Praia Ladies Day By Secret Parties, Five Palm Jumeirah
Five Palm Jumeirah is cleaning up on the Dubai social scene right now.
Not only is it the hottest Instagram spot in town thanks to The Penthouse bar’s surreal skyline views, it’s also home to not one, but two ladies’ day offerings. And while the Saturday sunshine session with Candypants is drawing in the well-dressed crowds, if you’re after a more laid-back afternoon with lunch and drinks thrown in, then grab your girls and make your way to the hotel’s main pool area for Praia Ladies Day by Secret Parties.
As the name suggests, the all-new ladies’ day is brought to us by Secret Parties, which runs monthly brunches across the city at various locations. And while the new Dhs149 deal runs between 1pm and 5pm, we recommend getting there early (the pool opens from 8am) to grab yourself a prime sun-lounger spot right at the front of the action. Fear not, though – if you’re running late or recovering from the night before, there are plenty of beds on the roof, or you can simply grab a seat in Praia restaurant and sit back with mixed drink in hand.
We arrived at 11am sharp, and as the offer shares the same pool as the main hotel, the vibe did feel a little too family-friendly at first, but an older, more party-friendly crowd swarmed in as the day progressed.
So what do you get for your dirhams? Well, there’s access to the stunning infinity pool that’s been filling up our Instagram feeds of late, as well as four hours of unlimited mixed drinks and a two-course à la carte lunch at premium seaside restaurant Praia, which offers stunning views out across the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. For the boys, it’s a Dhs250 minimum spend.
Praia boasts fresh European coastal cuisine and we’re told that for ladies’ day, the chef switches up the menu on a weekly basis. When we visited, starters included bruschetta with grilled seasonal vegetables and sundried tomatoes or duck confit wrap, while mains comprised a choice of quinoa salad with crunchy veggies and eggplant puree, a Praia poke bowl with mango, cucumber and ponzu sauce, and oxtail tortellini with parmesan foam.
While somewhat small in portion (what else would you expect for the price?), the dishes most definitely hit the spot – just order a side of fries if you’re feeling peckish and you’ll be good to go. Drinks can be enjoyed at lunch and in/around the pool, so once you’ve filled your boots, retire to your sunbed for the rest of the day and sip on something refreshing while enjoying some chilled R’n’B tunes.
A Thursday well spent, with good food, a relaxed atmosphere and free-flowing drinks, this has to be the perfect way to kick off the weekend in true Dubai style.
INFO: Praia Ladies Day by Secret Parties, Thursdays, Dhs149, 1pm-5pm, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, 04 455 9989, fivehotelsandresorts.com