Andreas Pool PASS at Habtoor Grand Hotel – Dubai

We all LOVE a F R E E pool day PASS so why not check out the Andreas Pool which is at The Habtoor Grand!

Andreas

Doors open from 9am for you early risers.

This venue has an upbeat vibe but can also be a great place to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun.

Some great points for you to know before visiting:

  • Swim up bar – who doesn’t love a swim up bar! They also have such a wide range of cocktails (however it is rather expensive for drinks and this may have something to do with the fact that you do not have to pay for the pool access)
  • Emirates – If you work for emirates then this is a great venue! You receive a HUGE 40% OFF your final bill!
  • Beach – you have direct beach access for all you who enjoy the beach as well, and what’s even better is, they also have water sports available in the same spot, perfect for you adrenaline junkies!
  • Candy Pants Brunch – Now the bonus with this is, if you are like me and love people watching you can watch everyone get drunk and dance all day while sipping on a nice relaxing cocktail from the comfort of the swimming pool or sun lounger!

Candy Pants Brunch

  • Pool Loungers – This is one of the biggest highlights for me! It has loungers in the pool so you can relax and get that perfect tan but at the same time stay cool! (Best invention ever!)

Andreas Pool

  • Inflatables – So much fun to be had on the giant unicorn they have floating in the swimming pool, obviously you can enjoy watching everyone take there Instagram selfies posing, but if your like me then you can have an even better photo shot!

Andreas - Habtoor Grand

I cannot really complain as it is FREE so there are only a few small downers –

  • Size- for me the place is a little bit too small and compact, if you go during a weekday it is perfect, but for me on a weekend it gets far too busy!
  • Sunbeds – due to the size of the venue the sunbeds are also very limited as you can imagine, so make sure you get yourself there early if you want a bed!

Overall Andreas is very popular if you are looking for a busy venue, but I would not recommend if you are only wanting to enjoy a relaxing pool day. It is great for those who do not want to pay for access also as there are not many pool venues in Dubai that offer this.

 

EP

Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab – Sky View Bar – Dubai

This is definitely one for everyone’s TO DO list!

Me and my husband decided to go for our 2nd wedding anniversary, but I would highly recommend visiting for any special occasion.

Burj Al Arab

  • Afternoon Tea Timings: Served at 13:00pm and 16:00pm(You get to stay for around 3 hours for each sitting, however if it is quiet they will allow you to stay for longer)If you would like to make an evening of it, you can then move to the Sky View bar to continue drinking with a huge selection of amazing cocktails.

 

  • Fee: 620AED per person, however if you would like a window seat this is an additional 100AED (to be honest the window seat is a must, otherwise you struggle to see much)

 

  • Menu: Fresh scones, elegant sandwiches, clotted cream, cakes, preserves and jam, served with delicate, refreshing beverages. (now usually when you think of afternoon tea you think of simply 1 or 2 sandwiches however here they will continue bringing more for you, until you physically cannot eat anything else)

Afternoon Tea

  • Location: As it is located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab which is the only 7 star hotel in the world, it truly is an experience, even when you enter the lift to make the journey to the top you have incredible views of the infinity pool that surrounds the hotel and the beautiful Dubai skyline.

 

  • Champagne: What is even more special, is that on arrival you receive a complimentary glass of champagne (perfect to then get that Instagram photo you wanted)

 

  • Entertainment: They have a wonderful harpist playing the most beautiful music, again not something you see and listen to everyday.

 

Burj Al Arab View

Now there are only a few small points (I wouldn’t say negative) but something that was of an inconvenience:

  • Smoking: Now if your a smoker, then this is where it gets a little bit annoying, there is no where on the 27th floor to smoke! You have to go all the way down to the ground floor which is 2 separate lifts and then walk outside to the back where the entrance to the pool is. (It takes around 10 minutes) I am not saying it would be good if you could smoke in there, but at least have somewhere separate at least a little bit more convenient to get too.

 

  • Pre-payment: I don’t know why but I do not like providing my card details either through email or over the phone to secure a booking, so as this is a must to secure your reservation, for me this was a small inconvenience (however, I do understand why they do this, as there is limited seating)

Other than these small points, the whole experience was magical and we loved every minute!

EP

 

Pool day PASS at Azure Beach, Rixos Premium JBR

So being a NEW venue it is good, however I do not think the staff are up to speed yet, and I also do not think they have hired enough staff!

Service was slow, however the food and drink is amazing!!

