If you and your partner want a break but don’t have time for a two-week languid honeymoon, opt for a luxury ‘minimoon’ – which is a form of a shorter ultimate getaway. You don’t have to travel the globe for a romantic escape as nearby destinations such as Dubai offer the perfect bundle of memorable experiences and is just four hours away from India. From its towering architecture to the finest dining experiences, supercar tours to VIP desert camps, the desert city allows you to pick from adventure, romance, pampering and luxury depending on what you both want. Take your pick from our curated list of 10 of the finest activities and experiences that are perfect for a short ‘minimoon’ weekend in Dubai.
1. Fly in Style
Invest in a luxurious stay at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel and book the short helicopter tour dedicated to guests of the seven-star iconic property. The view of Dubai’s sprawling urban landscape from the helicopter will be an unparalleled one, and as you land in style on the hotel’s helipad, be greeted with breathtaking views of the ocean. We recommend the high tea at the Skyview Bar here at sunset which makes for the ultimate romantic experience.
2. Make a Splash
Head to the stunning island of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai and check in to the impressive Atlantis, The Palm resort. Remember to pack your chic swimsuits as you will love the adventurous water slides and dolphin petting here. Boasting of one of the largest and best-equipped water parks in the world, you will enjoy the splash of luxury. If dramatic water slides are not your thing, bask under the sun by the beautiful poolsides or on the beach. Enjoy global cuisine at the resort’s restaurants at night. Remember to book your table as the queues can get pretty long on busy nights.
3. Relish Cocktails with a View
Enjoy cocktails in the clouds at the Uptown Bar in Jumeirah Beach Hotel which offers awe-inspiring views of Dubai’s skyline. Spend an evening in style here and click photos against the impressive backdrop of the Burj Al Arab. Take your pick from the vast range of drinks concocted by the inhouse mixologists here and toast each other in the urban fairytale setting.
4. Drift along on a Dreamy Cruise
Cruising on the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf is a popular activity in Dubai. You can take your pick from an ‘abra’ (traditional Arabic boat) cruise which will take you through the canal in Bur Dubai which lies in the older part of the city, or a luxury yacht at spots like the glittering Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. You will relish the stunning view of Dubai’s cityscape by day or by night. Cap your dreamy cruise off with a delicious dinner or sundowner drinks at any of the chic places along the Dubai Marina stretch.
5. Relax in a Ceremonial Hammam at Palazzo Versace
Feel renewed, relaxed and pampered with this traditional Middle Eastern spa treatment. The two-hour Ceremonial Hammam at Palazzo Versace starts with a black olive soap rub, followed by a scrub, exfoliation, a softening milk wash, a soothing hair and scalp ritual, followed by a relaxing full body massage. Perfect for your and your better half, it is the best way to unwind after a day’s adventures.
6. Steer on to the Romantic Highway
Indulge in your cars obsession in a city where impossibly fast dream cars line Dubai’s streets. Rent a supercar from a supplier who offers Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Maseratis, and drive through the well-planned roads of Dubai. You and your partner will enjoy the view of the twinkling highrises on your luxury evening ride. We suggest you head out to the less crowded areas of Dubai and head to the desert for a romantic ride.
7. Live the High Life at Burj Khalifa
Experience the grandeur of Dubai from the top with a visit to the 124th floor of the 828-meter high Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai. It is a thrilling experience to head up on the superfast elevators that travel 10 meters per second. Keep your cameras ready to capture Dubai’s 21st-century skyline which you can see from 360 degrees your vantage point. We recommend a dinner date at the Armani Amal which is located in Burj Khalifa and opt for an outdoor table if the weather is good so you can enjoy a view of the dancing fountains in front of the Dubai Mall.
8. Sleep under the Stars in a Desert Safari Camp
Arabian adventures don’t get more authentic than this. Camping overnight in the desert means exclusive time to spend with your partner under the starlit sky. Unwind and relax in a truly romantic setting after you’ve enjoyed dune bashing, a sumptuous dinner, belly dancing, henna painting, and souvenir shopping.
9. Savor a Romantic Dinner For Two
The popular and stylish Pierchic restaurant serves up sensational seafood delights alongside Mediterranean cuisine. Take in sweeping views of the ocean and the Burj Al Arab as you tuck into gourmet dishes prepared by talented chefs.
10. Escape into a Floral Wonderland
Flowers have always been associated with romance, and Dubai’s Miracle Garden will wow every couple with its beautiful spread of flowers crafted into interesting designs. Enjoy the colorful varieties of around 50 million blooms as you and your partner hold hands and navigate this lush and picture-perfect garden in the heart of the Dubai land area. We bet your smartphone camera will be used non-stop at this beautiful spot.