One of the points on my bucket list for 2018 is to travel to at least five places where I have never been before. Luckily, Dubai got to be the list opener. This place completely took my breath away and made me fall in love with it. In this post, I would like to help you get the best experience when traveling to Dubai, by providing great details about everything that a tourist needs to know – places to add and cross off your list, restaurants to try and avoid, airlines, hotels and a lot more.
Let’s get started:
If your next destination is Dubai, it is most likely that you will book your ticket with one of those two companies – The Emirates or The FlyDubai. FlyDubai is considered to be a cheaper version of The Emirates and honestly speaking, you could really feel that. Firstly, the seats on the plane weren’t comfortable. On our flight to Dubai, our seats didn’t even move back and 4,5 hours we had to be in the sitting position, which caused a lot of pain in my back. The cost of the food and drinks is not included in the price of the plane ticket, which is not cheap at all by the way. The airline doesn’t even provide you with the snack or a glass of water. On our flight back, many people complained about the customer service of the crew on board, highlighting the mean tone and very unwelcoming behaviour. If you are the type, who chooses comfort over saving money, I highly recommend to fly with The Emirates or get a business class with FlyDubai, as it will insure more comfortable traveling conditions. Two adult FlyDubai economy class round trip tickets with luggage included (20kg max) cost around 700 euros. If you wish to eat on board you should pay more and pre-order at least 2 days before the flight. If you wish to have wifi on board, you have to pay extra 30 dollars. On the way back, I had a lot of work to do and therefore, purchased this option. The internet had a very slow speed and was only working for around 4 hours (the whole flight was 5,5 hours). Overall, FlyDubai is quite disappointing.
We stayed at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa hotel and it has been the best decision that we have made. Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa is a five stars hotel, which has more than 500+ rooms of different categories, four pools on the territory, ping pong tables, more than five restaurants, spa, hairdressers and its private beach – sounds like a fairytale! The customer service of this hotel is truly exceptional and you always feel welcomed. We arrived at the hotel around 8 in the morning and once we went to check in, we have been informed that our room wasn’t prepared yet and therefore, we were offered an upgrade. They warned us that the upgraded room is next to the constructions, so we might hear noice, so we chose to wait for our assigned room. While waiting, we could use all the facilities and we were offered a complimentary breakfast. When you pick this hotel, you can choose several packages, with no food included, breakfast included, breakfast and dinner included or the whole 3 times a day meal course. We decided to get the breakfast and dinner package. Every morning we could go to the main restaurant to eat the most exceptional breakfast and during the evening we could choose one of the five restaurants and eat dinner there. The hotel has Mexican, Lebanese, Italian and two sea-food orientated restaurants. For six nights, we payed around 2000 euros – we had a super deluxe room with king size bed, breakfasts, dinners and free transfers to The Emirates mall and The Mall of Dubai included. The quality of the service that the hotel provides, explains the price fully and you have no such questions as “what am I paying for?”. Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa hotel – very impressed!
Make sure to check in next Wednesday, as the “Dubai. Part 2” will be out. If there is something specific you would like to know or if you have any questions, make sure to leave a comment and I will try to answer them all in my next post. I hope you enjoyed reading this!