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At the beginning of the year I read from a lot of friends and other people, that 2016 was a bad year for them. Everyone was looking forward to a new and better year. 2016 had a rough end for me and there have been a lot of difficult times this year so far. There’s been a bunch of great moments though (Legoland, Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Date Night, and our other Staycation).
Even so, I (and others moms) need a little r&r from time to time, take a break from the daily housework, schoolwork, chasing kids down to change diapers, wipe butts, wipe boogers, and telling them to stop biting each other.
Tips: You can purchase a day pass just about anywhere, I would stick with 4+ star facilities though ( you get what you pay for). Ask ahead if there are any discounted bundles or services available at that time. The Palm has some great resorts, but there are cheaper ones that I’ve heard are nice in Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Fujairah. Check cobone.com.
I got to have some of that chill time I’d been needing. Just me (plus a friend), no kids, no housework. A good time that put a smile on my face. I spent my “Mommy time” at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai. Honestly, this was not completely intentional. I won a day pass + bonus for 2 through a contest on Facebook, hosted by FoodeMag dxb. I am not one to pass on freebies so I made sure to book my time and my husband even worked from home that day to watch the kids (I knew I married him for a good reason). I have not been compensated for this post from Intercontinental or FoodeMag. The opinions expressed are my own. This trip was complimentary as part of a contest and I chose to write about it on my own time and dime.
If I didn’t use this prize for a “mommy day”, I think I would have either checked cobone.com for a good deal to do something similar. That or do nothing and continue to complain to my husband that the kids are driving me nuts.
My youngest was awake all night, wailing from teething so I was worn out. It couldn’t have been on a more appropriate date to get away. Parking was Valet only, if you are using their facilities you simply get the parking card validated. We went in and were directed towards the elevators leading to the gym and pool areas. The day pass included all day gym + pool access (facilities also have sauna and steam rooms), as well as lunch, 20% off at the pool bar, and 100aed each for use at their spa. I made sure to use as much of the facilities I had access to as possible!
I had not been visiting the gym like I should so I made certain to get in at least an hour workout. The gym is for both men and women to use. Plenty of weight training machines to choose from, free weights, and cardio options. All equipment was in good shape and working condition. The attendant provided me with water and a towel and he was friendly and helpful. (I felt sore for days after that workout) Btw, I wore these pants to workout, they might be my favorite (affiliate link).
The pool was so nice and refreshing in the heat. It was a nice cool temperature but not chilly, lots of towels available and shade should you desire it. Around Noon it was really warm and you’d easily sweat but by 3:30pm the breeze was nice and the heat had subsided. There is a small section of thick glass where you can look through to the pavement far below. I did not get around to using the sauna or steam room, with warmer temperatures outside I don’t see the point in spending time in these rooms.
However, I did take advantage of the spa. The voucher was not enough to cover an entire service, which there are plenty of options to choose from. They are pricey though, ranging from a manicure of 180aed to 1,000+aed ($49-272+)for full body treatments. I opted for a “neck, back, shoulders” 30min massage. Why not? I don’t get to do this kind of thing very often! The masseur was competent in her knowing of where to press and rub on my back (and I did want a firm massage) but unfortunately her technique was to slide over the top of the knots and muscles instead of rub along them to release tension. Sliding over the top can be painful, so it was disappointing that she didn’t know how to do a firm massage at the same time as being gentle. I DID enjoy my spa time though, I really did need a massage albeit that was not the best I have ever had. The spa facilities were very clean, relaxing, lovely, and pleasant. Great women working in there!
Lunch was at Zaytoun Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is connected to Intercontinental through some steps by the pools. The food was simple and delicious, I thoroughly enjoyed eating there. There was a buffet section in addition to ordering a main dish. The soups were Chorizo, and tomato. The salads were fresh and light. The main courses were delectable – Mushroom Rissoto and Seared Tuna on a bed of veggies.
I can’t wait for the next “Mommy time” to experience more of what there is available in Dubai. I sure wish that my time there had lasted longer but I’ll have to wait until the next time I can get “away”.
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