Quick update - Emirates were excellent in every respect except one - the vegetarian food on all four flights was Dreadful! - note the capital D - salty, extremely spicy or mushy and one was totaly taste-free! I shared the veggie part of my husbands standard meal. Gatwick to dubai and vice versa, was a newer plane with lots more entertainment options. Dubai to mauritius and back was a very much older, shabbier plane with fewer options for films etc and you couldnt have them On-Demand but had to watch them without pause once they had started. hmmmmmm, not so good. Without exception, the staff were SO nice, toilets were kept clean, drinks prompt, rubbish collected etc lots of flight info via entertainment channels. Fantastic choice of films - I have never seen such a selection.
Emirates never checked or questioned the size of our hand luggage, we know that was over size and weight
Apparently they have a HUGE baggage allowance for checked in suitcases, 30kg each we think the website says 25kg. Another passenger was told it was 30kg, so we got away with excess baggage costs maybe...plane WAS only one third full on every flight tho - (Ramadan again???)
Dubai was great. We were respectful, kept covered and did not eat drink etc in daylight outside.(We did go into the loos in the Mall for a drink but RIGHT inside, locked in so as not to offend Anyone coming in). I have heard of people being shouted at for not being covered or for drinking in public.
The malls were deserted, so were a joy to roam around, (Ramadan) however NO restaurants were open until the evening, so you MUST take beverages if you cannot stand the heat or have a medical condition (I have diabetes) that requires you to stay hydrated.
Bought a gold ring that we are pleased with from Chittipalilly in the Gold market (downstairs, central building). Got approx £100 off my olympus camera and a free 512 card for it (should have been £330 in total).
Cosmetics were NOT any cheaper anywhere I found. Please someone tell me where to go for cheaper cosmetics...
Clothese were excellent prices, £3 mens polo top. £5 for a fantastic handbag. So pleased with the shopping in the malls, let alone the markets.
Towers Rotana were faultless. Lovely Superior room on 19th floor, views right across the top of low 5 and 6 story buildings to the sea. about £3.50 taxi to the souks. Nowhere really to walk near the hotel tho. Their pool is lovely and clean, views across to the sea and quite exciting views of all the skyscrapers behind you, big novelty value!
We will definatley stay here again.
The gym is well equiped, very helpful lad there the day we were in it. Glass walls, so amazing views, air conditioned of course. NO water cos of ramadan so off to the loos again.....
The only pain was that the concierge put us in the WRONG CAB to the airport on our last day : so although our transfers were free with Kuoni, we were asked for money - which we didnt have - at the airport for the fare. Awful embarrassing situation, which was resolved because we had such a nice concerned taxi driver who phoned the hotel...took 20 minutes to sort it out though.
Mauritius was totally beautiful. picture postcard pretty. lovely people without exception. Merville Beach has a new spa which is World class. Quite good food, good selections - very little for vegetarians tho, they keep puttin ham in the pasta salad, grrr!. Great cocktail list and I am NOT a big drinker (am now!). paid for a garden room superior = got pretty much a beach front room without asking, covered in petals for our first night.
Arranged a helicopter ride via reception which went from Legends hotel, Shared cost, so £70 times 4 people cos we made some friends who came with us.
Fantastic time. Nearly as good as safari in Kenya!!