Located in close proximity to Four Seasons Dubai and Bulgari Dubai, the Mandarin Oriental is in good company along a prime stretch of beach. But on a street littered with luxury hotels, this one manages to stand out spectacularly. Guests are guided through the lobby by the Forest of Lights – two lines of bronze tress with leaf-shaped bulbs. You are already in a world of wonder before you check-in.
Bronze trees are substituted for real, towering palms in the stretched outside lap pool (one of five swimming pools) leading to the ocean. The spa is easily on par with any other in the city while the fitness center offers beach-based fitness classes in the morning before the sun gets too strong. The hotel really excels in the dining sector with the prominent Portuguese chef José Avillez serving Michelin-level fare at Tasca. The low ceilings and ambient lighting make it feel as it you are in one of Lisbon’s beautifully understated yet accomplished restaurants. Netsu serves terrific Japanese food while delicious treats can be found in the Mandarin Cake Shop.
Top Suite: Two Bedroom Suite with Terrace
The unimaginative name may suggest a lack of effort, but the level of detail in the hotel’s top suite suggests they have gone to great lengths to ensure optimum comfort. Situated on the highest floor of the hotel, the space boasts unrestricted sea views from the private balcony and through floor-to-ceiling windows. Contemporary décor and a marble bath give the suite an unmistakable sense of understated luxury synonymous with the Mandarin Oriental brand. A downstairs dining area and large living space makes it perfect for entertaining guests.