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…


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.


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


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?


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…


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.


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…


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…


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


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!


How nice?


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.


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.


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…


The room has two balconies too, overlooking the


SUCH a comfortable bed by the way.


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


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


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


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…


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


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


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


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…


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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