Abu Dhabi … A Weekend Break Away …

So a couple weekends ago Perry and I decided to take a last minute weekend break away … a few weeks back at the start of June Perry won a couple of radio competitions and the prizes were two weekend’s away at a hotel in Abu Dhabi … so we chose to use one and opted to stay at the Hilton for the weekend …

We got ready in the morning and drove down to Abu Dhabi … we got there a bit to early to check into the hotel so headed to Emirates Palace which was nearby … we had heard alot about this place and thought we’d pop along for some lunch and to check it out …

_MG_8262-1 _MG_8266-1 _MG_8267-1It is rather a decadent place … apparently it has the largest concentration of gold in a single place … and to be honest I can believe it … everything is covered in gold leaf in this place …

_MG_8268-1 _MG_8272-1 _MG_8277-1Even all the deserts they serve are covered in gold flakes …

_MG_8282-1 _MG_8284-1The hotel was also in the midst of a Macaron Festival … so the lobby lounge was all decked out for the month …

_MG_8281-1 _MG_8286-1 _MG_8289-1 _MG_8293-1We stopped at the lounge cafe for food … I had a yummy mocktail while Perry opted for the pink lemonade …

_MG_8294-1 _MG_8298-1I had a grilled panini sandwich while Perry had the ‘Posh Fish and Chips’ …

_MG_8300-1 _MG_8299-1We rounded off the meal with desert … an Oreo cheesecake and a giant raspberry Macaron …

_MG_8302-1 _MG_8307-1All washed down with a cappuccino dusted with gold leaf …

_MG_8310-1 _MG_8313-1We went for a little wander around the grounds of the hotel after … had a lovely little nosey around before heading back to pick up the car …

_MG_8321-1 _MG_8318-1 _MG_8341-1 _MG_8342-1 _MG_8346-1 _MG_8348-1 _MG_8349-1 _MG_8354-1 _MG_8357-1By the hotel entrance they had this massive TV showing the car drop off / collection place outside … so you could wait inside and watch the screen to see when your car had arrived and avoid having to stand around outside in the heat while waiting for the valet to bring your car round …

_MG_8359-1On the way out we drove past the Etihad Towers … which looked quite impressive as we drove past …

_MG_8362-1We finally got back to the Hilton and checked in to our room …

_MG_8366-1After settling in and taking a nap we got changed and decided to go check out the beach/pool area … hoping that it would be cool enough that we could enjoy it outside abit … but as it turns out Perry and I are really not lay by the pool kinda people … we can usually manage it for a while … maybe an hour or two at the most … this time we didn’t even last 10mins on the sun loungers …

_MG_8375-1 _MG_8374-1 _MG_8376-1 _MG_8378-1 _MG_8377-1 _MG_8381-1 _MG_8385-1 _MG_8383-1It was just too hot and Humid … so we headed back to the Hotel … and spent the rest of the evening relaxing in bed … watching movies and ordering room service … we’re not the most adventurous people clearly … but ordering room service seems to have become one of our traditions when we stay in hotels … it seems to be something we do every time we go away somewhere … not that I’m complaining …

_MG_8388-1The next morning after breakfast we checked out of the hotel and after having decided not to go to the waterpark … (Perry’s back was acting up and we didn’t want to risk making it worse) … we thought we would go and check out the New Souk in Abu Dhabi …

_MG_8391-1 _MG_8392-1 _MG_8395-1 _MG_8399-1Architecturally its quite pretty to look at … but it seemed really quiet with only half the stores open … even though the place has been open a few years …

_MG_8403-1 _MG_8405-1 _MG_8407-1 _MG_8413-1 _MG_8417-1 _MG_8420-1 _MG_8421-1Anyway after the New Souk we headed to Abu Dhabi mall to see a movie and headed back to Dubai and home to the boys after that … it was a short weekend away … but a lovely break from routine in any case … we enjoyed having the time to relax and unwind …

We still have another weekend to use in Abu Dhabi at the Shangri-La hotel this time … not sure when we will go yet … but I will be sure to keep you updated when we do … well that is it for this little mini adventure …

Till next time …

Mina X

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