Surely I can’t start another bloggy post telling you how spoilt I’ve been on this Bloggerati trip, but I’m going to have to. Sorry guys! When I found out that I was staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai, I hit the internet to peek at photos and find out a bit more about it. From what I could tell it was pretty central to the heart of Dubai and it looked all kinds of fancy in the photos. It turns out that both of these little facts are correct.
After arriving from our long flight, we were all pretty exhausted and had a full day of activities ahead of us, so although I don’t remember a lot from that first moment I walked into the hotel, what I do remember was seeing three beautiful vases with bursts of colour popping out from the top, that sat on a table in the foyer.
I really love bursts of colour, so you can imagine how excited I was over the next couple of days to see the hotel unfold with displays of Christmas goodness – from trees to tinsel and real life sized gingerbread houses. Uh huh. I’m talking a house made from real gingerbread and lollies, but I’m going to save all the million photos that I took of this for a whole other post.
My room is pretty special, with magnificent views over Dubai that stretch for miles and miles. At night I like to leave my curtains wide open until bed time and stare at all the pretty coloured lights, while I stretch out on the bed and mess it up. Staying here and not having to make my bed for nearly a week has made me VERY happy. I’m a sucker for those kinds of things! This is the first trip in my entire life where I’ve actually unpacked my suitcase and hung up everything in the wardrobe. Mostly I just live out of the suitcase from the floor, but the curved wooden cupboards were too pretty not to use and besides, since there is full room service several times a day, I thought I should be good and keep my room nice and tidy, so the fab service people won’t have to trip over all my stuff.
The things that make me super happy about my room are the fancy curved cupboards, the very deep bath that I’ve soaked in quite a few times, the amazing view, the two (yes, two!) shower heads that are super strong and how cute the room service people are by rearranging the cosmetics that I leave in the bathroom into a perfect pattern for me. It reminds me of our James at home, who loves to see things sitting out in perfect sequence. In terms of things outside my room, the service is impeccable and I love that it only costs about $5 Australian if you want to catch a taxi to The Dubai Mall from here, so it’s nice and close to everything.
What makes me sad is that I really want to swim in the spectacular pool at the Shangri-La, but I just haven’t had a chance yet. Maybe next time? I can’t help thinking that it looks like something you might see in a James Bond movie.
Far out, I’m going to really miss this place when I’m back home to reality. The Shangri-La is by far the fanciest hotel that I’ve ever stayed in! I wonder if I could convince Rich and the kids to wait on me hand and foot when I’m back, fluff up my pillows at night and roll back the covers on my bed, so that I can climb right in?? I can see you all shaking your heads at this and yep, I’m doubting the idea too!