The Park Hyatt

This is hands down the prettiest location in all of Dubai. Don’t be nervous as you approach from the airport, which is only five minutes away. The driveway might be just off a main road, but the hotel itself is set in acres of mature gardens, right next to a stretch of Dubai Creek and just opposite a park. It resembles nothing so much as a Greek island resort, with low-rise white, domed buildings, blue roofs and tiled floors.

Huge windows overlook date palms, and a glass-walled corridor leads you from the airy reception through leafy courtyards and into the chic Arabic-themed tea room.
Down a sweeping staircase is the fine-dining French restaurant set over two levels with its walls of wine, parquet floors and open-show kitchens.

On Fridays, it does one of the best all-you-can-eat brunches in the city, with free-flowing Dom Perignon all day. The Thai Kitchen, right next to Dubai Creek, is also famous for its weekend a la carte brunch. Cafe Arabesque is an all-day dining Arabic restaurant where breakfast is served, and which later in the day produces piping-hot breads and grills; and there is the squishy-sofa-packed outdoor Terrace bar.

The rooms, all of which feature water views and balconies, have a decidedly feminine edge, decorated in cream and white, and each room has a free-standing marble bath and walk-in shower. The bath products are all scented with a perfume specially created for the hotel. Should you take a particular shine to the artwork – the pictures are all black-and-white shots of Dubai’s maritime history – they are available to buy. Standard rooms all sleep two adults and one child, and larger suites have screens that separate living and sleeping areas so business meetings can be held in-room.

A large conference centre on-site is a favourite with local fashion shows and charity events for ladies who lunch. As well as the proximity to affiliated Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, where the hotel can arrange tee times, yachts are available to hire from the marina. The jewel in the crown of the resort, though, is the multiple-award-winning Amara Spa.

Each spa suite, including two designed specially for couples, has its own leafy outdoor courtyard with rain shower for post-treatment tea and dates. Spend a minimum of AED 450 on a treatment, and you will also get full-day access to the palm-shaded pool, with its four whirlpool tubs and soft white padded loungers. Golf widows will also be pleased to hear that the hotel is minutes away from Bur Dubai’s souks and the Wafi Mall and Festival Centre.

Source by Kristie Hal

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