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6 Reasons To Try This New Hotel In Ras Al Khaimah

Acacia hotel review ras al khaimah by lifestyle blogger rahma talwar rthijabstyles (2)Another Weekend, Another Staycation! Why not play #TouristInMyCity Again?

If you love water adventures have a taste for navigating through different cities, Acacia Hotel, RAK is the place to go! This swanky new 4-star hotel under Bin Majid Resorts & Properties has the most amazing deals for a perfect weekend this summer. Our trip was in celebration of my brother’s 25th birthday, so taking pictures took a back seat (poor blogger me!).

Our stay was an all inclusive package, which I highly recommended because at the entrance we were greeted by a big envelope filled with different coupons & discounts.

Check out time already? Bye Bye @binmajidhotelsandresorts ✨

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1. All inclusive drinks: You can pamper your self and enjoy your entire time with a glass in one hand. From Hot Beverages (Coffee & Tea) to Cold Fizzy Drinks & various type of Alcohols, we had access to all 24/7. Pretty Cool!

2. Water adventures: With an all inclusive deal, you not only get to enjoy Acacia’s outdoor pool but also receive Beach access, Water slides & go Kakking coupons to use in Bin Majid’s Resort property – Beach Hotel, 10 minutes away from the hotel.

3. Sheesha fans: Acacia’s outdoor pool is the ideal perfect spot for you to soak up the sun, sip on the free amazing cocktails all day long & appreciate your holiday with a sheesha pipe. Though the setting is perfect for Sheesha lovers, unfortunately, only 3 flavors of Sheesha might annoy some (including, my brother!)

4. No Fights over Remote: I dunno about you, but I always end up fighting over TV in hotels (Ironically, I prefer laptops to watch stuff at home!) It was a nice surprise that our room had two set of TVs yet somewhat weird that we couldn’t find a flat Iron (That’s such a huge disappointment for someone like me, who is so particular about her perfectly ironed hijabs)

5: Affordable prices: A relatively new addition to RAK, the hotel offers super inexpensive all inclusive deals for adults & kids. You can find some great ones on Cobone or Groupon starting from only AED 250.

6. Free WiFi: What makes me furious is when luxury hotels for the sake for “Free WIFI” offer super crappy slow speed ones in return for your personal information (Emails & Mobile No, where they bombard you with useless deals over the next few months). Thankfully, Acacia (was different) facilitates decent WiFi speed without any privacy interruptions.

Any Drawbacks? All our meals were set at Al Nakhla Restaurant and honestly, the food was nothing to rave about or had anything new & exciting. Again, the pastry selection at Garden Brew Cafe was boring & similar to the desserts offered for lunch buffet at Al Nakhla. However, we did come across a promising Japenese Restaurant – Okura in the basement which we may try on our next visit. Plus, Hamra Mall is just 10 minutes away so food was not a major issue for us.

Location: Al Jazirah Al Hamra – Ras al Khaimah
Social: Instagram / Facebook / Twitter
Website: https://www.binmajic.com/acacia/rak
Phone: +971 7 235 2233

8 Reasons to be at Aloft Al Ain

Dubai’s staycation scene is getting more and more popular by the day and people actually make an effort to plan a weekend trip to other Emirates to spend this precious time with family and be a tourist in another city!

The latest addition to to the up-and-coming Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium development is the superbly high-tech Aloft Ain! Away from the hustle of city life, with amazing food & rooftop infinity pool, here are 8 reasons why your next weekend trip should be at ALoft Ain.

1.  Your bank balance stays happy!

Not only will you have comfortable and stylish lodgings at an affordable price of AED 270/per night but you can save money with affordable meals at Olive Tree restaurant.

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2. Hip & Happening!

Aloft is super funky and stylish, with the color play in room decor – vibrant pillows & carpets to snooker table at the reception. Entertainment all day long is guaranteed in this colorful vacation spot.

