Now that I have found I LOVE spontaneity (as long as it is somewhat well planned, baby steps!!!) Bond decided we should go away for the weekend and I said ‘YES’…you know because that’s my new approach to life!
Bond recently joined the Starwood Preferred Guest scheme which comes with all sorts of rewards when you travel. The nice gentleman he spoke to proposed that we head to the Ajman Seray for some luxury without the Dubai pricetag. We had never been to Ajman before and decided now was as good a time as any to tick off another Emirate.
The drive was easy and we got to the hotel within 45 minutes making it a painless breakaway. It still amazes me that all this is on our doorstep! Ajman itself is not the most beautiful of Emirates but the creek is rather pretty and the sea is bright blue and clear which is a nice change from Dubai.
From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were made to feel totally special. The nice concierge told us at check in that we were getting a double upgrade, once for the SPG member scheme and again for Bond’s promotion which I thought was especially lovely. The suite we got was HUGE, honestly I was seriously tempted to just move in. Not only was it huge but beautifully appointed. The bathroom was especially amazing, the bath was massive and the products were terrific! We got two of each and the bottles were really big so we could really enjoy the luxury (and of course take some home…)
Once we had taken in the whole room we decided it was beach o’clock, swimwear and sunscreen on we found two loungers right on the beach and enjoyed the view. We read and relaxed for hours which was just what we needed. Then we decided it was time for a sundowner, I decided to try the Anastasia cocktail which was delicious! We sat there for ages just chatting and enjoying the sunset, it was totally blissful and just what we needed. As it got a bit chilly we decided to head to our suite and change for dinner.
Bond had made a reservation for us at Mejhana, the Arabic restaurant. It’s always a good sign when a place is full of locals enjoying themselves and when the food arrived we could see why the place was so popular. Everything was totally delicious, especially the mezze starters! The waitress was so lovely and took me to the patisserie place so I could have my favourite cake for dessert which was wonderful. It was these little attentions to detail that really makes the Ajman Seray stand out.
After dinner we went to chill out on the balcony and enjoy the great view and talk some more and to eat MORE cake because the hotel was nice enough to provide a congratulations cake for Bond which was the perfect end to an already perfect day.
The next morning we hit breakfast and we tried everything possible. The food was delicious and there were so many options too. The scrambled eggs were my favourite though! The only downside was a lack of pork station which of course came as a disappointment but everything else was so good it made up for it. We also tried Guava which Bond loved and it turns out that I really, well, don’t…YUCK! A lesson learned the hard way…
From breakfast to the pool to soak in some more rays, the weather really came through for us so of course Bond is as brown as a berry and I am marginally less pale…I really enjoyed sitting in the jacuzzi reading my book and just relaxing. Then Bond persuaded me to swim in the sea which was so lovely and calm that we could even see little fish swimming around. We swam for ages and enjoyed the water and I felt so relaxed afterwards.
Soon it was SPA time which is my favourite thing EVER, I am so lucky that Bond is also a fan and will happily agree to some pampering time. The spa at the Seray is only two years old and it feels brand new as they have maintained it so well. We were especially lucky because we were the only people there! We went to the segregated parts to sauna/steam etc and then we went into the couple’s spa treatment. Bond is so hard he had an intense sports massage, I am a more delicate flower though so I went for this…
and believe me the word bliss is not an exaggeration! Also it’s been a few days and my skin is still silky soft and smooth and even a bit firmer. I am thinking this may have to be a regular thing for me!
Once we had finished at the spa we had to accept it was time to go home to Dubai…now to book our next stay in paradise!!!!