Area: Dubai Marina, Dubai
Floating on its own luxury mooring in the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi marina, this authentic Dhow, or wooden Arabian sailing boat, is all fairy lights and perfectly placed for a romance.
The lounge bar on the upper deck is just the place to sit back and watch the sunset over the Palm island and the sparkling lights of the Dubai skyscrapers as night falls. There are also lounge chairs on the boardwalk for those who would prefer a more secluded atmosphere.
Dinner in the charming lower berth is more intimate, not only because of the wooden enclosure but also because the tables are well spaced. Service is excellent, with knowledgeable waiting staff.
The sushi is classic and aims for perfection rather than trying to be fanciful, while the seafood is cooked just right to bring out the melt-in-your-mouth goodness inside the shells. Perfect to share, the sushi and seafood platters are good value and more than enough without being over the top.
All in all, the dining experience agrees to be as memorable as the traditional setting.
Price rating: $$$$