Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted and when I get a chance to update everyone about what’s been going on lately, I will! It’s all good news and some of you who follow me on social media or have me on Facebook will already know the news. However, in this post I’d like to focus on a rather delicious Italian meal I had.

The restaurant

I’m a sucker for Italian food. Being (mostly) vegetarian and also quite picky with food, I find that you can’t go too wrong with pizza, pasta or carbs of any sort, if I’m being honest! While there are several Italian restaurants I love in the city, I have had many recommendations about Rosso in Amwaj Rotana, JBR. I was recently invited to review the restaurant and, unsurprisingly, couldn’t resist.

My dining partner and I were welcomed by the friendly staff and, a little later, the chef came and had a chat with us as we desperately tried to decide on a dish each – I was starving and the thought of carbs slightly clouded my thoughts. If you’re struggling with choosing something from the menu offering up authentic Italian plates, I’d highly recommend you calling on the help of the friendly chef, too.

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Rosso, Amwaj Rotana – The food

My friend was looking for something ‘meaty’ or ‘fishy’. Handy, right? She was swayed into ordering the branzino scottato con patate e porri; pan-seared sea bass with sage butter, potatoes and baby leeks. Something she seemed quite pleased with, given the generous portion was eaten in its entirety and mentioned several times since the meal. I, being the super-daring diner that I am, went for gnocchi sorrentina bufala e basilico, which roughly translates as ‘really unadventurous dish for people who just want some good old, well-made comfort food’. No, in all seriousness this was the best gnocchi I think I’ve tasted – I’ve tried to make my own, I’ve been to a few restaurants here and the textures were all wrong. I won’t mention the name of the restaurant, but I recently went to an Italian joint on JBR that served the worst gnocchi I’ve ever tasted, which was a form of mush. So, I’ve now learnt my lesson and will only be returning to Rosso for this scrumptious dish. Comprising gratin gnocchi with tomato, buffalo cheese and fresh basil, each component of this dish was a treat to eat. The gnocchi was firm, but chewy, the sauce was the perfect texture and not too watery, and the cheese was the perfect addition.

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Rosso Dubai pan seared sea bass

We sipped on cocktails throughout the meal that featured prosecco and fruits – we tried a variety, but my favourite was probably one containing strawberry. To start, we were also given a scrumptious bowl of breads accompanied with parmesan cheese and a basil dip, so I’m glad we avoided starters as this was more than enough to fill us up.

Rosso Dubai cocktails and bread basket

Though, we were encouraged to try the desserts. Clearly, we didn’t need much encouragement as we ordered one each, while one would have definitely sufficed given how much we’d just eaten! Again, I opted for the obvious choice, and ordered the chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream (tortino di cioccolato con gelato alla vaniglia), though my friend was a little more daring and tried the traditional Italian dessert of cannoli, a rich cream-filled pastry dessert with a sprinkling of pistachio. Playing it safe does pay off – how wrong can you go with chocolate lava cake?! But I admit having to eat an entire roll of my friend’s cannoli because it was just so divine. Naughty, but divine.

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Rosso Dubai Chocolate Lava Cake

The atmosphere throughout the evening was lovely. Given that I went on a Sunday at 7pm, and the restaurant was packed by the time we left a few hours later, I’d have to say that is pretty impressive. Though the food selection can be a little intimidating – I want to visit again to try several other dishes from the menu such as the pizzas, a salad with mixed lettuce leaves with strawberries, walnuts, breaded goat cheese and balsamic syrup (insalata misticanzo con fragloe, noci e formaggion caprino) and also just to eat the cannoli again – everyone around us was laughing, digging into bites that instantly gave you food-envy (it’s hard not to feel a little jealous when a giant pizza arrives on the table next to you) and clearly enjoying their evening. Rosso is a little on the pricy side with dishes like my gnocchi coming to Dhs80 and the pan-seared sea bass costing Dhs160, but for a dinner with friends, a date or even if you have family over visiting, I’d recommend heading to Rosso. There is an al fresco area for the cooler weather, but given I visited when it was still rather hot, we were perfectly happy sat inside.

I hope you enjoyed this review, and as always I have been honest about my thoughts on the food and restaurant, though this was a complimentary meal.

If you have any questions about Rosso or the meal, feel free to ask away! Click here more information about the restaurant and food

Thanks for reading!

Surena x

All photos in this post have been taken by me on the Olympus Pen E-PL7. Apologies for the yellow-ish hue, but this was due to the lighting.

