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Westin AD ‘Super Camp’ Review – Time well spent for Kids.

Westin AD ‘Super Camp’ Review – Time well spent for Kids.

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THE WESTIN SUPER CAMP

In the past many expat families used the long summer break to escape the heat and spend two months in cooler climes visiting friends and family.  However, today more and more families have both parents working like my case, which limits the amount of time we can spend away from UAE to back home in our countries. But on other hand summer in the sand and dunes emirates can be fairly tricky at times; how do I entertain my full of life & handful (mashaAllah) kids, that are storming the house as not much of street / outdoor activities due to hot climate in UAE!

Well, perhaps a summer camp will be an unlikely break for both of them communally and emotionally. As a trend here in UAE, majority of children in Dubai soon after saying goodbye to exams say hello to summer holidays! Likewise I wanted to Plan my family’s best summer yet with impressive summer camps for kids in and near our very own residence!

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The Westin Super Camp for Kids is a great venture from the 19th July to 27th August, and designed to promote the pillars of Westin: Eat Well, Move Well and Play Well. Indeed my kids really had an amazing time over the weeks enjoying the camp, they did a lot of fun activities and had completely enjoyed the fun-filled week. They loved their swimming sessions especially which was supervised by professional staff Sofia and her team. She an amazing trainer and really helped strengthening the breath exercises and swim coaching in kids.

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All of the activities have been selected carefully with the ultimate focus of Feel Well, allowing kids that come to the camp to be nurtured both physically and emotionally, as well as with greater awareness of self and of well-being. It’s lovely to see them enjoying their swimming hours, golf talents as well as making their fort and camps in the free play hours, what I love personally is how my boy (Wisam) mingled with the group of kids, interacted well and been an active candidate in all the activities, who is generally appear to be a reserved one when and being along with the masses.

On another note it’s great to know how well my daughter Misha is holding on to her breath while exercising her control activities in swimming classes.

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WOW Factors:

  • I love the fact how the instructor and supervisors are giving individual attention to each kid and trying to focus on their fear and capabilities bringing out the best in them.

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  • To expand the range of activities they have made partnerships with the Abu Dhabi Golf Club and the Fit’n’Flex Gym.
  • What made it extra special for my daughter is her Birthday celebration at the camp, where they have made special arrangements along with big piñata and a delicious birthday cake. She loved the birthday surprise along with colorful balloons and a very fancy birthday candle flower.

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  • Interaction and bonding between Camp Coach“Ana Rita” and kids is indeed remarkable, She is a professional staff who takes care of kids making sure to nourish their intellectual and physical training and bring so much diversity to the schedule of the camp to make it interesting and fun-loving for the kids. It in indeed a great source on interest for kids when they can well explained and enjoy their summer camp activities at their fullest and I strongly believe for that the credit goes to Rita and her team for pulling such a successful Super Camp at Westin Abu Dhabi, which we will definitely recommend to all parents out there.
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Ever-smiling & devoted coach ‘Ano Rita’ with Misha ❤

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Timings are from Sunday to Thursday (9am to 2pm, Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up available) .

The fun and memories are as to cherish for the life time for my kids. My daughter has taken the best of birthday and playdate memories from Westin and talks about it each day. All in all it was great experience. My 2 munchkins simply loved escaping to Westin cool super camp, where they learnt everything from how to decorate their own perfect desserts to swimming and diving. So whether your child’s passion is in the sports or arts there will be the opportunity (lessons of Golf, Swimming, Dance and Yoga, Cooking as SuperChefs etc) for them to be busy and entertained throughout the whole summer holidays here in UAE at Westin Super Camp.

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Cupcakes / Muffins decor was one of the favorite activity for kids in Super Camp

The reflection of wellness and Food quality is also visible in their Spa facility and F&B related to property. Click to see our review of ” Heavenly Spa”  “SACCI” & “FAIRWAYS”.

unnamedPrice: Weekly package is AED 750 and for a Daily package AED 170, lunch included

Early Drop Off (AED 30) and Late Pick Up (AED 20) of 30 min available

Dates: 19th July to 27th August 2015

Mahi Blog would rate it 4.8 out of 5 !

You may directly land onto their direct page for Super CAMP here.

For more details on ‘Westin Abu Dhabi’ or any other packages, please visit their website

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to The Westin Abu Dhabi Management, Ana Rita and all the instructors in different activities at Super Camp . Please note that above thoughts and review, and opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission. We used the content with prior permission from Westin Abu Dhabi.

