City skyline views. Tick. Flawless white sandy beach. Tick. On-water dining. Tick. If you’re looking for escape in the city, the Park Hyatt Dubai is like taking a European mini-break without leaving the UAE.
The bright white and blue Santorini-inspired architecture evokes the same laid-back elegance of the Greek Island in the Aegean Sea that instantly changed-up the monotony of the Dubai hotel scene when it first opened in 2005, and remains one of the city’s more unique resorts. Surrounded by a golf course and super yacht-filled marina, yet only moments from Dubai Airport with views across the city to the Burj Khalifa, this little oasis makes for the ideal escape for a long weekend when a real change of scene is needed.
A melange of design influences, from Arabic to French, proves the perfect recipe in creating a contemporary space that remains respectful to the local culture. Rooms are light and airy, a balance of cream upholstery and wood, each with terrace overlooking gardens, the marina or the lagoon. The bathrooms are spacious with standalone bath and are stocked with oversized refillable Le Labo products – saving the environment from the multiple miniatures that most hotels still offer.
Once checked in, time will be spent relaxing by the palm tree shaded pool, or by the picturesque lagoon that offers sunset views over Dubai’s epic skyline. A man-made beach with infinity pool, made with real Maldivian sand, the lagoon creates an island vibe with a city backdrop unmatched anywhere else in the region.
With world-class service on-hand to deliver anything you need direct to the sunlounger, there’s little reason to be anywhere else. That is, unless you are a seasoned foodie. The ten dining destinations in the grounds will keep food lovers busy with gastronomy from all corners of the globe, from the Thai Kitchen to Casa de Tapas there is plenty to taste. If visiting on a weekend, the Traiteur brunch is largely thought to be one of the best in the city, and for easy-chic surroundings Noepe offers picture-perfect Hamptons-esque decor and a Saturday Lobster bake brunch menu to match.
Stunning views, world-class food and an ambience akin to a small European town, Park Hyatt Dubai is the getaway of choice if a flight out of town is out of the question. For bookings, visit Hyatt.com or call +971 4 602 1234
- Words by Natascha Hawke