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Breakfast at Culinary Boutique | Dubai

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Looking for a place to gather your friends, share good conversation and enjoy a delicious brunch? Culinary Boutique is a great go to spot -especially on a weekend. The buzzing atmosphere and wonderful service will definitely make you want to prolong your outing.

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Culinary Boutique’s extensive menu features mouthwatering staple breakfast dishes such as Eggs Benedict, fluffy French Toast, and healthy options like Granola bowls. The struggle was most definitely real when the time came to place our order. Too many favourites to choose from!

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Falafel Explosion – Lebanese falafel served in a warm round bun with sesame yoghurt sauce for dipping.

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Eggs-celent choices

Menemen- Turkish style scrambled eggs with tomato & lots of flavourful spices.

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Shakshuka – Poached egg & organic Greek yoghurt served with crusty French baguette.

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Spanish Omelette- Potatoes, Scamorza cheese & porcini mushrooms served in a cast iron skillet.

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Savory Truffle Egg Custard – served with crusty French bread.

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Eggs Benedict – Always a breakfast favourite. Asparagus, smoked paprika & Hollandaise sauce.

Avocado Toast- The craze right now. Poached eggs, cherry tomatoes & chives.

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Sweet tooth

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French Toast- Berry compote, French vanilla cream. This is the melt-in-your-mouth type of dessert you don’t want to share.

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Counting your calories? Go for their healthy Chia Seed GranolaRoasted chia seeds, mixed with yoghurt, nuts, kiwi, papaya, dragon fruit, quinoa & pomegranate.

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Pick to sit indoor among their homey and contemporary aesthetics; or if the weather allows, ask for a seat in the terrace or rooftop to catch a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa.

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Culinary Boutique is on top of our Dubai Lyst. We just can’t wait for our next visit!

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Urban Yoga | Dubai

This New York City industrial loft inspired Yoga Studio is located high up on the 37th floor of the Aspect Tower, in the heart of Dubai’s Business Bay. It is here where you can disconnect from the bustling city life and reconnect with your breath.

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There are two studios: a large brick lined warehouse space with super high ceilings & breathtaking city and ocean views, as well as a cosy loft style studio on the upper floor.

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Tip I: When in the large studio, set your mat on the front right side of the room so you can catch a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa throughout the practice!

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Urban Yoga offers a range of classes for all levels. Everything from powerful Vinyasa to restorative Yin. With classes starting as early as 6.30AM for early risers, and as late as 8.30PM for those wanting to de-stress after a long day at the office. Click here for their full schedule.

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We tried the afternoon Strala class with Brittany C – an amazing instructor with so much passion for her practice. Originally from NYC, she adds to the urban vibe of the studio – making you think you’re right in the heart of Manhattan!

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At Urban Yoga there is always something to look forward to. Whether its a workshop, a 200 hour teacher training, or monthly events such as Rooftop Yoga, Partner Yoga, and Glow Flow: Yoga in the dark with neon attire & an upbeat playlist. Sign us up!

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Drop ins are AED 90 per class. But you’ll be back for more, so why not opt for their class packs or monthly membership plans. For more info on their rates click here.

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The Oberoi Hotel | Dubai

The Oberoi Dubai: where luxury meets business. A five star contemporary luxury hotel towering over the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s Business Bay.

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STAY

We checked into their spacious 52 square meter Deluxe City View room with floor to ceiling windows, boasting an uninterrupted view of the Burj Khalifa.

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This bright and spacious room features a super comfortable King size bed, housekeeping service twice daily, a fully stocked mini fridge with a Nespresso machine – a necessity for any coffee addict.

Tip I: Ask for the Pillow Menu and choose your favourite, with options to suit every sleep type.

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Their attentive staff offer exceptional service making sure your stay is as comfortable as can be. Welcome gifts upon your arrival and fresh fruits delivered to your room daily!

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The plush Italian marble tiled bathroom features a his and hers double vanity, glass paneled shower, and a standalone bath tub with spectacular views of the city.

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BREAKFAST at Nine7One

Make sure you don’t miss out on breakfast at Nine7One, served daily from 6.30-10.30AM. Choose from a variety of healthy and filling breakfast options from a variety of cuisines. Take a seat outside in their bright & peaceful courtyard and enjoy your breakfast under the morning sun.

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IRIS LOUNGE

Up on the 27th floor is where you will find Iris, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant/lounge. Grab a bite, a drink, and sit back to watch the sun set over the Dubai skyline.

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Iris is open seven days a week, and features a live band on Sundays & Tuesdays. On weekends, it’s doors are open until 3AM.

GYM

Sweat it out at the hotel’s 24 hour gym, offering Life Fitness cardio and strength training equipment as well as free weights.

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 The hotel offers complementary Yoga sessions everyday (except Sundays) from 6-6.45PM.