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HEAVENLY SPA REVIEW – Westin Abu Dhabi

HEAVENLY SPA REVIEW – Westin Abu Dhabi

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                                  A Day at Spa

I have enjoyed the August Specials at Heavenly spa.

It was indeed very rejuvenating and revitalizing not just for my body but also for my mind. I have experienced this special Heavenly Spa offer, where you may choose any two of the below treatments for AED380 or three treatments for AED480

  1. 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage
  2. 30 minute rehydrating booster facial
  3. 30 minute silky smooth scrub
  4. 30 minute body waxing
  5. 1 pool day pass

I have chosen from 1-3.

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This was my very first visit to the Heavenly Spa at WESTIN Abu Dhabi. The Heavenly Spa, nestling within the lush gardens of the resort’s expansive grounds, brings together refined, natural materials and sleek modern textures to create an organic, luxurious and stylish setting for sublime serenity. While entering the deluxe alley instantly alleviate my thoughts about wellness.

The wooden inspired brown and pallid walls & interiors feels very soothing.

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Staff at the reception warmly greeted and are very hospitable throughout my session.

All my treatments are taken care of very well by a well qualified and professional therapist ‘Anna”, from Poland, who has thoroughly discussed my consent form and information which I have provided with in, to know best about my skin and what I am looking for particularly. She has given me some great advice over how to keep my body and skin hydrated and some smart and quick fix-ups for me face freshness and replenish.

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Couple’s treatment Room

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Lovely Wall Art in each treatment room is a treat to an eye !

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Anna has guided me towards my treatment room and explained me whole procedure, she ensure that those few hours I have spent at the Heavenly Spa is all about me. My treatment started off with smooth scrub followed by a back, neck and shoulder massage i-e one good break down of lactic acids and the flushing out process which continued for a day or 2.

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Cleanliness and Hygiene wise Westin standards are at peak. They take care of your well-being and comfort so well that you will just leave the venue in completely good spirit. They have a separate ladies and men area where you may get freshen up and has steam room facility too with showers conveniently locate at both sides of it. Accessibility to lockers and towels in much easier while you may get all basic requirements ranging from toiletries to hair dryer and straighten Iron fitted in the area in front of full-sized mirror.

You can enjoy the invigorating power of their signature techniques in one of six treatment rooms.

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Treatment rooms are wide and open with proper lighting and in-room showers with all the complimentary toiletries are available, along with a bath robe and disposable . I have been asked to choose an inspiration stone to be placed under my head rest from HOPE, LOVE & GRATITUDE. I stick to the last one and felt the same vibes throughout.  She then asked me which massage oil I would like. Three special blends have been created for Westin Experience. They are to renew, rejuvenate and to refresh.

It was indeed a refreshing treatment and later I spent some time in relaxing area with ample of natural light and refreshment, powered by SuperFood Fx program, another well-being area and touch by Westin. To re-gain your energy they provide you with best sources food of Iron, Potassium and Vitamin along with Vitamin C infused water to refresh you ever after a long treatment.

The reflection of wellness and Food quality is always visible in F&B related to property. Click to see our review of “SACCI” & “FAIRWAYS”.

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All in all it was great sense of relaxation full of well-being along with professional services and tranquil environment. I would recommend all my friends to experience them, after all in such a busy day-to-day experience we should give other body and soul that extra pampering and care which it indeed deserve, Go on you will surely love it as I do.

Mahi Blog would rate it 4.6 out of 5 !

For more details on ‘The Heavenly Spa’ or any other packages, please visit their website

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Posted by on August 18, 2015 in OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Retreat

 

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Iftar Review: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi plus #Contest teaser

Iftar Review: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi plus #Contest teaser

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Guests are invited to enjoy their Iftar in Dusit style! Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, the iconic Thai hotel in the city, is really famous for organizing such themes events evolving from the Social, Educational, Seasonal, Commercial to Traditional festival events like Street Food exhibitions from Thailand where everyone gets involved.

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This year they have arranged the same in Exclusive preview to embrace the spirit of the holy month where the guests enjoyed the magical Ramadan delights under their iconic sky dome in lobby. In addition, Urban Kitchen, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant is preparing special delicacies and items for Ramadan Iftar buffet.

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We sampled an array of Traditional Arabic and Turkish Favourites that are very native to their regions and been widely consumed and liked by the diners during Fatoor and Sahour. All in all it was a great evening with lots of prizes and draw and of course amazing food to satisfy a foodie’s taste buds.

Please click HERE to view about our Ramadan Promotion coverage for the property and also keep an eye on the page as we will soon be publishing the Hotel Stay review and chance for you to win some voucher 😉 Share to increase your chances to win !

