Manzil Downtown Dubai

 

Manzil Downtown is a modern designed boutique hotel with a traditional Arabesque flair. The Arabic themed interiors intensify your Dubai experience making it authentic while still maintaining a contemporary feel.

The hotel has a large lobby area with an array of beautiful design features and the staff are extremely welcoming. There are seating areas where you can order tea or coffee or help yourself to a refreshing fresh mint and lemon juice.

My mum was in Dubai so I thought it would be a nice little treat for us to have a little staycation at Manzil Downtown Dubai. We checked in at 3pm, unpacked had a cuppa and headed for the pool. The pool was a decent size and we had it all to ourselves! There was a poolside bar and the lifeguard brought us some ice cold water. I realized nobody was using the pool because it was over 40 degrees outside (these Dubai Summers are a killer) but the water was temperature controlled and once I got in it felt great!

We finished up at the pool and got ready for dinner at The Courtyard restaurant. I was a bit apprehensive about eating outdoors in the heat but when we stepped into the courtyard I was amazed at how cool it was. There were beautifully carved wooden cupboards that had air conditioning units inside and were placed all the way around the courtyard. Somehow it channeled through the space keeping it super cool!

The food was to die for, we had a salad and a beef and basil dish to start and both were delicious. The meat was so tender and the basil infusion was divine. For mains we had grilled fish and a lamb tagine. The tagine was packed with flavour and was by far my favourite dish. The fish was also delicious and we agreed we would definitely be coming back for dinner. We had some dessert, shisha and tea by which point we were ready to roll into bed.

When we got back to our room I saw the view of the breathtaking view of the Burj Khalifa and we decided to take a walk down the boulevard as we definitely needed it after that meal. The hotel has the perfect location! We crossed the road and walked to Souk al Bahar where we watched the fountains (which were also visible from our room)

The beds were super comfy and we both had a great nights sleep. We woke up and headed to the Boulevard Kitchen for breakfast. The staff are amazing at the hotel and so friendly. They explained the breakfast items and showed us the various buffets, it was honestly the biggest variety of breakfast items I have ever seen! I could not wait to get started so I went in with some Mediterranean spreads with bread and cheese. Then we got Eggs Benedict and then some tea and pastries! I can honestly say this was hands down the best breakfast spread I have seen in Dubai. Not only did it have so much variety but the quality of the ingredients was great too and I think I managed to sample a 10th of what was there!

We went to the pool for a bit and then decided to do a spot of shopping at Dubai mall which was just through the Souk across the road. We got back in time to check-out at 12 and then remembered we had a lunch reservation at their third restaurant Nezesaussi grill! It was a New Zealand, South African and Australian sports bar which specialises in Pub Grub. We were typical Brits and went for the Pie and Fish and Chips which were both superb. We played some video games and they also had pool and darts and then it was time to head home!

I will definitely be recommending this to any friends of mine looking for a hotel in Dubai. For me location and food is all that matters and this place nailed both so for me it was perfect. If your looking for something Downtown I don’t think it gets much better, it isn’t a resort though. The pool and gym facilities are mediocre but if you are just in Dubai for a short-stay to explore the City then this is the place for you!

Eshak Restaurant, City Walk

Last night I had the chance to review Eshak Restaurant which is located in City Walk 2. I expected it to be Arabic grilled food but I was surprised when I  learned the menu was a fusion of Uzbek, Georgian and Middle Eastern Food with many freshly baked items.

The interior of Eshak was mystical with a combination of gold and dark hues of purple with paintings that looked like warrior princesses from another realm. The restaurant is quite long and has a huge bar and kitchen area. The weather was beautiful so we sat outside to enjoy the breezy night air. I noticed a row of baskets full of fruit and curiosity got the best of me so I went to take a look. I realized it was a market, the hostess explained that the fruits and vegetables were from all over the world and as she said it I feasted my eyes on the bright pink dragon fruit. They get new fruit every few days and it was a lovely idea.

After reading the menu I felt quite excited as there were many dishes I had never tried before! In fact I had never had Uzbeki or Georgian cuisine so I was excited for the culinary experience. They brought out hoummos, tabbouleh, muhammara (chilli paste, walnuts, breadcrumbs and olive oil blended into a paste), warak enab bil zet (stuffed vine leaves) and baklajan rolls (rolled eggplant stuffed with cream cheese, tomatoes and pesto).

I loved the muhammara which I had never had before, the nuts gave it a sweetness and the spice from the chilli added a kick. I could not stop dipping my fresh tandoor bread in there which was hot from the oven! I also loved the baklajan rolls, they were bursting with flavour and unlike anything I had tried before yet so simple. You could taste how fresh all the ingredients were, everything was fragrant, vibrant and tasty. Vine leaves never impress me, they are cold and a weird texture…not for me!