Tip II: Private sessions are also available for hotel guests at AED 100 for a 45 minute class.

POOL

Start or end your day at the hotel’s beautiful Olympic sized swimming pool. Open from sunrise to sunset, this temperature controlled pool is just what you need to re-energize.

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Whether you are visiting Dubai for business or pleasure, The Oberoi Dubai checks all the boxes.

So, what are you waiting for? Click here to book your stay!

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Eforea Spa at The Hilton | Doha

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Pamper yourself at Hilton Doha’s luxurious Eforea Spa.

With a variety of skillfully designed treatments ranging from Hydrating Cleansing Facials to Hot Stone Therapy, without a doubt, each one will leave you in a state of complete physical and mental relaxation. Their therapists are extremely professional & attentive, carefully addressing any concerns or problem areas which you may have. They use the finest range of organic skincare and luxury spa products – free from alcohol, chemicals, & all the nasties!

Following your treatment, you will be guided to the Quiet Lounge where you can unwind, read a book, and enjoy a warm cup of ginger tea.

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Complete your Spa experience by visiting the tranquil Thermal Lounge. Take a dip in the Thermal Pool, open up your pores in the Aromatic Steam Room, detoxify in the Sauna, or reawaken your senses under the tropical showers.

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Tip I: There are separate timings for ladies and gents at the Thermal Lounge. Ladies are from 9AM – 2PM and Gents from 2.15PM – 9PM.

Eforea Spa is perfect for couples wishing to book a Spa Day together, a group of friends looking to recharge after a long week, or if you just want to feel rejuvenated, renewed & refreshed.

Be sure to check out Hilton’s Spa & Recreation Membership Offer. One of the many benefits? 20% off all Spa treatments! Call them on +974 44233441 for more information.

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We had a blissful Spa experience and simply cannot wait for our next visit!

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Comptoir 102 | Dubai

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A similar idea to Paris’ Colette Store, yet a more bohemian, low key and organic version.

This concept founded by Emma and Alexandra, two Parisians living in Dubai, is so beautifully designed- you almost forget it’s located on one of the busiest streets in Jumeirah. The villa’s inimitable style takes you to a sanctuary far away from the stress of city life.

Comptoir 102 houses a Store and a healthy Café: No 102, specialising in organic and locally sourced foods.

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The French style windows opening out to the airy bamboo lined patio, the Moroccan inspired brass tables, the vintage berber rugs, all exude simplicity & elegance.

Café No 102 is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious guilt free meal either with friends or solo, catch up on emails, and just get some time to yourself.

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Tip I: Check out their Organic Grocery Store while waiting for your food to arrive. Here you can find all the superfoods you’d want to add to your daily diet: spirulina, acai, raw cacao & many more…

SUPER FRESH

 Just as fashion changes with each season, so do the ingredients at this health café; bringing you super fresh & natural options to choose from their daily menu.

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Not only is the food generously sized, nutritious & colourful, but it truly tastes as satisfying & rewarding as it looks. Making you feel good on the inside & out.

Their detox juices and fresh almond milk smoothies are a MUST try, a wide selection on offer so choose your favourite…or choose two! Get refreshed & energized with the Heaven on Earth Smoothie: Dates, Banana, Almond milk, Raw cacao, crushed Almond, Cinnamon. DELICIOUS.

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Once you are ready to leave behind the zen atmosphere and return to reality, be sure to browse through their super chic concept store. You can find one of a kind pieces ranging from homeware, jewellery & apparel.

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Breakfast at Suq Restaurant | Four Seasons Resort Dubai

Welcome to the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, where luxury meets serenity.

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Whether you are a hotel guest, a Dubai native, or just searching for a relaxed yet upscale restaurant to enjoy your first meal of the day; then Suq Restaurant’s buffet breakfast has got you covered.

A very casual, yet chic market style restaurant where you can select a variety of tempting local and international cuisines.

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Suq’s extensive buffet breakfast serves everything you’d want & need to get your day started just right. From freshly baked croissants, to live cooking stations, making your eggs just as poached as you like them, or those mouthwatering waffles and fluffy stacked pancakes with unlimited toppings! If you’re more of a health nut, dive into their homemade muesli, freshly sliced fruits and different types of yoghurt: greek, natural, flavoured – you name it!

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We absolutely LOVED the Juice corner; sip on their smoothie of the day while casually contemplating on what food to try out next. If you’re not a fan of the juice and smoothies of the day, ask the ever so friendly staff to blend you your own personalised refresher!

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Ask to be seated outside on the terrace to take in the beautiful greenery of the Four Seasons property and a peek at the ever blue Persian Gulf.

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Now this is what we call: Breakfast of Champions!

