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Hotel review: Sheraton Creekside Dubai

 

 

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It’s been awhile since I did a hotel review because we usually go to the same hotel and did a review before so it’s a redundant to do again.

Sheraton is under SPG but it happens that Marriott group merge with this group as well as the Ritz Carlton so yes 3 in 1 big group program are better than one. More diversity and our membership can go a long way.

This hotel has a nice view considering it’s along the Creekside and it’s actually a tourist spot and nice to walk along the promenade and enjoy the multicolored lights around from the walkway to the ferries plying the waters. You can easily spot some touristy places to go just nearby hotel by looking at the view from hotel windows. They have a very small opening for smokers but I guess it’s part of balcony in the old days but now renovated to make the room bigger.

One tip though, try to avoid congested area around Deira if you could as though Sheraton location is good for tourists, unfortunately for drivers it’s a nightmare as you can get stuck in heavy traffic so better to have a GPS with you to navigate you out of the situation otherwise you may end up stress before you even begin enjoying your day or night out.¬† If you are not familiar with Dubai roads & motorways you may end up getting lost without a map.

When it comes to accommodations the hotel may be established in the 70’s but it has been refurbished as it looks modern now and clean with good polite staffs everywhere. The foods for breakfast varies and cater from Western, Asian and Arabs. I am very satisfied so to say except for the swimming pool which is a bit ordinary and small but it’s ok since we don’t stay just for that.

Fortunately hubby’s platinum membership get us some perks by having free upgrades so our room is located on the Club lounge on 11th floor, along with free fruit basket and can enjoy free access to the Lounge at level L with free drinks & nibbles but happy hour evening to 8:30pm children are not allowed because of alcoholic drinks.

I recommend this hotel for people who want to discover the past and for people who loves to walk around day or night. Experiencing Dhow cruises and Arabic foods. It’s one of the safest Cities compared to other famous Countries. Of course, having a wit with you is a must anywhere in the World you go!

There’s a lot to discover so try and come to UAE and visit all 7 Emirates you will return home with full of insights about this desert Country.¬† I bid you goodbye and till next post! Happy Holidays!!¬† A like and a comment will be appreciated. Thanks ūüíó

 

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EID Holidays on top!

A celebration after Ramadan… it is known as EID (Eid al-Fitr).

 

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JWMM lobby, vinneve

 

We went for a staycation holidays away from home. ¬†This is not the first time though. ¬†JW Marriott Marquis¬†(tallest hotel in the World) is one of our favorite 5-star hotels and it doesn’t disappoint. ¬†Here I will show you why and aside from the lavish foods and many restaurants choices inside it is also very near other attractions and tourist spots. ¬†No wonder when we arrived lots of foreign tourists, not just UAE residents come flocking the reception. ¬†My tip is, it is better you have a membership for this hotel so wherever Marriott hotels you go, you can have a priority service and of course an upgrade if available (mostly they have).

 

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JWMM floor lobby, vinneve foto

 

In and around JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

 

 

The room 

 

The view outside the room on the balcony

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JWMM room view, vinneve

Executive Lounge – Tip: Better to include this to your room booking if you can’t have an upgrade as you can also save money by coming here to eat for breakfast, snacks and pre-dinner which is good enough for dinner and lots of drinks to choose from. They also have business lounge beside it for people who don’t want to be disturbed by some guests with children. ¬†

 

 

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JWMM Exec.lounge view, vinneve foto

As you can see there are still some spaces to be filled up.  Never ending developments in Dubai.  More coming bigger and better as years go by.

 

The pool and the view

 

 

Had a great family bonding this Eid. Whether you wanted to relax or escape away from the comfort of your home, there is a place like this to consider. ¬†This is my personal review of this hotel and I¬†hope you like it. ¬†Try it for yourself… soon!

To all my followers and new readers… I will have my BIG Europe Holidays soon and will surely post it. ¬†Please watch this space! ¬†Let’s live and have fun ūüôā Thank You!

 

 

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Daily Post Challenge: Contrast

This is in response to The Daily Post – Contrast.

”¬†Contrast is what makes photography interesting.” ¬†By Conrad Hall

A few collection of photos from my previous travels.  No filter just using a simple camera.

