( Please skip this long intro and go straight to the part ‘Is it worth it?’ if you don’t like to read a lot of bla bla bla 🙂 )
Back in 2015 when Torch caught its first fire, we did consider long and hard if we should join Privilee.
Now you must be thinking – what on earth is the relation between a 5-star membership to hotel pools, gyms and kid’s club, and an infamous tower fire in the marina?
Well, sadly for us, the pool was shut (click here for previous article on this) for a very long time and I was itching to swim (especially when heavily pregnant in the middle of summer).
6000AED a year is a lot of money, and for two of us that would be 12000AED. It was completely unjustifiable. A few lame attempts to reach out to their marketing team at that time, I gave up and moved on.
Fast forward 3 years, and 2 kids later……
I attended one of those Privilee promotion day things couple of months ago. It targetted at mums – yoga, babysitting provided by Nightingale, complimentary pool access at Riva Beach Club, breakfast, the whole shebang.
I thought I’ll just go there for a playdate with another mum friend (waves to M 🙂 )
“Be strong, don’t give in and sign up.”
Well……… I didn’t then.
My friend however, signed up to it a week or so later.
Facebook photos of playdates at Sofitel popped up. Waldorf next. Westin next. It was terrible! 😀
The Black Friday deal came up soon after and I took the plunge. Two months for about 1000AED ++.
Let’s just do this once and for all and see what the fuss is about.
So, finally onto the actual topic after a super long introduction.
Is it worth it?
If you were in a similar situation as me – mum with two young kids, living relatively close to most of the resorts in Privilee, I would say, go for it.
If they have another promotion going on for a short term trial, give it a shot. I’m sure you’ve seen lots of pretty photos of Privilee members on social media, so you know what you have access to.
Here’s my two cents :
- Yes, you kind of make a conscious effort to go to a hotel more often than when you don’t have Privilee. But c’mon, who is to complain going to a 5-star hotel 3 times a week, when you used to do it once in 3 months? If you both are working parents, it really does break the week up, every visit is a ‘mini-holiday’ of sorts. If you, mummy, you’re a stay at home mum, please just sign up. Just do it. Do it. Do it.
- There’s something for everyone . You could have a dip with the kids whilst the husband goes to the gym. If you don’t feel like a swim, you could just relax by the beach while the little ones play. You could do an adult day and just go, the two of you.
- Lots of choices. In the last month, we’ve been to Sofitel The Palm 3 times (partly because we were using Classpass too ;)), Waldorf Astoria The Palm twice, Doubletree by Hilton JBR, Sheraton JBR, The Palace and The Address Dubai Marina. And we are both working parents! Imagine if I was still home with the kids. I would probably go there every other day!
- You can use it on public holidays, though to be noted there are restrictions to certain hotels then. So, when I couldn’t use the Entertainer on Christmas Day, we spent it at the Waldorf Astoria for lunch and pool. Similarly, on New Year’s Day, we had dinner at Peacock, Sheraton JBR which gave us 40% off!
- It’s much, much cheaper than paying for a day pass, irregardless of if you are using the Entertainer or one of the Groupon Cobone deals. Let’s put into perspective – we’ve done the Kempinski Afternoon Tea and pool access deal – 359AED for two. Yes, that is a very good deal and yes it comes with afternoon tea which is great. But how often will you do that? Possibly once in three months, say? With Privilee you could do it every weekend (or 3 times a week) 😉
Would we sign up for a year?
I really don’t know yet. These short-term deals are quite good. It’s much easier to pay 1000AED than 6000AED y’know 🙂
Is it worth it?
So far, yes, I think we’ve gotten our money’s worth and more. Mummy’s happy, daddy’s happy, the two little people are very very happy. We just need to go to Zaya Nurai one time (it’s that Maldives-like place which is normally 500AED for a day pass!).
Would I recommend you sign up?
It’s entirely up to what you, and the family like to do.
If the kids like water, or the beach, if the husbands loves working out in different gyms, if you’re a pool or beach person, then yes yes yes. If like us, you live in the marina – where most of the hotels are in Privilee – that’s Westin, Le Meridian, The Address, Intercontinental, Doubletree (please, please, heat up the pool more though, it’s freezing!), and Sheraton JBR, then yes. Drive a wee bit more to the Palm and you’ve got Fairmont, Sofitel, Waldorf, and Rixos.
Click here if you plan to sign up for an annual membership (and I get a month extra, hee hee hee). Now…. let’s see where we should go afterwork tomorrow? 😉
*May 2019 update : There is a deal right now – 1500AED for 3 months starting from 30th of May 2019, click here to sigh up (Note : I don’t get any perks out of doing this, just sharing a good deal)
- Privilee website
- My instagram for Privilee photos and reviews. Will do a separate post on reviews of each hotel later on. If you are a Privilee member, and have feedback that you would like to share (things that could improve on), please PM me and I’ll include it in the post as well.
Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post. I (unfortunately) had to actually pay for the Privilee membership, just like everyone else. It took me 4 years to decide but hey, I’m glad we did 😉