Why Not? Pose with the billard table 🦄 #FashionBlogger 🦄

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3. Every blogger’s DREAM- Tech Savvy Life

Not only is the WiFi free all day long, it even works in Elevators at super fast speed! You can turn control all lights with one single switch conveniently located just beside your bed. Plus, rooms are equipped with bedside USB chargers.

4. Customize your meals

Though the food option is limited to a large extent at Aloft, you can find plenty of eatery around the place to fill up your cravings. Olive Tree is an all day dining restaurant with an international menu (easily customizable) to keep everyone happy –  Traditional butter chicken, Arabic shish tawook and Indo-Chinese inspired noodle box.

5. I’m a Water Baby

How cool is an infinity pool? Though I don’t swim, I love the entire vibe at the rooftop, it’s not overly crowded and has ample space for you to lie down, soak up some sun while catching up on your favorite book. (Current Reading: Fall Away Series by Penelope Douglas)  

Just Keep Swimming #🏊🏼‍♀️

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6. Oh! The Landscapes and Attractions

Grab a bite at the rooftop Cafe and enjoy the best of Al Ain — Jebel Hafeet from your seat. Planning to do something Touristy? Al Ain Equestrian Club & Al Ain Zoo is the perfect place for families to bond. 

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7. Insta-Worthy Shots

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Community is not fully jam-packed which in blogger terms means: “Time for a photo shoot!” The colorful vibes around the hotel makes it the perfect backdrop for your Instagram feed.

8. You will never feel bored!

The staff comes from 33 different countries, each with a fun adventure story. The entire team is super friendly and makes your stay so much more exciting. (My Mum and the Head Chef at Olive Tree hit it off so well and we went on with sharing some amazing stories.) Aloft Ain even set up cupcakes in our room as a special welcome gift.

It's Cupcake o'lock 🎂 Welcome Gift by @aloftalain 🎁

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Location: Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Towayya, Al Ain
Social: Instagram / Facebook / Twitter
Website: https://www.rotana.com/dubai/amwajrotana
Phone: 03 713 8888

 

 

 

Magical deep blue water of world’s largest aquarium #DAUZ

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Photo Credits: ClearTrip.ae
I always play the tourist card in Dubai, well duh! the city is full of wonders – Dubai doesn’t do small, it’s a place of extremes. This weekend I got the chance to experience the magical deep waters of world’s largest aquarium #DAUZ (Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo) located in world’s biggest shopping mall. Perhaps, it’s the city’s glitz and glam, superlatives, and passion of breaking records we love.
While shopping in Dubai Mall, I always enjoyed DAUZ from the outside. So there I was at the entrance ready to unveil the hidden secrets of this place with my Explorer Tag on  (120 Dhs per person) which includes an aquarium tour and boat ride too. Surprisingly, the tickets price was decent. And if you use the Entertainer App: Enjoy a one buy get one free deal on the Researcher tag (100 Dhs per person).
Oh yes, the guest of honor for the day was my mom who is my biggest fan since day one (love you, mom!) Well, all my reviews are a joint collection of experience as I always take serious notes of my partner’s opinion (you never know what they might point out!)
You start off on the ground floor, with a complete panoramic experience of the aquatic life (mark your first encounter with sharks) while walking through the mystic blue tunnel. A perfect place to snap an insta-worthy moment!
After the tunnel, we proceeded to Underwater Zoo, on Level 2 of Dubai Mall which has EVERYTHING! (I mean in terms of marine animals, they even had Nemo & Dory). This is the part which is hidden from the public eye and worth every penny you pay. Quickly we joined others in a queue to our special stimulator submarine experience which was basically a major disappointment for any adult. (you don’t wanna follow a random looking turtle into the sea on the screen).