The waiter brought out Megrel Khachapuri which is a Georgian puff pastry with cheese. It was steaming hot out of the oven and was like a pizza on puff pastry, it was gooey and delicious! Definitely one to order again. A Chicken Kutab arrived which was a crepe with a chicken filling served with tahini, it was also very good! Then came my dish of the day, the lamb pilaf. It is a traditional dish from Uzbekistan but one bite in and I could taste my grandmothers cooking. It was a spiced fragrant rice embellished with pieces of slow cooked lamb. This was a cheat day that I did not feel bad about, every bite of that rice was worth and I would go back to eat it again!
I was not overly keen on the dessert which was 3 pieces of cream cheese swimming in a berry jam but once I tried it I was converted. I expected it to be sharp and tart but it was sweet and tasted like cheesecake topping and the cheese cut through the sugar giving it a lovely balance.

While flicking through the menu I spotted some incredible breakfast options so I will be going back for those too!! If you are looking for some simple but hearty food then Eshak is the place for you!

Eshak Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Win Mothers Day Shoot at The Studio Dubai!

IMG_20170321_190431_844Get glammed up and win a photo-shoot with your mum for mothers day! Some of you are celebrating today and others will be celebrating on Sunday, I will be picking 3 lucky winners on Saturday 25th March. To enter, simply follow Zizzleblog (top right corner of this page). You can exchange the shoot for a full family shoot if you would prefer!

Good Luck!! x

Valentines Day In Dubai

Lost for things to do this Valentines day? Even if your single you will definitely not be short of things to do because in Dubai we even have anti-valentines nights! Here is a 411 of some of my favourite things going on with gift ideas and exclusive offers for him and her

Valentines Exclusives

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My favourite one stop shop for sunglasses, Sunglass Hut, is having an avant-première of the new Ray-Ban Full Metal Round until February 14th. Two gorgeous colourways will be exclusively available at Sunglass Hut before they hit other retailers so if you are a sun-glass fanatic like me, get them first. A stunning combination of brown and shiny gold with gold-pink mirrored lenses and shiny black with polar green lenses. I absolutely love the pink ones!

 

My Little Pleasures has announced the launch of its first box of 2017 simplifying the way to express love. If you are stuck for something to get your partner, why not get her this:xoxo-2This Valentine, the perfect gift is just a few clicks away. The carefully selected products in My Little Pleasures’ most recent box offer something to everyone. You literally subscribe online and pay 199 AED and the box arrives to your door! I think it is such a great idea as people are always stuck for gift ideas or you could just gift yourself haha.

The box contains Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum by L’Occitane with its honey, lavender and notes of musk. Additionally, Pivoine Sublime face cream and Pivoine Flora hand cream also by L’Occitane. M.A.C cosmetics is as well featured in the box with two must-have products this Valentines, the Dazzleglass/Creamsheen Glass and the Studio Nail Lacquer. From Palmer’s we have a set of their signature body lotions and finally two more surprises from My Little Pleasures’ collectables. Seriously what more could a girl want?!

Get Pampered

I am sure you are familiar with the hair salon Jet-Set and one of my favourite nail salons N-Bar. They are celebrating ‘loving yourself’ this Valentine’s Day so get your girls together or spoil yourself with exclusive offers for the whole month of February.

If you top up your colour and highlights during February, you will receive a complimentary Kerastase Hair Treatment throughout the month of love. The luxe care treatment soothes, replenishes and re-beautifies luscious locks so you can go from salon to shopping.

Beauty salon, N.Bar is celebrating with the ‘PS I Love Me’ package launched specially for Valentine’s Day and running through the year. Relax and unwind with three manicures, three pedicures and three head, neck and shoulder massages at a reduced cost of AED 490, instead of AED 585 making it a perfect present for a friend or partner.

For Him

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Men also love being pampered and its a great way to get your man groomed to perfection! The Art of Shaving has been  a creator and  purveyor of the finest shaving and grooming products for men. Buy any TAOS product this February for a chance to win 1000 AED worth of gift vouchers. Luxury Club members will receive double points on
purchases made between February 6th and 28th. The Art of Shaving is exclusively available at selected Paris Gallery stores in the UAE.

Love and Music

Nothing greater then the gift of song, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is offering a special discounted rate of 20 percent on all tickets to music fans and avid supporters of the event available for 48 hours only. Guests can avail 20 percent off starting from Monday, 13th Feb at 9:00 am to Wednesday, 15th Feb at 9:00 am on the tickets available for purchase (excluding the VIP TABLES in the SKYBOX). Mariah Carey, Tom Jones and Enrique Eglesias, what more could you ask for?

