Staycation at Sheraton Grand Dubai

Embark on a journey of pure relaxation, just as i did when i checked into the modern yet contemporary Sheraton Grand Dubai, a part of Starwood hotels and resorts,for the weekend which is just what i was in dire need of to get myself away from those stressful workdays for that much needed TLC.

As we stepped into the lobby, we were taken aback by the grandeur space exuding its own magic from the tasteful spherical chandeliers that hung high to the hand crafted wooden intricate artwork showcased in various areas of the lobby all set in an ambient lighting making you feel at ease.

Check in was a breeze as we made our way through the 31st floor, the panoramic VIP club lounge level , to have everything been taken care of by the hospitable staff with just a tap of few keys, had our room arranged for us notably.


As we entered our Grand Deluxe suite, i could not help but admire the vast space of the suite, the rich fabrics with light seeping through and subdued tones with impressive views of the famous Sheikh Zayed Road making for quite a welcoming atmosphere. As i opened the door to the bedroom, i could not wait to slip on my super soft slippers and stretch out lazily on the large comfortable bed, with its plush pillows, a comfortable mattress which promises blood circulation and uber soft duvets , all being an indulgent part of the luxurious signature sleep experience promising sweet dreams.

After a quick tour of the room, we had built quite an appetite and our tummies led us to the extravagant Feast restaurant, only to be pleased by the lively set up and the bustling crowd that met our eyes. I am not kidding but it took us a good half an hour just to walk around all the cuisines stationed, from the British counter to the Asian counter, A seafood live station to the warmth of the bread counter and fresh salads on array and not to forget an exclusive cheese and wine selection, it did not stop at that, to quench your thirst, there is also a gin and tonic counter and a little something to satisfy your sugar rush, need i say more?

The chefs continued to surprise us at the table by getting their specials laid out in front of us from each counter, for starters, a plate of fresh oysters welcomed us the old fashioned way on a bed of ice, with all things nice, mini tobacco bottles to add a pop of color and lime juice. The Lamb 26, which offers 3 different cuts of John Stone grass fed Lamb along with a beautiful tray of 26 garnishes, each one holding a different aspect of taste. Sushis and dim sums also lined our table , steaming hot and ready to be devoured. One of my favorites dishes though has to be the tamarind chicken, succulent pieces of tamarind flavored chicken cut in cubes was the epitome of complete deliciousness as well as the beef rendang, a simple dish that denotes a combination of stewed beef cooked in a coconut gravy combined with the aroma of lemongrass, galangal and chillies. The meat was like biting in a piece of homely goodness.

 

After a quick siesta in the comforts of our suite, we decided to pamper ourselves and headed to the glorious Shine spa for a much needed hot stone massage and what can be a more perfect alternative than booking the couple’s signature treatment to enjoy sweet moments together. As we entered the couple room, the calming ambience was evident with lit candles and soothing music to the ears. My therapist started the treatment by washing my feet and leading me to the massage bed where she gently and in rhythm massaged and kneaded those stubborn knots in my aching body and gently placed hot stones all over my body giving me immense relief, as i requested her to give more attention to my lower back, 90 minutes later, we felt so revitalized, that it showed on our faces.There is an extremely inviting jacuzzi which can also be used in the couples room if you would like to unwind a little more.


I love my breakfast with a view and thats exactly i got as we decided to take a quick bite at the breakfast buffet on the club lounge floor, the panoramic view only makes you learn to appreciate the sheer beauty of Dubai with the natural sunlight seeping through and with that i come to a pit stop about my staycation at Sheraton Grand, a warm and hospitable hotel , easily accessible and definitely hitting the right notes for me.

Mother’s day at Fairmont Dubai

DUBAI, 9 March 2016–This Mother’s Day, The Chocolate Room at Fairmont Dubai offers a unique and delicious gift that Mum will surely enjoy. Our talented pastry team has crafted intricately decadent cupcake bouquets fit for a queen.

Made from moist and fluffy cupcakes adorned with beautifully designed frosting, this cupcake bouquet will definitely warm Mum’s heart.

The best part is that she can share this delicious baked bouquet too! So, if you are looking for a creative way to thank a special woman, this is the perfect gift.

Available at The Chocolate Room located on the ground floor. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.

The Chocolate Room is the first pop-up chocolate room in town. From the finest single origin chocolates to creative cakes and special afternoon tea, it offers all things chocolate. Hampers and special gifts are also available.

