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Minibreak at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

We took ourselves off to Abu Dhabi this weekend for a little getaway at Emirates Palace, an unbelievably huge hotel on the Corniche.

The main order of the minibreak was to spend lots of time at the beach with Charlie, get some good nap time in (being a parent is so exciting) and eat some good food. The staff at the hotel seemed pretty au fait with kids and greeted Charlie with juice and a camel teddy which he promptly started to hug and kiss (ooh-er), so immediately all was well 🙂

We headed up to our room which was on the west wing (told you it was massive) and ordered some room service while Charlie watched Special Agent O.S.O, and then it was time to hit the beach!

Emirates Palace beach

Emirates palace beach

Emirates Palace beach

It was seriously overcast during our visit but that didn’t stop us having lots of fun, and when I say us I mainly mean Charlie. He ran up and down the beach like he owned it, shrieking at other kids and jumping in and out of the water.

When we weren’t on the beach, we were eating – because what else does one do on a minibreak? There are a rake of restaurants in the hotel, including Hakkasan but we stuck to Lebanese food as Charlie likes it and of course, the breakfast buffet went down a treat too.

Emirates Palace La Vendome

The bread station was almost the death of me. I mean, look at it! The chocolate milk rolls in particular were sensational.

Emirates Palace La Vendome

In between all the eating and beach fun I did manage to make myself look mildly presentable using my little collection of essential travel items.

Makeup travel essentials

Although most of them have appeared on this blog at some point in the past, I was to have a quick little rave about two things;

1) Vichy Complexion Refining Cream SPF50. This stuff is the shizzle. A super high SPF that doesn’t irritate the skin with a very thin texture and it doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin. Can’t recommend it enough.

2) Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink. You know when you just want a natural, slightly dewy flush of colour with no hard edges? Well this is it. And it takes less than a minute to apply too, no brushes necessary.

We’ve decided we’re going to minibreak more regularly now as a family. There are so many great hotels in the UAE with so many great beaches and most of them are only an hours drive away. They work out way cheaper than a trip home and no ones sleep routine is disturbed… 🙂

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  • Reply fiona bradley

    Holy mother, can we just appreciate the bread station……………………………………………………………………………………….now I’m suitably carbohydrated 😉 Hope you had a lovely little trip 🙂


    April 5, 2014 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply sanali

    hey …… could you please tell me if these max factor blushes are available in DXB ….. i remember you picking it up in Ireland …… cant find it anywhere 🙁

    April 6, 2014 at 9:33 am
    • Reply Simone

      Hi Sanali, I’m pretty sure I saw them today on the Max Factor stand in Centre Point. Or you could try Boots?

      April 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm
      • Reply sanali

        hey simone ….. thanks a million …. u so made my day …. i had checked in boots ….. they weren’t there 🙁 ……. BTW which center point are you referring too ???

        April 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm
        • Reply Simone

          No problem! Centrepoint in Mall of the Emirates. If you don’t get them there let me know because I’m making an order from Boots in the UK today and I’ll get you one 🙂

          April 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm
          • sanali

            What website are you using ….. will they deliver to the UAE ????

            April 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm
          • Simone

            No they don’t. Ordering from Boots direct and then using Shop and Shop 🙂

            April 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm
          • sanali

            Thanks a ton ….. will check in mall of the emirates ….. * Fingers crossed *

            April 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Diana

    I just bought the Vichy cream totally because of seeing it in your post! Love it! Thanks 🙂

    April 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Filipa Martins

    Hi Simone!
    Looks like you had a good time!
    So the bourjois cc cream went nicely over the vichy sun protection? Really interesting, will be giving it a try!
    Thanks for sharing!

    April 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Zein

    We go on minibreaks twice a year. Rotana the Cove in Ras Al Khaimah is amazing! Especially if you’re going with another family, you can share a villa with a beautiful view! Another one is Miramar in Fujairah. It’s smaller than the Rotana one in RAK, but still nice 🙂

    April 20, 2014 at 11:48 am
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