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Exploring Dubai’s Most Luxurious Beach Resorts! Moremi’s Fun Trip to Dubai: Part 1

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When I was informed that I would be traveling to Dubai courtesy of Kerzner (parent company of One & Only Royal Mirage and Atlantis, The Palm) and Emirates, I was super excited. Although I had visited Dubai before, my busy schedule never permitted me the chance to explore the luxurious beach resorts and the many tourist attractions the city is famous for.

So I packed my bags a few hours before I left for the airport on Sunday, March 1st, and got a ride from my favorite taxi guy, Mr. Solomon.

During the ride I was lost in a daydream, fantasizing about the wonderful time I would have at Dubai’s most stylish beach and entertainment resorts – One & Only Royal Mirage and Atlantis. The wind blowing in my hair as I took a leisurely stroll down the beach… drinking the finest red wine while enjoying a lovely massage…

Suddenly the sound of a wooden baton hitting the taxi windscreen shattered my daydream. “Oga stop there now!” a man dressed in military uniform screamed. We had arrived at a security checkpoint a short distance from the airport and apparently, marked taxis were not allowed beyond that point. Wow. I didn’t get the memo!

And so dear BellaNaijarians, I had to do some brisk jogging from the security checkpoint to the airport entrance with my luggage, laptop bag, and handbag in tow. And the fact that it was raining did not help matters. I was in a sour mood.

But as I boarded the Emirates flight and was seated in the Business Class cabin, I soon forgot about my previous unpleasant ordeal. The charming air hostesses welcomed me with warm smiles, as they made sure I was settled in comfortably.

Emirates Hostess 1Yay! I’m happy again 🙂

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I usually don’t sleep too much during long distance flights, but the Business Class cabin was so cozy! So after enjoying a sumptuous dinner of Chicken Biryani and rice, as well as some good company with the boo, Chiwetel Ejiofor (haha! I finally got to watch Half of a Yellow Sun), I drifted into dreamland and didn’t wake up until it was time to land.

Emirates Food 2

One & Only Royal Mirage: The Palace

After 7 hours we finally landed at Dubai International Airport and were picked up by the Emirates Chauffeur Driver service. About 30 minutes later, we arrived at One & Only Royal Mirage: The Palace. The door man welcomed us excitedly, and beat this gong 3 times heralding our welcome!

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As we stepped into the lobby I was in awe of how majestic and glamorous the scene was. It was like being in a totally different world – a utopian magical land where anything is possible.

The Palace Lobby

Here are pictures of some of my favorite aspects of the resort:

Palace Bathroom

I absolutely loved my room. And the bed. Oh my! So comfortable…it was like sleeping on a cloud

Palace Bathroom REAL

In this bathroom, taking quick showers should be a crime! Long bubble baths are the best way of soaking in this luxurious atmosphere…and trust me, I took full advantage!

Anthony

This handwritten note from Anthony Pollock, one of the members of the One & Only PR team made me smile 🙂

The Arabian Court

The Arabian Court area of the resort is another area I absolutely loved. The executive suites took my breath away.

Arabia Bedroom

In this suite, the beddings and drapes are changed to a different colour every single day, in order to give guests a different experience each time they walk into the space

Arabia Bedroom II

Fresh Roses from the Fountain

I fell in love with this water fountain. It is filled with fresh red roses every single day

Gardens

The gardens were so serene and beautiful, the perfect environment for some meditation and relaxation

One & Only, The Palm

One & Only, The Palm is about a 15-minute boat ride from The Palace.

This resort has a more laid back vibe than The Palace, and it’s smaller and a bit more exclusive. It is a tranquil yet vibrant island getaway just moments from the energy and excitement of New Dubai. Comprising of 65 rooms, 25 suites and four beachfront villas, One & Only The Palm is considered Dubai’s most intimate new beach resort.

What I liked most about this particular resort are the private villas. Here are my favorite aspects of one of the villas we explored:

Villa Outdoor Terrace

Outdoor terrace with a pool overlooking the waterfront! Just glorious

Villa Master Bedroom

Master bedroom

Villa bathroom upper floor

Bathroom overlooking the waterfront. How cool is that?

Villa Living and Dining

The living room with the cozy dining room was really homely

Farewell Note

Awww… a farewell note from the One & Only Team

Atlantis, The Palm

After a lovely time spent at the One & Only Resorts, it was time to explore Atlantis, The Palm.

I have a huge passion for aquatic animals. Some say its because I’m a water sign – a Pisces.

And so I was super excited to finally be at Atlantis. It is home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world. The ocean-themed resort is also recognized as the first entertainment resort destination in Dubai.

Here are some of the things I loved most about staying at Atlantis:

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My room. I really liked the earthy tones of the decor

View from my room

View from my room. Beautiful!

White Wine

I was given a VIP welcome with a bottle of White Wine on the rocks in my room

The Lost Chambers

I had an awesome time exploring the Lost Chambers – mazes of underground tunnels that have tanks filled with a wide variety of aquatic animals including starfish, pencil urchins, stingrays, and many more fascinating creatures! I was in heaven.

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Giant Queensland GrouperLost Chambers 2

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Picture 031The Royal Bridge Suite

This suite was a grand sight to behold. It costs $45,000 per night to stay in this luxurious space. It spans the arch which links the Royal Towers offering 180 degree views of The Palm and the Arabian Sea.

It has its own guarded entrance and elevator along with a dedicated team of people from Butlers to Chefs on hand to ensure that guest’s every need is fulfilled. It features three bedrooms, a grand living room, a dining room which seats 16, a majilis and two spacious terraces.

Celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum have stayed in this suite. Also, African presidents such as Goodluck Jonathan, are said to have also stayed here.

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Bridge Suite Dining 0012The Underwater Suites

These suites were another favorite of mine. Designed by Wilson and Associates, the two Underwater Suites, Poseidon and Neptune, are considered Atlantis’ most intimate and romantic suites. It has an Elegant aquatic-themed accommodation which includes a large living area complete with dining table, a separate majlis/ TV room, bedroom and ensuite bathroom.

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Atlantis, The Palm_Underwater Suites Lounge

Now that I’ve shown you just how amazing the scenery and accommodation are at the One & Only resorts and Atlantis, come along with me as I share the fabulous experiences I had while exploring Dubai! Stay tuned for part II…

Moremi Elekwachi is a Brand Communications expert with over 13 years of experience both locally and internationally. She is the CEO of Euphorique PR, a full-service Public Relations & Marketing Communications agency that helps clients achieve maximum visibility and impact through innovative strategies that cut through the noise. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communications from the University of Southern California, in addition to a certification in Integrated Brand Experience from Orange Academy. Prior to establishing Euphorique PR, she worked at prestigious media companies including Wondros (Los Angeles, CA), Wildflower PR, and BellaNaija, where she served as Assistant Editor and Business Development Manager.

25 Comments

  1. Ocean Beauty

    March 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Choi.
    Heaven on earth

  2. carla

    March 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    After reading this beautiful Piece and dreaming about going there with my hubby the $45k brought me back to planet earth. U do well u hear, $45k hian!

    • ebony

      March 19, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      i think the $45k is the fee for the Royal bridge suite fit for royalties only.

  3. Yes

    March 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I love Dubai…:)……Lovely

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  4. Geraldine Ogwe

    March 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Beautiful. You captured even the little details that someone like me may not even bother to do, like the welcoming with gong. I will improve my creative photography. Have fun, dear.

  5. Abby

    March 18, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    This is LIFE!I LOVE THIS

  6. Ada

    March 18, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I love Dubai.

