The Best Wellness Treatments

With wellness being the buzzword of the moment, our team has shortlisted the best in wellness, from the newly opened clinics to add to your black book to the most in-demand practitioners.

Montrose London

Having opened back in September 2023, Montrose London looks like a plush private members club with its decadent façade, lavish interiors and period features. Inside, a team of world-renowned plastic surgeons, practitioners and dermatologists have set up a one-stop-shop for all things aesthetic artistry.

Specialising in injectables, laser treatments, facials, body sculpting and plastic surgery, the clinic is discreetly tucked away on a Mews a stone’s throw from Eaton Square and Co-Founders Dr Shaimaa Jamshidi, Dr Georgina Williams and Dr Jonathan Dunne take centre stage with their coveted precision in enhancing one’s features.

Amongst the high-tech treatments championed at the clinic, Montrose offers the very coveted Morpheus8, the game-changing non-surgical device with groundbreaking results in tightening and rejuvenating skin.

Morpheus is ideal for clients looking to shift loose skin or unsightly stretch marks by using radiofrequency and micro-needling technology. Capable of improving the texture and quality of the skin surface, the treatment suitable for both face and body uses FDA-approved methods to remodel subdermal fat giving long-term results of tighter and firmer skin.

https://montroseclinics.com/ 

 

Dr Lizzie Tuckey at The Prager Clinic

Having mastered aesthetic artistry, Dr Lizzie Tuckey is widely considered a magician when it comes to enhancing one’s features. She has become the go-to amongst her coveted black book of clients who go to her for her subtle yet highly effective results.

Taking a cautious approach to her work, Dr Lizzie puts her clients through a series of wellbeing tests before embarking on a tailored journey of cleverly plotted tweakments covering a broad spectrum of everything from baby Botox and lip fillers to her targeted skin rejuvenation programmes.

Based at the prestigious Prager Clinic on Beauchamp Place, Dr Lizzie’s latest innovation for her well-heeled clients is an Exosome therapy treatment. Exosomes are applied to the surface of the skin, accelerating the production of collagen and elastin to boost skin repair and rejuvenation.

www.drmichaelprager.com

The HVN

Primely located a stone’s throw away from Harrods, The HVN is an urban sanctuary with an elevated take on ‘conscious wellbeing’ and an expert-led team of therapists and medical practitioners.

Taking a 360-degree approach, the space focuses on top-to-toe wellness, combining pioneering research with ancient-inspired holistic rituals. Personalised programs encompass everything from healing to gut health and osteopathy, making sure each client is at their absolute best.

The space, which features its own hyperbaric chamber and an area dedicated to giving educational talks and workshops, is also home to the UK’s only Hydro Bed.

The Cocoon Room within the HVN uses the Hydro Bed as part of one of the concept’s signature treatments to instantly relieve aching muscles and tension, creating a uniquely relaxing and reviving experience.

As you sit on the water-filled mattress of the bed, it reaches a soothing temperature of 38 degrees as a therapist whisks you away on an experiential journey of Ayurvedic massage, a mud exfoliation, steam (cleverly generated by the Hydro Bed) and a Vichy rain shower all without moving an inch off the bed.

The result – polished skin and an undeniable sense of restorative relaxation, bliss.

https://www.the-hvn.com/

The Light Salon

As the pioneers of LED facials and creators of the UK’s first LED facial bar, The Light Salon is very much the go-to for their cult treatments loved by beauty aficionados and celebrities alike.

With London branches instore at both Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, as well as an ongoing partnership with Soho House’s Cowshed Spa and treatments offered across ESPA spas, The Light Salon’s power-packed facials are easily available and offer minimal downtime – perfect as a pit-stop when shopping or for a lunchtime pick-me-up.

The salon’s hero treatment sees power-packed enzymes combined with nano-dermabrasion to exfoliate and polish the skin before you go under a targeted LED-light to encourage the skin to renew at cellular level.

Light-lovers can also rejoice with The Light Salon’s new membership offering, a monthly subscription with treatments valued at £245, including a monthly Signature treatment, 2 Brightening Collagen Boost facials and other perks all for £120 a month.