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For more information or reservations, please email reservation.table@dusit.com; call +971 2 698 8888 or visit http://www.dusit.com/dtad

 

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Iftar Review: Horizon-Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana+MEGA Contest #WIN

Iftar Review: Horizon-Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana+MEGA Contest #WIN

Marina , Mustafa & rpfbcrec you are the winners. Please send your contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com asap. As the voucher is just valid till end of ramadan. If you won’t send email within today another winner will be chosen tomorrow.

CONGRATULATIONS.

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It was a great pleasure accepting a Ramadan invite for Iftar from “Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana” at Horizon Restaurant and it was indeed a great experience. The Iftar Buffet setting at Horizon is not clustered, I like the idea that they set-up the main course counters at 3 locations, catering to the needs of diners who are spread-out till their lobby.

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First being the starter or mezze (Hot & Cold) sections which has an array of what looks like over 12-15 menu items to get the Iftar started. There is everything from salty pickles to baba ghanoush, mixed salads, Kibbeh , spinach fatayer, cheese sambusak etc. What tempted me most was Eggplant moussaka in Oriental and Poached Gulf prawns Smoked salmon in International.

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There is a soup and bread station (Oriental Pita was so good!). You can choose from a selection of lentil or clear chicken noodle soup. Also the Lamb ouzi with Oriental rice station is hidden beneath the staircase make sure to take a walk along the wide menu before fatoor (iftari)  so you would know where it’s placed.

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Before you get too full on soup, don’t forget to get your own Shawarma, made fresh at the counter.

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Syrian style Mix grill and falafel were prepared live along with the shawarma live station in the centre of the main dining chamber of Horizon. The chef is on hand to assist you with any menu choices that you might need to make and the junior chef will also assist you to pour in Tabouleh Rotana and Fattoush in bowls over the counters specifically made for these items.

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Oriental & International Cuisine Mix Balance was another strength of menu at Horizon in Khalidiya Palace which we enjoyed over other After reviews we did.

Harees Chicken / vermicelli rice (Emirati style) Arabic Lamb shank Fasoulya, Chicken Frikkeh (Jordanian style), Kibbeh Bil laban & Baby marrow and vine leaves with lamb chops were all at par, I couldn’t decide which tasted better as they were all made to perfection.  Seafood chili, Cumin roasted potato, Steamed vegetables & Ratatouille in International cuisine has kept a great balance. I loved Grilled sherry Fish with honey mustard sauce.

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Make sure you do not miss out on ‘the desserts counter’ as it is located at the end of the hallway. It has a large variety of desserts and was our favorite, you would find everything ranging from Arabic sweet (Um ali & Kunfa roll were tastiest) and a lovely cake selection I must say and the Blueberry panna cotta was to die for, our other favorites include Linzer Cake, lemon trifle in glass. Just in case you are not yet satisfies you can enjoy ice-creams in cone or cup which was equally enjoyed by kids and adults.

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WOW Factors:

  • I simply haven’t had taste such tastier Lebanese salad “Fattoush” ever before. It is so aromatic and crispy with croutons. The Chef “Abu Halab” will make it just right in front of your eyes and will mix and toss it and you won’t just stop tasting on it.

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  • The dates and nuts setting in the main lobby under giant Palm trees structure. Kudri Madeena and fresh red & yellow rotab was a treat to my taste buds.

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  • Traditional dishes “carving” was another highlight of their menu for Kebbe sajiyeh & Chicken mousakhan rolls.
  • The Ramadan Drinks and Assorted Juices been places in circles, those who are following my reads know my favorite Ramadan drink, Jelab Thamar! Yes and it was best I got in Khalidiya Palace.DSC_0068
  • The involvement of Chef in the whole Iftar Buffet along with the staff and management was something really impressed me as its being so interactive.

All in all the food  we tasted at Ramadan After Buffet at Horizon – Khalidiya Palace is succulent and delicious, full of essence and made us happy 🙂

For More information on Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana click these pages here: Facebook, Twitter, IG.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: (3 WINNERS)

Mahi Blog and Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Three Iftar Buffet Vouchers for 2 at HORIZON

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:20150706_172301_HDR

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurants at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 9th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Marketing Team & Management, Faten, Judy, aff at Horizon & Outlet Manager, Dhammika. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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Iftar Review: Fairways – The Westin AUH Golf Resort & Spa + WIN Iftar Buffet for 2

Iftar Review: Fairways – The Westin AUH Golf Resort & Spa + WIN Iftar Buffet for 2

Marsha you are the winner. Please send your contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com asap. As the voucher is just valid till end of ramadan. If you won’t send email within today another winner will be chosen tomorrow.

