That Oberoi Magic

This is a quirky post this week, one I suppose you wouldn’t be expecting from me but stay with me.  I have just had a whirlwind long weekend away, one to be honest with you I wasn’t quite sure of.  As Autumn is now in full swing the urge to take things slow takes hold, darker days and hibernating tendencies spring to mind.  Staying inside after long walks in the falling leaves, toasting toes by the fire are at the fore, so Dubai was a place I hadn’t anticipated going to.   We had been cordially invited to attend a big birthday party, an invitation we couldn’t refuse as Robert’s sister is a very special lady that we would do anything for.

Let’s put all that aside, what a fool I was for not being sure, Dubai is the most amazing vibrant city to stay in and I fell head over heels.  I didn’t want to leave the buzzing atmosphere, the bright lights, the sunshine, the people,  I needed more time to explore than just a crazy long weekend.

We were guests of The Oberoi a sublime experience from start to finish. The quality of service provided by the hotel and the staff were above and beyond delightful.  Our room was sumptuous with understated flair, lean lines and high end furnishings, full length windows with stunning views over the city.  The overall style of the whole hotel was high end design,  marble and glass with an odd touch of sparkle, the balance was perfect.

Our days started in a beautiful courtyard where breakfast was served, taking a moment to enjoy the delights of freshly made croissant and fresh coffee sitting outside in the warm breeze before the day picked up pace. Our days were planned with not a detail missed, what we managed to see and do in three days was quite a feat.  We drove through the Arabian desert dune bashing and riding camels.  We flew down rapids and water slides at the Atlantis Palm Aquaventure water park which was too much fun then meandered through the lost chamber aquarium with the sharks and exotic fish.  We took in the sights from the top of the tallest building in the world the Burj Khalifa.  We drove to Abu Dhabi to be guests of the Emirates Palace, viewed the most golden suites of rooms I have ever seen in my life.  We relaxed on their private beach, took a dip in the Arabian sea before watching the sun set behind the new presidential palace that took my breath away.  All this wouldn’t have been possible with out our own concierges Jayesh and Som who looked after us and kept us right.

Every evening we enjoyed the hospitality of the wonderful restaurant staff of the Oberoi, the meals were exquisite and the desserts… I really don’t have the words, totally out of this world.

With a heavy heart it was over far too soon a memory that I will cherish for a very long time.  We are now saving our pennies to return to visit our new family at The Oberoi a truly out of this world place to stay.

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