But that's exactly what we got at Anantara Resort and Spa, which is perched on the eastern edge of the iconic Palm Jumeirah. The hotel is unique in Dubai: the only place which offers a Thai-style experience, with South East Asian-inspired spa, architecture and over-water villas.
Our 'Premier Lagoon-View' room was large and airy, with a huge wooden bed, adorned with intricate carvings, and a peaked ceiling where an enormous, authentic ceiling fan hung, despite the air conditioning.
From the balcony, our view was over the lagoon-style swimming pool below us, which weaved in and out of the buildings, imitating the appearance of a location far more natural than this manmade island in this newly erected, sprawling city.
In fact, the only giveaway that we were anywhere other than an isolated wooden hut over a tropical lagoon was the enormous marble bathroom, complete with Elemis products...oh, and the fluffy American pancakes that arrived at our door the following morning.
As we wandered around the resort, I felt as though I was somewhere very far from the Middle East. Steps came down from the ground floor rooms into the shallows of the pools, meaning that these residents could literally roll from their bed into the water.
The staff drove rickshaws along blossoming pathways, transporting guests or materials for maintenance.
At The Beach House, we consumed Italian food while looking out over white sands and turquoise waters, and discussed how relaxed we were. After 2 months of sleepless nights with a newborn, this was exactly what we needed!
Even Sophia seemed to feel completely at home.
I was so happy that we'd chosen this resort for Sophia's first taste of luxury travel. Her enjoyment was apparent - she had her first dip in a pool which she loved so much that she soon fell fast asleep...
In fact, quite out of character, she even slept in the evenings, allowing us to have a couple of romantic meals together.
By the time it came to leave, we were feeling more relaxed than we had been for weeks.
From the smooth music and soothing atmosphere that we enjoyed with sushi at The Lotus Lounge...
To our huge fluffy bed, where we enjoyed the deepest of slumbers...
And our endless enjoyment of the stunning pools at every time of day...
Day 22 of the #TTLMAYMAMACHALLENGE with @tattooedtealady My proudest moment as a mummy came this weekend. We have come to Dubai on a mini break and it's been a weekend of firsts for little Squeaks. First time on a plane, where she was an absolute angel for 90% of the journey (and only got a bit upset when I insisted on feeding her underneath her breast feeding cover). First time in a pool, which she absolutely loved (in fact she loved it so much that she fell asleep!). First time at an aquarium, where she enjoyed watching the fishes swimming over her head. And first time sleeping overnight anywhere but our bed at home. Rich and I love exploring the world, and were determined to introduce our little girl to travelling early on. If this weekend's anything to go by, she'll be a pro in no time! 💛
The peace of Anantara will stay in our hearts for a very long time to come.
EDIT: For a bit more insight into our time in Dubai, have a watch of the video below:
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I am posting this as part of the monthly travel link-up with Emma, Angie, Jessi and Carolann. This month the theme is unexpected places. If you'd like to join in, head over to any of the girls' blogs before the 7th June!