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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Honeymoon in Dubai: Here's Why

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Dubai Tourism

After you’ve said your destination “I do’s,” it’s time to jet-off for your honeymoon and the trip of a lifetime. If you’re struggling to choose between a romantic or adventurous destination, there’s no reason to settle on just one. There are endless honeymoon destination options that offer both active and relaxing activities. Dubai is certainly one example. The city has officially entered the travel stratosphere and is known for uber luxurious accommodations and a lifestyle worthy of the world’s richest and most famous. However, Dubai is more accessible than ever and could be a great honeymoon option for any newlywed couple.

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There are now affordable, direct flights to Dubai from New York and the travel time from NYC to the UAE city is comparable to the time it takes to get from NYC to Hawaii. Instead of pearls and diamonds, think diversity when you consider Dubai as a romantic destination. There are amazing beaches with luxury service, a breathtaking skyline with the highest buildings in the world, sand dunes perfect for exploring on the back of a camel, and even an indoor ski resort. With the help of some local experts, we’ve rounded up ten romantic, relaxing and adventurous ways to spend your honeymoon in Dubai.

Platinum Heritage Desert Tours

What could be more romantic than sitting alongside the warm glow of a log fire in the solitude of the Dubai desert? Platinum Heritage offer a number of desert experiences that are tailored to your preference; from candle-lit gourmet private dining to sand skinning, desert escapes are the perfect way to celebrate a honeymoon.

Balloon Adventures

Enjoy a magic carpet ride over an endless ocean of sand dunes, emerald green oases, oryx, gazelles and wandering camels. Witness a breathtaking sunrise with the backdrop of the majestic Hajjar Mountains and be welcomed by the warmth of the desert people we chance to meet on landing.

Seawings City Tours

Soar alongside the city’s skyscrapers and bask in the glory of Dubai from the clouds with a Seawings City Tour. Spectacular views, spacious cabin, luxury seating, individual window seats and five star service on every flight will ensure that this is one flight you and your partner will never forget. 

At the Top, Burj Khalifa

Soaring high at 555 meters, At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY is fittingly Dubai’s most iconic destination. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breath-taking unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. By night, sparkling lights and stars compete for you and your partner’s attention.

SkyDive Dubai

The intense wait, a racing heartbeat, a raging adrenaline rush, moments of insanity, then a strong gust of wind, shooting down at 210 km/hr. Skydive Dubai, the world’s premier skydiving location, neighbors the luxurious manmade island The Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai Marina. With these beautiful and breathtaking views Skydive Dubai has always been the people’s number one choice for skydiving.

Ski Dubai

Situated in the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is the Middle East’s first indoor ski center. From tube slides, slopes and jumps to a 3,000-metre interactive Snow Park and Zip Wire, this is an indoor ski resort that has it all. Look out over the amazing views from the chairlift, shoot down the toboggan run, or simply play and have fun in the snowy setting with your significant other.

Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium is the first fully air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium in the Middle East, providing habitat to dolphins and seals, allowing the public to watch and interact with them through live shows and photo sessions. Get up close and personal to graceful bottlenose dolphins and playful seals at Dubai Dolphinarium or stop by Creek Park Bird Show, the only exotic bird show in the region. 

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Be transported to the desert at Bab Al Shams, where a low-rise resort awaits, nestled in the dunes with shaded walkways, hidden courtyards and water features creating a sense of escape. Around 45 minutes from the city, the hotel offers the chance to get close to nature, with falconry, camel and horse riding, and exhilarating driving experiences further into the desert all offered.

Anantara Spa

Embark on a journey to inner peace and indulge in the newly opened traditional Turkish Hammam, or Turkish Bath at Anantara Spa with your loved one. Surrounded by heated marble, enjoy a scrub before relaxing and cleansing your body in a foam bath. The spa's extensive menu of contemporary treatments will soothe and pamper you from start to finish.

Pierchic Restaurant, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah

This unquestionably romantic restaurant is a favorite for couples celebrating anniversaries and beginning new chapters. Perched at the end of a jetty floating above the sea, this restaurant is one of Dubai’s most exclusive. The food is as mesmerizing as the view, with a menu predominantly specializing in gourmet seafood.

For more information on the destination of Dubai, go to visitdubai.com. and begin planning the trip of a lifetime.

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