Laidback brunch and extreme sports make the perfect Dubai daycation

Strapped for cash? Put your passport away and book a daycation in Dubai.

Relaxing brunch? Adrenalin-pumping wakeboarding? There’s something for everyone.

La Cala Balearic Brunch


Walking into La Cala Restaurant, we’re immediately struck by the beautiful view of the water and the laidback vibe.

With the delightful weather in Dubai at the moment, it’s the perfect time to spend all our days outdoors.

La Cala’s Balearic Brunch is three hours of Mediterranean nibbles and free-flowing beverages.


Within minutes of sitting down, our table fills with delicious small plates of BBQ chicken wings, burrata, crispy squid and tuna sashimi salad.


Since we booked for a relaxed start time of 3pm, we’re pretty hungry and dig in immediately.

Our mains of crispy duck pizza, lamb souvlaki pizza and two 200g grass fed sirloins arrive as the sun dips below the horizon.



It’s almost dusk before we decide whether we should have the dessert, and tropical fruits and blueberry cheesecake ice cream sundae are the perfect sundowners.

Amazing food in a beautiful shoreline setting can be found just a short drive outside of Dubai.

Need to know:

What: La Cala’s Balearic Brunch

Where: Ghantoot Marina & Resort, Ghantoot Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

When: Friday & Saturday, 1pm – 6pm (three-hour reservations)

Price: Standard package AED 295, sparkling package AED 349

Contact: lacalabeach / 050 151 8407

Wake boarding with Xtreme Wake


OK, you might want to try this one before brunch.

We pick our wake boarding location at Dubai Marina, find the Xtreme Wake speedboat and meet our instructor Anand.

It’s not the hardest thing in the world, but you do need to have some sense of balance and listening skills.

We put on our life jackets and strap our feet on the wake boards, ready to try out the activity.

First we are told to place our elbows around our knees as we first get into the water, which is thankfully not too cold.

Once the boat speeds up, we stay sitting and then slowly stand up untol our body is out of the water.


While standing up we are supposed to turn the board to the side and follow the boat while holding on – and we manage it!

Credit to Anand, an excellent instructor who really makes sure we know what we were doing and that we actually manage to stay up and enjoy ourselves.

But even falling here and there gives us a good laugh.


Need to know:

What: Xtreme Wake

Where: Dubai Marina or Ghantoot Marina & Resort

Cost: AED 550 per hour, per boat

Contact: / 056 342 3012


Dubai Week was guest of La Cala, which is partnered with Xtreme Wake.

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