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Hello everyone,

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! With the UAE heat still showing no sign of cooling down, weekends are still mostly spent indoors for me. And, like many other residents of the region, the only things I’m managing to muster up the energy to do is the occasional mall trawl and staycations. As I mentioned in previous posts, this is like a mini break without having to hop on a plane. The UAE comprises seven emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujeirah, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah. Fortunately, all of the emirates are within one to three hours of driving distance between them. So, when I was contacted to review the Kempisnki Hotel, Ajman by the hotel’s lovely PR Terje Abrams, I gladly accepted.

Kempinski Hotel Ajman

It took just 45 minutes to arrive in Ajman, which is the opposite direction to Dubai’s skyscraper-filled landscape. Ajman is a quiet, coastal-facing emirate with the highest buildings pretty much consisting of the hotels within it.

The Kempinski Hotel Ajman is a relatively large property, which features a pool area and access to its own private stretch of beach. We were told to arrive for 12pm with early check-in, but as the hotel was at 100% occupancy and there was quite a wait until our room was ready. Though, given that it showed just how popular the hotel was, we weren’t complaining! Plus, Terje had arranged for us to join in with the hotel’s brunch, which I’ll be talking about later in the review.

We took a stroll around the hotel while we waited. At 18-years-old, the interiors aren’t brand new, but they hardly show their age and still maintain that luxurious feel that many UAE-based hotels aim to provide. For example, the chandeliers were – slightly – reminiscent of Fabergé eggs with intricate detailing and crystals galore.IMG_0270

The interiors were a cross between contemporary and traditional, with marble and the aforementioned chandeliers, contrasted with mashribiya (an Middle Eastern-inspired design) detailing and wooden furnishings.

The pool was busy throughout our stay with, what appeared to be, other UAE residents who had come for a weekend break. And the beach was also quite busy, but there were plenty of sundecks for guests to rest on.

After brunch, we were given our room; a Junior Suite overlooking the sea and swimming pool. With a soft, cosy King-sized bed, a sofa seating area, a walk-in wardrobe and the bathroom of dreams, this was definitely worth the wait.

Waiting for us was a tray of sweets including macarons, baklava and chocolate-dipped (GIANT) strawberries. We obviously managed to make room for these, because y’know an New York-style Italian brunch wasn’t enough…

The New York Italian Brunch at Sabella’s

This quickly became one of my favourite brunches with its selections of cocktails and drinks on offer – try the margarita and you won’t be disappointed.

Take a stroll around the buffet with cooking stations preparing seafood, meat, burgers and, my personal favourite, pizza!

The lovely chefs are on hand to make sure you get the perfect dish, mine was a fresh-out-the-oven Margherita (not the drink this time, obvs), which I managed to finish single-handedly. The burgers, grilled in front of you, are a treat, too!

This brunch also featured what I would probably say is one of the most impressive dessert stations I’ve seen. The innovative chefs at the Kempinski Ajman conjured up the idea of a chocolate shawarma station. With marbled white and milk chocolate literally swirling around a kebab-style contraption, the chef prepared a crêpe for you before smothering it in nutella, adding some chocolate shawarma shavings and wrapping it up! In addition to that, the cakes were seriously impressive. A bowl of pasta cake was on show, along with a pizza cake, burger cake and even, a pepsi bottle cake – mimicked to the point of even looking like it had bubbles and condensation!

For prices and more information, read on…

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The Room!

Spacious, bright and comfortable, the Junior Suite featured a bed with a canopy, a cosy sofa seating area, a walk-in wardrobe, a balcony overlooking the pool and sea (super-relaxing, but beware of the ants!), plus a dreamy bathroom!

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With a super-cosy feel, this was the perfect room to enjoy a relaxing weekend away in – so cosy, in fact, that we ended up falling asleep for a few hours post-brunch!

The walls seemed to be quite thin as we could hear voices of people talking next door or outside at 2/3am, but other than that it was perfect.

What To Do at The Kempinski Hotel Ajman

There’s plenty to do here including enjoying a lazy day by the pristine beach, we watched the sunset and it completely cleared my mind. Alternatively, enjoy the lively atmosphere by the pool, which was packed throughout our stay with people indulging in drinks from the pool bar. Or, for the ultimate relaxation, book yourself in for a spa treatment. I was treated to a massage! With great service, the incredible brunch and a perfect break from city life, this is a lovely spot to head for a long weekend!

To book, visit the website here or call +971 6 714 5555.

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This was just as uncomfortable as it looks…

Since I began blogging more in the past year, I found myself getting increasingly engrossed with numbers. The number of comments, the number of followers, the number of views, the number of likes… the list goes on.

