Tuesday, 23 April 2019 / Dubai - United Arab Emirates


Things have been quiet on the blogging front this month, mainly due to our recent family holiday to Dubai. My blog posts will return back to the usual schedule very soon (I promise) but first I thought it would be nice to share a few (not interiors related!) photos from our recent family getaway. Originally we had planned to go away in February but due to a family members illness we had to cancel our trip last minute. I almost had to cancel again as my daughter was ill just before our holiday but luckily we made it there in the end and had an amazing holiday.

We stayed in the famous Atlantis The Palm hotel and it turned out to be the perfect choice when travelling with children (although I should add that the water park is even better if your little ones are 10+). It was our first trip to Dubai and we really enjoyed it and found the entire trip quite action packed. Usually we choose relaxing beach resorts with very little things to do but it was nice to be surrounded by so much entertainment this time; water park, bowling, nightlife, diving, aquarium, spa etc.

One of the highlights of our trip was a family photoshoot we did with the lovely Emma from Emma Staples Photography. Atlantis is such an iconic hotel on the Palm (it was the first hotel built there) and I knew that the resorts iconic pink structure and arch would make a lovely backdrop to our family photos. The décor inside is exquisite and opulent, with some of the suites offering breathtaking views of the Palm and the Arabian sea. I took very little photos inside the hotel, I guess I just wanted to enjoy the holiday instead. There are some you can find on my Instagram though.

I found our photographer, Emma, thanks to google and fell in love with her work. She really captured our family beautifully and was amazing to work with. I created a little mood board in Pinterest and we exchanged loads of emails before our shoot. It felt like I knew her already which was really nice. By the way, I had to get permission from the Atlantis PR department for this photo shoot (the hotel is not open to the public and we had to invite her as our guest for the day). You need to be a professional photographer to gain access too, so make sure that you have done all the necessary paper work in advance. If you're planning a holiday to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, I totally recommend hiring Emma for a few hours. She will be able to capture memories you'll never forget.

Now sit back and enjoy Emma's wonderful work..


* All images credited: Emma Staples Photography



  1. Beautiful photos. Not surprised to see Mr Orr and a football! He used to call me his enemy when my team (mufc) played Chelsea


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