Sorry I have been a bit MIA recently, work has been crazy busy and also there just hasn’t been a whole heap of news!
HOWEVER this weekend was super special and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
On Friday morning we woke up at 3 am and headed to a secret destination. We ended up at the Dubai Outlet Mall and got in a bus where we were whisked off to an air balloon!! I have always wanted to go hot air ballooning and this more than lived up to my expectations. The weather was AMAZING and we got to see sunrise over Dubai which was incredible. Honestly I was blown away! The guy who was operating the Balloon was great, Donatus pointed out all the spots and landmarks. I couldn’t believe the amount of greenery that has been developed in the middle of the desert. I loved every second of it, we were really lucky to have a nice fun group too. We landed with a bit of a bump and then we got into the most stunning Audi A8 with a chauffeur to head to the next secret location.
We drove for a few hours, we mostly slept to make up for the early wake up call. As we were both a bit peckish we took a quick stop at a mall, naturally there was an ice rink even though the mall is in the middle of nowhere! We stopped and had donuts at Tim Horton’s (my fave!) before we headed back to the car, then in another hour we ended up at the Anantara jetty and jumped on a ferry to the hotel.
Bond told me that we were staying at the Anantara Bani Yas desert Island Resort and spa. I was so happy as I have been desperate to go there. When we arrived I was ecstatic. Without doubt this is the most gorgeous place I have EVER been in my whole life!!! When you arrive they serve you hibiscus juice which is so yummy, and they give you a cool towel to freshen up. I knew from the first second that this was going to be an unforgettable experience!
We got escorted to where we were staying, Bond had booked us the most amazing private villa with it’s own plunge pool and terrace. It was beyond luxurious, I have never stayed anywhere like it in my life. They had decorated it all with rose petals and towels in the shape of swans, I was OBSESSED with the towels, they were so cute and fun. We had a lot of fun enjoying the pool, Bond was laughing at me gamboling about, I swam 100 laps…which would be more impressive had the pool not been two metres square! We had a yummy ceaser salad by the pool and then got ready for the next part of our adventure.
Bani Yas is a nature reserve, and believe it or not there are Giraffes and Cheetahs roaming around. I honestly could not believe what I was seeing when we went on our safari drive. I fell in love with Giraffes, they roam free and are totally wild. The nature reserve is run to keep the animals as wild as possible. The gazelles are leaping all over the place – they are so cute and endearing really frolicking about. Mark who was our safari guide was lovely and so informative and passionate. Having started the safari thinking giraffes were cool but not a patch on penguins he totally converted me to these majestic animals.We were able to see sunset as well and honestly it felt exactly like I imagine being in an African game reserve might feel. I totally forgot I was in Abu Dhabi!
When we had finished the safari we went back to the hotel to change for dinner. Bond poured us a glass of champagne and then we walked out to the beach where he had arranged for a private dinner. The lovely Ali served us some more champagne and brought over cocktails. He was attentive and charming. Soon we wandered down to the beach to enjoy the view which was just beautiful. When we came back to the table Bond dropped to one knee and proposed! I was more than happy to say YES and I am delighted to share with all of you the best moment of my life!! I don’t know if I will ever be able to put in words how I feel at this moment – I am still floating on a cloud!
The next morning we woke up and had a yummy breakfast and then off to the spa! This is my hand blissed out post facial…it was perfection! The ladies were so sweet and excited for us, it was the perfect end to the perfect weekend. Sadly we did have to go home but as our driver was SO lovely even the return home was a treat.
I urge you all to go to Anantara Bani Yas – it’s a paradise on Earth staffed by angels. Bond, if you’re reading this, I love you, this was the PERFECT proposal and you’re the best fiancee I ever could have hoped for!