  7. What is the purpose

    March 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    What is the point of staying in a 45,000 usd suite? Really? I have been to dubai so many times and stayed at the radisson blu , I had a good time in a week, ate good food AMD shopped to drop in good top notch stores… What on earth is this 45,000 usd suite? Even if was beyond the money I am making right now, I will never do it.. When I know when you die laying in that coffin or grave you will become dust, after you rot .. Truly what is the purpose when there are so many other people suffering… People love to,show off for ridiculous things: 45,000 usd no offense but that is what ome people make a year..or even less thank that.. 15 years ago I made less than that… Per year… I came a long way so I will never sleep in a 45,000 usd suite.. For what?? That is rubbish and it just bleeds my heart….. Let’s be fair… God did not drop of in this world to stay in a 45,000 usd suite.. When we all know that we will end in a the dust and 6 feet down.

    • Omoj

      March 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      There is nothing wrong with staying in a well catered place even if it cost $100k per night. It is a matter of where you are and where you have been. BTW I believe this a sponsored trip so why not enjoy it. Once you enjoy a moment of luxury, you will appreciate nature. The world is all about demand and supply. Luxury was made for those who requested for it and those who want to spoil themselves a little.

  8. Laface

    March 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Really nice…. But eh, did ‘they say’ Daddy Goodluck (as Patience is mummy) stayed in this same hotel and payed 45k USD? Abeg, was it a courtesy stay- Free of charge, or he doled out almost 8million naira (going by old exchange rate) to stay here per night considering the poverty rate in Nigeria?

    Amanpour i need you!

  9. doryszz

    March 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    choi, my God my God, I wonder how heaven will look like.I MUST BE THERE OO

  10. oluchy

    March 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    WOW, l love the views. Vacation here l come.

  11. Personal Signature

    March 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Nigeria can afford to put all that in place but leaders & officials in position to do this would rather steal, embezzle, siphon public funds or bribe every king, pastor, imam and militant to vote for them.

    Till we reach there, if we ever do.

  12. Funmi

    March 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I love Dubai. I’ll visit next summer by God’s grace. It’s the most beautiful city in the world in my opinion

  13. I no send

    March 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Yes atlantis is fun for kids…..but not for people on a budget…but ur kids gonna thank you trust me

  14. yea

    March 18, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    biko bia, how person dey take win trips like this? abeg, hook a sister up na.

  15. Kenny Jossy

    March 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    @carla, did you say $45k? You kidding, hell to the NO I better remain on planet earth rather spend such amount of money for a hotel. I bet you Warren Buffet will not pay such amount of money to sleep in a hotel.

  16. ACE

    March 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Heavenly!. This place is beautiful,We will get there,soon….

  17. Ibukun

    March 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Where I want to live for life. Abeg how do I get to win such trips?

  18. Sunshine

    March 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    This is really nice and I praise the visionary leadership of UAE govt . However, it saddens me to see that we have to travel to the desert to get the fun. Nigeria has the potential of providing the same services, but corruption and inept leaders have negatvely impacted progress. President transformation has no shame in spending $45,000 a nite there, contributing to UAE’s economy, while his country is in an economical distress. He should be proud of himself, and I hope he can sleep well at nite.

    • imose

      March 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      you mirrored my thoughts dear!!! smh

  19. t

    March 18, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    thanks u o sunshine,u spoke my mind

  20. fleur

    March 19, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Thanks so much sunshine. We have the beaches around the Deltas that surround our southern, western and eastern borders. We have vast desert lands with oasis that we could have developed. We have to fly to DUbai to see desert. If Nigerians stop going to Dubai, the economy will see movement on a chart. That is how much we spend our money creating wealth for ordinary and upper class emiratis.

    • honey

      March 19, 2015 at 5:58 am

      I hope you havent gone to Dubai. Because this your advise eh?
      Wont they build our tourism first before we stop going to Dubai, Abi you want us to lose the small sanity that annual vacations have helped us maintain?

  21. Niola

    March 19, 2015 at 8:09 am

    God bless you o honey! The small sanity holidays gives us ! So Jonathan has stayed in this hotel ehn; with his salary Abi? Ole! Stealing our children’s inheritance to enjoy yourself that is why you don’t want to leave there but behold,whatever has a beginning must have an end!

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