I began basing my worth on the digits on my phone and laptop screen. Getting a thrill when a picture on Instagram hit a hundred likes or my blog got a larger amount of views than usual – so, still not very much.

Sadly, more numbers with blogging equals more opportunities here. No one wants a blogger with just 1,000 people following them. Heck, I’m sure soon enough a whopping 10k won’t even be enough.

But lately, I’ve realised I am more than just these numbers. Now, those of you out there who are sensible will be able to gage the line between random people on the internet tapping ‘follow’ or ‘like’ can probably stop reading here. I’d love to be like you and be able to stop comparing myself to those with 5,000, 10,000, 50,000 followers, dissecting every little thing I’m doing wrong or why I can’t be ‘as good’ as you. The truth is, we’re all the same at the end of the day. We’re all humans, we’re all regular people who were shaped by the experiences and opportunities we’ve had in our lives.

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To be honest, this sexy Phuket sunset from my Instagram is just to break up the text because I’ve decided to ramble my heart out

Yet, I think there’s a reason why anxiety and depression are on the rise and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s occurring more and more frequently as social media, technology and materialism slowly continue to take over our lives. Now, I’m not saying the mental illnesses I’ve mentioned becoming more common are solely due to this reason – I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember. In fact, in some ways social media has helped those suffering with anxiety or depression more than ever before. Allowing these topics to become a conversation rather than a ‘condition’ with a stigma attached to it, is one of the biggest blessings. I remember watching Zoella’s videos about anxiety three years ago and feeling a wave of relief wash over me as she openly described her anxiety and made me want to scream ‘OH MY GOSH. I’M ACTUALLY NOT ALONE! I’M NOT GOING MENTAL. THERE ARE REALLY OTHER PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO EXPERIENCE THESE HORRIFIC FEELINGS!’

However, it’s a double-edged sword. Zoella piqued my interest in vloggers, I began watching haul after haul and look book after look book. The brilliant and awful thing about bloggers is that their posts are often aspirational. With a Chanel 2.55 flap bag casually slung over their slender shoulders, dressed head-to-toe in designer ensembles and a nonchalant look as though walking through Notting Hill’s pastel-fronted houses was an average day for them. Though I look in awe and admire the beauty and effort put into these snaps, I often feel a little bit rubbish about myself after seeing the pictures on Instagram or in blog posts. I think; here’s me in my size 12 Topshop Joni jeans that are practically bursting at the seams, because I indulge in a little too much junk food, unlike the aspirational bloggers who post pictures of sugar-glazed doughnuts and the most mouthwatering cupcakes, when they probably manage to have a little self-control and bin all of  them post-shoot.

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You’re more likely to find bowls of Nesquik than acai bowl on my Instagram!

I’m not too sure where I’m going with this post, to be honest. But I think what I’m trying to say is that it’s very easy to forget that what is portrayed on social media by bloggers, editors and even your best friends, is a mere snippet of that person’s day. Images that may look casually sprawled across a marble background have probably been perfectly constructed – in what probably took two painstaking hours to get just right – and edited to within an inch of their life. I know this, because I’ve been guilty of it too. Many-a-dinner has gone cold, many-a-guest has got fed up with me saying ‘yep, yepI’m almost done’… when we both know I’m going to complain about the lighting and angle three more times until I’ve got the ‘perfect’ shot.

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See this delicious cup of tea? Yeah, it was cold by the time I was done with this shot.

Losing my identity

I’ve realised I’ve began trying to make my life look perfect, and hashtagging pictures to the absolute limit – no, literally, 30 hashtags each. I used to love scrolling through Instagram and gasping at just how beautiful every shot was, but since I began blogging, I think it’s killed the joy of it for me. Now I’m critiquing every single picture of mine and wondering how I could’ve edited it better or taken it from a different angle.

I adore creativity, I’m a writer by profession so it goes without saying, but what I don’t like is how seeing these ‘perfect’ images makes me forget that the people posting them probably do wear joggers and a t-shirt in the evenings, too, and have the occasional breakout of spots. My boyfriend often has to remind me that most models and celebs also look like normal people without makeup and I realise  – after a quick Google to verify his outrageous claims – that yeah, if I had pro makeup artists doing my makeup – rather than me slapping on my hilariously simple daily makeup – I’d probably look pretty smokin’ as well.

No, these did not magically land on that Primark throw perfectly. I changed the folds of the fabric, and rearranged this flatlay about six times!