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Unlocking more secrets of DAUZ,  we made our way to the glass bottom boat ride (your boomerang game goes strong here). Our super cute guide informed us with real facts & figures (who knew world’s largest aquarium contains 10 million liters of water with 33k aquatic animals, well I had no clue!). The ride was so fascinating,  I found myself giggling and going “Mom, look at this!” every few seconds.
May be my Aquarius star sign took a toll on me but I spent the entire day admiring each session of their underwater zoo (completely forgot about dinner) which is divided into three zones – Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean. Well, my information about aquatic animals was limited to penguins, dolphins, and Nemo, so you can only imagine my smile when I spotted water rats, sea horses, giant squids, Veiled Chameleon and our tiny friends – Neon Tetra, glass catfish, white cloud mountain minnow.
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Well, my information about aquatic animals was limited to penguins, dolphins, and Nemo, so you can only imagine my smile when I spotted water rats, sea horses, giant squids, Veiled Chameleon and our tiny friends – Neon Tetra, glass catfish, white cloud mountain minnow.
dubai-aquarium-and-underwater-zoo-with-rahma talwar rthijabstyles dauz dubai adventures my dubai lifestyle blogger uae blog top lifestyle (2)Though the main attraction is said to be the 40 year old King Croc from Australia, I couldn’t take my eyes away from those adorable penguins doing somersaults in the water. (Future husband, kindly note I may ask for a penguin on my birthday!)
Side Note: DAUZ did break my heart in one aspect, throughout the journey the photographers clicked us with random looking pose and asked us to collect them at the final counter. News flash! The photos cost double the ticket price, like are you kidding me? Not once, we were informed during the whole ‘say cheez’ extravaganza about the price (honestly, you do get a bit tempted but 300AED, No Never Nada!).
Overall,  we very much enjoyed our experience at #DAUZ (you know a place is amazing when it has a hashtag) and finally, something I can strike it off from my bucket list. For more details about their prices please visit http://www.thedubaiaquarium.com
PS: This is a collaboration that I did with Ewaan Properties. Having said that, everything that I stated here comes from personal stories. I am just a Small Town Girl joining the glitz & glam army of Dubai every now and then. Sharing my genuine opinion to help pick out your next adventure without revealing many secrets about the place.
Cheers Dubai!

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GIFT GUIDE UNDER AED 100

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DECEMBER: 
a month of lights, feast and snow; time to close your eyes, feel another year pass by you and embrace the new beginning with your family and friends. Winters for me is a season full of holidays – UAE National day, Christmas & New Year Eve a time of celebrations.

So to get into the festive gear, apart from decorations and outfits, what is that one thing your agenda is calling you for?

Well, you guessed it right, GIFTS and lots n lots of them.

So, this winter to help you out RT Hijab Styles contacted few UAE-based bloggers and asked them what they would love to receive this holiday season. And, here’s the thing each item is under 100 AED.


Rahma: RT Hijab Styles

Instagram: @rthijabstyles

Gift Guide under 100 AED

Unlike guys, the list of gifts for girls is endless, but each girl has their own preferences and each one of you have a small money bag to make them excited. So head over to landmarkshops clearnace sale to get some colorful statment necklaces or charm bracelets. If your friend is into a street style, this brown and black fringe bags from Splash Fashions are perfect to stasify their boho look.

If your lady love is into beauty, let her try the latest buzz of B-Town, Konjac sponge is such an essential in my skincare routine, you could get it from Feel UniqueThe beauty floor or even Glam Box. FeelUnique.com is such an affordable alternative to all beauty items, shipped directly from UK, another fav of mine is travel size real techniques makeup brushes.

Lastly, need a quick gift without any time wastage? Head over to Lush store and get their Snow Fairy or Secret Santa Gift Set which I highly doubt any girl won’t jump with excitement for. Or how about a box of cinnamon for your foodie lil friend.


Naya: Party Parrot Blog

Instagram: @thepartyparrotblog

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If a person you are buying a gift for is really into beauty or fashion, then she would definitely appreciate any of these three items under 100 AED. So first we got a BeautyBlender (80 AED), which is an amazing make-up tool that is going to change your life (or at least your foundation’s life). You can apply concealer, foundation and even powder with this sponge for that undetectable and perfected look.