Valentines/Anti-Valentines night out:

Looking for somewhere to go on your date night? The W Dubai is having a Valentine’s Day brunch and the poolside bar Wet Deck will be throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party where for Dhs295, from 8pm to midnight, guests will get unlimited drinks and canapés. They have something for everyone! If you wanna avoid all the PDA you can just head to Tribeca for an Anti-Valentines party or even to the single ladies night in Delphine in H-hotel, who knows you might just find your prince charming.

For the cheesy couples amongst you, Level 43 is having a Prom night so dust off your prom-dress and head to this rooftop bar with your date for the evening. One lucky couple will even be crowned Prom King and Queen. The ticket price also includes a three-course set menu as well as a bottle of grape to share.
Dhs600 per couple. 7pm-10pm. Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road (056 212 4413).

Herbal Essentials Moisturising Body Lotion

Herbal Essentials Moisturising Body LotionHerbal Essentials source many of their ingredients from the Himalayas. Their Moisturising Body lotion is perfect for normal skin. It has a very light formula that isn’t quite rich enough for dry skin. It has a very light formula composed of Aloe Vera, Honey and Shea Butter. I like to use it after sunbathing or even waxing as it is very cooling and soothing. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and I like the non-sticky formula.

If your skin is more prone to being dry, I recommend using it after the shower by massaging it into damp skin which absorbs more moisture! The Moisturising Body Lotion is priced at 99 AED, if you have dry skin you will get through it pretty fast as it absorbs quickly into the skin however you do half the work rubbing it in as it really does have an amazing texture. Using it on damp skin will make the product go further!

It is sulphate and soap-free making it perfect for sensitive skin and generally better for everyone! Often we don’t realise how harmful things we use can be but Herbal Essentials is one of the few truly green brands that I trust.

You can find the products in Dubai at the newly launched counter in Mercato or simply visit their website for delivery!

Sahara Grill, Dubai

Sahara Grill, Dubai

Sahara Grill opened its first branch in the UAE earlier this year. The steak house is famed for serving the first halal steak in the UK. They opened three branches there which initially had a wait time of an hour for a table. They pair expert chefs with grade A quality cuts of meat. What more could a meat lover want?

The Sahara Grill is located directly opposite the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in The Mall. The balcony seating offers stunning views of the hotel and also of the Burj Al Arab. The modern decor is simple and classy, it has a very inviting environment.

For starters we had the Sahara prawns and buffalo wings, both were good choices. The prawns were golden brown and crunchy, they were doused in the delicious signature sauce. The chicken wings were also good, succulent and tangy with a little kick. We also had a Greek salad which was good, a nice refreshing accompaniment.

For mains we went with the signature Sahara Lamb Chops, the lamb is from New Zealand and they were rubbed in Sahara’s secret spice mix. If you like spicy food, you will love them! They come served on a sizzling platter with grilled onions. We also had a Rib-Eye steak also seasoned with the same spice mix. It was really tasty and the meat was tender and marinated through. The steak was not as spicy as the chops, we tried all of the sauces and they were all yummy. The Sahara picante is tangy and spicy and the pepper sauce was great with the steak.

We were stuffed but decided to share a dessert, we had the plain cheesecake flown in from Italy and it really was divine.

I will certainly be going back, I think I would order exactly the same again, I couldn’t fault it! The prices are also very reasonable, the chops are just 69 AED and the steak was 149 AED. If you are a meat lover and have not yet been to Sahara Grill at The Mall, check it out!

Sahara Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dusty’s Lazy Saturday Brunch

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Dusty’s Dubai has recently launched its Dusty’s Lazy Saturday Brunch. If your looking for a super chilled brunch with live music and a delicious a la carte menu then Dusty’s is what you need. Most brunches in Dubai are from a buffet and a bit too messy with the focus being on drinks rather then good food but Dusty’s lazy Saturday Brunch is a really nice one to end your weekend. You don’t have to stand in queues to get your food, you can just enjoy the entertainment while it is brought to your table.

Dusty’s Lazy Saturday Brunch is family friendly with a dedicated kids area. The best part is that kids eat free! The live musicians are amazing and they perform around your tables while you dine. The location is beautiful, a little piece of tranquillity in the heart of DIFC. As you sit on the wooden decking you are surrounded by pretty water features. There is no dress code, in fact the waiters are all in their pyjamas so you can dress comfortably with no judgement.

The menu has a good range of options. I love the lobster taco’s, the crispy taco shell is filled with fresh lobster, mango, avocado and coriander and served with fresh guacamole. The Rib-eye steak is delicious for mains as is the creamy mushroom pasta. You must try the truffle fries with parmesan, they are to die for! The dessert candy station is amazing and has a huge choice of ice creams, brownie lollipops, fondue with fruit and marshmallows and plenty of other little treats. The french toast is amazing, crispy, sweet and delicious, I would definitely get it again.

