When in Dubai – where to stay

October was a busy travel month for us (VERY unusual I have to say!) – not only did we visit Rome but we also spent half term in Dubai.

For those of you who may or may not know, John proposed to me at the top of the Burj Khalifa some 4 years ago.  It was a complete and utter surprise to me – I literally had no idea.

It’s very rare that we ever go back to the same place twice.  I have SO many places to visit on my wanderlust list that returning somewhere never crosses my mind.  However if you’re looking for somewhere where you’re guaranteed a beautiful warm sunny climate in our dull dismal, winter weather then Dubai is the place for you.

Last time we stayed at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach which, as the name suggests, is right on the beach.  Unfortunately they didn’t have the room configuration we needed for this trip and seeing as we left it quite late to book, most hotels couldn’t accommodate 2 adults and a 13 year old who needed 2 separate rooms without costing the earth!

Luckily, after a bit of searching, we found what we needed at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers – a family suite with 2 bedrooms.  The hotel room package included breakfast and evening meal, a transfer to the airport for the return trip, access to the beach club (we ran out of time to use this), 30 minute massages for the adults, free Wifi (a must for any travelling, Snapchatting teenager), views over the lakes plus all the usual hotel amenities (mini bar, hairdryer, robes etc etc etc).

Late afternoon saw the hotel reception host a chocolate hour – we sampled a delicious chocolate mousse plus dates covered in chocolate with dipped in various toppings.


The food was absolutely delicious – a buffet style for breakfast and again in the evening.  I’m usually a little wary about buffets as I fear it’s going to be the same thing every day but I was completely shocked the the amount of choice.

Breakfast had everything from cereal and toast to fruit, a full fry up to omelettes, enough pastries to sink a small boat to delicious crepes made to order with stacks of different toppings.

We were there for Halloween weekend and Friday is the time honoured tradition to BRUNCH! Friday is the first day of the weekend in Dubai (they work Sunday – Thursday).

The staff were incredibly helpful and couldn’t do enough for us.  There was some confusion on where we could eat  (one of the restaurants wasn’t included as they classed it as a bar rather than restaurant) but they allowed us to eat there one evening and include it in our package.  We were greeted as Mr John and Mrs John for the duration which Olivia found very amusing.

Although we weren’t close to the beach we did have a pool.  I would say that this hotel is located a little out of the main city and is near the business centres such as Internet City however everything can be easily reached by taxi (most of the ‘tourist’ spots we visited were about 10-15 minutes away) or using the metro which is within walking distance.

I’d definitely come back to this hotel in future – it’s got everything you need and is within easy reach of all the places you want to visit.

In the next post I’ll be writing about what we managed to do in our 4 days…



  1. 08/11/2016 / 9:27 am

    WOW! Looks amazing Emma! I hope you had the BEST time. I need to go here now! xx

  2. eatdrinkstaydubai
    14/11/2016 / 8:47 pm

    Nice review, glad you enjoyed – and returned to – Dubai!

    Did you use the Entertainer vouchers at all during your visit?

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