speaking of desserts, if you have a sweet tooth, then you’d like Delicacy, which is a patisserie serving baked goods and coffee to go. Unfortunately my cookies and cream cupcake met with an accident on the way up, and while it wasn’t Instagram-worthy, it tasted just fine.
So yes, I’d definitely recommend Fairmont the Palm. It’s pricey, but it’s worth it if you have a special occasion and want to celebrate. The room was absolutely luxurious, while service was impeccable. They even have staff walking around and handing out cold towels to guests on the beach! What’s not to love about that?
Fairmont… First class all the way.