Dubai can be a minefield when you first visit with so many things to do, so we have compiled our Girls Guide to Dubai to take away all of the guess work. From where to eat, sleep and explore!
November 10th, 2022
Sharing our top tips on the very best places to stay, eat & shop during your trip to Dubai!
Having recently returned from a trip to Dubai with our Editor in Chief Laura, we were working on discovering all of the very best places for a girls trip to Dubai and feel like we’ve perfected an itinerary to help you plan your upcoming trip!
From beach clubs to the best places to stay, eat & shop - we’ve got you covered! Save this post down to help plan your girls trip - let’s dive in!
Where to stay?
We spent a night at a Monty Holiday Homes apartmentin Downtown Dubai; the very heart of the city. Just minutes walk from both the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall - these apartments work best if you’re looking to spend time shopping and dining out with your girlfriends.
We had a one bedroom apartment which had a spacious lounge (perfect for our pre flight evening of Netflix & Deliveroo!). Coming in and under £200 per night including taxes, these apartments work out as a luxe for less option and a great place to spend your time in Dubai!
Nikki Beach is an iconic global brand and the epitome of beach luxe - the perfect escape for you and your girls here in Dubai! The lively beach club offers cabanas, daily DJ’s and photo ops a plenty - you can’t go wrong with this picturesque venue.
We’d recommend staying at Nikki Beach Dubaiif you’re looking to strike the balance between party and downtime as Nikki Beach really does have it all, from the beach club to spa & beach cabanas / pool for when you’re looking to unwind.
Nikki Beach: if you’re spending the day at Nikki Beach Club, make sure you check out their restaurant - we were treated to the chefs special sushi sharing platter and this is a dish not to be missed if there’s a group of you! Some of the best sushi we’ve ever eaten and delicious Mocktails on offer too.
Graze restaurant, La Ville: we spent our first night in Dubai dining at Graze, a steakhouse restaurant located inside La Ville hotel on the City Walk. As someone who’s recently turned vegetarian there was vegetarian options on the menu such as pasta, salads and fish dishes - if you’re a meat eater then you’re in for a treat as the restaurant specialises in meat dishes such as; Graze Burger, Mixed Meat board and Australian Wagyu.
This luxe casual dining space offers indoor / outdoor dining and an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs preparing your delicious meals!
DRIFT: During our day at DRIFT beach club we dined at their lunchtime restaurant; think fresh fish; warm salads & mezze boards - this place is well worth a visit if you’re at DRIFT for the day; you won’t be able to resist the restaurants innovative take on classic French cuisine!
Sal at the Burj Al Arab: We were fortunate enough to take a guided tour of the Burj Al Arab, after the tour ended we headed to Sal, a chic beachside restaurant overlooking the water. We enjoyed fresh Calamari, catch of the day Seabass and mocktails to die for - a hot spot for ladies looking to lunch!
AURA: our sunset session at AURA left us feeling peckish so we ordered some mezze boards to share such as burrata pizza, fries, burger sliders & some sundowner Mocktails!
What to do?
Check out Aura Skypool: one of our favourite things we did in Dubai was the AURA skypool - located in the St.Regis hotel on The Palm Jumeriahm and suspended 200 metres in the air; AURA is the world’s highest 360° infinity pool offering views across some of Dubai's most iconic landscapes such as Palm Jumeriah, Burj Al Arab, the Dubai skyline & more!
We opted for the sunset session and it was magical watching the sunset across Dubai from the 360 wrap around pool, accompanied with a live Sax player and sundowners - making this spot the perfect place to spend an afternoon in Dubai!
Prices start from 150AED for a lounge experience, 250AED for a pool experience and 280AED for a wellness experience. BOOK HERE (Bookings go quickly so be sure to book in advance to secure your slot at AURA)
Visit DRIFT beach club: beach clubs are HUGE in Dubai and we have to say, DRIFT was our favourite! Located in the One & Only Mirage hotel; DRIFT offers a laid back luxe vibe where the music worked, the food was delicious and the vibes were high. We loved spending the day at a cabana and relaxing in the sun, swimming in the pool & enjoying Mocktails served by the friendly staff - DRIFT you won our votes immediately, a must visit from us!
Take a guided tour of the Burj Al Arab: "Inside Burj Al Arab" is a guided tour running every 15 minutes daily, we were fortunate enough to join a tour and see a glimpse of the worlds only 7 star hotel (how cool?!). From the $25,000 per night Royal Suite to the 21,000 Swarovski Crystals around the hotel; this is one opulent hotel and a tour well worth taking!
Watch the Burj Khalifa fountain & light show at night: The Burj Khalifa fountain and light show runs every half hour from 6pm, I caught the first show and it was beautiful - just as the sun was setting over the city watch the fountain & light show illuminate the sky. Well worth a visit if you’re staying Downtown / in the area!
Hit the shops at the Dubai Mall:The Dubai Mall is iconic and a must-visit (even if you’re not a shopper!), there’s lots to see including an Aquarium, underwater zoo & tonnes of dining options including the infamous Magnolia Bakery & Laduree for a sweet treat.
There we have it - our ultimate girls trip itinerary in Dubai, I hope this guide helps you map out your dream trip - enjoy!
*Laura and I flew business class with Etihad from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi and had a wonderful, seamless journey. Book your flights with Etihad HERE.
Hayley Rubery is our Interiors Editor who loves to marry her love of interiors with her passion for travel. Whether you want to recreate a luxury hotel vibe in your home or you have a passion for solo female travel, then Hayley is the girl for the job.