CONGRATULATIONS.

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Make this Ramadan memorable over Iftar buffet at The Westin Abu Dhabi takes place on Fairways , from sunset till 20:30 pm . You may take advantage of their delicious Iftar and Sohour in this award-winning restaurant.  As far as buffets go I always find Fairways fairly decent and in the Ramadan buffet it features live cooking stations with authentic Arabic delicacies with delicious Asian & International flavors

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The atmosphere in Ramadan get extra nice and rather homely, as we believe that in this location much-needed time can be spent in edifying great vibes, sharing your meal and embracing that spiritual feeling and taking them from strength to strength. Fairways puts on a delicate and delicious offering in form of delicacies from around the world reflecting all the delicious cuisines offered in the hotel.

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The staff is chiefly polite and attentive, though they have a fairly extensive spread, We have been warmly greeted by Leon & Vineeta from outlet Management. I must need t mention “Jose” here, one of the staff who has been so courteous and attended us through out. He was very alert and prompt in his services.

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 The quality of the food varies though, so you really must pick wisely, as they have selected Chinese counter, Indian cuisine as well as Arabic cuisine. Salad variety is amazing. While you’re the buffet selection you’re sure to be tempted by the delectable dishes on offer at Fairways. My kids loved their baked cheesy pasta and

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Dry fruits counter is presented close to the entrance, in the centre of the buffet so that you can take a small plate of dates and dried fruit and a glass of laban or my ever favorite Jallab/Gellab and kamareldin in drinks to your table as you are being seated.

WOW FACTOR:

What amuses us most (adult and kids) is their traditional Dondurma ice cream, and next to it the attractive counter for so many flavors of ice cream to choose from along with over 10 toppings. It’s the finest treat for the mini creatures that went along with me to fairways.

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Our Favorites:

In Cold Mezzeh our favourites were Tabouleh, Fatouch, Shanklish, Mohamara. You must try their Baby Cucumber Pickles, Labneh Ball & Marinated Feta Cheese in the JAR! We like Cheese cigar roll & Meat Fatayer in Hot Mezzeh. Karouf Mahshi (Ouzi Lamb) at the Carving station was scrumptious. I was so full while munching on mezzeh that by the time I reached main course I was feeling so full however I did taste Lamb Stew, Green Beans,  Samak Harra and vegetable biryani which is not and either. I must say I love the variety of seafood in their dishes and so well blended as per Iftar items.

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Desserts section has everything varying from Arabic sweets to Turkish icecream, French pastries to mousses, Indian Sweets to flourless cheese cakes.

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All in all it was a very well genus Iftar buffet loaded with items where most of the dishes are tasteful and has variety too. I hope I dint miss out of Arabic coffee and dates as well which is one of the highlight of the Iftar.

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We love visiting Westin Abu Dhabi golf Resort and Spa, we have earlier dine in at another food outlet “Sacci” (REVIEW HERE) and now at “Fairways” which is again a wonderful experience. Hotels maintain high standards in F&B and the great team adds value to it.For More information on Fairways & The Westin AbuDhabi click there pages here: Facebook, Twitter, IG.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION:

Mahi Blog and The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Iftar Buffet Voucher for 2 at Fairways

How to win: 20150704_193532_HDR

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurant at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 7th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

The details

Price – Iftar Buffet AED 180++ per person

Suhoor Set Menu AED 150++ per person

A la Carte available

Contact – To Book a table call +971 (2) 6169999

Email – FBadmin.Auh@westin.com

Website – http://www.westinabudhabigolfresort.com/

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to The Westin Abu Dhabi Management, STAVROULA and our host staff at Fairways. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

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Posted by on July 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Featured Buffet – Rosewater Style!  Grand Spread, Outstanding Quality in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers + Competition for readers!

Featured Buffet – Rosewater Style!  Grand Spread, Outstanding Quality in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers + Competition for readers!

WINNER:

Congrats “Jennalyn Calibara”

Please claim your prize before Monday 22 June, 2015.

We have recently attended what we wish to feature as one of the best Buffet in town. It is at “Rosewater” restaurant in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Here is our break down of the most amazing areas we review it for. truly a worth buffet for it’s cost !

