Many a times it so happens that a particular place gets stereotyped for a particular event because it has been associated with it for so many years. One such example is Yas Island which is generally known for F1 Grand Prix, grand concerts & other annual sports events. Travel agencies, marketing firms rely heavily on these events to gain tourism in this region of Abu Dhabi. However there is a lot more to experience at Yas Island. Whether you are attending one of the sporting events or someone who is at a short business trip or someone who has been tagged along with their partner on a trip or with your family, Yas Island has something for everybody.
Instead of relying on travel advisors & magazines try finding unique activities with help of bloggers, Instagram users from that region & interact with locals. I have made your research a bit easier by adding a few hidden gems that will enhance your experience and will give you unlimited options without spending a fortune.
– Learn how to master the art of making perfect pasta with Chef Angelo at Yas Viceroy’s cozy & beautiful Italian restaurant – Amici. Delizioso!
– Dine at Yas Mall’s Rogo which is F1 themed restaurant where food is served directly from rollercoaster track to your table or at Yas Marina’s Stars n bars which features a table that encases racing star Lewis Hamilton’s driving suit.
– Visit Ferrari world’s ll Podio that offers Asian & Italian delights that are prepared right in front of you.
– Take up a gaming challenge at Softair’s Battlezone at Yas Mall. You are just 8 levels away from being a champion. Fun &interactive!
– Always wanted to know how it feels to fly a plane? Try Etihad pilot simulator to fly over one of 24,000 airports. This one is an absolute real experience and the same stimulator is used to train real pilots.
– Visit Yas Viceroy’s Burlesque Bar & Lounge to step back in time. Glamour, drama, theater, live bands, Djs & dance performances while you sip on creative cocktails. Also you could check with your hotel for nearest rooftop bars or lounges.
– Stars N Bars hosts open mic sessions, live band sessions with in house talent Sound City & quiz nights where you can exercise your brain cells while feasting on.
– Quiz nights are also hosted at Golf Club’s Hickory Sports Bar located at Yas Links.
– Fan of Classic Cinema? You must ensure to visit Yas Marina’s Iris. Stylish Surroundings, warming and magical way to watch your classics such as Casablanca.
Explore & Relax
– Unwind like a celebrity, invite friends or just for yourself. Charter a Yacht with Safwa Marine and explore the Yas Island’s spectacular coast.
– Captain Tony’s Boat tours are very popular in the region. Hop on and explore the coast and inhabitants such as the dolphins. Their most popular stopover is at the Dolphin Bays and bank where you could snorkel too.
– One of most unique experiences is the Sunset or Sunrise Kayak tours where you can drift through mangroves and get close to wildlife such as Gazelles.Contact Noukhada Adventure Company for this innovative tour.
– Go Aerial with Seaplane and view a different angle of Yas Marina’s sparkling waters.
– Unwind at the award winning ESPA spa at Yas Viceroy. Equipped with modern technology such as jet pods, Espa spa will help you relax in every way possible.
– Get your skin glistening with rose facial at Radisson Blu.
Hope you have added this destination to your travel diary and noted down the ways to explore to the fullest. For more information visit www.yasisland.ae
The perception that people have about Indian food is mostly incorrect. Indian food is not spicy, its flavorful, aromatic, rich and hearty, provided it is cooked in the right way. One such discussion was going on with my Italian boss who had never tried Indian food and he kept repeating that he will not be able to handle the spices and the chilies. To change his perception I invited him and few of other colleagues for lunch at Chutney’s Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai. Been here previously but that was long back and I was hoping that the quality of food and service hasn’t changed.
An hour before the lunchtime, I called to check if they have reservations open for five. Luckily they were able to accommodate my request at such a short notice.
The restaurant overlooks the lobby and up the gorgeous staircase which is situated in the center. In the foyer you will notice framed cartoons. Wish they had added a story to it, looked interesting anyway. The decor is beautiful, they have used glass chandeliers, wooden panels/flooring & rich choice of fabrics for the curtains. The center stage has a stunning backdrop of a royal member riding an elephant.
Dining at Chutneys was a different experience all together, they serve their food in silverware which was heavy. how more royal could it be? To be honest, when I first saw the thali and the quantity of the curries served, I though it was a bit less for the price paid. For the Royal Thali, you can have unlimited softdrinks/water and accompaniments but the curries are served just once. The food looked so inviting that ignoring all the quantity related worries, I set to taste the dishes. I had opted for vegetarian thali while the rest had opted for the non vegetarian one. There were four curries of which the Dal Makhani and the paneer butter masala were outstanding. I am not a fan of dal makhni but this one was just fantastic! The food was not spicy but it had this beautiful aroma due to the careful selection of ingredients. The yogurt dip/ Raita was flavored with cumin and just perfect to cool down the palate. The accompaniments were naan breads and rice. The rice were cooked in clarified butter and I could taste that well throughout and were served piping hot. The naan breads were light, delicate and delicious.The non vegetarian thali consisted of a Murg Makhi (chicken) and rest of three curries that were in the vegetarian thali as well. There was a lot of praise for the Murg Makhni dish and it was simply delicious. My boss and colleagues were completely comfortable having dishes and no one was complaining about the food being too hot or spicy as they had assumed earlier. My only disappointment was the dessert.. which was Gulab Jamun. Gulab jamun is a sweet dumpling made with frying milk solids and various nuts. It was nice and warm but I would have loved something innovative instead like a gulab jamun ice cream or a rabri or a sorbet to freshen up. Also if they would cut down on one curry in the royal thali and add a starter instead like some kababs, that would be great.
Overall experience was really good. The food is fantastic, service was a bit slow at the beginning but once the thalis were out the servers were attending to every need. Our host, a beautiful lady whose name I failed to recall even helped us click some lovely pictures. The food, at first I was worried about the quantity but as soon as I started consuming, I realized that it was too much and I couldn’t finish the dishes.
I would have loved if there were some ghazal singers available during lunch service that would have added more value to the experience. Will definitely visit next time to try their A la Carte menu, I really liked the place and the courteous staff made our experience worth.
Cost: AED 80 per Royal Thali
Location: 19th Street,Oud Mehta, Bur Dubai.
For reservations : +971 4 336 6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Its been a busy year at P.A.B. headquarters. I have been occupied with various projects and juggling my personal and professional life. However all that aside I have always wanted to revamp the look of my blog, wanted to give it a more softer, feminine feel with a cute logo.
So ladies and gentlemen, presenting the new and improved Pink Asfoura Blog. Blog has been updated with a lighter color scheme, new logo and easier navigation options. Enjoy browsing and as always do leave your feedback.
What a brilliant idea.. the theme. My muse is Dubai Creek, I think I have shot it from every angle!
Check out this week’s entry for the weekly photo challenge
Image shot from Iphone 6
Vivid – Meaning: intensely deep or bright.
For this week’s challenge I could have added some lovely traditional Faanoos lights to this post and I know you would like them but then.. I let my imagination run wild. So here is a little throwback picture(2013) from the city that never sleeps – Las Vegas.
Love the bold, bright lights.. this is the city of dreams!
Weekly Challenge: This week I am sharing wall art that I spotted on my vacation in Kerala, India. A loud and clear message. Peace everyone!