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March 2016

Zuid District and Two Boutique Hotels

Two Boutique HotelsAmsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is the country’s largest and most populous city. However, for the tourist it is thankfully a relatively compact city (density: 4,908/km2/area: 165.76 km2) with an excellent public transport system and easily accessible on foot and of course by bicycle. Amsterdam, rich in history and culture, has quickly become a rising star as a travel destination and is now one of the most popular destinations in Europe, attracting over 6 million visitors per year. Places of interest include the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and Rembrandt House. Of course, the city is also well known for its more liberal and/or decadent side, namely the numerous ‘coffee shops’ (where customers can legally consume marijuana) and its red-light districts (Rosse Buurt); De Wallen, Singelgebied and Ruysdaelkade, of which De Wallen is the largest and oldest.

The Amsterdam-Zuid district lies in the south of the capital’s centre and is the perfect area to stay when visiting the Dutch capital; it has excellent tram connection (routes 2 and 16) and is also within walking and/or cycling distance from the Museumplein (Museum Square), where three of the city’s main museums are located – the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum – as well as the world-famous neoclassical concert hall, Concertgebouw. The area also includes Amsterdam’s largest green space, Vondelpark. This public urban park has an area of 120 acres and facilities include an open-air theatre, a playground and several eateries. Vondelpark provides the perfect place for a relaxing break from the city’s hustle and bustle or a leisurely stroll onto some of the city’s attractions.

Amsterdam has a thriving accommodation market to cater for its visitors, which includes the usual well-known chains (Holiday Inn, ibis, Best Western, NH… ), as well as more personal and often smaller boutique-style hotels. There are two boutique-style hotels that are located in the Amsterdam-Zuid district, directly on the middle to east side of Koninginneweg (Queensway) street. Koninginneweg was named in 1888 after Queen Emma and it is a quiet street to the west and becomes busier the further central you reach. The area is one of the most affluent in Amsterdam and was mainly developed at the end of the 19th century, offering some remarkable architecture in what is generally known as the Amsterdam School style. This architecture style arose from 1910 to about 1930 in the Netherlands and is characterised by brick construction with complicated masonry with a rounded or organic appearance.

 

Chelsea Tower Hotel Apartments

Chelsea Tower Hotel ApartmentsOur flight landed on Dubai International Airport, and after collecting our luggage we headed straight to get a taxi which is available just as you step out of the airport. Surprisingly, we reached Chelsea Tower Hotel Apartments in just about 15 minutes. Enroute, got out of the taxi to see the majestic Burj Khalifa Tower with all its grandeur; towering above us.

Check- in process was fairly simple and quick. Diana the receptionist was understanding enough to get over with the process as fast as possible seeing how exhausted we were after the long flight. It was quite a busy time, I suppose, because the lobby was filled with people and that made it look so vibrant. There were 5 lifts so one never had to wait longer than a minute.

Fast forward to the room on the 41st floor, gigantic and beautiful with huge windows and a balcony that overlooked the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline on one side and the Arabian Gulf on the other. I think we were already in love with Chelsea Towers apart-hotel by that time. Comfortable beds, spacious rooms, free Wi-fi and a kitchen with all necessary equipment were a few of the other amenities provided by the hotel.

We would go to the gym each morning and sometimes we’d also take a swim in the pool alternating with the Jacuzzi at times. The poolside staff and the spa masseuses were always extremely polite and helpful. Sometimes we took morning breakfast at the Chelsea Garden Restaurant & Café (they served amazing coffee by the way) and sometimes we went outside to the many popular eateries just around the corner such as Tim Hortons and Starbucks. There were other bistros and joints like Nando’s, Chilis, Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut also very close to the hotel.

Talking about travelling around, we never had to worry because the Financial Centre Metro Station 1 was right across the road and incase of short distances, taxis were a life saver and always readily available. My friends and I were stoked about the fact that the hotel was just 10 minutes from the Dubai Mall and so we visited the mall every other day of our trip.

The Chelsea tower hotel which was in the centre of the city and right on Sheikh Zayed Road made Dubai’s major shopping destinations, tourist destinations, beaches, leisure parks and theme parks easily accessible. This was one of the main advantages for us, being tourists.

Chelsea Tower Hotel Apartments made our trip memorable and lovely from the beginning till the very end. I have stayed at this fantastic and reasonably priced Dubai Hotels several times since then, while visiting Dubai.

Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa

Habtoor Grand Resort and SpaLocated on world renowned Jumeirah Beach, the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa occupies one of the Dubai’s most captivating beachside locations. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa is ideal for families on Dubai holidays as well as for corporate executives on business trips. No wonder the resort features in several of Dubai holiday packages.

The Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa is located within a 30-minute drive from Dubai Airport, as well as at a convenient distance from different shopping malls, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City.

Habtoor Grand Resort is a heaven of wonderful vistas, where luxuriant landscapes meet the balmy Arabian Gulf, bordered by an incredible beach and embraced by wonderful clear blue skies.

Accommodation

Habtoor comprises the finest accommodation the city of Dubai has to offer. The resort features nearly 450 rooms and suites in settings that will bring a smile to the faces of the most astute of guests. All the guestrooms in the hotel are spacious and are either sea-facing or overlooking the lush gardens.

Wonderfully furnished, the rooms and suites boast relaxing lounge areas and splendid bathrooms, generating a sense of elegant luxury in warm Arabian style.

Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa offers a wide ranging category of rooms, including Resort Rooms, Resort Garden Rooms, Tower Rooms, Tower Sea View Rooms, Tower Family Rooms, Grand Club Rooms, Grand Club Sea View Rooms and Resort Studios. The hotel’s suite options include Resort Suites, Club Suites, Ambassador Suites, Presidential Suite, Royal Suite and Penthouse Suite.

In-room Amenities and facilities

• Flat screen television with a choice of satellite channels
• Individually controlled air-conditioning
• International direct dial telephone
• High speed internet access
• Mini bar
• Hairdryer

Dining & Drinking

Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa offers a remarkable culinary experience that encompasses global diversity. The Habtoor Grand Resort is indeed an indispensable part of Dubai holiday packages for all food lovers.

Whether it’s Thai, Traditional Lebanese, Italian or seafood delicacies; the resort serves it all along with much more! The hotel offers a range of seating options like indoor or outdoor, sea view or sky view. Habtoor Grand Resort really has something for everyone!

Take a look at the resort’s diverse themed bars and restaurants that cater to different tastes and tongues.

• Munchi
• Luciano’s
• Al Basha
• Al Dhiyafa
• The Underground Pub
• Polo Bar
• The Grand Grill
• Bartini
• Horizon Lounge
• Al Manara
• Pool Bar
• Al Majlis

Features

Elixir Spa

Welcome to Elixir Spa! Dazzling environment, super luxurious ambience and wonderful serenity greet guests as they enter Dubai’s finest spa. The place transports you to the land of tranquillity and heals your body, mind and soul through a variety treatments carried out by dedicated professionals. Elixir Spa features several treatment rooms and provides 30 different kinds of facial and body treatments as well as massages.

Leisure Sports

Habtoor Grand Resort Dubai offers a range of leisure and recreational facilities, such as flood lit tennis courts, glass-walled squash courts and a fully-equipped fitness gym.

Jumeirah Beach Hotels Exclusive and Luxurious

Jumeirah Beach HotelsJumeirah beach is home to many of Dubai’s best hotels, which are very well renowned in the world. Moreover, the area is heavily populated coastal residential area of Dubai, UAE. Jumeirah Beach is in fact not one beach but a vast long strip of sand with bath temperature waters of the Arabian Gulf. Over the time the public beach has been officially become the private preserve of the ever-increasing series of beachside luxury Jumeirah Beach Hotels Dubai, but this does not stop people to from roaming around where they feel like. To experience the famous beach Dubai hotels Jumeirah beach are ideally located with excellent facilities. The long stretch of public beach offers a beautiful setting, with its clean white sand, crystal clear seawater and bath-temperature surf.

On of the most exclusive parts of Dubai Jumeirah Beach has resulted in using the Jumeirah name as a brand which denotes exclusivity. This area of Dubai is very popular for its exclusive and large properties as well as many modest town houses built in a variety of architectural styles. The area has become home to a majority of European and Western emigrants working in the oil and real estate industry. Even tourists visiting Dubai, make it a point to visit Jumeirah Beach and with the government of Dubai coming up with numerous modern hotels such as the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the world famous Burj Al Arab and a host of attractions has certainly made it a destination for tourists. As the history goes, the Arabs living in the Jumeirah area were fishermen, pearl divers and traders, but the Jumeirah area became the focus for the western expatriate residences, and today the area is undergoing a huge growth in housing developments.

Tourist Attractions in Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

Of the many beaches in Dubai Jumeirah beach is the most famous and equally popular among the tourists. The beach is a long stretch of beach on the Arabian Gulf bordered by line of Jumeirah Beach Hotels Dubai and private clubs. The beaches of Jumeirah have soft white sand and the shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf touching the shores, creates mystical and magical atmosphere. For some fun and adventure one gets to enjoy a host of water sports here like windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing and even scuba diving.

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is the most famous mosque in this part of Dubai and even the most photographed building in the city. This building is a striking example of modern Islamic architecture, which was built along medieval Fatimid lines. The building is built entirely of stone, the mosque and its two minarets are unique. With the use of subtle lighting, the building looks made more attractive at night. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter mosques in Dubai, although they can enter this one if on an organized tour.

Jumeirah Centre

Located on the outskirts of the city, Jumeirah Centre is a favorite with both visitors and residents alike. The mall is located on the Beach Road close to the Jumeirah Mosque. It shopping center has been so designed as to make the shopper feel comfortable while going through the extensive range of shops. A shopping trip to Jumeirah Centre offers a wide range of fashion accessories, whether from the boutiques, the shoe shop, the opticians of the watch shops – all of the finest quality.

Palm Islands

Palm islands ate three islands, which have become one of Dubai’s main attractions in the area of Jumeirah Beach. It is said that the three islands, are visible from the moon, form the largest manmade islands in the world. The first of the island Palm Jumeirah features a number of hotels as well as private residences, whereas the Palm Jebel Ali is slated to have more leisure facilities, including an aquatic theme park, when it opens in 2008. The third of the islands, Palm Deira, will be more equipped towards residential use with over 7,000 villas, and will be the largest of the islands.

Wild Wadi Dubai

For hours of fun and pleasure, situated between Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Wild Wadi Dubai offers just that. It is an exciting, state-of-the-art water park where an unforgettable adventure awaits. The water park is an absolute delight for thrill-seekers and families alike.