I was invited by Novotel, Al Barsha last 5th of December for their Christmas lighting event in line with the holiday season. They also offered 3 days and 2 nights staycation to experience the best of Novotel and what it has to offer. I usually go to hotel events but this is the first time I got invited here and it honestly felt like home. They gave me a room with the best window view (who doesn't love Burj Al Arab as their view?).

I attended the Christmas Lighting event at 4 PM and got to witness the kids singing to Christmas song. It was so humbling to see families get together during this season especially in a country where Christmas is not really an official holiday. I love Dubai for embracing other people's culture and tradition and slowly opening doors to events like this. 

After the event, I had my dinner at 365 (in-house restaurant) that offered international cuisines from the Mediterranean to Middle Eastern to Asian to Western. Knowing me, I got biryani because the middle eastern food s always a yes for me. Before the night ended, I made sure to take advantage of the big bath tub because I don't use one at home. I love how relaxing my first night was and all I could think about was what to do the next day!

And surely, I started the day with a super big breakfast delivered straight to my room. My meals were still warm and my coffee was still hot. Now that's what I call a spot on room service! I've been to many hotels but Novotel made sure I wouldn't regret room service. After a sumptuous meal, I had a quick but beautiful dip in the swimming pool area. The weather was 22-C degrees but the water was perfect! It was also a good cardio to kickstart a long day. The gym was around the corner so you don't really have to walk far if you wanna work out first before swimming. 

I went out for few hours to attend the Pandora Launch Event at Dubai Mall. Novotel Al Barsha is super accessible and it's easy to go around Dubai without spending a lot of money on transportation. The metro station is just 1 minute away and the taxi drivers know the area well. One of the best thing about Novotel is that it's a tourist-friendly spot! It only took me 15 minutes to reach Dubai Mall.

That same night was my last dinner at Novotel so I took advantage of my alone time and ordered my favorite dish (Salmon) while watching my current favorite TV Series "The Gifted". Their Wifi is unbelievably fast so I didn't have problems streaming videos. I actually had to stop myself from watching coz i could seriously do that all night. haha!

Thank you, Novotel Al Barsha for having me. I had the best 2 nights stay with you and your service is over the top. I’ll surely be back. 9/10 experience for me!

If you guys are looking for an affordable hotel in Dubai near Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, this is the place to be. Visit their website now and make your holiday worthwhile. 

Disclaimer: Special thanks to Novotel Al Barsha for hosting my stay.