Why visit …. because there are few things in life better than staycationing in your home town or adopted city. Suddenly, everything slows and you can appreciate the beauty of your home at a leisurely pace. I was staying at the newly opened InterContinental Dubai Marina, which although just a short distance from my apartment, was a world away – a home-from-home in the heart of Dubai Marina.
Stay in …the perfectly appointed residences and suites offering sweeping views over the pool and marina. With a daytime backdrop of yachts reflected in the water and a breathtaking evening perspective of Dubai Marina’s bright lights – day or night you get a real sense of place of being in the heart of this vibrant, exciting city. With unexpected touches such as red Emperor Penguins guarding the pool and a ‘Mae West lips’ style sofa by the lift, the property is not your usual InterContinental.
Why not …..have dinner at the newly launched Marina Social, the latest project from Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. ‘Deformalised fine dining’ is Atherton’s signature concept and the British-Mediterranean sharing plates are perfect for any occasion. When the weather is cooler, sit outside and take in the panoramic views over the marina whilst enjoying Atherton’s culinary highlights.
Penguins are not the only ‘wildlife’. Why not sit on Marina’s Social’s outdoor terrace and see if you can catch a glimpse of the marina’s other celebrity wildlife – the curious whale shark who was spotted recently checking out the latest hotspots.
Eat …. the baked tomato stuffed with buratta. In simplicity, lies perfection and this gorgeous dish, oozes with flavours and is simply divine. Pair the subtle snow-pea salad with potato and pumpkin gnocchi, and top off with the dreamy peanut and chocolate desert or chocolate orange souffle.
Take off … by water – a short hop across the water if you are really travelling in style.