Azure Rixos JBR

Perfect for: A relaxed Marina day-cay.
Price: Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs200 weekends (This is minimum spend which is good so you can choose to spend this on food or drink)

Things you should know:

  • Traffic: JBR is not the best for getting to and from, however it is worth it when you get there, I would however advice that you get a taxi there as we had to wait for around 45 minutes to get our car back from valet as they were so busy and short of staff!

 

  • Swim up bar!: This is perfect and the drinks and bar staff are great!

 

  • Food: WOW the food we had was incredible, great service, great presentation, the only small niggle I would have is that again due to shortage of staff the service was a little bit slow.

 

  • Infinity Pool: they have a few inflatables which is good, and also a hot tub, the temperature however of the pool was far too HOT, hopefully they will learn this from feedback and amend this asap!

 

  • Prices: The food and drinks for the standard were very well priced.

 

  • Sunbed’s: If you get there early (which I would recommend) then you have the pick of the best sun loungers!

Rixos Azure Beach Hotel

I would highly recommend that you visit and try it out, but for me it was not one of my favorites! Maybe it will get better with age 🙂

EP

 

Pool day PASS at Anantara The Palm Resort – Dubai

The Anantara is by FAR the best and my favorite hotel in Dubai!

Anantara The Palm

Perfect for: Feeling like you’re on a resort vacay.
Price: Dhs200 per person.

Not only is there so much to do, but there are also so many different vibes and areas to lounge.

Below is some amazing things to do while visiting for a pool day.

  • Swim up bar: it is amazing! you are able to sit on a floating stool which is surrounded by a hot tub bubble effect and order as many drinks as you want, using an easy open tab system.
  • HAPPY HOUR! If you’re making a day of it, there’s also a daily happy hour offering selected drinks at 25AED each !
  • Shaded and none shaded pool areas – this is for when it is so hot in the summer and also for you that like to look after your skin (I love to tan!) there are areas around the pool that have overhead shelter, and the pool is also a perfect cool temperature!
  • Three huge lagoon pools that wrap around the rooms, it is perfect for swimming, or like I did simply finding a secluded spot and reading my book!
  • Drink delivery service on a boat! This is exactly what it says, waiters bring around on a boat a selection of whatever drink you would like!

Another great Instagram photo opportunity!

The restaurants are by far my favorite part to Anantara, below are my favorite 3!

Anantara 2

If you get hungry during your pool day make sure to check out:

(All available on the entertainer 🙂 )

  • Mekong
  • Bushmans
  • The Beach House

I honestly think that this hotel is the only hotel that I have visited where I have no negative reviews or anything at all that I was not happy with! So ENJOY and make sure you visit !

EP

Pool day PASS at Jumeirah Al Naseem Dubai

So you are thinking of what hotel pool day PASS to try this weekend, whether you’re visiting Dubai or you  reside here.

Jumeirah Al Naseem

Well the Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel is a brand new hotel next to the Madinat and it definitely is one to visit!

Perfect for: Bathing under the Burj Al Arab.
Price: Dhs395 per person (with a Dhs150 food voucher).

Even though the price may be a little steep it does help that you receive a 150AED voucher for your food and drink.

Be careful: There were a few little things that me and my husband where not happy about.

  • When you arrive at the hotel you have to walk past the main hotel pool for quite a while to the location where you need to pay, which is not very well shown either as the picture they advertise for this pool day is the hotel’s main pool, but when you get there it is a private pool and beach section called Summersalt.
  • The pool at Summersalt is so small in comparison and is more of a pool party vibe (if you’re looking for that then that’s great, but we like the more secluded and relaxing vibes)
  • However you are allowed to then use the main hotel pool once you have paid, BUT for the 150AED voucher that you receive per person, this can only be used in the Summersalt restaurant.
  • The restaurant and food is great and the prices are also reasonable, you can easily have lunch and a drink for the 150AED you receive (however if you have any remaining you cannot then use this at the main hotel pool.

Jumeirah Al Naseem

  • BEWARE in the restaurant they will bring round a HUGE bottle of rose wine and they will ask you if you would like to try some, well… me being me tried some and it was amazing but at the end when asked to pay the bill, this small glass was charged at 90AED and was not aloud using the food voucher (no-one thought to mention this) What was even worse was all of the wine and prosecco on the menu was no more than 35AED per glass.

It is great for an instagram post though!

All of that said the view was amazing, service was great and the overall vibe was perfect for relaxing and reading my book!

