NOW OPEN (as of Q4 2017)
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai
Dubai’s Business Bay is quickly becoming a top destination for hotels and the place to stay in the city with easy access to all of its key locations. Strengthening Marriott International’s portfolio of luxury lifestyle hotels (think of its other impressive recent openings La Ville Hotel CITY WALK Dubai, and the Lapita Hotel at Dubai Parks and Resorts – both from its Autograph Collection), Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai opened late last year.
The first Renaissance Hotel in the UAE is famed for its unique design features led by interior firm WA International. As described by Marriott: “…the hotel’s design sets the stage to inspire a sense of spontaneous discovery at every turn: from the dynamic art installation of Dubai’s cityscape that takes center-stage upon arrival, to the cheeky photography in each guestroom, complemented by a Pablo Picasso’s famed camel sketch reimagined into a 3D iron rod sculpture – both playful jests to reframe your stay.”
Alongside its epic design features, amazing views of Downtown Dubai and the Water Canal, and amenities including an indoor infinity pool and outdoor pool and new Six Senses Spa (coming soon), the hotel boasts some of Dubai’s most exciting new culinary outlets – no mean feat. This includes the first UAE restaurant from renowned Chef Masaharu Morimoto and brand new concepts ‘Bleu Blanc’ (reflecting a Southern French farmhouse) and ‘BASTA!’ (a contemporary interpretation of Roman trattoria), from Chef David Myers. New debut ‘BHAR’ (the Arabic word for spice) will offer Middle Eastern cuisine, whilst ‘Grounded’ will serve as the hotels premiere coffee shop with international beans and unique brewing methods on offer.
Pictured: BHAR Sunset Terrace, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai
Find out more from Marriott.com
Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai
The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai opened in December 2017 on Dubai’s new ‘treasure island’ – Jumeirah Bay. Shaped like a sea-horse, the impressive island is connected to Downtown Dubai via a 300m bridge. Now Dubai’s most expensive hotel, the Bulgari Resort Dubai is the world’s fifth Bulgari Hotels and Resorts property and it’s first in the Middle East (existing locations include Bali, London, Milan, and Beijing).
Despite its central location, close to some of Dubai’s biggest landmarks including the world’s tallest building, the beachfront property (designed by renowned Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners) is spread across only four floors with 101 rooms and suites, as well as 20 Bulgari villas with pool, garden and sea-view, providing guests with a more personalized stay. As described by Bulgari: “…with a Mediterranean village feel, the complex features the Resort, six residential buildings with 173 sea facing apartments, 15 private mansions, and Bulgari’s first-ever Marina and Yacht Club.”
The brand new resort offers a wide range of amenities, including gourmet Italian cuisine at ‘Il Ristorante – Niko Romito’, ‘Il Café’ which is open all day, ‘Il Bar’ and the ‘La Spiaggia’ Beach Club with private beach. Its unique mosaic-design outdoor swimming pool is complemented by a 1,700 square-metre Spa with an indoor pool, hammam, fitness centre and beauty salon.
Pictured: Bulgari Resort & Residences exterior
Find out more from Bulgari.com
InterContinental Fujairah Resort
Located on the sands of Fujairah’s stunning Aqah Beach, this five-star InterContinental is the brands first resort in the Middle East, definitely worth the trip from Dubai. Offering a spectacular change of scenery beneath the backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, the resort features 44 rooms and 38 suites with expansive balconies and uninterrupted views across the Arabian Sea. It also features impressive amenities including O Spa by L’Occitane, an outdoor infinity pool, and two gourmet dining options.
The hotel recommends an ideal day at the resort and exploring Fujairah which sounds too good to miss:
Morning: For a rejuvenating start to your day, we recommend a morning jog on the beach. Early morning, you’ll pass by the local fishermen getting their catch of the day. After your exercise, revel in the abundant choice of our international buffet at Nama Restaurant for your breakfast, after which you can set sail with our Captain, who will take you on a voyage from our private beach. An incredible experience and a great vantage point to view the resort! The skipper will set off to show you Snoopy Island, a rocky marine outcrop about 100 meters offshore from Al Aqah Beach. You will have the opportunity to embark on one of the most famous activities in the area: Scuba diving or snorkeling, exploring the vibrant underwater life in the area.
Afternoon: After lunch, we highly recommend exploring the city of Fujairah, where you can visit historical sites such as the Fujairah Museum – our personal favorite! The museum houses a great collection of artifacts dating from the early Bronze Age. Spend your time wandering around the historical part of the city and conclude your afternoon by visiting the iconic Fujairah Fort. Built in 1670, it is considered the oldest fort in the United Arab Emirates.