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Impression & Entry: Neat, Stylish and Impressive! you can’t miss those breathtaking vistas of Hotel Lobby while making your way to Rosewater Restaurant which stands out for its stunning setting. Once we are in front of the restaurant at Podium Level the hostess greet us immediately upon entry and bring us to our table in main dining area, we were been given a short tour of whole restaurant, live stations as well as their stunning terrace (balcony open areas) which has pool view on one side and western coastline of Abu Dhabi sea on the front side.

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While we were comfortably seated, the server soon approach for taking order for our hot or cold beverages.

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Wide – Spread Buffet: The brilliant array of cuisines at Rosewater restaurant’s buffet will make you marvel since it’s not that effortless to maintain the standards so far above the ground from corner to corner especially with such an ample wide –spread buffet. We were been invited over their dinner buffet offering an extensive range of delicious options including canapés, sushi, salads, a variety of dishes from all around the world and live cooking stations serving pasta, noodles, steaks and even yummy crepes.

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Modern Traces &  Intelligent draftsman: The architecture is striking and well set up, decor of the restaurant is eye-catching and contemporary. The restaurant is so spacious and has excellent interior boasting an elegant yet trendy seating arrangement which is so well distributed making it ideal either for couples or large families or any business meeting . I was seated along with family on the most Royal spot, festooned with sparkling chandeliers and interesting wall treatments.

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Ambiance & Environment: It has a tranquil peaceful amazing atmosphere. we loved the terrace too and stood their for a while and enjoyed the amazing views. Rosewater provides a tranquil setting with ceiling to floor windows creating a sense of space over all and you won’t  feel it crammed or heaving even if it’s full house. The set-up of the buffet area on one side on the floor spread even give enough space to walk in and forth while you are choosing upon your dishes as well as the walking passage in between the cooking stations and counters is so wide.

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Staff: The restaurant’s best features however are their delectable concoctions, but they are made even pleasant with the staff considerate service. They were so attentive without being intrusive; and it was very timely service with attention to detail. We even noticed one of the waiter always clearing our dining area and fixed  napkins for kids every time we visit the buffet. I could say it’s fine dining feature of the service which is so rare in a buffet restaurant to this level.

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Food: The excellent quality of food is absolutely satisfying. We like the very fine diversity of food! Whether it’s seafood or steak, Indian curry or Arabian salad, Salad or desserts every item on buffet is prepared with keenness and aptness. I can suggest this restaurant to everybody to make this fantastic experience of Abu Dhabi´s Best International Restaurant!

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Although the selection of food is so wide, even then you will be surprised by the quality, they give complete attention to breads, salads and desserts too.  I love their Classic Caesar Salad, Crispy Croutons, Quality Parmesan, marinated Chicken appetizers and the Prawn delicacies so juicy and infused with aroma. Kids love pasta so we custom ordered  from the live station and Chef prepared it to perfection, I wished for a Grilled Portobello Mushroom and it was been fulfilled.

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There were some specials mini platters at of glazed BBQ Sauced shrimps with spring onions they taste so amazing ; The Chef at live counter made sure that Chicken and meat is perfectly grilled and seasoned it involves communication but believe me from  a lamb fillet to a tuna steak everything is available and the expert chefs will prepare it for you just the way you like it.

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Soup was nicely seasoned with an abundance of sautéed ingredients. If only there is a choice od creamy one too;  Asian sauce is some dishes were a wee bit salty for me, but then always you have asian food live stations for ordering the noodles and curries in the way you want, you can add any items been dried out earlier like sprouts, mushrooms, tomatoes etc. They look so visually remarkable, I have asked for sauce on the side and crisp fried vegetables.

Vegetables were finely chopped up in dishes and risottos tasted amazing too. I should say that the price is definitely worth it.  Too bad that I am really not good on buffets as I get full easily. The choices were endless! I will definitely give my thumbs up to Rosewater for their dinner buffet due to added factors of ambiance and services along with great food.

Desserts : Finally for dessert it’s a long list , I had creme brulee, raspberry sauce, chocolate cake and that macron mini sweet burger over there, which again I forgot what it is called.  Creme brulee was creamy and the top was crystallized to perfection!  Rosewater have the largest variety in desserts ranging from Arabic to Indian Sweets, Crème Brulee to fruits tarts, flavored Mousse that incorporates air bubbles so well to give it a light and airy texture, Chocolate fondue and the Crepes counter was my kids’ favorite and it’s so difficult to move them away from it’s sight, honestly it attracts grown-ups equally.

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Our Take: Personally, I couldn’t taste completely even 50 % of the items on menu as I get full so easily! All in all, it is a really elegant founding to have a special meal with friends, family or for a special occasion. Service along with visually beautiful menu items make this a place must to go back. we were blown away by the quality of their preparation.