Time to get your glow on.

https://www.thelight-salon.com/

The Skin Culturist

Taking a privileged location in leafy Maida Vale, The Skin Culturist brings together holistic treatments, aesthetics and traditional facials in an inviting state-of-the-art clinic.

Using a 360-degree approach, the team here tailor skin health to each individual client with each journey starting with a full skin analysis and incorporating hands-on techniques to encourage drainage and a healthier complexion.

Gut health is considered key to unlocking glowing skin at the clinic, and specialist Alicia Falero uses an ancient practice of abdominal massage focusing on the colon to relieve tension and encourage digestion.

Alleviating such chronic problems as bloating through her Chi Nei Tsang massage techniques, Alicia’s method of detoxifying the gut directly impacts the skin by improving its radiance and clarity.

www.theskinculturist.com

BCO London

Founded by hair maestro to the stars Bernardo Vasconcelos, BCO London is a one-stop shop for luscious locks.

Primely positioned within the ever-fashionable Marylebone, Bernardo brings his 14 years of experience, having worked as one of Brazil’s most in-demand hairstylists, to his namesake salon, which channels the blow-dry techniques Brazilians are so well-renowned for with European styling.

Having bought his learnings from his time in the US, the now brand ambassador of celeb-favourite product line Living Proof has trained his talented team of artisans in his innovative techniques and colouring excellence.

When he isn’t travelling to the likes of Miami and Dubai, where he holds salon residencies, Bernardo can be found at BCO London showcasing his talents in cutting and contouring hair through Balayage, a technique of which he was one of the first adopters.

www.bcosalon.co.uk

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

Inside the Glamorous Gala One Saint Barth

Closing 2023 in style, Gala One took place on 29th December at the iconic Eden Rock St Barths resort and saw 200 guests in attendance or a glamourous evening of cocktails, a grand dinner and world-class musical performances.

Berkeley Travel was proud to support the event with a donation for the charity auction, which benefitted several charities dedicated to protecting children, biodiversity, and the waters and lands of the Caribbean by donating 5 nights of exclusive occupancy of the entire Private Island of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi raising €100,000, the winner of the lot was jeweller to the stars, Jacob Arabo.

The Gala, which raised more than €2million saw performances by legendary singers Bebe Rexha and Saweetie and was attended by guests including boxer Mike Tyson, supermodels Anna Andres, Bianca Balti, Jordan Barrett and Victoria Silvstedt, artist Alec Monopoly, Chopard’s president Caroline Scheufele and TV personality Scott Disick.

Significant funds were raised for four charitable organisations on the cutting edge of innovation in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, and humanitarian aid: Parley for the Oceans, Rainforest Trust, Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) and Amend.

The auction also included a specially curated collaborative artwork by Pierce and Paris Brosnan; artworks by Keiichi Tanaami, Nicole Wittenberg, Michael Kagan, and more; dazzling Chopard Haute Joaillerie earrings (presented by Bianca Balti);  a walk-on role in the upcoming film project “Maserati, A Racing Life,” and a customised Pro Hunter Daytona Rolex created especially for Gala One Saint Barth.

Sharon Stone at The St Moritz Soul Gala

 

Hosted at the glamourous Kempinski Grand Hotel in St Moritz, iconic actress and Berkeley Bespoke attended the St Moritz’s Soul Award gala.

Attended by friends, partners and patrons, Sharon Stone was accompanied by her son Roan Joseph Bronstein and the influential fashion tycoon Tikka Shatrujit Singh for the gala which benefitted the Planet Hope foundation.

Raising substantial sums for the foundation, the auction hosted as part of the event included covetable items including a gold face mask which the actress modelled during the event. Guests were also treated to a fabulous meal by two-Michelin starred chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo.

 

Stylish Mexican Dining in Chelsea at Ixchel

Reviving the somewhat tired dining scene of Chelsea’s Kings Road, Ixchel, the long-awaited Mexican restaurant and Tequila bar has opened its doors with the promise of transporting guests to the hedonistic oasis of Tulum and is set to be amongst the best dining establishments to have opened this year.

Launched under Fraser Carruthers’ Fairbairn Capital, which notably has Chelsea favourites Albert’s and Raffles under its portfolio, the fashionable hotspot oozes the bohemian vibes of the beach clubs that have put the Yucatan peninsula on the map and spans two floors.