No, these did not magically land on that Primark throw perfectly. I changed the folds of the fabric, and rearranged this flatlay about six times!

I’ve been tempted lately to delete Instagram because of how rubbish it makes me feel, but I think this post has been a little theraputic for me and allowed me to teach myself – and maybe one or two of you reading – in the most longest and convoluted way possible, that you really are worth so much more than your follower count and the number of likes your selfie gets. You never know how perfect the lives of those bloggers with thousands or millions of followers truly are, and even if they do live the perfect life, they’ve probably earned it and most importantly everyone is different.

Sadly, I’m not a classy, fabulous blogger who cooks dinner every night, goes for 10k runs every morning and looks polished to a tee – unless T-shirts, which are a staple in my wardrobe, count? I’ve realised I need to stop comparing myself to every other blogger. Food flatlays for me currently  – though I know I need to eat less junk – are more likely to consist of a McDonald’s meal sprawled across their napkins (though @MissKatyEnglish absolutely nails McDonald’s flatlays as you can see from the shot below) than a superfood salad. I’m beginning to understand that portraying #LifeGoals on Instagram may not be working for me, I’m not massively aspirational and hey, that’s OK… I think?

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A blogging epiphany!

I’ve got my flaws, but I need to stop myself from using them as an obstacle. I avoid blogging these days because I have no idea how to make my posts look as good as others’. I think, though I am creative, my talent lies with words rather than pictures given that I am a journalist. So, maybe it’s time I just started posting more natural photos on Instagram, and writing my thoughts and feelings on here rather than feeling low about myself when my pictures look horrific and I’m not at the most exclusive events because my little following just doesn’t cut it! Ladies who are smashing the photography game; I salute you, your perseverance and hard work!

That’s not to say quality isn’t important to me, I bought my Olympus PEN with full intentions to learn how to use it, but as long as I’m progressing, that’s all that counts. Rather than what I’ve been doing lately, which is not doing anything on my blog/Instgram at all for fear of it failing, I need to remember that everything takes time. Not all bloggers were instantly amazing at photography or putting out content to a strict schedule. The reason I began blogging was because it allowed me to share my thoughts and feelings, and that’s what a lot of people who have read my posts have said they loved – much to my shock.

And, though I lost sight of why I started this rambling post, I need to remember that I am so much more than the number of followers I have and that that figure does not dictate my worth. So whether I have one or one hundred people reading my posts, if it makes me feel better getting it onto this page, then why not! About 10 years ago I – or anyone else – wouldn’t have even known what Instagram was, let alone cared about why I didn’t have thousands of followers. So why should I allow it to matter so much now?

What are your thoughts – if you’ve made it this far – on my ramblings? I feel much better after getting all of that off my chest, and it’s also part of the many reasons why I haven’t been blogging or Instagramming much, lately.

Thanks for reading!

Surena x

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Located in the decadent Grand Hyatt Dubai, Ahasees Spa is vast and truly relaxing from the moment you step inside. I was invited to review one of the spa’s signature treatments, the Pearl Balm massage. No ordinary spa, Ahasees aims to provide guests with an experience rather than a quick in-and-out trip. I was welcomed by the ladies at the reception desk before being led to a seating area, which was both tranquil and aromatic. Here, I was asked about any medical conditions, preferences and tea and music choices, to help with personalising my experience, before being walked to the changing and treatment rooms.

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The treatment

After changing into a robe, I headed to the treatment room where I was treated to a short foot scrub before lying down for my massage. With dimmed lighting and the scent of the oil used for my massage – lavendar, geranium and cypress – it didn’t take long for me to switch off and relax.

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The massage lasted for an hour, and the lovely masseuse applied the perfect amount of pressure throughout. The pearl balm used for the massage was neither sticky nor too greasy, and the fragrance was divine. A full body massage, it was the perfect balance of calming and relieving, with knots in my shoulders – from being hunched over my laptop most of the time – worked out gently.

One of the things I love the most about Ahasees spa, is the post-treatment room where you are served your choice of tea and given the chance to tuck into nuts, dates and infused water, The room is dimmed, so as not to snap you out of your dazed state, but rather to wake and refresh you a little. I was given the opportunity to make the most of the spa’s facilities, including a swimming pool and sauna after the treatment, but sadly I had to return to reality.

Though I haven’t been to many spas in Dubai, Ahasees Spa is one of my favourites so far – not due to the fact that this was a review, but because the concept has been thought about from start to finish. The beautiful interiors and decor of the spa are understated, but ideal. With candles at every corner, muted shades of earth hues and calming music, a day could easily be lost here if you had the time. It is no exaggeration that once you enter the spa, your worries and problems will vanish – if only temporarily!

