A Luxurious Weekend Stay in Dubai Desert

Tim and I booked a 1 night stay at Bab Al Shams for the weekend. The hotel is expensive and seems far from civilisation but actually it is quite close to Al Maktoum Airport.

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Since we always book our hotel stays with Booking.com,  are now registered as a ‘Genius Member’  so we get discounted rates. We paid AED 855 (£ 176) for 1 night stay with no breakfast. The breakfast was served at Al Forsan which costs AED 130 (£37) per person. Luckily we didn’t purchase the stay with breakfast because we slept till check out. We stayed up late the night before chilling at Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge. We smoked Shisha AKA Hookah and had burgers & pizza for dinner. (So much for healthy eating)

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Hotel check in world wide usually starts at 14:00 but what Tim and I do is, we arrive at 11:00 and use the amenities of the hotel before checking in. However, a room was available upon arrival so we managed to check in early and also got our room upgraded from Superior Room to a Terrace King Room. The room reminded us of the Riad we stayed at in Morocco; the bed was extremely comfy that also explains why we over slept. Tim and I spent most of our time by the pool to get a tan while reading a book but I had to stop because the glue melted and the pages were falling off. (That’s when a Kindle is needed) Anyway the hotel has 3 swimming areas, the first one has a pool bar,  the second one overlooks the desert and the third one has beach chairs to swim and sun bathe.

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We highly recommend you to visit the place, there are lots of activities to do and the hotel also facilitates a lot of desert activities.

Hotel Rating : 5 STARS

Budget : $$$$$

Hotel Service : 9/10

Visited : 30th June 2017

Hotel Activities Include : Spa, Desert Drive, Came Riding Picture with the Falcon and Archery.

Tips : Camel Ride is free from 17:00 – 18:00. At Check In always ask for the free came ride. In addition, if you are an Emirates NBD card holder, you’ll be able to avail 15% discount from all the restaurants in the hotel.

Restaurants : Al Hadeerah, Masala, Al Forsan, Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge, Al Shurooq Lounge, Ya Hala Bar & Pool Bar

Yella Habibi Enjoy Your Stay

*this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own

 

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Philippines – Love and Peace Jungle River Paradise Resort

After an exhausting day of Island hopping, our tour guide dropped us to our hostel/resort on a tricycle. It’s an Asian form of transportation and in other countries such as Thailand, they call it ‘Tuk Tuk’.

The hostel/ resort is the perfect place to enjoy and love nature. It’s located in the jungle and the rooms are facing the river. We booked a room that offered 2 floors, Tim and I slept on the lower floor while Marvin and Mohammad had to climb up a ladder to get to their beds. Our room did not have hot water, TV or air-conditions but it was hell of an experience.

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During our stay, the resort/ hostel was being managed by adorable children. The kids were so accommodating and we spent the night telling ghost stories and teasing each other. The funniest thing though was when one of the guests asked for a beer from the 10 year old boy LOL. The boy is super cute, he is the little boy I’m carrying in the below picture and his name is John.

Mohammad and I usually sit and relax on the hammocks while Tim and Marvin sat on a water doughnut floating on the river. Talk about relaxation 🙂

The pictures below show how cozy and cool the place is. It was an awesome experience to stay in the middle of of the jungle. We had no TV and no proper internet. We really did enjoy our stay, till next time Puerta Princesa.

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