We arrived in the morning and the grounds were striking in their beauty. We imemdiately had a sense of peace from the expansive grounds, rolling lawns with walking paths and touches like the life size chess set and croquet pitch.
We checked into a suite with our 3 year old son. We find suites are a must with a child that age just so you have enough space for all the swim gear, beach toys and a path to the bed. This suite, however, went beyond the call of duty. It was beautifully decorated and more space than we imagined. There was a bar and dining area - sadlly used mostly by us to set up our laptop and catch up on emails away from prying toddler fingers as opposed to anything for enterainting. That still left an entirely separate living room area to relax in and every room was joined by french doors to a balcony. Huge bathroom with jacuzzi tub and stand alone shower, closet with dressing area, etc. Just everything you could hope for in terms of space and quality in the room.
The grounds are extensive which gives a very romantic, spacious feel but we spent most time in the pool. It's huge with a waterfall and separate kids area and swim up bar. The food at the pool bar is great - wide range of burgers and pizzas, salads, etc. We had some quick favorites and stuck to those but everything we tried we enjoyed. Pizzas are the perfect thin crust kind.
We had a combiniation of meals in our room from the large room service menu and also ate at Sake and the beach restaurant., which was a lovely evening with live music. I happened to be pregnant on the trip and had a craving for tempura that wasn't on the menu at Sake. I didn't want to be a pain with a special order - also I'm very picky about tempura. As with everything the staff were totally gracious and friendly about the request and the tempura was perfect without a drop of oil in the coating. My husband RAVED about the meal at the beach restaurant. It was authentic Goan fish curry, spicy, fresh and delicious.
The staff were very attentive everywhere we went and went out of their way to help us keep the little one entertained with games and dvds from the animation centre. There were lots of families there when we stayed and our son was running around with other kids in the breakfast buffet.
We really went to relax before the arrival of our second child and were little bit limited by that to take up any of the planned activities on offer, but ever day had a full selection of water sports, outings, dolphin trips, kids activities - like painting pots or other arts and cratfs. We didn't get a chance to do them, but suffice to say you won't be bored unless that's what you are trying to be!
We arrived back home pleasantly surprised we could have such a pampered experience away from all the glitz of Dubai and fully re-charged. OH! I had also contacted the spa to plan a schedule of treatments after hearing the massages were great there. In the end I was just too occupied with the family, etc to take the time out but I must mention that they took my request to heart and took so much time to speak to me about what I might enjoy in my heavily pregnant state. Also the proces were great! So I really have to compliment the spa staff even though I sadly never made time for treatments.
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