 

Simple Beauty

Paris, France

 

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Sydney, Australia

 

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King’s Park, Perth Australia

 

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Marina Bay, Dubai UAE

 

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Qatar, somewhere in the City Center

 

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Kumue Farm Show, Auckland NZ

 

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Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi

 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

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Mt. Santis, Switzerland

All photos are mine. ¬†A great travel experience¬†while taking these simple photos, I hope you LIKE them. ¬†Thanks till next time! ¬†Cheers ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Destination: Dubailand

It was sunny but amazingly cooler weather (than now it is getting warmer!) when we went to these places a month ago just 30 minutes away to Dubai City Centre and only less than 2 hours away from Abu Dhabi.  So yes it is not too traffic going there even though lots of cars are heading the same way like us.  The roads can accommodate us easily, but be warned better to use a GPS as so many exits that you can get confused and missed the exit to both.  We went to Miracle Garden in the afternoon then Global Village at night as this particular themed park is a must at night to see the glorious lights of each villages.

I wonder what had happened to these places now since the recent BIG storm that hit both Cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  It is rare to even have a rain in this desert country, what more have a storm!  but alas, it happened and lots of people were shocked.  I just hope both themed parks are still ok so other tourists and local residents can still enjoy while we can still walk under the sun!  Please click the images to enlarge.  Enjoy!

MIRACLE GARDEN

GLOBAL VILLAGE

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So many choices of foods but the one I take fancy is the Turkish sweets. ¬†I like it so much if it’s not expensive I can eat a whole box of it by myself! ūüôā

So what are you waiting for?  Go now and enjoy!

Camera Lucida – Journey

This is in response to the Week #6 Photo Challenge.

Roads in and around “misty” Dubai & “windy” Abu Dhabi when I first arrived last July and so on. ¬†Perhaps not a very picturesque as others but this is the natural way I can show the roads and some Icon buildings that I passed through from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. To be fair, they are all amazing to look at when near but when you are on the roads traveling by car it is harder to get a close up¬†unless you have a professional camera to boost. ¬†I only have a camera phone with me while traveling. ¬†This is just to show my journey.

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BURJ KHALIFA in the middle is the tallest building in the World

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BURJ AL ARAB means Tower of the Arabs is a luxury 7-star hotel and the 4th tallest hotel in the World

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Riding a Dhow boat on Dubai Creek going to the Gold & Spice Souk at the other end of the City

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A boots style building (on the way to the City) and a Coin shape (near Yas Island) in Abu Dhabi.  Really unique and amazing to see at night.

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Emirates Palace Gate outside is the only way we can do some photo opportunity. ¬†The security guards says “No more public viewing inside the Palace Hotel” ¬†but if you have hotel or restaurant booking then you are most welcome! ¬†But please make sure you have enough money to dare.

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A view of the Mosque from Souk Qaryat Al Beri (below) a posh market that locals and tourists go to

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AND finally… a journey going to our temporary “home” in Abu Dhabi

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SO TRUE…

New Culture

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Embarking to a new culture is not something to say easy but accepting it helps. ¬†Some people tends to ignore it and just do as they please without thinking of the consequences and I have to say I am surprise¬†to see some Women dressed inappropriately (not the locals of course) especially in the Holy month of Ramadan where notices saying no sleeveless, short shorts or skimpy clothing was¬†allowed and I wonder if those women didn’t take time to read and throw the letter of the hotels notifying them about it or just playing blind ignoring the notices in every door of every establishments or building. ¬†I believe there is a time to flaunt and a time to pay respect especially to a country very different in culture than yours.

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Celebrating Eid al Fitr – a celebration of breaking the fast and I have seen people giving gifts of different types of dates in colours and tastes. They tend to wear nicer or new clothes and giving donations in terms of clothing or toys that you can see anywhere in the malls or any participating establishments. ¬†It is actually a feast of the sights and senses. Happiness is in the air especially for children same thing happens when it is Christmas time. ¬†So yes there is a similarity. I am still like a tourist in this Country, enjoying every minute of it and trying to be positive in every way. ¬†Same thing with the plant … SDC15364 how can they withstand the heat of summer in a desert country? ¬†You don’t want to be outside for long I tell you… Anyway, I remember my husband always says similar to this quote… quote from gingersnapsorganic.com