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Though the spa is quite pricy, the Pearl Balm Massage is priced at Dhs520 (off-peak) or Dhs600 (peak), when you are able to use the rest of the facilities for free, along with the changing rooms, it is perfect for a treat or a splurge. I also think a trip to Ahasees would make for a great girly day out, a fun birthday treat with friends or a mother/daughter day.

You can find the spa menu, along with the price list and more information here.

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I hope you enjoyed found this post helpful.

Thanks for reading!

Surena x

All photos in this post have been taken by me on the Olympus Pen E-PL7.

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Hello everyone,

As you may know, I am a journalist by profession. Following this life change a few months ago, I will now be offering freelance services to anyone who is interested.

My new freelance website

I have created a brand new website (it took hours of work, though it may not look like it!) based solely on my freelance offerings. You can click on the image below to be taken to it, or visit it here.

Surena Chande Freelance Journalist

My experience

While I enjoy writing about fashion, beauty, travel and other lifestyle-orientated content for magazines, websites and my blog, I also have experience with writing for business publications about a variety of topics (something I picked up quite quickly). Upon being made the Deputy Editor of Hospitality Business Middle East in December, I had to learn about the industry from scratch and adapt my tone and writing style within weeks from writing for consumer publications to business to business publications.

Other publications I have worked on include: Cosmopolitan Middle East, BBC Good Food Middle East, Good Taste, La Femme and Ahlan!

Surena Chande Freelance Journalist Magazines

I also have experience with proofreading, sub-editing, copywriting for a variety of websites, writing product descriptions (for over 500 products!) and a variety of other freelance services. So, whether you need someone to proofread your blog posts and edit them stylistically and/or for spelling, grammar and punctuation, or you know of someone who needs copywriting services for their website or magazine, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word (both in and out of the UAE).

Thanks!

Surena x

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Hello everyone. Summer has arrived and staycation season is well and truly upon us!

Sunset at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

With the majority of the region’s population formed of expats, summer sees many of the UAE’s residents heading back to their home countries to escape the heat and take a break. However, those of you that are staying in Dubai this summer may have plans to go on a little staycation. For those of you reading and wondering what I am talking about; we often go away for a weekend to a nice hotel in the same Emirate (e.g. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah etc.) or a different Emirate for a change of scenery. I was invited to discover the ‘Shop, Spa and Stay’ experience at the Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre.

Though Deira is just ten minutes down the road from my apartment, I can assure you that I felt like I’d had a lovely break from my day-to-day life. It could be to do with having a change of scenery, visiting a part of Dubai I rarely head down to or just taking time out to completely unwind, but whatever it was, I would definitely recommend it!

The Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

Connected to Deira City Centre Mall, the hotel is extremely convenient for those travelling to Dubai with the main purpose of shopping (as opposed to a beach holiday) or Dubai residents looking for somewhere relaxing, but convenient for a weekend.

As you enter the Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, you are welcomed in the vast lobby before heading to the check-in desks. Note to everyone visiting the hotel: take about five glasses of the mint and lemon ‘welcome’ drink. It is honestly the best one I’ve tried here, and my boyfriend and I have tried several since, but nothing compares!

We were given an Executive room with a King-sized bed, which was spacious with lovely views of Palm Trees and the surrounding area, along with a super-comfy bed that provided one of the most peaceful night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time.

The view from an Executive room at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

Executive room at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

The bathroom allowed for both baths and showers (I purchased a Lush bath bomb from the mall next door, so I had the most relaxing bath in the evening – I’d highly recommend doing the same).

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The hotel features several F&B outlets: Le Cafe (a lobby lounge), Medley (where we dined for brunch – more about that later), Azure (a pool bar), La Fabrique and the Executive Lounge, which I’m unsure about if we had access to (so we didn’t see it).

Brunch at Medley

Upon arrival to the hotel, we were told we were welcome to try out the brunch at Medley. We arrived to the hotel starving, so we quickly dropped our bags in our room and dashed to the restaurant.

The Medley Brunch at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

I loved how fun and family-friendly the brunch was, with waitresses flying around on roller skates – I don’t think I’d even be able to go five steps without falling, let alone while I’m holding trays of food!

The Medley Brunch at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

The selection was lovely, with a delicious array of comfort food, a traditional roast, a live counter where you could order burgers, mozzarella sticks, onion rings and fries (my favourite counter), plus a huge selection of desserts and freshly-baked breads and pastries. For more information about the brunch (pricing and times), read on.

