Arrived back at the GHH Sunday evening after all of our shopping and realised we had not had any lunch! We quickly got ready and off to the Club Lounge to sample their Canapes and Freeby Drinks.
We were certainly not disappointed. Everything was absolutely delicious and as soon as our glasses near emptied they were very quickly refilled. J drank Corona and I had wine. During the two hours there J must have had 5 coronas and me 3 glasses of wine (cause I know when to stop Ha! Ha!) View from the Club Lounge was lovely although at the moment you are not allowed on the balcony because of the heat!
Then down to Sloanes for our first meal. It was absolutely Fantastic. Multiple Choices of anything you could wish for, and the staff were just wonderful. We Had Indian on the first night (and most other nights) and I can honestly say the food was of a very high standard. Freshly baked Naan Bread to order. Yummy
Desserts to die for, Chocolate fountain, the works. Could not fault it in any way and even though it was Buffet style there were never crowds gathering to be served. We just went straight up and got our different courses with no waiting about. Very Impressed.
After dinner we just went up to our room as we were very tired. Had a couple of toots (brought from the airport) then off to bed,
Sorry, forgot to say at the start the area around GHH is a Building Site but once inside hotel you do not even notice. The Hotel more than makes up for outside and from ur Suite 3801 we had a lovely view towards the beach and Marina.
This was the day I was going to m eet Molliemoo and Maryjo at Al Qasr so ofcourse I was a bundle of nerves! Why I do not know!!
Got taxi to Al Qasr and was very impressed with the driveway up to the hotel and what I saw of the Reception Area. I was actually too busy shaking to notice too much. Meet Mary first and then Molliemoo came along. Went out to sit on the terrace for drinks and a chat. J went off for a walk around. Molliemoo and Maryjo are two of the nicest people you could meet and I think I got on very well with both. (At least I hope I did) Got advice on where to go and Mollie told me how to haggle at Karama as we were going there later. I was warned not to let the side down!!! After a couple of hours We left to get organised for Karama and to let Mollie get back to her beloved!!!
John had a bit of a look around al Qasr and said he thought it was very impressive but didn't really think it was his kind of hotel. Sorry everyone who loves it and I do not mean to offend anyone at all. It would be a bad day if everyone wanted to stay at the same hotel. . Molliemoo you are going to hate me now. LOL
Anyway off back to our hotel we went and had some lunch at the Deli Cafe at Lobby Level. Just a Sandwich and a Drink. Strawberry Milkshakes are Yummy!!!!
Karama: Another conflict of Interest Maybe here. I did not like it, I thought it was really grotty and our first experience in Green Eye was not good.
I had pick out a Hermes birkin Bag along witha few others and when we got down to haggling, the guy would not budge on 750 dirhams for the Hermes bag. We thought over £100 for one bag was a bit much) John offered 1000 AED for what we had picked and he basically told us to get out of the shop and take our water with us. (I Think at this stage we had 3 bags and a purse)
By this stage I was getting really frightened and wanted to leave but J insisted we try somewhere else so we went to Walencia and ended up with 4 bags and three purses for around 1400 dirhams. J did all the haggling in there and seemed to do quite welldont like the way they take you away and upstairs etc. J couldn't even stand up in Walencia and came out saying he was at least 3 " shorter with crouching down for so long LOL
Got taxi back to hotel and went off to explore properly. Honestly anyone going here will not be disappointed ( As long as you are prepared the the building site outside and whe you get used to it it does not affect you in any way. We never heard any noise at all)
The Service is Impeccable and on our first day here everyone in the hotel knew our names!!!!. Not a bit stuffy, just a wonderful place and everyone is really well loked after. We will definately go back.
Monday evening back to Club Lounge, meet a lovely couple from Bristol, had a few drinks a few canapes and a chat then off to dinner.
After Breakfast and our usual Smoking Session we prepared to go to Deira City Mall. I was not quite so impressed by it as I was with MOA but it was a good mall and we managed to spend a few bob
in the shops there. Again at lunch we just had a sandwich and
coffee in one of the cafes on the ground floor. I think it was called Paul. It was fine.
Back to Gold and Diamond Park to pick up our purchases and I was Gobsmacked when Reeshi brought my Pendant. Just Perfect and much nicer than I expected. The Diamonds looked like new.
Bangle was also beautiful, White Gold Oval Shaped with 5 Daimonds on the top. He told me he had a surprise for me and brought out this other little box with a beautiful dainty ring made up from the leftover stones. It was in 18ct Yellow Gold as he had used the band of my own ring to make it and when I was cheeky enough to point out I only wore white coloured metals now he very quickly had it Rhodium Plated for me. I can thoroughly recommend them (Marhaba) They were wonderful. He did not charge me one penny for the ring!! I began to have a nosey arounfd the wtches and ofcourse he jumped at the chance to show me some.
We went to one of their other shops and I fell in love with a Stainless Steel with MOP Face and Daimonds down both sides but I though "I have no chance Here" It was far too expensive. However John got his Haggling skills in action and we got it for a good price. I have seen the same watch on the internet for £600 more than we paid. So Tuesday was a very happy day for me!! Bling! Bling!
Dinner again at Sloanes after ofcourse Club Lounge and then off to bed. It is so tiring Shopping!!!!LOL
We never got fed up with the food at the hotel as there was always somethng different to try.
Decided to give the beach a try (God We are Getting Brave Now) so called for the Shuttle Bus to take us across the LRM. It literally was there for us within two minutes. Got to LRM and were ushered down stairs to the Spa to collect towels and sign in. Quite a long walk tothe beach and by the time we got there we were exhausted!!
Found two lovely loungers in the shade and made ourselves comfy. Guys come round all the time with Cold Cloths Water and Sprays.
We lasted a whole hour!!!!! John went for a swim ,came back asked me how I was doing and I said "not very well". Well it was 1 pm and the heat was fierce. We made our way back up to hotel and by the time we reached the Spa Johns T Shirt was literally soaking!!
Got the shuttle back to hotel, showered and then went for afternoon tea in Club Lounge. (See, we did make good use of our Premier Status) Lazed about for a while in the afternoon, had a look around the pool which loses the sun around 1pm and is quite bearable later in the afternoon.
Again had Dinner in sloanes then off to bed to prepare for our visit to the Burj on Thursday.
I am sure some of you must think we did very little but we always like to spend some time in our hotel while on holiday and this one was so good we didn't feel the need to leave it, apart from going
Shopping ofcourse!!! John said to me on one occassion that anyone on a budjet could literally pay for the holiday and never need to spend any money in our Hotel. With club Status you could really get away with it! (I couldn't because I have to shop, but it is doable, just some money for tips)
I will tell you what I thought of the Burj in next report as my hands and neck are sore typing.