Surely after this scrumptious buffet and indulgence in delicacies, you will kick off your day perfectly, you will return back there in no time. I guess our quarter tradition (visiting best food spots in town quarterly) continues strong as they won’t  fail to make each visit a bit more special. We are returning to Rosewater soon !

  • Location – Podium Level 2, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • Cuisine – International
  • Dress Code – Smart casual
  • Breakfast – 06:30 to 11:00 daily
  • Lunch – 12:30 to 15:30 daily
  • Dinner – 19:00 to 23:00 daily
  • Telephone +971 2 811 5666
  • Email – JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com
  • Website – https://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/abu-dhabi/jumeirah-etihad-towers/restaurants-and-bars-at-jumeirah-at-etihad-towers/rosewater/

“May the spirit of the Holy Month shine upon children in need and bless them with peace and great fortune.”

Here’s a sneak peak into their Ramadan offers at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. This Year, for every person attending their Iftar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers will be donating AED 2 to the Emirates Red Crescent.

IFTAR AT ROSEWATER

Located on Podium Level 2, Rosewater offers guests authentic Arabian traditions. Start the Holy season after sunset with a mouth-watering display of Arabian classics. Dine on sumptuous grills, freshly prepared oceanic fare, refreshing Ramadan beverages and savour each precious moment with family.

As per Iftar timings

Price: AED 185* per person

*Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% tourism fee

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers & Staff , Maria, Kaby Klick. We were invited but it did not influence our thoughts and reviews,  all opinions are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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City Walk – Event Review: “Short+Sweet” theatre festival.

City Walk – Event Review: “Short+Sweet” theatre festival.

Abu Dhabi enjoyed its first taste of the international theatre festival ‘Short+Sweet’ this weekend, when a touring show of the festival’s 10-minute plays visited the capital as part of a day of theatre events at Abu Dhabi Theatre. The Short+Sweet festival has run successfully in Dubai for the last three years, and organisers hosted the theatre day to give locals a taste of the fun and energy involved in the event and to promote the idea of having a full Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi theatre festival in early 2016. The day began with an acting workshop on stage, a  playwriting workshop in the afternoon and a performance of ‘Short+Sweet – the Best of Short+Sweet Dubai’ showing some of the most successful, and funniest, 10-minute plays in the world.

HR Shereen Saifudeen, Beth Burrows, Taraash Mehrotra and Salman Qureshi in No 22, Shorter+Sweeter

Says Alex Broun, world-leading playwright and producer of Short+Sweet Dubai: “Short+Sweet has really helped to promote homegrown theatre talent in Dubai. Last February we had over 250 actors, writers and directors involved in staging 70, 10-minute plays and it really brought out the best from local theatre groups”. He continues “there is some incredible creative talent in Abu Dhabi, both Emirati and expatriate. We want to start a full festival of 10-minute plays here, Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi, to give local people a challenge and to enable them to collaborate across cultural divides”.

Short+Sweet currently runs across 23 cities, in seven different countries, although Dubai is currently the only Emirate to host it. The Shorter+Sweeter show, a touring production, hopes to tour the GCC and then Italy later in the year. Anyone who wants to get involved in Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi should contact alex@constellation.ae, at Dubai’s newest performing arts company Constellation.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Events, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES

 

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Featured Ramadan promotions – Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Featured Ramadan promotions – Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

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EMBRACE THE SPIRIT OF RAMADAN WITH DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI

In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi unveils authentic Iftar offerings, Sohour experiences and a soothing spa treatment.

In this serene time of tranquillity and reflection, Namm Spa offers a haven for relaxation and an opportunity to hydrate the skin from the heat this summer with a 30-minute Arabian Honey and Milk Bath for only AED300. The treatment combines fresh milk, geranium rose oil and natural honey. While the fresh milk gently exfoliates and moistures the skin, the natural honey will ease one’s worries away, hydrate and clean the skin making it soft and smooth.

For more information, please call +971 (2) 698 8300 or e-mail dtadspa@dusit.com.

Ramadan Special Arrangement & Decor I shot last year at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Ramadan Special Arrangement & Decor I shot last year at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Urban Kitchen invites guests to break their fast with a selection of Iftar buffet offerings from around the world, including Middle Eastern favourites such as traditional Ouzi lamb, live shawarma and falafel stations and mixed grill. Turkish Executive Sous Chef Bulent Canbolat is also introducing traditional specialties from his home country including Imam Bayildi (stuffed eggplants), Begendili Kuzu Sarma (stuffed lamb chops with eggplant puree), Borek (baked filled pastries) and Testi Kabab (braised lamb shank dish).