The brunch costs 299AED and is well worth it, I cannot fault the food, it was delicious! My only tip would be to have a snack before-hand as we showed up ravenous and the service can be a little slow.

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Nip+Fab anti-acne products

In Dubai’s desert heat, our pores open when we step outside causing dust and sand to sit on our skin. Going back in the AC causes our pores to close again and those dust particles get trapped inside leading to breakouts. Although we all suffer from breakouts from time to time, fighting acne is never easy.

Nip+Fab’s hydrating and anti-acne products contain gentle ingredients that do not strip the skin of essential oils and moisture. From a hydrating cleansing cream and pads to a gentle and exfoliating serum and mask, these products help to keep your break outs under control and promise to leave you with glowing and blemish free skin.

Deep Cleansing Fix (AED 69):

A multi-purpose cleansing cream that is equipped to remove make-up, banish blemishes and purify skin. Ingredients include tea tree oil, which has natural anti-bacterial properties and penetrates deep into the skin to unblock and disinfect pores. The luxurious creamy formula of the cleanser leaves your skin feeling nourished and supple.

Glycolic Fix Pads (AED 99):

Touted to be one of the favorite products of Kylie Jenner and Mario Dedivanovic, these cleansing pads are perfect for surface exfoliation and reducing the appearance of acne scarring. Soaked in glycolic acid, these pads help control oiliness and keep pores clean for longer. While ingredients such as hyaluronic acid help to maintain hydration levels of the skin, others such as blue daisy extracts help in calming and soothing skin that is stressed out by acne.

Dragons Blood Fix Mask (AED 119):

A re-hydrating gel mask that prevents skin dryness through its unique Dragon Blood formula and other skin perfecting complexes. When applied, the mask in itself forms a second skin like barrier and helps in soothing and moisturizing dry skin and in reducing redness. Also perfect for those with combination skin issues, as the hyaluronic acid helps with not only hydration, but also balancing skin’s pH levels.

 Glycolic Fix Serum (AED 109):

An overnight serum that contains a high concentration of glycolic acid that helps in exfoliation and decongestion of pores, thereby preventing breakouts from occurring. Aloe Vera contained in the product helps in calming acne prone skin and facilitates faster fading of blemishes. The product is also designed with an innovative pore-refining ingredient called PoreAway, which helps in improving skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores.

You can find Nip+Fab products in Spinney’s, Waitrose, Sivvi.com, Basharacare and Beauty Solutions.

City Of Gold Dubai

One of our favourite events of the season is coming back and we cannot wait!!! Sole DXB is on the 18th and 19th of November in D3. It brings together a very cool crowd fusing together footwear, fashion and lifestyle with live music and great food. Checkout their awesome City of Gold Video:

Colab Dry Shampoo

COLAB Extreme Collection.jpgStylists have been telling us for years that if we wash our hair less often, then it’ll be softer, shinier, and way healthier. Sounds good to us, especially since it saves us major minutes in the morning. That said, we still need to keep our hair fresh between washes and this is where Colab Dry Shampoo comes in. But this miracle product only performs miracles when it is used properly.

Make the most of this hair-care staple with these useful tips and really get the most out of your Dry Shampoo:

  1. Try not to spray too close to your scalp. Always spritz your dry shampoo about 10 inches away from your roots to avoid any excess residue.
  2. Don’t get too spray happy. Use your dry shampoo on the roots only as this is where your hair gets greasy. Spraying on the lengths and ends will make hair stiff and lacklustre.
  3. Massage, massage, massage! Don’t just spray on and go. Allow the product to sit for a few minutes to absorb any oil and then work into the roots using fingertips.
  4. Using too much product is a big no-no and can make your hair actually appear dull and discoloured. It is always better to use a little and add more if you feel your hair is still too greasy. If you do, however put on a bit much, simply blast with a hairdryer that will help even it out.
  5. As easy as it can be to do, try not to rely too much on your Dry Shampoo and only use once or twice between washes to let your follicles and scalp breathe.
  6. Try applying dry shampoo before you go to bed. This gives plenty of time to soak in and you’ll wake with fresh looking strands in the morning.

COLAB™ Dry Shampoos come in five captivating scents. From the classic, heritage notes of London, the fresh and fruity scents of New York, to the floral, feminine notes of Paris, you can embrace head-turning, iconic city style wherever you are.

Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo is available in two sizes, a 200ml spray is AED45 and a super travel-friendly option is the 50ml priced at AED 26.

COLAB™ dry shampoos are available from Spinneys and Waitrose supermarkets across the UAE as well as the following retailers in Dubai; Wojooh, Virgin Megastore, Pout Salon and Beauty by Edge. In Abu Dhabi you can purchase from House of Fraser and Virgin Megastore and in Bahrain; Virgin Megastore.