My Middle-Eastern Summer Sojourn At The Four Seasons Resort Dubai | MF Travels
The Middle East never fails to fascinate me. It serves up a mix of opulence and tradition and is such a concoction of contrasts. I’ve had several trips to Dubai and have seen the great expanse of desert become a booming tourist holiday destination.
While I hate the over-commercialization that comes with it, I know that for those who enjoy marathon shopping, Las Vegas glitz without the gambling and fine cuisine of every conceivable type, a jaunt to the United Arab Emirate of Dubai may just be the ticket. After my recent stay at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai, I can say that the extravagant land has sure converted in me into a luxury traveler.
Opened in December 2014, the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is set on a 270-metre natural beachfront in a chic coastal community and is a 20-minute drive from the airport.
You will feel like you’ve arrived at an Arabian palace as you enter, complete with wind towers, latticework and stained glass lamps. I immediately lost myself in the bright lobby filled with freshly cut flowers in Murano crystal vases and a giant two-floor window framing views across the manicured lawns to the ocean. I particularly love how the interiors meld classic Four Seasons style with opulent Middle-Eastern touches like gold-leaf ceilings, shimmering mosaics and marble floors.
What’s Hot and What’s Not?
The property houses a total of 237 rooms and suites. I’ve stayed at tons of Dubai hotels, so, what really impressed me was that even the most basic room at Four Seasons Dubai measures 753 square feet and includes a private balcony with a daybed where you can soak up city or sea views.
The luxurious details of my suite included convivial L-shaped sofas, shopping-ready walk-in closets and executive-sized desks for business travelers. I also loved the silver-leafed bathroom ceilings and Murano glass fixtures.
While the beach remains a strong draw, the soaring temperatures made it difficult to spend too much time outdoors in the summer. There’s a climate-controlled indoor pool though which I did indulge in.
I noticed stylish beach and pool attendants waft by hourly with complimentary refreshments like blueberry muffins and melon bowls which I have to give brownie points for.
For the Love of Food
The property is home to a total of eleven restaurants, lounges and nightclubs including Coya, Scalini and Mercury Lounge. As I was there only for one night, I didn’t get a chance to try most of these but did experience the beachfront eatery Sea Fu which serves Asian fare.
The walk to the restaurant itself is scenic as you stroll down to the beautiful beach. The Beef Tenderloin Tataki, served with earthy enoki mushroom, garlic crisps and ponzu sauce was a top choice to start. Volcano Rolls are presented with flourish and have the bold flavors to match.
The Korean pear salad and Tuna Pizza are interesting detours away from the more usual options. For those who are fans of the viral Salt Bae, the entertaining Turkish meat specialist Nusr-Et is also only a reservation away!
What’s good is that attractions like the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Mall of the Emirates and Palm Jumeirah are all a short drive from the hotel. At the property itself, there are abundant activities to kill time.
A full-service tennis club includes two hard courts and pro shop, and active travellers and families can plan leisurely hours spent on the calm waters in kayaks, dinghies and catamarans, or atop a paddleboard via the water sports center.
My experience here wouldn’t be complete without a spa day at The Pearl Spa. Keeping up with the splendor of the hotel, the spa utilizes coveted ingredients like gold leaf, pearl extract, caviar and chocolate for their treatments.
The Bottom Line
I found the service here to be very swift and personable. The culinary game of the hotel is wow-inducing and overall, it gives you the feeling of sophisticated Arab luxury. I couldn’t fault this hotel, apart from the big bucks you’ll be spending to be here.
Tip: Ask for rooms and suites on higher levels to take in fantastic views of the Jumeirah beach.
Address: Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2
Phone: +971 (0)4 270 7777
Prices: Doubles from INR 56,000