I just want to first and foremost say I actually hate the word ‘staycation’ so I’m a little embarrassed that I’m using it. However, everyone seems to casually use this term in Dubai so I suppose I’ll have to use it. Ok, moving on…
My latest aim over the upcoming months will be to sample lots of day passes across various hotels in Dubai. I’m doing this for a few different reasons –
One, I don’t take advantage of what Dubai has to offer on weekends.
Two, I need to make sure I do something during the day instead of wallowing in my apartment nursing a pounding hangover from the night before.
Three, I want to be tanned.
Lastly, I want to find a good ‘Staycation’ (there it is again- yuk) for the early summer. So I suppose this post is kicking off the reviews of the different hotels I intend on sampling.
Club Mina – The WestIn and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
I visited Club Mina today for a relaxing pool day and some good food – both boxes were double ticked! Club Mina offers a day pass to use facilities in both The Westin and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi hotels. Both hotels boast massive grounds, five pools (2 strictly adults only pools – important in my eyes!) and a long beach front with plenty of comfortable beach and pool loungers. There was an option to purchase an additional BBQ lunch on entry which we went for so the total price for one person cost 425dhs (not including drinks).
This brings me on to the BBQ lunch which was held at the Latest Recipes restaurant in the Le Meridien – so so worth it. It was almost like a mini brunch in itself. The lunch had an outside BBQ grill area, which had lots of fresh meat and fish and inside had all of the delicious salads, sides, bread and some more homely dishes like pies, pasta bakes, quiches and of course, desserts. I’m not sure it qualifies as a handy “pool-side” lunch – let’s put it this way, I certainly didn’t remove my kimono post lunch. However, the food was totally delicious and I would definitely come back to Club Mina for this reason.
I did plan on trying paddle boarding for the first time ever after lunch but surprisingly the weather wasn’t in my favour – it actually started raining. Raining in Dubai. Yup – it happens occasionally. So, I can’t really tell you if it cost extra to hire additional water sports equipment as I didn’t get that far. Instead, we put the sun umbrella up to act as a different kind of umbrella and questioned the people in the pool.
I’d recommend Club Mina to anyone who’s looking for a relaxing day in the sun. TOP TIP: check the weather – I didn’t. Sun would have been ideal.
Love, Amy X