Shop ’til you drop

I admit I had pretty much written of Deira City Centre Mall off prior to this staycation. I felt it was too far out and was unsure of how good the selection would be. How mistaken I was!

The mall features a large Zara, with plenty of selection and far less shoppers than the likes of The Dubai Mall and Mall of The Emirates, along with a huge Forever21, and plenty more of everyone’s favourite high-street brands.

The selection of restaurants at the mall is quite impressive too. We dined at 800 Degrees Neopolitan Pizza, if you haven’t tried their pizzas and pastas, they are cooked fresh and are full of classic Italian flavours. We couldn’t resist heading to Chilli’s for its infamous Chocolate Molten Cake for dessert. So, my message to you is to venture out a little and give this mall a try. It’s far quieter than the popular malls, with an equally great selection – and, if you are staying at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, it’s ideal and convenient for a bit of a weekend splurge.

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I love the idea of hotels connected to malls, especially because you know that after you’ve trawled around one of Dubai’s many huge malls, you have a super-comfy bed to collapse on upon returning to your room.

Unwind at Soma Spa

Upon arriving to the spa, there was a slight complication with the booking and instead of having the treatment I had been asked to select before the stay, I was told I would be having an Ainy Candle Massage. I had no idea what to expect, but the experience was quite relaxing and enjoyable overall.

I was given a herbal tea for my welcome drink, before being briefed about my treatment and what it would involve. My treatment consisted of a 60 minute massage with white orange flower scented oils, by the brand Aïny Skincare, and a candle, which was rolled around my body with light-to-medium pressure. The scent was light and fresh, and when I returned to my room, I was ready for a nap. It takes a lot for me to switch my mind off, so for me to feel so relaxed – even after a massage – was unusual, but the lovely lady at the spa obviously did a good job because I nodded off for a few hours after my treatment!

Soma Spa at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

Soma Spa at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

Soma Spa at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

I’d highly recommend visiting the spa, even if you aren’t staying at the hotel. The selection of treatments is quite vast and not too pricey, and I also love the products they use during the treatments, which they give you detailed information about pre and post-treatment. Though the website doesn’t have a spa treatment menu, as far as I could see, do give them a call and I’m sure they will be happy to answer any questions. It would be great if they did add a spa menu and pricelist to their website, though, as I’m keen to go back soon.

 Overall verdict of Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

Despite being the less obvious choice for a staycation location (I know many, including myself, tend to venture further to the other Emirates), but if you’re looking for a change of scenery, plus a little retail therapy, then this is the place for you! Heading there on a weekend is ideal due to the lack of traffic. Trust me, I know – I had to turn back half way, and drive home to fetch my camera I had forgotten. Genius. Additionally, and for those reading this blog post from abroad, the hotel has several perks:

  • The hotel is just SEVEN minutes from the airport
  • It has a beautiful rooftop swimming pool, which you have to visit at sunset. Also, the cocktails made by the barman at the pool bar, Azure, are brilliant. I drank several perfect margaritas, which were made far better than the ones I have tasted from overpriced bars in town.

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Rooftop pool at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

Rooftop pool at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

  • It is literally attached to Deira City Centre Mall. You just head to the lobby and take the separate lift one floor up to the mall. I don’t think need to say anything else.
  • Though it may not be located in other popular Dubai staycation spots such as The Palm, this gives you the opportunity to explore old Dubai, as it is often referred to. Dubai Creek, for example, is a mere nine minutes away, which allows you to hop on a scenic Dhow cruise and enjoy the sights, smells and buzz of the lesser frequented areas of Dubai (for me, at least).
  • Brunch at the hotel was seriously enjoyable. I loved the concept, I loved the food on offer and who doesn’t love seeing servers on skates?!
  • I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for somewhere reasonable to stay too. See price information below.

Details

Prices for an Executive room, which is what I stayed in, start from about Dhs600 per night for two adults. The Executive room gives you access to the Executive lounge, which offers complimentary alcoholic and soft drinks, along with canapés. I’m not sure if the brunch at Medley is included in this price, but even if it isn’t, the brunch costs just Dhs260 with alcohol included. For more information about the hotel and its facilities, visit Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre’s website here.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you could share your favourite staycation spots in the UAE, I’d really appreciate it as I’m constantly on the lookout for places to explore.

Thanks for reading!

Surena x

All photos in this post have been taken by me on the Olympus Pen E-PL7.

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