Borrowing its name from the Mayan goddess of the moon and textiles, Ixchel is a sensory delight; from the bustle of the busy streets that neighbour the restaurant, you are immersed in the free-spirited vibe of this place with no detail spared in its interior.

Showcasing Mexican art to its fullest extent, one enters to be welcomed by a mural by Rafael Uriegas, which nods to ancient mythology and sets the scene for the dining floor, which opens onto the Moon Bar, acting as a focal point.

Designed by female-led Behind The Door Designs, the inviting décor is enlivened by Mexican influence, floor-to-ceiling windows allow the natural light to linger on the ground floor, and carefully curated art and contemporary sculpture adorn the space.

In perfect matrimony to the vibrant style Ixchel exudes, the menu devised by Head Chef Ximena Gayosso Gonzalez celebrates the exotic tastes synonymous with Mexican cuisine.

Known for his flair in creating traditional dishes but with a modern twist, Gonzalez brings his years of working across the likes of Shoreditch’s famed Brat and Mayfair’s Ella Canta to the helm of the kitchen at Ixchel and has created an easily navigated menu of small and large plates, salads, tacos and quesadillas.

The concept here is very much a sharing one, so you are fine to go either as a couple or a larger group (or even alone) as you so fancy; there are plenty of tantalising dishes to try and with the varied size of the dishes you can probably comfortably order around 4-5 dishes per person.

Start with a few of the Para Picar (small plates); the Bluefin tuna sashimi is a signature and is served with a ponzu toreada sauce which gives a nice kick. The Crab macha tostada is also to die for, a delicious filling of crab, ginger and garlic chips give it a crisp with the freshness and zest of the crab nicely complemented by the other ingredients.

The Pork belly taco is also particularly noteworthy, served with salsa verde and refried beans it has texture and makes for a good second dish before going on to the main course.

Of the mains, the Charcoal crispy chicken thigh is a particular standout dish; it’s simple yet locally sourced produce shines through with the tenderness of the meat from the cooking techniques used, and it comes with a red chilli sauce, which really elevates the fusion of flavours.

A variety of different salsas, which range in spice levels, are also a highlight of the menu, and it’s worth trying one to give the food a little extra panache.

Something else Ixchel has mastered is its cocktails. Chosen by Nar Manager Manuel Lema, the selection is perfectly paired with the sofas that line the entrance for a more laid-back experience with some dishes and a catch-up with friends as you enjoy the upbeat vibes of the DJ all through the fancy Bang & Olufsen sound system.

There’s a choice of tipple for all tastes, which includes an alcohol-free selection. Margaritas take centre stage, with the Spicy being particularly popular and consisting of Patron silver with fresh jalapeño and a splash of organic agave. Do be warned, though, it does have quite the kick.

Of the House Cocktails, we’d recommend the Ixchel Negroni, worthy of being the restaurant’s eponymous drink; it’s a blend of honey-infused Campari, martini rubino and Patron silver – it’s the perfect Negroni, not too bitter, sour enough and with a nice fruitiness.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Ixchel opens Monday to Wednesday, 12pm – midnight, with a later opening until 1am, Thursday to Saturday and on Sundays closes at 11pm.

Text by Jaz Grewal.

https://ixchellondon.com/

 

Pasture to Plate Dining at Origin City

Bringing the authentic taste of British cuisine with a flair for Scottish flavours to the heart of The City, Origin City is a modern restaurant rooted in traditional values from the Landsberg family, notably behind Farringdon’s favourite 56 West Smithfield.

Located just a stone’s throw from its counterpart on the other side of West Smithfield, Origin City is built on a nose-to-tail concept, a bold statement that carries it with an ethos of uncompromising quality, and on that, it certainly does deliver.

The laid-back yet refined décor sets the tone; a rustic colour palette of neutrals echoes the British heritage at the pinnacle of the restaurant’s concept, but there is an underlying sense of sophistication that reinforces its compatibility as either a lunch spot or an evening occasion.

The chairs are green and red, there are earthy shades of textured wood, and a mural adorns the wall depicting animals, a theme echoed through the artwork that hangs from the walls showing cattle with the centrepiece of the restaurant floor being the open kitchen, positioned to overlook diners.