EP

5 POINTS to consider when choosing Veneers!

So you have decided you want to go ahead with Veneers, below are 5 points you should consider and know before you go into see a Dentist, not only will this help to ensure you get exactly what you want but it will also help you to determine whether the Dental Clinic and Dentist you are visiting are highly qualified and experienced in Cosmetic Dentistry.

Veneers

  1. What type of Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers: These are lab made Veneers that require preparation of your teeth, this means a small layer of your enamel is removed.

Lumineers: These are lab made Veneers that require no preparation.

Your Dentist will probably advise which Veneers are better suited for you, however in my opinion Veneers are preferable to Lumineers.

Each case has pros and cons depending on your current tooth structure.

2) What shade of Veneers?

A lot of people today want the dazzling white Veneers, however we do recommend not to go too white, as again you do not want them to look false, find below a guide to compare:

Choosing your shade!

Make sure you consider that you are going to have this shade of Veneers for a very long time and please remember that they do not change shade over time (they may get slight staining but this can be removed from regular hygiene visits)

Also once you have them fitted you cannot change the shade so please ensure you are 100% happy before you give the Dentist the go ahead to cement these.

3) How many Veneers?

Now how many Veneers do you want to have? I would personally recommend only have Veneers on the teeth that you see when you smile, however some only require on the front 2 teeth, but then some feel more comfortable with having 10 upper and 10 lower.

Have a look in the mirror now, smile and count how many teeth you see on the upper and how many on the lower, make a note of this so that you can discuss this with your Dentist.

4) How long  will my Veneers last?

Veneers usually come with a 5 – 10 year warranty depending on which Dental Clinic and Dental Laboratory is used.

(make sure you ask this question when choosing which Dental Clinic to visit.) 

However if you look after your Veneers well, then you should not have any problems, and these could last up to 20 – 30 years.

Please note that Veneers are susceptible to general wear and tear and you may face either a chipped Veneer or a Veneer may fall off. In this case you need to go back to the same Dental Clinic to have this repaired.

With this in mind I would always recommend having Veneers done in a country where you plan on residing for at least the next 10 years.

Obviously there are things you should always avoid, for example biting into apples and opening jars with your teeth.

(this may seem obvious but you would be surprised how many people actually do this)

Make sure your dentist on completion of the Veneers will be providing you with the following documents:

  • Warranty Card
  • After Care Instructions on Maintenance

5) How to look after my Veneers?

It is very important that once you have your Veneers your Oral Hygiene should be perfectly maintained.

This includes:

  • Visiting your dentist every 6 months for a dental check up and cleaning.
  • Brushing 2 x a day – in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before bed.
  • Flossing 2 x a day – it is very important to floss around each Veneer. (If flossing is not for you, then there are so many products available now which are easier to use, E.G Waterpik, Interdental Brushes.

Following on for my next blogs I will go in to detail and show you cases on what happens when you do not follow strict oral hygiene instructions and what can happen, and also visiting the wrong dental clinics for your treatment.

I hope this helps you and if you have any questions at all please feel free to ask 🙂

E.P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Braces or Veneers!? How to make the right choice before visiting your Dentist.

There are so many ways now to get that perfect smile you have always wanted, and there are also so many Dental Clinics all over the world.

Braces

Which leads to so many questions . . .

How do I know which Dental Clinic to visit?

How do I know if my Dentist is giving me the best option for me?

How do I know my Dentist will do a good job?

My first concern, with what so many of us do, is look through social media and see these amazing pearly whites! Which are most of the time Veneers.

We make a rash decision, google the cheapest Dental Clinic with the best deal on Veneers, then after all of the treatment, we end up regretting it all!!!

You need to answer the following questions and if you answer YES to more than 2 then the best choice is to go have a Consultation for Orthodontic Treatment, if you answer NO to more than 2 then the best choice is to go have a Consultation for Veneers.

  1. Are you happy with the overall shade of your teeth if you were to have Whitening Treatment ? YES / NO
  2. Are you happy with the shape of your teeth? YES / NO
  3. Are you unhappy with the alignment of your teeth? YES/NO

If you are not 100% sure with some of your answers then try out the less invasive treatments first like:

  1. Whitening (you can get results of up to 8 times whiter!)
  2. Composite Fillings (these can be small fillings simply placed, to help get that perfect shape you are looking for)

Don’t get me wrong Veneers are great, but these are then for life, and can chip, fall off, or there is always the possibility that you do not like the final outcome.

On my next blog I will go into the reasons why Veneers are great and also what to expect with maintenance etc!

If you have any questions or doubt please feel free to drop me a comment.

E.P