Mahi Blog highly recommend their ramadan buffet for awsome kibbeh and falafel live stations.

Mahi Blog highly recommend their ramadan buffet for awsome kibbeh and falafel live stations.

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Iftar buffet is available daily at Urban Kitchen during the holy month of Ramadan from sunset until 21:00hrs, and is priced at AED 185 (excluding municipality fees and service charge) per person including Ramadan juices, AED 75 (excluding municipality fees and service charge) for children between six and 12 and complimentary for children of five years of age and below. Guests who book groups between 10 and 25 persons will receive a 20% discount on their total bill.

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Guests who wish to extend their Iftar experience with flavourful shishas can head to the Orchid Terrace equipped with air-coolers to keep guests feeling refreshed. An à la carte Sohour is offered daily from 19:30hrs till 1:00hrs.

Their wide-spread Salad counter is my fav of all-time

Their wide-spread Salad counter is my fav of all-time

For groups larger than 100 persons, tailor-made packages are available for memorable Iftar and Sohour evenings under the majestic Skydome, the perfect location to celebrate Ramadan together with colleagues and friends. Menu prices starting from AED 235 include a lavish Iftar or Sohour buffet, complimentary Arabic coffee service, Ramadan theme and unlimited flow of Ramadan beverages. Guests who book their Ramadan event before June 15th 2015 can avail a 10% discount for groups of 100 – 199 guests, 15% discount for groups of 200 – 299 guests and 20% discount for groups of 300+ guests.

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You can read about my earlier experiences at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi in Ramadan here &

“Iftar Dine Out at Dusit”.

Mahi Blog will be attending their Exclusive Ramadan Preview next week hence will bring you more details soon. !

For more information or reservations, please email reservation.table@dusit.com; call +971 2 698 8888 or visit http://www.dusit.com/dtad

“Ramadan Kareem”

Here are more links for the reviews regarding the restaurant and F&B at tsame same property.

Bangkok Street Food Week & Celebration at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

“Capital Grill Review and meeting with Sous Chef ”

 

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A Sweet Journey to Candylicious !

A Sweet Journey to Candylicious !

DSC_0338Candylicious is not just a store it a dream concept representing fantasy, joy and inimitable early days reminiscences. It’s a heaven for Candy Lovers and home to the largest ‘pick and mix’ wall in Asia and the Middle East. I recall tourists footing outside posing for pictures at the storefront when I walked past Dubai Mall Store when we visited.

Candylicious — the world’s largest candy store, recently launched its branch in Abu Dhabi at Yas Mall. You won’t miss the store because it is located just next to the Food Court.  Mall Walks with Little humans of my family give us a plea to pass through this store in each trip. DSC_0313

But then last week’s Blogger’s Event Invite for #ASweetJourney from DSC_0283Candylicious made this sweet fantasy a truly memorable experience providing a sneak peak into their Exciting newbie’s at Store such as the Garrett’s Popcorn and Spun Candy stations, followed by lunch at ROGO’S, the world’s biggest ROLLERCOASTERRESTAURANT®.

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I was so impressed by the oversize candy tree in the middle, near the entrance. It was dripping with candy flank & Swirly Spun Lollipops, hanging full of candy bars and chocolate balls. The design and section Management of the store is well engineered & fascinating that it invites curiosity to every by passer who desire to consume every candy available, I felt myself  “Alice in Wonderland” but “Kid in a Candy Store” – Candylicious Version 😉

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We have also been given live demo for Spun Handmade Delicious Confectionery in Covent Garden and believe me seeing a hard candy being made infront of me has major influence on my understanding of what the results look like since its been always my concern when consumed by my kids.

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Sight of those Clustered dispenser and lined walls with over 250 pick-and-mix varieties that reaches the ceiling awed me. The store also offers thousands of different products from well-known brands such as M&M’s and Hershey’s, gourmet cookies, lollipops in all shapes and sizes you can imagine, & above all mouth watering smell of popcorn was announcing the Garrett’s Popcorn caramel indulgence.

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They have my very favorite Oh-so-Yummy Tiny & Chewy Jell Belly in all flavors; it can burst happiness in your mouth. We had an opportunity to taste some delicious candies and also take away some with us too. We tasted the signature Reese’s Peanut butter chocolate too.

