Everybody has differing opinions about ‘the perfect holiday’.
Some people long to spend their holidays lying in the baking hot sunshine with a good book on an endless, white sandy beach. A true picture of perfection.
Whilst others love to keep active.
Some people favour wintery climes and find a skiing holiday the perfect antidote to the winter blues with its ideal mix of exercise, adventure, good views and excellent food.
Whilst others love the thrill of a safari.
So what does the perfect holiday look like? Is there such a thing?
My husband and I often joke that we would ‘give anything’ for 10 days on a secluded island child free; white sand, turquoise seas, sunbathing and sleeping, but the truth is we’d hate it because we’d be pining for their company by day two.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to ease myself onto a sunbed with a flicker of hope that I might actually get to open my book and enjoy that refreshing drink before it gets knocked over or a little person fills it with sand, or both, but right now that’s not my priority, my children’s happiness is.
For us, our perfect holiday is a family one.
A holiday for the four of us, that combines unlimited opportunities for fun and adventure.
A holiday that offers the opportunity to escape the ‘day to day’, making memories and recharging our batteries.
A holiday that we will talk about fondly for years to come. And one that we will relive through the many photographs taken.
A holiday that is simply spending our days together, enjoying each other’s company.
Our perfect holiday is a family one, in Dubai.
With its souks, skyscrapers, sand and sea, Dubai is a destination that has hit the top spot of many a family bucket list over the past few years (including ours) thanks to its fantastic climate, outstanding hospitality, infinite activities and wonderful beach life.
All you have to do is take a peek at the Visit Dubai website to see just how much Dubai has to offer families; the adventures on offer are endless and after a lot of procrastinating here are the top 5 days out that our family would love to enjoy in Dubai:
1 // Aquatic fun at Atlantis’ Aquaventure Waterpark
A day at a water park is the perfect way to cool off in the Dubai heat and they don’t come much better than Aquaventure that caters for all the family. For Andy, Jack and I there are record-breaking rides and slides, including Leap of Faith, a 27.5-metre plunge that carries you through a clear tube surrounded by sharks and rays and Phoebs will be in her element in the Splashers’ Children’s Play Area, which is a haven for little ones with water cannons, slides and climbing frames.
2 // A once-in-a-lifetime experience at Dolphin Bay
Dolphin Bay at Atlantis The Palm is renowned for being one of the most sophisticated dolphin experiences in the world and most importantly there’s no age limit so we could enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience as a family. I can only imagine the joy on the children’s faces when they get up close to these amazing creatures! If time allowed, I’d also love to participate in a dolphin scuba dive to experience a unique underwater encounter with the dolphins.
3 // A day at the beach
No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the beach and Dubai is blessed with miles upon miles of gorgeous, sandy beaches to choose from. Kite beach is great for children of all ages, with areas of shallow water and a fun playground but I have to admit that I’m partial to a beach club, so would love to spend the day at Club Mina. We could all soak up the rays on the private beach complete with an incredible view of the seemingly endless Arabian Sea, whilst Jack and Phoebs build sandcastles to their hearts content and make the most of all the facilities on offer.
4 // A trip to Dubai Mall
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have a great time in Dubai without parting with your hard earned cash and believe it or not a trip to Dubai Mall is so much more than just hitting the shops. As I’m not a huge fan of shopping anyway, I’d take the family to Dubai Mall to see the Dubai Fountain, the Dubai Mall Aquarium and the Dubai Mall Dinosaur, all free of charge.
The Dubai Mall is home to the largest dancing fountain in the world and with afternoon shows (as well as evening shows) every day of the week, it’s perfect for young families. Designed by the creators of the famous Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, the Dubai Fountain features water that jets as high as 140 metres to a catalogue of different music and I know the children would love it.
Sadly the Aquarium isn’t free of charge, but thankfully the main tank is visible from the ground floor of the mall, allowing our little ones to get up close and personal with a vast array of sealife.
Our little dinosaur lovers will also love a visit to the Dubai Mall Dinosaur; a genuine female Diplodocus skeleton that was originally discovered in Wyoming.
5 // Experience the heady heights of Burj Khalifa
We couldn’t visit Dubai without venturing up the tallest building in the World, Burj Khalifa. Sadly I’m afraid of heights but I’d still feel compelled to visit the observation deck on the 148th floor and as long as I don’t stand too close to the edge, nor look vertically down, I think I’d actually enjoy it.
***This blog post is my entry for the Tots 100/Dubai Dream blogger challenge. One blogger and their family will win a trip to Dubai courtesy of Dubai Tourism, so if you’re a blogger don’t forget to enter to win the holiday of a lifetime. If you’re not a blogger, don’t worry, you can share you own Dubai Dreams for a chance to win a holiday of your own. All you have to do is write the best reader comment on the winning post! Good luck! ***