We've recently been lucky enough to take the family holiday to Dubai, so I'll let you
know what we looked for when choosing our accommodation, and see whether that
corresponds with what you are thinking about (or it may just give you an idea
about some of the things to look for in your Dubai holiday).
The first thing to think about is roughly where in Dubai you want to stay. 'The Palm'
is very prestigious, but staying here means it is hard to get around, as you travel up
and down the Palm's trunk each time. Also, we wanted to be near the Metro station so
we could easily get around the length of Dubai. It's nice to walk around (mainly in the evening, as the
temperature in October is 35°C during the day), but Dubai has a bit of a reputation as a city for cars, although
the powers that be are changing their ways with the marina development. The last thing we wanted from the location
is to be near a supermarket. Eating out (especially with a family in tow) all the time can cost a small fortune,
so we prefer to eat out occasionally, and to have an assortment of food and drink to hand too.
The location which fitted the bill was Dubai Marina.
Dubai Marina is one of the newer developments in the ever increasing city of Dubai. Surrounded by towers, a
short walk from the beaches and with a promenade all around the sides, Dubai Marina is a modern location for your
The marina is also home to various boating excursions, restaurants and a large air-conditioned mall - which also includes a
Waitrose! For those who wish to cycle around, Next Bike have
a variety of stations for you to cheaply rent a bike for an hour or two.
This is Dubai Marina
Radission Blu Hotel and Apartments
After choosing the Dubai Marina for the location which would suit our needs, we needed to find our accommodation. Ideally
we were looking for an apartment, which sleeps 4 people, and has its own swimming pool (you need
to cool off after a few hours exploring). Oh, and as we don't have money to burn, price was an important factor too.
We chose 'The Radission Blu Dubai Marina' as our base. You never really know whether you've made the right choice until you get on holiday. However, it turns
out we'd struck gold with the Radission Blu. Location wise, the Radission Blu is a 5 minute walk from the nearest Metro station; a 2 minute walk from the
marina, and a 10 minute walk from the mall and the beach.
Our apartment was extremely spacious and meticulously clean. The balcony also had views over the marina.
We booked a marina view - so had good views of the Dubai Marina from our apartment
What was particularly splendid though is the swimming pool. I assumed the pool would be packed, what with whose soaring
temperatures; this wasn't the case - and most of the time we had the pool to ourselves.
Making the most of the swimming pool at the Radisson Blu in Dubai Marina
Stay at the Radisson Blu
The Radisson Blu in Dubai Marina is definitely somewhere I'd stay again - and is somewhere I'd recommend you have a little look at (especially if you're
looking for the same things as us in your holiday).
If the thought of a villa holiday sounds good - but you've got children in tow, have a look at villa resorts which combine the advantages of having your own villa with the advantages of a resort's facilities.
Find a selection of holiday cottage in Beccles, Suffolk. The cottages of Riverside House, Butterfield House, Northgate Bakery, Honeysuckle Cottage and Burnt Hill House all have a video showing their location in Beccles.
Try a villa holiday in Europe and the Mediterranean during March, April and May. James Villas Spring Holidays is the place to look - and if you get in early enough you could get a bargain in the James Villa Holidays Half Price Sale.
Located next to the beach and surrounded by the Lagoa dos Salgados Lagoon and nature reserve, Vidamar Algarve Resort is a villa resort with holiday villas sleeping between 4 and 8 people. All villas at Vidamar Algarve Resort have their own pool.
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See the sights from the top of the Nevis Range in Scotland. Take a gondola up the mountain, and get some views from the Sgurr Finnisg-aig view point. You can always cycle down too - or take the cable car back down again.
How about a family holiday in the sun? The Balearic Islands make a lovely location for a holiday. We were recently fortunate enough to spend a few days at the all-inclusive resort of Marina Parc on Menorca. Close to the beach at Arenal d'en Castell, Marina Parc also comes with its own water park.
Great Yarmouth has an abundance of seaside attractions to keep both young and old occupied. For something a little calmer, how about a walk round The Venetian Waterways at Great Yarmouth. This peaceful waterway makes a glorious location to wander around.