Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Saadyiat staycation

The kids are off school this week for midterm holidays. Normally we actually don't travel these holidays really but still this year they come with a new feeling of "stuck". There is no point traveling overseas because the 14 days quarantine rules are still in place; and there is no point even going to Dubai because then we will all have to take TWO Covid-tests to come back. It's a strange feeling of being "trapped".

We haven't had a family time together at all this year. The two weeks we should've been to NZ in March obviously didn't happen and Nathan's leave was spent here, at home, in lockdown. The time we should've had in Sweden and Denmark together in the summer didn't happen either, even though Nathan had the perfect leave. He had to spend it here, at home, by himself...

Also since school started we have had trouble finding time together as a family, as Nathans schedule hasn't really given him any time off during the weekends lately. So it was really about time now during the school holidays to plan something for Nathans off-days - a staycation!
We opted to go just 20 minutes up the road to Saadyiat Island, and the luxurious Park Hyatt hotel. Checked in early and got two beautiful rooms with sea view, just look at this, no more 50 shades of beige!

We spent the afternoon by the pool, taking an occasional walk down the beach to feel the sea and swim in the waves.
Yeah, it wasn't too much hard work...
Due to the COVID-restrictions and tourists not allowed in the emirate, it wasn't crowded. Also the whole hotel was marked up for social distancing, and there was sanitizing booths everywhere, so you felt really safe and comfortable.

Sundowners on the balcony:

Then we got ready to get out for dinner down at the Beach House restaurant. Took no pictures there believe it or not, so all I got is the pre-dinner mirror selfie!

Next day, we did it all again! Beach, pool, yummy food, swim, relax... aaahhh! It's amazing how just a few days of change of scenery can be so refreshing.

My family! Thank you for a lovely staycation!

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