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Served until 11.30am, so make sure you’re up early because this is one breakfast experience you won’t want to miss!

Suq is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner & weekly Friday Brunch! For more reservations or more info click here.

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Life’n One | Dubai

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“To be the best version of yourself; mind, body and soul should be in balance”

Step into this one of a kind wellness center located right in the heart of Jumeirah for the ultimate journey to self discovery. This hidden gem has so much to offer for the mind, body and soul. Choose from a range of classes: Yoga, Pilates, Barre, Meditation, or one-on-one treatments such as Chakra reading. Whatever your preferred style or experience, their variety of classes have got you covered. Take a look here for their weekly schedule.

Life’n One is all things raw, green, and organic- making you feel as if you are in a wellness retreat somewhere far away from the shiny skyscrapers engulfing the city.

Upon entering you will notice a very unique and rustic charm throughout.  Warm friendly smiles welcoming you in, an African Grey parrot greeting you at the reception, and colourful inspirational messages written on the walls. You instantly become part of the Life’n One community.

We attended an hour long Gong meditation class led by the wonderful Ms Zarine. The Gong, an ancient therapeutic instrument, is known to reduce stress and release emotional blockages within us. The hypnotic vibrations truly awakened our senses and led us to a profound state of blissfulness.

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After working the body and mind, it’s time to nourish the soul! Life’n One has its own outdoor healthy vegetarian café. One Café boasts a wholesome menu free from added sugars, gluten and dairy. The café is super green, serene, and beautifully decorated with rustic wooden furniture. Did we say we LOVE this place?

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Lounge on the grass, sip your organic smoothie, soak up the sun rays. Getting hot? Move to the indoor air conditioned garden area where you can enjoy their fresh and wholesome meals.

To Start

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Turmeric Smoothie, Guacamole & Flax seed Crackers, Life’n One Omelette & Quinoa Bread

To Follow

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 Gluten free Pancakes with honey

To Finish

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Cookies with nuts served with fresh mint tea

Life’n One is the ideal getaway from stressful city life, and more importantly: the perfect setting to breathe, relax and nourish your body.

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The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC

If you are looking for a luxury five star hotel experience right in the heart of Dubai’s Financial District, then look no further.

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The Ritz Carlton, DIFC lives up to the Ritz Carlton name with their well trained staff, stylish clientele, beautiful marble interior, and extensive fresh flowers throughout the property.

The hotel’s prime location is perfect for a business traveler, a resident in need of a staycation, or anyone looking to enjoy a luxury city break. Only 20 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes to Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa. If that’s not enough, it’s even walking distance to some of the trendiest restaurants in town; La Petite Maison and Zuma, to name a few.

STAY

Choose to stay in either one of their spacious hotel Rooms, luxurious Suites or lavish Executive Residences. We stayed in their inviting Two-bedroom Executive Residences and were greeted with a fresh bowl of fruit, chocolates and macarons on our arrival.

Each room has it’s own bathroom, featuring Asprey branded amenities, a double vanity, a rain shower and a plush Italian marble bathtub. As for closet space, they’ve definitely got you covered! A large walking closet in the first bedroom with enough room for all your belongings, making you feel right at home.

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The kitchen is equipped with the finest chinaware, a Nespresso machine, and a fully stocked refrigerator. So if you need a break from all the restaurant dining and crave a home cooked meal, you’ve got the best range of WMF cookware to help you out.

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BREAKFAST in Bed

Finding it a struggle to get out from under the 400 thread-count linen? No problem. Dial Room Service and tuck into a variety of options from their expansive menu!

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                                   Rise & Dine!

Breakfast is the most important AND our favourite meal of the day. So it was a very tough decision but we narrowed it down to these healthy and satisfying options.

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                                             Now, that’s what we call a spread!

LUNCH at Café Belge

Step back in time to the Golden Era of the 1920’s at this elegantly designed Belgian café. The art deco interior, vintage posters, luxurious marble flooring, bronze railings and rich wooden booths add an unmatched character to this café. Listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Louis Armstrong playing in the background while you enjoy the Belgian inspired hearty dishes.

We started off with the Roast Beetroot Salad to share and the Grilled Salmon served on a bed of asparagus à la flamande; a true specialty! Our lunch ended on a sweet note; the classic Belgian waffles with Speculoos ice cream are a MUST!

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COFFEE at Cake

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and fresh pastries will draw you into this very cute & cosy cafe. It’s the perfect place to catch up on some emails, phone calls, or meet up with some friends. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, wonderful selections of savoury and sweet options to satisfy any cravings.

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Tip I: Cake is open 24 Hours – so have your cake & eat it too!

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CLUB LOUNGE

It’s what they call a hotel within a hotel.

Other than access to a private Concierge service and complementary Wifi, sit back with your glass of wine and savour the view of the Dubai Skyline from the 13th floor. Choose from a variety of fresh food and beverage options available daily.