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Word of caution: All in all it was great event; Sweets, Treats and Candy Galore, What a Celebration they had in store. This store casts a spell and mesmerize all specially the candy lovers and chances are that you may shop till you drop so do watch your calories, watch your teeth, Keep shopping as they gluten free options too 😀

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Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Brunching at 18 Degrees – Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Brunching at 18 Degrees – Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Featured Brunch:

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From Jazz brunches to lavish brunch buffets, Mahi Blog declare 18° as one of the best weekend brunches available in #UAE. It was startling & an indulgent experience itself to brunch at Worlds Furthest Leaning Man-Made Tower.  Venue stars as the winner of the “Best Modern European Restaurant”, however their Friday buffet also includes cuisine from Italy, Turkey, Greece and Lebanon. Its ambiance and structure is surely manifest. It is so modern in sophistication yet so simple & family oriented, as I believe Brunch is all about the most relax and cozy time you ought to spend with family and friends catering to variety of choices and yet keeping a balance to its theme. To make that perfect menu is an art itself and a lovely presentation and set-up has indeed made our experience at 18 degree brunch Exclusive and Exciting.

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Let’s TALK ABOUT Food Menu:

 Arabic cold mezze, Fattoush & Muhammara dip stands out; Quinoa salad is very distinctive in cold dishes. Soup Section’s variety didn’t impress us a lot, though their cheese Counter is ample and diverse with some tasty chutneys and pickles.

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Ostensibly the Modern Counters and cooking stations tells the story of Huge pantry loud out. Their Raw bar (seafood section) may appear to have a lot in common with other European style brunch buffet however Dil marinated Salmon and Local Blue Crabs are must-try items. The Roasted juicy Corn fed Chicken, Striplion Beef meat and Wood baked whole Stuffed Fish is so rich in its taste & display and was beyond par, Béarnaise sauce made of clarified butter emulsified in egg yolks was there to complement the roasted item and we love strong Herbs flavor in case you are not fan of this taste than veal jus reduction comes to rescue as it adds to the richness of the dish, grilled veggies was our favorite side along with fish Yorkshire pudding.

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Keep enjoying the elegant view of Abu Dhabi city while brunching and efficient services and decorum stands on its hold merits.

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WOW Factor:

  • Antipasti – (Missed giving special attention to minor items !?!? often happens to big buffet) Guess what It’s definitely not the case here we loved the Grilled eggplant, zucchini, Roasted Mushrooms and deep fried Artichokes (I never tasted them so well if fried; before).
  • Their Beetroot Mutabel is their tastiest and good-looking shooter you will love and enjoy.
  • Kids loved their Sujuk (Sojouck – Spicy Sausage) and Margarita Pizza.
  • There is fair attentive communication involved if you wish to customized any of the item from the spreaded menu counters, rest assure they will make sure to get your exact requirements and bring your dish to table exactly how you need, we loved our steak with mashed creamy potatoes and pomegranate.
  • Don’t forget to ask ever-smiling staff for your Bread basket, Rye & Panini Roll were delicious with seasoned butters. Smoked paprika & Garlic give us a face-off judging moment there.

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Wait – It’s Not yet Done !

A visit to the dessert counter is a decadent must as it finished off our meal really well. You have an array of items to choose from, we loved Passion Fruit and Banana Meringue, Banoffie Pie, Tiramisu, Poached Strawberry with Vanilla Cream and Hot Chocolate Pudding !

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Winding Up:

It definitely promises an elite and impressive experience where diners can enjoy a wide array of Eastern Mediterranean fare, inspiration is drawn from the restaurant’s à la carte menu, their hot dishes also presents Saffron Rice, chicken curry and Homemade Pasta in case you have fussy little humans along with you. Worth knowing that all their ingredients are sourced from the freshest local produce to not only produce sumptuous food, but commit to sustainable practices as well. If you are not in hurry for home when brunch ends you may enjoy a sundowner on The Terrace of 18° – 80 meters up, with panoramic views of City coastline, at their Sunset Cocktails while watching the ebbing sun.

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Ratings: We rate this brunch 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Classic Brunch – AED 250 ++ – brunch with soft beverages and juices

Sky Brunch – AED 300 ++ – brunch with hops, grapes and sparkling

Bookings are essential for the Sky Brunch and Sunset Cocktails.  Please call 02 596 1440 to make a reservation, or visit www.abudhabi.capitalgate.hyatt.com for more information.

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Disclaimer: Special Thanks to Ms. Fernandez, Mr. Villacanas and the staff team. Mahi Blog were guest at 18° – Hyatt Capital Gate, however it does not influence our opinion and all the views and thoughts including the pictures captured on the Brunch day are our own.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Best Brunches In Town, hotels, Restaurants

 

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