Secondly, who doesn’t love a good red? Sephora is famous for its bestselling Lip Cream in 01, which is basically a very long-lasting and pigmented liquid lipstick. This product lasts for hours and is very budget friendly (69 AED).

Finally, if the person you’re trying to impress is a fan of fashion illustration and history – “The Dress” by Megan Hess would make a gorgeous gift; this book depicts 100 iconic moments in fashion and is available for a very good price (75 AED).

Click here, to get more ideas to gift you a beauty junkie.


 

Laksha: Lakhshaz

Instagram: @lakhsha.zahid

Lakhsha Zahid

Visit Centrepoint, and purchase Rimmel London Products worth 99 Dhs, along with it, you get a free pouch, a Wonder’Full mascara and a Scandaleyes Kohl.
The items you should consider buying is ‘Provocalips’ long lasting lipstick worth 47 Dhs. Rimmel London Salon Pro Nail polish worth 26 Dhs. Lastly, a Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder worth 27 Dhs! This makes a 100 Dhs shopping worth all of it, and a perfect gift for a lovely lady!

Maybelline Brow Satin Smoothing Duo, Dark Brown, Lash Sensational Mascara and Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Kohl, Berry Much for 69 Dhs, click here, to order now.

A really gorgeous Sleeveless Maxi Dress from Splash, in White colour would be a perfect present as well. Its sale price is only @ 45 Dhs only at landmarkshops.com.


 

Naureen: News by Naureen

Instagram: @newsbynaureen

Gift Guide under 100 AED

Skincare indulgence is always a good idea. And a gift set in pretty packaging? Yes please! I have personally used the Watermelon & Pink Grapefruit scent and it is divine. You will be left feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Using the items in conjunction will, obviously, make the scent last longer. My personal favorites are Grace Cole Watermelon Refresher Gift Set &  Grace Cole White Nectarine and Pear Dazzling Collection 

This is a great book to unwind within the holidays. It’s a compelling mystery by a brilliant author which every bookworm would love – or even for someone who doesn’t read often but enjoys a good story. A review of this book by me can be read here. Also, Borders run a 3 for 2 offer on a wide selection of their books. Need I say more? Click here to order now.

Add comfort, style and elegance to evenings and weekends with a selection of prints and solids, with embellishments for occasions. You can never go wrong gifting in classic black and white colours.


 

Arti: Diva Beauty Fashion

Instagram: @divabeauty

Gift Guide under 100 AED

Gift voucher or pampering service from Vaniday. Good  and exciting news for those who want to pamper or groom themselves for the festive season. Vaniday ae app is offering Dh 40 off, to my blog members, on all the salons booking for any service you choose. Just download the application from IOS or Android platform, choose a salon nearest to you or your preference and the service required and then enter my coupon code  ARTILOVESVANIDAY . You get AED 40 off straight away !!
  • Sally Hansen festive nail polishes -Dh 19 available in Spinneys.
  • Flower bouquet from Carrefour – Dh 35
  • Festive Crackers at Carrefour – Dh 69

Nihara: Lifestyle Glossary

Instagram: @lifestyleglossary

Gift Guide under 100 AED
Beauty freak that I am I would love these products for this Holiday season. Victoria secret perfume priced at 45 dhs get yours now at any Safeer Mall or Xpressions Style , or how about the perfect red shade for any event the almighty ‘Mac Ruby Woo’ lipstick priced at 99 dhs and for a flawless finish to your skin a loreal foundation priced at 99 dhs head over to Lifestyle today, they have a 60% discount from 24th December !!



 

So, this was some of the leading UAE bloggers personal pickings of their favourite gifts of 2015. So let the beauty experts help you out to make a statement and win over your lady loves heart this year.

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HAPPPY HOLIDAYS!!!