Evening: As the sun begins to set, head down to one of Fujairah’s major landmarks, the iconic Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It is a beautiful structure and a must-see right after sunset! We personally love the lighting features that illuminate this majestic mosque. On your way back to the resort, stop by Al Bidyah Mosque, the oldest extant mosque in the United Arab Emirates. Once you reach the resort, meet me and the team with a final touch of magic to end your day! Join us to enjoy al fresco dining at Drift beach bar and grill with delectable cocktails and succulent dishes to delight your palate, all with the most amazing ocean views!
Pictured: Intercontinental Resort Fujairah
Find out more from IHG.com
STILL TO COME (Q1-4 2018)
W Dubai – The Palm
Opening in June 2018, a second W Hotel will launch in Dubai, located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah shoreline. With its sleek design synonymous with the W brand, the new property will feature 350 guest rooms and 58 suites with a sea view including ‘the largest suite in Dubai’ (the E-WOW Suite), six restaurants and bars, a private beach with a range of water sports on offer from windsurfing to canoeing, a state-of-the-art gym and spa, and the W’s famous Pets are Welcome or ‘PAW’ programme.
Pictured: W Dubai – The Palm exterior rendering
Find out more from W Hotels
Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeirah Beach
Opening in the final quarter of 2018, the resort’s 200 luxurious rooms and suites will include 12 spacious and exclusive over-the-water villas, accessible via a private bridge. Each villa will have its own infinity pool and a private swim platform, allowing for direct access to the Arabian Gulf. The hotel itself also centers around a variety of infinity pools leading down towards the beachfront. Design elements will be influenced by local culture and the Group’s oriental heritage. The resort will feature nine dynamic restaurants and bars including a signature pier-top restaurant with dedicated docking facilities, allowing for access by private yacht guests. An all-inclusive Spa will offer Mandarin Oriental’s award winning signature programmes as well as specially developed treatments inspired by local traditions and customs. Further facilities include a vitality pool, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, heat and water therapies, and an extensive fitness centre. In addition, a dedicated Beach Club will provide a range of water sports activities.
Pictured: Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeirah Beach
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The world’s first hotel featuring a RAINFOREST: Rosemont Hotel and Residences
Set to become the world’s first hotel with a RAINFOREST – construction on the two-tour Rosemont Hotel in Dubai’s Barsha Heights is set to be completed in April 2018. Designed by ZAS Architects, the 450-room hotel will be operated by Hilton Worldwide under its Curio brand. A man-made jungle, artificial beach and stunning ‘sky pool’ will feature on a five-storey podium, which connects the two towers. The hotel will also offer guests three restaurants, a lobby café and two bars, a fully equipped gym, an outdoor pool and a spa. One of the most exciting spots alongside the man-made jungle looks set to be the outdoor infinity pool, which extends to the edge of the building with views along Sheikh Zayed Road down to the Burj al Arab and the Burj Khalifa.
Pictured: Rosemont Hotel and Residences Dubai
Find out more about the project from ZAS Architects Dubai.
The Anantara Mina Al Arab, Ras Al Khaimah
Described by developers as a “…scenic waterfront community, showcasing both Ras Al Khaimah’s natural beauty and rich heritage”, Anantara’s first resort in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah will be situated in a secluded and picturesque area with a private beach. Overlooking a mangrove-lined eco-reserve, the surrounding area is to be kept unspoiled and feature a discovery and eco learning centre. The first Maldives-inspired overwater villas of their kind in the Emirate will provide the ultimate in relaxation and luxury, whilst the health club on-site will promote an active leisure lifestyle, inviting travellers to stay in shape with energetic gym sessions such as aerobics and racket sports. World-class Anantara Spa journeys will incorporate indigenous wellness traditions whilst culinary experiences will celebrate the flavours of Asia.
Pictured: The Anantara Mina Al Arab, Ras Al Khaimah
Find out more from Anantara.com
The WORLD’S TALLEST hotel: The GEVORA Hotel
At a whopping 356 meters high, with 75 floors, Time Out Dubai has reported that the Gevora Hotel will open later this year. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road in the Trade Centre area, the gigantic new hotel will boast 528 guest rooms and launch four new restaurants to the city. When it opens it will beat the current record holder for the tallest hotel in the world – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai – which is located on the opposite side of the same road, but further up in the Business Bay area of Dubai. To put its stature in perspective, Time Out compared the Gevora Hotel to be three times taller than Big Ben, 56 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower, and around equal to the length of three football pitches. They also reported that bedroom sizes would also be set at a not so modest 46 square meters, with the largest two-bedroom suite measuring a massive 85 square meters.
Pictured: The Gevora Hotel exterior and pool views
Find out more from The Gevora Hotel Facebook page