Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Inside scoop: This Jeffrey Wilkes designed property offers the best of both worlds, having bagged itself a coveted spot along Jumeirah Beach, placing you just steps away from the seafront and just a short drive away from icon-packed Downtown Dubai (in fact, it’s now the closest beachfront resort). Scheduled to open in Q1 2019, the hotel’s California-style aesthetic has us reaching for our overnight bag.
The rooms and suites: You can choose from a city or beach view, and most guestrooms have a private balcony. We say book a room overlooking the pool and out towards the sea for the dreamiest views.
The food: There are six restaurants and lounges to discover, with signature venues including the Warayakiya-style Japanese restaurant and Portuguese poolside eatery Tasca.
The spa: Be pampered in the spa with a locally-inspired treatment and unwind in the dedicated hammam-style suite.
Also nearby: It’s just five minutes to thriving beach community La Mer, where you can go to shop, grab a bite to eat and hurl yourself down the slides at Laguna Waterpark.
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Keen golfers will be lured from the city to the ’burbs by this luxurious property, due to its proximity to the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course (it’s literally the front garden). The resort has a club-like vibe – expect the staff to call you by your first name – with plenty of ways to stay fit and healthy, including 7.9km of illuminated jogging paths.
We’re lapping up the tropical vibes of C Mauritius in Palmar – the first opening for the cool new sister brand of Constance Hotels & Resorts. Warm and stylish, with incredible views of the lagoon and beach, it’s ideal for those who prefer an all-inclusive stay. (The hotel is in its soft opening stage and will be fully operational in March.)
Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens
Inspired by New York loft living, the rooms and apartments of this hip hotel are decked out with SMEG mini bar fridges, espresso machines and the like. Taste Pan-Asian cuisine at Ah Lah, dip a toe in the outdoor pool, and take advantage of the free bike, skateboard and rollerblade rental to explore the parks and lakes nearby.