A girls’ trip can be one of the most exhilaratingly brilliant types of holidays to take. After all, it is you and your best girl pals, exploring the world, embracing new cultures, and having lots of laughs while you are at it.
Dubai is one of the top destinations for girls’ holidays. Why? Because there is so much to do in the city-state that you can be assured no one in the party will get bored.
So, if you are off on a bachelorette weekend, taking your best friend away for her birthday, or are just celebrating your friendships, here are four top tips for planning a girls’ holiday in Dubai.
1. Reward yourself with a stay in a luxury resort.
You and your girls are off on the holiday of a lifetime and so it is only fitting that you choose somewhere to stay that comes straight out of your dreams. Honestly, when it comes to luxury resorts, it is hard to go wrong in a locale like Dubai. In fact, the most important thing is that you know what you are looking for in your resort.
For example, if you and your ladies are more on the active end of the spectrum, then you may choose to stay in a holiday villa in Dubai at a mountain resort such as the JA Hatta Fort Hotel Dubai, which possesses some of the most beautiful views in the city-state.
On the other hand, Dubai has a desert option, such as the JA Al Sahra Desert Resort, for an immersive Arabian experience. A visit to a resort such as this will provide you and your girlfriends with plenty of opportunities to try activities such as horse riding and camel riding. If your itinerary allows for additional excursions, you can spend a day on a guided tour of the indigenous flora and fauna to educate yourself on a unique part of the local culture.
2. Indulge in self-care with a spa day.
How often do you take time out of your busy schedule to indulge in a full-on self-care spa day? The answer is probably not often enough — which makes your girls’ trip to Dubai the ideal time to treat yourself to such luxury.
The Talise Spa is the perfect place to go for a rejuvenating and relaxing massage. After your treatment, ensure you spend some time in their infrared sauna, steam rooms and plunge pools.
For a facial, head to The Pearl Spa at the Four Seasons Resort for the best selection of treatments ranging from their Signature Pearl Facial to Corrective Whitening and their Thermal Infusing Facial.
While in Dubai, you have to experience an Arabian bath and the Anantara Spa is where you want to go. Here, the stunning marble Turkish hammam, or Turkish bath, will help you unwind and purify your body before continuing on with your girls’ weekend.
3. Spend the Night in a Desert Safari
Generally, a night spent at a desert safari in Dubai is a main priority for anyone’s itinerary and you and your girl pals should certainly opt to experience it for the greatest Arabian adventure.
After dune bashing together and watching belly dancing while devouring a sumptuous dinner, you will all have memories for life.
Additionally, consider spending an afternoon horse riding in Dubai. No matter what your riding ability is, you are bound to enjoy this remarkable experience in Dubai as you see the iconic Dubai skyline, as well as the native wildlife that also call this locale home.
4. Push that credit card.
Look, a girls’ weekend isn’t a girls’ weekend without a small bit of retail therapy. And, luckily for you, shopping can be considered a cultural activity when in Dubai. The world’s biggest mall — The Dubai Mall — is located here, with a wide range of international designers, unique boutiques, and worldwide high-street stores.
But it isn’t all about the new way of shopping (although Dubai is very good at that); you also have the option to visit one of the city’s historic marketplaces, or souks, to buy beautiful gold jewelry, locally woven fabrics or handmade fragrances.
This will be a shopping experience like none you have ever experienced before.
Have you ever been to Dubai? Are you currently planning a girls’ trip? Let us know your thoughts on spending a weekend in Dubai with your best friends in the comments below!
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”