To gain access to this exclusive Club Level Lounge you must be a Club Level guest. At check in, make sure you register the guests who you wish to have access to this private Lounge.

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Tip II: They have the BEST cookies: chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, or how about both?

GYM

I mean, who wouldn’t love to work up a sweat with this view?

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There are two Fitness Centers within the property, one at the Hotel and one at the Residences, next to the Rooftop Pool. Both are fully equipped with the latest LifeFitness cardio and strength training machines. Both are open 24 hours daily, so you can get your workout done at anytime that suits you.

Tip III: Cool down after your session with a cold eucalyptus scented towel.

POOL

Without a doubt, the view from the Rooftop Pool is our favourite in the entire property! Take a refreshing dip, soak up the sun rays and cool down with a freshly made cocktail while overlooking the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

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We had a wonderful stay at The Ritz Carlton, DIFC and look forward to coming back very soon!

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The Act Dubai

Setting The Scene

Located on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, it’s grand theatrical 1940’s interior makes you feel as if you have stepped into a musical off Broadway. Servers are wearing green military uniforms to go with the theme of the night: Propaganda. A selection of hits from the 80s and 90s play while the audience start to fill up the baroque inspired theater.

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 Tip I: If you are a large party, ask to sit in the Upper Level where they have private theater-themed booths.

Opening Act

Once the drinks start flowing, your server will start to bring out the different plates to tantalize your taste buds. Our favourite: the liquid sweetcorn ravioli with chipotle & crispy corn served on top of freshly cut lime. Take a bite out of the lime to experience a surprising explosion of flavours, ending with a slight crunch.

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It’s Showtime

As for the actual show, we won’t give too much away… Let’s just say, the variety of performers make sure to deliver jaw dropping, nail biting and breathtaking entertainment!

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The signature Tasting Menu offers 6 distinct courses, all served in the middle and all small plates; making it ideal for sharing. The cuisine is Peruvian with a Japanese twist, each plate has a unique flavour and sensory experience in itself.

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Timing is on point – the food arrives in sync with the performances, giving you enough time to eat and chat in between the acts. After all, you wouldn’t want your food to arrive in the dark.

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The combination of gripping theatrical performances, palatable Peruvian cuisine and sophisticated nightlife makes it an entirely unmatched venue in Dubai.

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  Though, it can be quite pricey- their Tasting menu is AED 450 per person. Nonetheless, you are guaranteed to have a one of a kind experience.

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After the curtains are drawn and the show comes to an end, the DJ will lure you onto the dance floor until the early hours.

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Beach Brunch at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

Two of our favourite things are Beaching and Brunching. So we had to try the Beach Brunch at one of the most internationally known Beach clubs: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE.

The setting is exactly what you would expect from Blue Marlin: beautiful people, great music, fun & friendly servers. It truly is a classic Sunday Funday experience, except on a Saturday!

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What’s the deal?

You get your own Beach bed or Sun lounger, unlimited food, alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks – all for AED 295 per person. Just make sure you arrive before 2PM so you have plenty of time to settle in and place your orders. The Brunch is served between 2-4PM, after that, anything you order will be added on as extra.

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The food is fresh and definitely satisfying as there is something for every taste. So if you are not a Sushi lover, go for the Lamb Ravioli, Chicken Croquettes, or Grilled Shrimps with Tahini sauce – Deeeelicious!

Next up: Dessert, our favourite meal on a sunny day. Cool down with some freshly sliced fruit. Or if you’re feeling something sweeter; the Peruvian inspired donuts are just what you need! The pumpkin spice flavour pairs so well with the creamy corn ice cream – Perfecto!

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Tip I: Something that the Blue Marlin in Ibiza doesn’t offer: Shisha/Hookah. So go ahead and choose from a variety of flavours.

ENJOY

Take in the Mediterranean vibes. Lay back, soak up the sun, enjoy your Sangria whilst listening to the DJ spin classic Ibiza tunes. If it gets too hot, take a dip into the cool turquoise waters. Tip II: watch out for Jetskis or Flyboards as they love to ride out to this area and show off their moves.

Before the sun goes down, the DJ moves over to the wooden deck, a new crowd joins, and the party continues. So stay and watch the sunset at this beautiful oasis and dance the night away under the star lit skies.

Tip III: Keep in mind it is a 40 minute drive from Downtown Dubai and the Taxi queue at the end of the night is LONG! Sign up to Uber and enter the Promo Code: oa993 to get your first free ride worth AED 60.

The next Beach Brunch is on 13th February: This Valentine’s Brunch will feature authentic Flamenco music by Gipsy Moreno from the Gipsy Kings. For more info, check out the Upcoming Events for your own BMI experience!

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