For more information, call +971 4 311 8316 or email dbi.fbconcierge@fairmont.com


About Fairmont

  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers withmemorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are trulyunforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locallyinspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotelsglobally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels inthe world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco andFairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,600 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit com.

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HintHunt Dubai Takes Escape Games to the Next Level with the Submarine Launch

The first Mission Gamein the Middle East, HintHunt Submarine will have two games in one room

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15th of February, 2017: HintHunt Dubai, the leadingescape game in the UAE according to Tripadvisor, has launchedthe first mission game concept in the Middle East, the Submarine. Unlike any other escape game, the Submarine theme has two different missions within one room, thus allowing it to be played twice.

Players get to experience what it feels like to be in a real submarine and swim through the riddles and clues to make it out in time. Being virtually submerged underwater in a highly-mechanized Submarine, the idea of an Escape Game has shifted to an Escape Mission.

“The Submarine mission is one that definitely challenges your problem-solving skills and promptitude on the spot, it is not a drill.It also encourages team building and better relationships, as the presence of team spirit and the ability to collaboratively work with one another is essential to complete the mission escape in time”, said Lina El Saheb, Managing Partner at HintHunt Dubai.

The 3 to 5 team members will be part of a crew in the U-53 Submarine and choose between two different missions that can be played one after another or independently. In the Torpedo challenge, the submarine has disappeared from the radar and the players need to find out what happened and prepare the torpedo for any possible threats. The excitement continues within the Deep Down challenge, in which the engine stops functioning and the submarine begins to sink. With 60 minutes in hand, your mission is to restart the engine and get back to the surface as soon as possible.

There are three identical Submarine rooms available, so groups of friends or corporate teams can challenge each other to complete the missions simultaneously. Other available escape games within HintHunt include the Zen room and JM’s office.

The games can be booked by contacting HintHunt Dubai at +971 4 321 2242 or info@hinthunt.ae .

 


About HintHunt:

HintHunt® is a simple and fun live escape game that operates in Dubai, London, Cape Town, Paris, Johannesburg and Budapest.  It is designed for groups of 3-5 people. You get 60 minutes to climb a mountain of puzzles and mysteries in a carefully & cleverly designed room. The goal is simple yet challenging: get out in time! Or else … you could be trapped inside forever! During this engaging and challenging game, team members truly live and breathe in unison for an hour. For more information, please visit www.hinthunt.ae, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter & Instagram.

Fresh, Bright and Light: Café Bateel Launches a New Seasonal Spring Menu

Dubai, UAE, 14 February 2017– Café Bateel,home of gourmet Mediterranean cuisine,announces the launch of a fresh new seasonal menu for the upcoming spring season. Diners can delight in light, fresh and healthy options from soups and salads to mains and desserts, with special offerings for vegans too. The new menu is now available in all cafes across the UAE, Kuwait, Riyadh and Jeddah throughout the season.

The innovative new menu includes a selection of hearty soups, healthy salads,wholesome main courses and delectable desserts. Highlights include the Bateel Caprese, a fresh ciabatta topped with pesto, plum tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and avocado,and the wholesome lamb confit and farrorisotto,served with chick peas, Greek mushrooms and caramelised onions.A new range of sandwiches and mains make for perfect lunches, such as the Ciriolealla Genovese, a pairing of Umbrian ribbon pasta served with marinated chicken, green peas, potatoes and light creamy pesto.  The new season brings options for all, with the addition of vegan options such as the Mediterranean soup and pappardelle mushroom pasta.The new seasonal menu is a celebration of spring fresh flavours and produce, with light and hearty options to choose from.

For those looking to reward themselves after a light meal, the new menu brings a variety of dessert options including two new sundaes to end the meal on a sweet note.With the pomegranate sundae, a medley of berries and ice cream and the chocolate hazelnut sundae, a more indulgent end to a light meal, Bateel’s new sundaes are the perfect desserts to keep cool as the Middle East heats up.

The new seasonal menu is now available across all Café Bateel locations in the UAE, Kuwait, Jeddah and Riyadh through the spring season.

