Food, Recommendations, Travel

Our stay at Vida Downtown in Dubai


As you know, I’m in Dubai, having a long weekend before a friends wedding outside the city. I haven’t been back here since I was like 8-9 years old – let’s just say its a completely different city…

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We started our Saturday with late breakfast/early lunch at La Serra, which is attached to the hotel we’re staying at. We were both starving after having been up since 5.30.

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Whenever there’s burrata with cherry tomatoes and olive oil on the menu, be sure that it will be a part of my order…

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Saif tried the french toast that they’re apparently famous for here. To be honest, it slightly under delivered, but perhaps we had too high expectations from the start?

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We were both exhausted after not sleeping much for two nights before. I had come straight from Bangalore, and Saif retired from a work trip in Paris and Milan literally three hours before we went to the airport…

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La Serra is probably the number one recommended restaurant on all the lists I’ve been given from friends who come here a lot. Definitely try it if you’re in Dubai, they’ve apparently got a great dinner menu too, which I haven’t tried.

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After our meal, the room still wasn’t ready for check-in yet. We parked ourselves by the pool which honestly wasn’t a bad plan B at all…

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I love the table set up each of the cabanas have here. You can tan and work comfortably instead of having the laptop on your stomach, the way I end up most of the time when I work by the pool…

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Saturdays are basically like Sundays here, since Sundays are workdays. It was surprisingly empty by the pool…

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Saif had picked up a bunch of magazines for me at the airport in Paris. This defines luxury time for me – reading a magazine while tanning by the pool. Yum!

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How nice?

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Once our room was ready, the hotel manager came to inform us that they had given us a free upgrade of our room since they had kept us waiting for so long.

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Our room basically has a living room, dining room, kitchen and bedroom. Talk about customer satisfaction guarantee, when you make up for a delayed check-in by throwing us in the nicest suite ever.

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Only thing is, you’d want to spend a lot of time in a room like this obviously. Considering Saif and I are quite active travellers, we promised each other we’d spend at least one out of two nights somewhat in the room, enjoying our free upgrade…

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The room has two balconies too, overlooking the

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SUCH a comfortable bed by the way.

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The view from our balcony. What a gorgeous building, right?

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We can see the pool area from our room too. It looks a lot smaller from up here than it is in reality!

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Thank you Vida Downtown for the best room we could have ever asked for. What a treat, seriously.

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After the pool and the room intro, we walked along the main road towards Dubai mall, which is about a 10-15 min walk from our hotel. We stopped at a Lebanese restaurant, smoked hookah and ate the most amazing lunch…

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Heaven on a plate? Hummus with pine nuts, grilled garlic and pieces of veal. Just…wow.

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Switched out the fries for the grilled potatoes, for once.

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So much good food! Just writing about this makes me want to do it all over again.

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In India, a small piece of halloumi at the store is literally like 800-900 INR (around 110 SEK). So, I’ve made sure to get my fair share of halloumi while here…

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After finishing up lunch, we walked to the massive mall to stroll around and pick up a few things for the upcoming wedding.

I’ll keep updating you guys about our weekend here. I’ll also make sure I upload our Dubai weekend guide once we’re back in Bombay.

Again, a massive thank you to Vida Downtown hotel, for taking such amazing care of our stay. This will definitely be our go-to hotel in Dubai during our future trips here.

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