Following a lockdown-Ramadan, the region’s big heat is next in line, and with travel bans in place both here and abroad, our safest bet is to look for holiday options closer to home – very possibly, a lot closer to home.
After months of lockdown, most of us are eager for a change of scenery and our region isn’t exactly short of first-rate destinations for that revitalizing seaside spa-scape, a long-craved weekend mini-break or a luxurious desert hideaway. With hotels bending over backwards to welcome guests back to their properties, tempting deals are plentiful and the time is ripe for you to seriously hatch your upcoming staycation strategy.
With its spacious rooms and suites and its favourable spot right on Jumeirah Beach, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira has been one of last year’s most exciting new urban resort openings in town. In addition to its convenient location, it welcomes guests to a beach club ambience of the highest level.
With 256 rooms and suites - some with balconies and all-around sea views - the interiors combine polished contemporary influences with carefully curated traditional accents, courtesy of much-celebrated design guru Jeffrey Wilkes.
For the ultimate indulgence, book one of the lofty Junior Suites that are in a class of their own. Sea View suites feature open-plan layouts across 90 square meters with large connecting bathrooms, rain showers, well-lit vanity stations and private balconies with magnificent open views of the Gulf.
If money is no object, aim higher and check yourself into one of the lavish Mandarin Sea Front suites with wraparound balconies. Suite guests enjoy exclusive access to the Club Lounge - best in class in the region - with nonpareil panorama vistas across Downtown Dubai's glittering skyline.
The gastronomic offering at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira is on par with its Dubai peers, offering six concept-rich restaurants and bars that are sure to impress with their culinary delights.
From Portuguese star chef José Avillez’s “Tasca” on the roof terrace of the u-shaped construction to the signature Japanese Warayakiya-style steak house Netsu at ground level or the intimate Beluga Bar, there are enough options to keep your taste buds suitably stimulated throughout any length of stay.
And while outside temperatures may keep you away from the beach by day, the SPA offers a pleasingly cool refuge. After a workout in the state-of-the-art fitness centre, try the Nomadic Sensory Journey signature treatment, featuring Emirati drumming as part of a healing sojourn, incorporating Asian know-how with cutting-edge SPA technology. While you’re at it, be sure to boost your immune system with the Elixir Clinic’s partner pop-up VitaDrip right on site.
Certainly not too close for comfort, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira’s opulent urban seclusion and the ultimate in contemporary beachfront hedonism should confidently land it at the very top of your upcoming getaway list.
For more information, visit mandarinoriental.com
Photos: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotels and Stefan Hottinger-Behmer