Heading to Dubai this winter? What jet-setter isn’t? It’s just about the hottest travel ticket in the world. And now with the pending opening next November of a Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach, it will sizzling. It’s just a short drive from Dubai International Airport to the palm-tree-lined driveway that leads past ancient olive trees to a palatial lobby befitting the wealth of the oil-rich area.
A green oasis set in a uptown neighborhood likened to Beverly Hills, the hotel is conveniently close to the decadent delights and businesses of city by the Arabian Gulf, the Four Seasons is ideal for leisure and working travelers. “For those already familiar with Dubai's over-the-top, often ornate formality, prepare to be surprised, “says Regional vice president and general manager Simon Casson: "Our Resort is an intimately scaled, luxurious enclave of comfort and style. Throughout, guests can expect highly personalized service that is consistent with Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world."
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is slated to open on November 1, 2014. You can book a room in advance for December arrival and if you make a reservation before September 30, 2014 you will score special rates with the Introductory Offer or the Introductory Bed and Breakfast Rate for stays between December 1 and February 28, 2015.
First glances into over-the-top extravagance
The leit motif is sophisticated and contemporary, styled by San Francisco-based interior designers BAMO. Arabic accents highlight Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, with colors and textures influenced by the seaside lifestyle of the 14 acre resort. The 33-foot lobby is capped by an octagonal dome finished with gold leaf, casting a warm glow on the space's creamy marble and enhancing the natural light coming through large windows that look across the gardens to the sea. The extravagance doesn’t stop there, even the handrails in the elevators are made of Murano glass.
Some of the balconies off the 237 guests rooms and suites are large enough to accommodate both a daybed and a dining table; all offer panoramic sea views or the city's glittering skyline, punctuated by the Burj Khalia. High ceilings are accentuated by full height leather headboards in an almost loft-like environment. The bed itself is the new fully customizable Four Seasons Bed. Other profligate touches are reflected in marble floors, baths place under ceilings leafed in silver that retract a flattering hue from the Murano glass light fixture, while a mosaic tile wall is the backdrop for a free-standing tub.
There are a two Presidential Suites, measuring 5,900 square-feet opulent suites on the top (fifth floor each with a media room, private gym and panoramic sea views from a ginormous terrace; and the Royal Suite, with a luxurious 600 square metres (6,458 square feet) including a spa, gym, butler's room and, at the heart of the space, a grand living room with its own piano, perfect for entertaining.
The Spa sounds as over-the-top as the rest of hotel and Dubai itself. "Our Spa has been designed as a Four Seasons showpiece on a global scale," says spa director Hayley Bluett. "A full menu of traditional healing rituals and cutting-edge therapies will be highlighted by a deluxe aqua-thermal experience that includes rain tunnel, scrub bar, chill zone, steam and whirlpool. Each of our treatment rooms opens to a discreet outdoor space and has its own foot ritual bath. The Royal Spa Suite includes wet and dry suites within, along with a secluded outdoor terrace, relaxation lounge and bathtub for two. We'll also offer rasul mud treatments for couples in this very private, exclusive space."
The 7,600 square-foot facility will offer treatments, a U-shaped aqua thermal area, a juice bar and boutique, and complete changing and relaxation facilities. A salon by En Vogue as well as a men's grooming lounge will offer hair, nail and beauty services. Four Seasons claims the fitness centre will be the best in Dubai with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out across the gardens and pools. Certified personal trainers are available to provide expert guidance on equipment that includes free weights and cardio machines, and guests can take complimentary spinning, yoga and pilates classes in the movement studio. Runners can follow routes through the garden and along the beach, and tennis players will find two on-site courts at the Resort.
Wining and dining
- Suq-- lively, market-style restaurant with three open kitchens featuring eclectic international cuisine.
- Sea Fu—an open air fine seafood restaurant each evening.
- The Shai Salon – meaning "tea" in Arabic – designed like a meeting place for friends or colleagues to social over tea and light fare, right by the main entrance and opening into the gardens.
- Hendricks Bar-- fashioned as a traditional club, with leather-panelled oak walls, deep chairs and a cigar room.
- The Mercury Lounge already has a local buzz on as the spot for late nights in an intimate club setting. Private majlises with exclusive alcove seating are surrounded by views of the Burj Khalifa and glittering urban skyline on one side, and the Burj Al Arab and sea on the other, with a large glass sphere inspired by the bulb of a mercury thermometer as a dramatic central focal point.
It all sounds very Dubai-ious as well as what you'd expect at a Four Seasons. Check out the video to see just how impossibly extravagant Dubai can be.