Where to staycation in June 2018

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JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Stay in this landmark hotel and enjoy the luxury of choice

The rooms

The world’s tallest five-star hotel, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is an architectural gem with ample space to welcome guests from around the globe. Its 1,608 guestrooms and suites have luxurious finishings – think marble bathrooms with oversized tubs – with free Wi-Fi and views of the skyline or Dubai Water Canal. Families can book a suite and spread out over two separate living and sleeping areas. 

The food

Foodies will find plenty to satisfy their appetite at this property, which has 15 award-winning restaurants and bars. It is especially popular for its brunch options, which include the Wanderlust Brunch that’ll take you on a culinary tour of the world. (Fridays from 1-4pm. Dhs425 per person including food and house drinks.) If you like a good theme, you can unleash your inner Bond at the 068 Brunch at Prime68, while tucking into grills and sipping signature drinks. (Every Friday from 1-4pm. From Dhs495-695 depending on the drinks package.)

The activities

Those wanting to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup can catch all the action at Bridgewater Tavern, which is broadcasting every match live on the big screen. Take a seat and tuck into some food or join the fan zone and take advantage of the kick-off specials and bucket deals while you cheer on the players. If you’re not a football fan, you can always take a dip in the sparkling outdoor swimming pool or, for a spot of pampering, head to the opulent Saray Spa, which features 17 treatment rooms and the UAE’s only Dead Sea flotation pool.

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The Meydan Hotel

Experience escapist luxury and city chic all under one world-class roof

The rooms

A 284-room urban retreat less than 15 minutes’ drive from Downtown Dubai, and the only hotel in the UAE overlooking a racecourse, a stay at The Meydan Hotel fuses a stunningly unique setting with five-star luxury. To make the most of the location it has to be a stay in a Panoramic Suite with private balcony overlooking the iconic turf, large living spaces and complimentary Executive Club access. 

The food

There’s a strong nod to the equestrian theme at Farriers with a buffet menu as international as the racing fraternity who flock to the racecourse in season. As of Eid Al-Fitr, you can go for dinner at Shiba, where Japanese and Chinese culinary artistry delight all the senses. Or, grab a leisurely bite and beverage at the Equus pool  bar while Qube Sports Bar – the place to catch all the summer sporting action.

The activities

Once you’ve explored every corner of the city (the hotel offers a free shuttle service) it’s always a pleasure to head to the rooftop infinity pool to cool off and drink in the two-for-one views of Dubai’s unmistakable skyline and the Meydan racecourse. Or slip away to the hotel’s wellness suite for a reviving Jockeys Indulgence back, neck and shoulder massage or 80-minute signature deep tissue and hot stone treatment.

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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Embrace seasonal tradition with a summer sojourn in a desert oasis

 

The rooms

In days gone by, local families would often decamp to the interior for the summer to escape the fierce coastal temperatures. Find your own desert oasis within the resort’s rustic fortress-like walls where 115 rooms and suites blend traditional design with modern comfort. You may even catch a glimpse of a meandering camel from your dune-view terrace or balcony, with garden and pool view rooms equally appealing. 

The food

Factor in some quality dining during your stay. The award-winning Al Hadheerah desert restaurant celebrates Bedouin heritage with themed entertainment and a feast of Arabian delicacies. Masala is your go-to for authentic North Indian cuisine while Italian flavours are the signature at Le Dune. And both Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge and the Al Shurouq Rooftop Terrace will steal your heart with stunning sunset views.

The activities

An amazing choice of complimentary activities means there’s never a dull moment, from falcon displays and camel rides to croquet, mini golf and boules. The resort’s infinity pools offer chilled out bliss while Aladdin’s Kids Club keeps little hands busy. Max out your leisure time with an exhilarating 4×4 desert drive, go desert ‘fat biking’, or reward yourself with a relaxing treatment or two in the tranquil Satori Spa.

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The St. Regis Abu Dhabi 

A class above, this urban resort represents five-star hospitality at its absolute best 

 

The rooms

Revel in the legendary St. Regis take on personalised luxury with 24-hour butler service an added value extra guaranteed to make your stay even more special. With 283 rooms and suites all offering views of the Abu Dhabi Corniche, from the Superior Rooms with their rich red and gold colour palette to the apartment-styled Al Manhal Suite, a sojourn at the hotel is synonymous with the finest five-star hospitality.

The food

Dining takes on seasonal significance this month with the hotel’s acclaimed collection of restaurants marking the month of Ramadan with classic iftar experiences on top of the world in the world’s highest suspended suite and at terrace level overlooking the Corniche. The Terrace also continues the St. Regis Friday brunch tradition with a bounty of high-end flavours in the most convivial of settings. 

The activities

Take a vacation for both body and mind at Remède Spa where customised treatments using aromatherapy blends and bespoke Elemis facials are the hallmark of this serene 3,200 square metre all-white space. For waterfront relaxation with style, the Nation Riviera Beach Club is a haven of calm complete with private poolside cabanas and an inviting stretch of golden sand lapped by the azure Gulf waters.

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