August 22, 2015 by marksetchfield
I’m fairly new to Dubai and haven’t explored the city, so a one-night stay at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort was a welcome invitation. It’s set back from the bustling The Walk and close to the beach – perfect. I arrived on a Sunday afternoon after a short cab ride from my home. This was little odd, but at least if I’d forgotten anything I could always pop home and get it.
Checked in, I headed to my junior suite, which was a generous room with a queen-size bed, en suite bathroom, plus dining and study areas. Life in Dubai is busy and making time to relax can be challenging. This staycation was all about me, I decided.
There was an array of restaurants to choose from – Chinese, Arabic and Italian cuisine, daily themed nights and a Friday brunch. The Peacock restaurant caught my eye and I made a reservation for later that evening.
Dinner sorted, I headed out to the landscaped gardens, grabbed a cold drink and relaxed on a lounger looking out to the beautiful Arabian Gulf. I enjoyed watching the more active guests splashing about in the sea. The calm waters are perfect for windsurfing, body boarding, sailing and kayaking.
As I kicked back with my book, this morphed into my perfect day. I could have easily fallen asleep but I had an appointment at Armonia Spa.
My desk job can mean I’m hunched over a computer for hours each day so I was looking forward to the full-body massage. “Would you like the pressure soft, medium or hard, sir?’” he asked. It had been a long week and my shoulders were sore so I opted for full pressure. After applying massage oil the pummelling began. I had to try not to scream in pain, it was so hard. Eventually I had to plead for him to be more gentle, but at least by the end of the treatment all my knots had gone. There was just time to head back to my suite and chill before dinner.
All the relaxing had made me hungry. The Peacock serves authentic Chinese and Szechuan dishes prepared by Chef Xiao Jun, with over 150 on the menu. From the popular crispy duck and pancakes to Gong Bao chicken with peanuts, they all sounded delicious.
I ordered the lobster Gong Bo with vegetable rice, and shredded chicken with sweet soya bean sauce. As what seemed liked an endless flow of food arrived I was overwhelmed by the beautiful presentation, definitely worthy of an Instagram photo or two.
After I’d worked my way through the courses I headed back to my suite. With a full belly I crashed out on the bed. It had been a great staycation and something I’ll be scheduling regularly in my diary from now on.
A night at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort starts from Dh700. To book call 04 399 5533 or email Jumeirah.firstname.lastname@example.org