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Say aloha to a full day of fun at this Polynesian-style Daycation Brunch


If you’ve ever read Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree then you’ll know all about faraway lands filled with flavours and treats around every corner – and this is what this Daycation Brunch reminds us of.

A brunch that ticks all our boxes – decadent food displays, a lazy day by the pool and some serious fun at the kids’ club – it really feels like a mini vacation.

As we settle into our ‘tribal’ table, the kids rush off to try out their very own buffet which has plenty of their favourites, including smiley-faced potatoes, hot dogs, burgers and pasta, all served up on colourful plates and washed down with fresh juices.

And then it’s over to the adults. From the mozzarella balloons filled with garlic-infused air, to the pickled vegetable garden, where we are encouraged to pick our own carrots and corn from the chocolate soil, this is a brunch with a distinctive creative flair.

Inside there are alcoves filled with fresh sushi, zingy salads, oodles of cheeses, breads and some very moreish Indian snacks. And dotted throughout are plenty of sweet treats, from the giant pineapple, carrot and pumpkin cakes to decadent truffles. The giant candy floss station, throwing up spun sugar in bright primary colours has our small girl mesmerised, but she has to eat her cucumber sticks first.

Outside, the garden is set up with all sorts of stalls with fully-loaded baked potatoes, a tasty chicken paella and sizzling lamb chops. We can’t decide between the roast beef dinner with the massive puffy Yorkshire puddings or the fragrant lobster, so we opt for both for some surf and turf with a twist. Meanwhile Polynesian lemonade tastes like summer in a glass and is the perfect choice for this lazy, hazy day. We can’t wait to go back.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs95 (kids aged 12 and under). Fri 1pm-5pm. Ongoing. Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks & Resorts(04 810 9999).

The bottom line
Take the 8am access option and enjoy a whole day’s poolside fun.

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