 

Seasonal Menu:

Soups

Mediterranean AED 36

Hearty vegan soup with borlotti beans, farro grains and kale

 

Salads

Burrata Pesto AED 62

Creamy burrata cheese with farro grains, artichoke, kale, jir-jir and avocado marinated in coriander pesto dressing

 

Greek Chicken Zaatar AED 54

Zaatar marinated chicken with mixed leaves, Ligurian olives, radish, cucumber and

a refreshing yoghurt dressing

 

Bresola Red Quinoa and Avocado AED 58

Red quinoa tossed in an avocado dressing served with bresaola, asparagus, green beans and pumpkin seeds

 

Sandwiches and Wraps

Grilled Vegetable Bagel AED 48

Whole wheat bagel topped with baba ganoush, grilled zucchini, aubergine and bell pepper.
Bateel Caprese AED 52

Fresh ciabatta topped with pesto, plum tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella and avocado

 

Pasta

 CirioleAlla Genovese AED 59

Traditional Umbrian ribbon pasta,served with marinated chicken, green peas, potatoes and light creamy pesto

 

Pappardelle Pasta with Seasonal Mushroom AED 54

Served with a mix of Chiodini, Button,Oyster, Trumpet and Chanterelle mushrooms and Parmesan Reggiano cheese

 

Main Courses

 Lamb Confit and Farro Risotto AED 98

Braised lamb shoulder served with warm Umbrian farro grains, chickpeas, Greek mushrooms and caramelised onions

Chilean Sea BassFillet AED 105

Chilean Sea Bass fillet served on an aubergine coulis with sautéed celeriac, heirloom carrots, parsnips, artichoke and chestnuts
Oven-Roasted Salmon AED 92

Oven-roasted Norwegian salmon filletwith cherry tomatoes served on a bed of lentils

 

Desserts

 Pear and Chocolate CakeAED 29

Vanilla almond sponge topped with pear compote, rich chocolate mousse and

Chocolate cremeux

 

Peanut Delight AED 29

A light sponge with layers ofpeanut streusel, peanut mousse anddulcey cream

 

PomegranateSundae AED 29

Panna cotta ice cream, berries,pomegranate and raspberry coulis.

 

Chocolate andHazelnut Sundae AED 29

Hazelnut ice cream, crispy hazelnut wafer and chocolate sauce

Raspberry Rose Lychee Cheesecake AED 29


 

About Café Bateel

Taking the brand a step beyond gourmet products, Café Bateel represents a seamless blend of Mediterranean cuisine and the distinct character of our Arabian heritage. Café Bateel provides a warm and sophisticated ambiance where you can enjoy extraordinary gourmet cuisine.

Taking the brand a step beyond gourmet products, Café Bateel represents a seamless blend of Mediterranean cuisine and the distinct character of our Arabian heritage. Café Bateel provides a warm and sophisticated ambiance where you can enjoy extraordinary gourmet cuisine.

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Lunch at Tub of Butter Dubai

Besotted with contemporary vibes, Tub of Butter has it all from walls laden with crates and avid pictures of spices and instagrammable spots lurking from every nook and corner, this modern space with its industrial furnishings has circular like booths with colorful cushions giving you that extra depth of comfort and coziness , the cafe also has a deli spot where you can pick up your sandwiches and coffee from , plus point being that they are open from 7 am in the morning for the office goers.

Retail market products are neatly stacked and quite the variety from italian pastas to tea blends and truffle honeys and much more, allowing you to cooly browse through the products and even make a quick purchase.There is also a separate dining area making you feel like you have landed in a tub of butter.

Tantalizing over some chargrilled goodness of premium angus sirloin which comes from Australian jack’s creek. The angus sirloin tartan has a great flavorful combination of caramelized onions over a green bed of pesto sauce with the meat being tender and soft and packed with flavor.

The grilled salmon drizzled with a squirt of lemon juice accompanied with green beans gives a right amount of crunch and flavor to this dish. The salmon is grilled to perfection with the skin being nice and crisp and the inside being flaky and soft.

Not your common pasta , the paccheri pasta comprising of large hollow tubes deems delicious when combined with a rich napoletana sauce which brings this dish to life with the richness and vibrant nature of the tomato sauce.

The luscious and fragrant pannacota infused with oranges and saffron is one of my favorites from the dessert. Such a beautiful presentation makes you think twice before taking a bite of it. Loving the tinge of orange juice giving the sweetness a zesty feel in your mouth.


The little bites of warm dough heaven are super perfect to enjoy in this breezy cold weather. Loukoumades is a popular greek dish that comes drizzled with honey and sprinkled with the sweetness of cinnamon making it the perfect companion over a steaming cup of coffee and the cutest part of it all, it comes served in a mama’s tub.

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