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salad, humus, rock melon, Turkish cheese and pickles, vine leaves,
baba ghanoush and mushroom salad, that was followed by a hot
mezze with calamari and kibbeh. The main course was a delicately
flavoured sea bass fillet that just about left room for some traditional
baklava for dessert. It was a superb meal that was well served in
stylish surroundings.
It was late afternoon by now and I considered taking advantage of
one of the excursions that the hotel can arrange. The options range
from extreme activities such as skydiving or a desert safari through
to a Dubai or Abu Dhabi city tour. There is also a complimentary
shuttle bus service to the shopping malls available to guests, plus
water taxis for selected places, but in the end I liked my Premium
room so much I decided to head back there and relax, enjoying the
sun set from the peaceful haven of my balcony. To round off a very
comfortable stay at the hotel I visited the A La Turca restaurant and
enjoyed a splendidly authentic Turkish meal together with exotic
musical entertainment and a soothing shisha.
This hotel is barely one year old, but with such amazing views, great
service and excellent cuisine – and just 47 kilometres from Dubai
International Airport and 91 kilometres from Abu Dhabi
International Airport – it is sure to become a favourite for visitors to
the UAE.