Dubai is a destination with an ever changing landscape and Destinology prides itself on being 'one step ahead' on where to stay. Here are the latest editions to our portfolio of hotels and resorts across the city.
Dubai is a destination that’s constantly changing and innovating, creating new superlatives of architecture and luxury as the region’s phenomenal growth continues. With Dubai hoping to boost tourist numbers further for Expo 2020, this year has seen a flurry of new hotel openings. In order to stand out from the crowd and make Destinology's portfolio, hotels need to offer something extra special that will appeal to our customers. Here’s our round up of our new Dubai hotels for 2019.
Inspired by the Palace of Versailles, from the moment you step into the Emerald Palace, you’re transported into an ornate world of pink marble pillars, 24-carat gold decoration and quite possibly the largest chandelier ever made, embedded with 40,000 Swarovski crystals. Service is impeccable from the signature Lady in Red ambassadors who will help personalise your stay. Situated on the West Crescent of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, for a hotel so grand, it’s surprisingly family friendly and beyond the opulent lobby, the atmosphere is more relaxed. Kids are treated like little princes and princesses at the huge Little Kingdom Club, and once bedtime rolls around there’s a special turndown sweetie service from a royal carriage where you can even arrange for a Lady in Red to tell your little ones an enchanting bedtime story. The eight restaurants are all very different so there’s always somewhere to suit your mood. We loved the casual, Mediterranean-feel of Villamore by the beach, whilst at the top of the hotel, MiX by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse serves beautifully-presented French dishes in stylised surroundings.
Mandarin Oriental is one of a small clutch of high-end hotels that have recently opened in this area - with a golden stretch of private beach to one side and great views of the Burj Khalifa to the other it’s easy to understand why. Downtown is just 10-minutes by car and you’re a short walk from the beachfront La Mer neighbourhood with its kooky street art and laid-back restaurants. There are six restaurants and bars at Mandarin Oriental, but the stand-out is Tasca for Portuguese menus by acclaimed chef Jose Avillez and a terrace infinity pool that make it as welcoming by day, as it is chic by night. The shining “forest of light” in the lobby and smiling staff in their bright blue fedoras set a scene of laid-back sophistication as you move through the hotel and out to the huge pool area. Rooms and suites are spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows that make the most of views out to the Arabian Gulf or Dubai’s city skyline.
Bluewaters is another new neighbourhood which offers a variety of licenced restaurants, cafés and shops to be enjoyed by both residents and tourists. The huge Ain Dubai observation wheel dominates the skyline and is due to open early in 2020. The first offshoot of the famous Las Vegas resort, Caesars brings a touch of ancient Roman swagger to Dubai with two adjacent hotels, Caesars Palace and Caesars Resort. It’s less flashy than it’s Vegas counterpart and there’s no casino, but there are plenty of other distractions with the cool Cove Beach Club, a cutting-edge spa, Pantheon-inspired theatre and Hell’s Kitchen restaurant by Gordon Ramsay amongst the varied dining options. Rooms in the Palace are a thoroughly grown-up combination of slate greys, creams and blonde wood, with thoughtful touches like pop-up lighted mirrors in the dressing table and discreet two-way valet cabinets allowing laundry to be delivered or used plates removed without disturbance. There’s a 600m private beach and a variety of pools including adult-only and family friendly spaces, plus a shaded splash park for toddlers next to the impressive kids’ club. The warm and friendly staff really stood out at this resort when we visited in early May 2019.
Due to open in September 2019, JA Lake View Hotel will be the third hotel on the popular JA Resort alongside JA Beach Hotel and JA Palm Tree Court. Around 30 minutes’ drive from the bustle of downtown and 15 minutes from Dubai Parks, this quiet corner of the emirate is best suited to a relaxed beach break with a huge variety of leisure activities including horse riding, water sports, clay pigeon shooting, tennis and a football academy. The new addition overlooks the resort’s 9-hole golf course and features three swimming pools. Décor promises to be light and airy throughout JA Lake View and there will be five restaurants and bars. We can’t wait to try Kinara, a modern Indian restaurant by Vikas Khanna, the Michelin-acclaimed host of Indian Masterchef or enjoy a sundowner in Bibe the rooftop bar with views across the greens and out to sea.
Royal Atlantis Resort
One of the most eagerly anticipated new hotel openings in Dubai is Royal Atlantis Resort, which looks set to welcome guests at the end of 2019. Sitting at the top of the Palm, this spectacular new development dwarfs even its sister, the huge (and hugely popular) Atlantis, and will be a mix of high-end residential apartments and 795 luxurious rooms and suites. The combined resort will feature over 90 swimming pools in total including a chic infinity Sky Pool which will stretch 90 metres in length and soar almost 96 metres above The Palm. With over 2km of beachfront in total, the combined resort will boast the largest stretch of continuous, accessible privately-owned beach front in Dubai. Foodies will delight in 13 new restaurants and bars including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Ariana’s Kitchen by Ariana Bundy and another Hakkasan to complement the existing one in Atlantis the Palm.