The Park Hyatt Dubai, with its blue domes shining like sapphires against the desert sky is a luxury waterfront retreat adjacent to the world-famous Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Just minutes away from the city centre, it features stunning architectural design, world-class cuisine and unsurpassed personalized service.
The architecture of the hotel is in essence Arabic with Mediterranean and Moorish influences, while the interiors are a contemporary interpretation of these themes – resulting in a sophisticated traditional elegance. The hotel from the outside has eight separate building structures whose façades are washed in a cool white stucco, topped with blue mosaic domes.
Once you step inside the circular dome lobby you are transported straight into the pages of a modern Arabian nights novel. Surrounded on all sides by Arabic arches and pillars, the floor has a round patterned mosaic above which hangs a huge globe like chandelier. Dotted on the periphery are lush greeting areas set up against beautiful floor to ceiling glassed off arches, strewn with richly dense Persian rugs and pillows.
Flanked by the spa and banquet buildings, the lobby eventually leads down to the split-level restaurants and eventually to the marina. From here the guest accommodations branch off to the left and right, connected to each other by bridge walks and cobbled paths. All rooms have an open plan with free standing bathtubs, private balconies and picture windows that frame stunning views of Dubai Creek.
The colour palate in all the suites are earth tones with arched niches and filigree work marrying the modern with the old.
Even the bathrooms echo this sentiment with marble flooring inlaid with wooden slats and intricately filigreed wooden windows forming the bedroom partition.
The über luxurious Amara spa has eight luxury suites, hugging private outdoor terraces, lounge areas, and indoor and outdoor rain-shower facilities. The architecture of Amara, which also pays homage to the ancient Moorish palaces with its Moroccan hanging lanterns and thick tasseled curtains, was conceived around its well-heeled local clientele, with discretion being the top priority. Because of this, Amara has its own entrance lined with humongous earthen pots under a bougainvillea trellis, accessed from outside the hotel.
But the best part of the spa is the shimmering 25-metre swimming pool ensconced in a series of built-in palm islands, a throwback to an ancient Bedouin oasis.
Dining at the Park Hyatt not only titillates the palate but also the other senses. The Lounge, which is the focal point of the restaurant block, has large French windows fronting the Creek. Set against a backdrop of calming water features, this Arabic themed lounge invites its guests to repose on cozy low furniture piled on spectacular middle-eastern rugs, its carved arched and jewel inlaid tables casting a palace like feel.
Traiteur, serving modern European fare occupies two levels connected by a long metal staircase suspended from the ceiling with wires, is a delicious feast for the eyes. With incredible origami on the walls, its rib cage ceiling and dazzling lighting effects Traiteur is pure dining theatre!
In contrast, The Terrace demarcated into three distinct areas – the indoor bar, the canopy covered terrace and the outdoor boardwalk set beneath swaying palms has more of a casual air to it. Having a drink on The Terrace feels like you’re under the sail of a ship supported by the boom, with the other boats bobbing in front of you!
Whether on business or leisure, Park Hyatt Dubai is a must experience for its matchless locale, striking architecture and bespoke interiors. With an emphasis on exclusivity and discreet sophistication, it is tailor-made to meet the needs of even the most sophisticated traveler.
Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj