When the wedding is over and you’re ready to jet off on your honeymoon, there are only two things you want to do - relax and indulge. Well here’s an entire city state that has been designed and built with those two words in mind.
Dubai may not strike you as a 'honeymoon destination' but it's one place that offers you a sweeping selection of amazing hotels, bars, restaurants and shopping malls - all packaged up in chic modern luxury. Head to this spectacular oasis in the Arabian Desert and enjoy some unequivocal VIP treatment, beautiful beaches with guaranteed sun and you'll have the time of your life.
The weather in Dubai is ideal from October to November and then February through to March when temperatures are around the mid twenties. National events, conferences and exhibitions are rife from December through to January when hotel availability will be limited as well as pricey.
It’s advisable not to visit Dubai in the middle of summer (July and August) as the temperatures during these months average 40°C. Even after sundown, you will find the humidity is still very intense.
Direct flights from the UK will cost you about £300 to £400 per adult. If you don’t mind a stop-over you can also get indirect flights for as little as £200 per adult. Options include Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Zurich to name but a few! Flight time is around seven hours in total.
Dubai airport links straight into the heart of the city via the rather aptly named Airport Road. It’s only a ten-minute cab ride so you needn’t worry about enduring a lengthy transfer after the flight. A taxi will cost around £15 or go all out and arrange for your hotel to pick you up in a more luxury set of wheels (there may be a charge of about £30 for this).
If you’re hoping to get around and see more of Dubai then Madinat Jumeirah, The Walk in Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina Walk and Dubai mall fountains are all worth a visit for the honeymooning couple. Visit Souk Al Bahar, a beautifully appointed restaurant and bar complex on the waterfront with architecture that will transport you back to Dubai's ancient Arabic heritage. Another must-see is Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world!
Book yourselves on to a dhow cruise experience where you can tuck into dinner for two as you sail along the Dubai creek in the moonlight. For a bit of adventure, Dubai’s desert safaris are great fun and include stopping at an authentic desert camp for dinner and entertainment under the stars.
A plethora of beach clubs along Dubai Marina offer the usual water-sports facilities and, with over 70 shopping malls, Dubai rivals each of the worlds' fashion capitals. Of course, no honeymoon is complete without a luxury spa treatment, the best of which are at your disposal here.
World class dining and an inimitable selection of international cuisine make Dubai one city that cannot fail to cater for your every culinary need. If you’re looking for fine dining then many of the renowned and Michelin rated restaurants are situated within five star hotels. The rest of the city is filled with an eclectic mix of local and chain restaurants, American fast food options and shawarma stands.
Dubai is a haven for non meat-eaters as you’ll find an abundance of very reasonably priced vegetarian restaurants there. Of course, you need not worry about seeking out halal restaurants anywhere in the UAE but it’s worth double-checking when you are at restaurants that serve alcohol.
Where to stay
In terms of area you’re never too far away from a plethora of classy places to wine and dine, shop till you drop or laze on the beachfront. Taxis in Dubai are fairly cheap so you needn’t worry too much about location.
Whether you opt for a decadent ancient palace-like structure or the ultra-modern high-rise hotels, you'll find that each one has it's own stretch of private beach as well as a good selection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs onsite. So choose wisely and you may never need to leave the hotel!
Dubai’s explosion of opulent beach-front hotels within the last decade means we tourists can seek out four star luxury at great rates. Rates for four star hotels start at £60 per room per night at the lowest end and five star hotels start from £100 per room per night. Take your pick, indulge and enjoy...