Five Reasons You Should Take A Family Holiday to Dubai
Living in England, somewhere over the winter period I feel the need to get away for some much-needed sunshine and warmth. We’ve been to several winter sun destinations over the past few years including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Tenerife and Egypt . My main requirement for a winter sun holiday is that it is hassle-free and have guaranteed sunshine. Of these places, my favourite winter sun destination with the children is Dubai. Here are my five reasons you should take a family holiday to Dubai if you are chasing winter sunshine.
Why you should consider Dubai beach holidays for winter sun
An Easy Destination
First and foremost, the weather is guaranteed sunshine. In addition, there are many flights to Dubai from all over the world. Dubai is served by two Emirati airlines, Emirates and Etihad, who are both on a push to increase their range of flights. Getting around Dubai is easy, too because taxis are plentiful and cheap.
The Dubai marina is full of expensive boats.
Choice of Accommodation
Accommodation in Dubai ranges from the extraordinary 7 star Burj al-Arab to your standard range of hotels on the 1-5 star range. You also have holiday apartments, suites hotels, Airbnb etc. It’s easy to find something that suits all sorts of visitors...
Is Brunch in the Clouds at the St. Regis the Best Brunch in Abu Dhabi?
Today we have a review from our occasional contributor/expat at large, Dianna, on the Brunch in the Clouds at the St. Regis Hotel in Abu Dhabi that she experienced last month. Read on and see if you agree with her that it’s the best brunch in Abu Dhabi.
My review in a word: Amazing. I’ve done a lot of awesome things in my time living in the Middle East, but Brunch in the Clouds at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi took the brunch concept to a whole another level. After years of hardcore brunching, I can totally say with complete expertise that Brunch in the Clouds is the best brunch in Abu Dhabi.
You could have fed a small army at this brunch.
Where is the Brunch in the Clouds?
Brunch in the Clouds is held in the suspended suite between the two towers that make up the St. Regis Abu Dhabi. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is located on the Corniche with fabulous views overlooking the gulf. The suite is a duplex on the 48th and 49th floors. It’s the highest suspended suite in the world at 220 metres at sea level. With a total capacity for 50 people, it is held on the last Friday of each month.
Visiting Castello di Amorosa, A Family Friendly Vineyard in Napa Valley
The view from the parapet of the neat lines of grape-festooned vines under a pale blue sky could easily fool you into thinking you were in Tuscany. If you look closer though, there were tell-tale touches to remind you that you were in the Napa Valley of California. Perhaps I noted that the lines of the vines were just too precise or the cypress trees were too well-clipped. Most tellingly, the castle and the grounds were lacking a certain amount of benign grime and neglect that rural Tuscany has never managed to shed. Although we were visiting Northern California with kids, we had a fabulous wine tour primarily because we chose to tour Castello di Amorosa, a family friendly vineyard in Napa Valley.
My kids had a blast visiting the Castello di Amoroso
The History of the Castello di Amorosa
From your very first glance, you can tell the Castello di Amorosa is a labor of love. Let’s face it, you have to be very rich and very committed to build a medieval Tuscan castle in California. Luckily for us, Dario Sattui, the owner of the Castello di Amorosa, is both.
Dario Sattui is a fourth generation vintner and also the owner V.Sattui Winery. His great-grandfather, Vittorio Sattui was an Italian...
10 Family Getaways Recommended by Kids (Outside of North America)
Are you looking for a more adventurous family trip with your children? In this first part of this series, we looked at family-friendly hotels in North America that were chosen by the children of 15 family travel bloggers. In this part, we look at 10 family getaways recommended by kids outside of North America. These family getaways are a more varied type including hotels in theme parks, a luxury family-friendly tree house and a luxury family safari lodge. According to travel industry reports, 85% of family travellers are influenced by their children in making a decision about where to travel. Going by the list below, I’d say our kids know what they want and have excellent taste.
Navigating the tiny side streets of an Italian town (Photo credit: Alessandra Granata)
The Resort With The Water Park Next Door
The Palm, Dubai
“My kids loved The Atlantis in Dubai but not for the reason you would expect. Sure, they loved having easy access to the Atlantis Water Park next door. We could nip in for an hour or two and then return to our uncrowded hotel pools to lounge.
Their absolute favourite bit though were the chocolate fountains at breakfast. There was even a choice of white chocolate and milk chocolate....
Oceanfront Bliss at the Luxury Hotel Terranea near Los Angeles
The Terranea Resort in Los Angeles does not wow you so much as lulls you into a comfortable, self-indulgent experience. The gently swaying palm trees, the fireplaces lit up to ward of the nip of the Atlantic air, and the view of Catalina Island covered in hazy sunshine all provide sensory clues to your body to relax. It’s as if the warm wind is whispering in your ear “chillax bro, you’re in SoCal”. Although we only spent a few days of oceanfront bliss at the luxury hotel Terranea, we returned to London feeling as if we’d been away for a couple of weeks.
The Mediterrranean style Terranea let you enjoy the best of the near-perfect Southern California weather.
The Terranea Resort
The Terranea resort is enormous with 582 rooms set on 102 beautifully-landscaped acres. The size means that it can host lots of conferences and weddings (including a wedding for the contestants of US reality show, The Bachelor). For example, we were randomly chatting to people who owned a store on hipster road Albert Kinney in Venice Beach and they had just been to a wedding at the Terranea Resort.
The Terranea resort has a contemporary Mediterranean vibe.
The Terranea hotel itself is styled with a luxe...
Why We Loved Fowey Hall, a Luxury Family Hotel In Cornwall
Have you ever wanted to live the English country house lifestyle but sadly you lack the requisite English country house? Fowey Hall Hotel is perfect for you. A grand mansion comfortable decorated with dogs and children running around on landscaped grounds, Fowey Hall should fill your curiosity about what those grand manor homes like Downton Abbey would be to live in today. By the way, in true quirky English fashion, Fowey is said like it is spelt Foy. So Fowey Hall, a luxury family hotel in Cornwall, gave us a cool escape into country life if only we had been lucky enough to be born with a silver spoon in our mouths.
Fowey Hall, a luxury family hotel in a former 19th Century country home
Fowey Hall History
Looming above the little port town of Fowey, you can make out a series of large Monterey Pine trees. Behind the trees stands Fowey Hall, the former home of Sir Charles Hanson. Hanson was a local boy who went to Canada, made his fortune as a lumber baron and returned home in spectacular style. The town elders felt his home dominated the view of the town (and in fairness they were right). Hanson planted the Monterey Pines to soften the look...