Sunday, January 13, 2008

Things To Do - Day Trips

There are lots of day trips that we can take that will help us experience the UAE and Oman. This link is a good one and shows approximate prices etc. I definitely want to do the Dhow Cruise through the Fjords of Oman. So, if you are interested in any of these, budget accordingly. The day trip to Abu Dhabi would be very worth while as well. There is also a day trip to the desert which includes, dune bashing, dune surfing, and all sorts of Arabian adventures.,%20United%20Arab%20Emirates&date1=25/04/2008&date2=26/06/2008&rfrr=-54298

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A tour of our villa

the entrance lobby...

The villa's front doors open directly in to the entrance foyer lit be a magnificent purple chandelier and guarded by a gold leppard! The lobby is decorated in a square theme with polished and rough plaster squares, studded with gold discs, covering the main wall and square rugs leading down to the lounge. To the right of the hall is the entertainment room where the big, as well as little, kids can entertain themselves away from the other guests!

the kitchen...

It doesn't matter how nice the beach, BBQ, breakfast terrace, pool or lounge are, there are times when people always congregate in a kitchen; and should this happen to you, this one is just perfect. In addition to all the modern kitchen equipment, double fronted fridge/freezer with ice and water dispenser and seperate wine fridge, this kitchen benefits from an independent music zone, Nesspresso coffe maker, marbled breakfast bar and funky metal tiling; and of course a decent set of knive for the chefs!

the lounge and dinning room...

The lounge and dinning rooms are both decorated in antique cream stucco, giving amazing effects as the sun reflects off it in the morning. The dinning room seats eight and is decorated with 'The man' oil on canvas by Vladimir Efeminov. A patio door leads directly to the terrace breakfast area, and the dinning table is eluminated with a brilliant shell globe, complimented by dinasaur egg lights, mood cove lighting and corner latice floor lamp. The room has its own opus music system zone, which is also linked to speakers on the breakfast terrace.

The lounge of this luxury holiday to Dubai has an eight seat Natuzzi white leather sofa facing the beach and frond. The shell lighting theme is carried over from the dinning room with a shell mobile celing light in the centre of the room. The views are spectactular, and the room has three sets of patio doors; the first opening directly onto the terrace and the steps leading down to the beach, and the other two sets of door opening onto the pool and bbq area. The artwork is a creation by Bonita O'Donnell, interior designer, and Sue of the Art House Dubaiand hangs on the main wall, its difficult to resist touching it as you pass!

the entertainment room...

If the sun, beach and temperature controlled private pool don't keep you occupied, then the entertainment room of this Dubai villa will. With a 50" TV, 2 high spec PC's for your games or web surfing, PS3, and a stack of DVD's you can slump into one of the mega bean bags and blob!

For the more traditional, there is a selection of board games, and for those not quite able to escape work, the house has full wireless internet facilities. With 3 wireless zones that extend the wireless coverage throught the house and onto the beach, you can even put your feet in the see while answering those work emails!

For the music lovers, the Opus Multi-room entertainment system has a broad collection of music, and if you prefer to bring your own, then just dock your ipod! For those that are too lazy to use one of the wall mounted music points, there is always a wireless PDA that allows you to change tracks while on the sun bed!

the bedrooms

Each bedroom has been individually designed and styled to develop a character of its own. Whether you are sleeping in the fresh master bedroom, the sleek red room, the calm linen room, the cool caramel room, or the zanny kids room you are assured of a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Of course, all bedrooms have individual a/c control, a full complement of towels, hair dryers and dressing gowns. Individual artwork has been placed in each room as part of the theme.

the master bedroom...

Decorated to a metal theme, the master suite comprises of a king sized bed, dresser, walk through wardrobe, and master en-suite bathroom with seperate shower room, toilet and jacuzzi.

The master bedroom has views across the frond from its bay window, and enjoys the sunrise every morning. For those guest that like being woken by the sun, you can use the voil curtains; whereas those that have had a late night can also use the black out blinds!

the red room...

With its Chinese theme and private balcony, guests will always fight over who get this room! The bedroom comprises of queen sized bed, Chinese screen, red crystal chandelier and, as with all the rooms, its own en-suite bathroom.

the linen room...

Calm and cool, the Linen room offers beautiful views towards the Atlantic hotel development, and has a balcony / patio that extends round the front of the house offering sunset views for sunset drinks!

the caramel room...

Caramel and blue - warm and soothing, with a great view over the pool and frond. The room has a double bed, chest of draws, built in wardrobes, bathroom with shower and mood lighting!

the kids room...

Ideal for the kids, but with two standard size beds it can easily accommodate the grown-ups, this room is decorated with funky lights, pictures, and giraffes.

and the ensuite bathrooms

All the bedrooms have individual en-suite bathrooms, with baths and shower facilities and all basins have Molton Brown hand wash and hand cream products.

Friday, January 11, 2008

and the backyard

the terrace and pool...

Ideal for morning coffee and watching the sunrise over the Dubai Palm and of course, evening drinks, the terrace table provides tranquil and stunning views.

Along the full length of the villa garden is the frond terrace, with separate steps down to the beach and water.

What Dubai villa holidays are all for - lounging in the sun! The holiday villa has 4 sun loungers and 2 day beds, so whether you have been in the pool or on your private beach, you don't have far to stumble to fall asleep.

The BBQ area has its own furniture and reclining chairs for 8, and offers spectacular views of the sunrise over the Dubai villas on the other side of the frond.

the beach...

If the holiday villa pool is not big enough for your morning exercise, then how about walking down the terrace to the beach - there you have a 2km walk, before you turn the corner and walk another 2km! The beach is strictly residents only, and the chances are you have it entirely to yourself!

The frond is located directly opposite one of the two causeways that break up the crescent surrounding The Palm Jumeirah. The view from the villa down the frond is quite riviera.

If you are looking to keep toned while on holiday in Dubai, then why not put on a life jacket, drag the kayak into the sea and paddle down the frond; or alternatively, put those running shoes on and run down your own private beach!