Using meat from the family’s organic farm back in Scotland and seafood from their aquafarm, Executive Chef Graham Chatham, who counts some 35 years under his belt with stints at The Langham and Rules, to name a few, has created a menu centred around the rarefied produce of the family farm, well executed and sure to serve a treat.

With meat playing the lead role throughout the fare on offer, you’d be forgiven for steering clear if you weren’t a meat lover per se, but rest assured the small choice on offer (one starter and one main, to be precise) are enough of a plate pleaser to make the trip, the Roasted Pumpkin, Beauvale and Pickled Pear is cleverly devised and brings a fusion of flavour, the Grilled Hispi Cabbage equally delights.

For those that can devour game and meat organically sourced from the Landsberg family farm, which sees Heritage Breeds of grass-fed Black Angus and Tamworth as part of its livestock, be sure to arrive hungry as one can feel a little spoilt for choice with so many tempting dishes to choose from.

You’ll want to start with the charcuterie board; like everything else, it is made in-house and comes with a toasted sourdough baguette, they say it serves two, but with such a generous portion, it could easily stretch further.  Prime cuts of ham and pork are accompanied by a helping of pickles. If space allows, do try the potato and thyme sourdough, even if just for the delicious Nduja butter it comes served with.

For the actual starters, Black Angus Tartare is a must-try; the texture and quality of the meat are second to none. The Patridge also makes for a hearty starter, served with a dollop of Foie Gras. It is cooked to perfection and comes with a nice berry jus, which adds a level of consistency to the dish.

Mains wise, it’s a tough shout to decide whether you’ll do one of the dishes for two share, the Stout-braised beef is difficult for anyone to pass on, or to order a la one; either way the true pasture-to-plate concept is showcased along with Chatham’s culinary mastery.

If you do decide to order separately, then the Black pig cut of the day, butchered within the restaurant, is a must. It really hits the spot and comes served with fennel sausage and a  purée of celeriac.

The Black Angus cut of the day is also a standout dish on the menu, as one might expect, deliciously cooked and done to your preference, its 300g of meat dry-aged for some 40 days and for any lover of fine steak, it doesn’t disappoint, and the black garlic ketchup complements it well for just a little more flavour.

Desserts are kept quite unpretentious and very British, Sticky toffee pudding and Vanilla crème brûlée feature alongside a curation of cheeses (undoubtedly British) by twice Affineur of the Year, Perry James Wakeman.

For a newcomer on the scene, having opened only earlier this year, Origin City certainly leaves its mark; you quickly feel as though you’ve journeyed on a culinary voyage to the family farm and back through the perfectly prepared dishes and exquisite produce that take centre stage in this exceptional eatery.

 

https://www.origincity.co.uk/

Text By Jaz Grewal

The Artisanal Symphony of Gaar: Nareg Krikorian Redefines Modern Luxury through the lenses of Functional Art

 

In a harmonious blend of heritage, artistry, and contemporary allure, designer Nareg Krikorian orchestrates a stunning debut in the world of luxury furniture with his Gaar collection. Gaar is a convergence of tradition and modernity and is a testament to Krikorian’s reverence for cultural craftsmanship and design finesse, sculpting a captivating narrative through every meticulously crafted piece.

Nestled within the intricate tapestry of Krikorian’s collection lies a vibrant thread that weaves together the cultural nuances of Armenian craftsmanship. This fusion of heritage and experience within diaspora communities breathes life into Gaar, reflecting the profound significance of craft as a vessel for cultural preservation and resilience.

Gaar, meaning “stitches” in Armenian, signifies not merely a furniture collection but a soulful tribute to the enduring heritage of craftsmanship. The collection exudes an exquisite celebration of intricate leatherwork techniques, artfully interweaving cultural legacy with the designer’s distinctive style.

Beyond its physical form, Gaar stands as a testament to the revival of the makers’ culture within the complex social fabric. Reflecting a movement in traditional craftsmanship and modern technique design, Gaar aspires to elevate the realm of functional art, pioneering a league of products that seamlessly blend the boundaries of artistry and utility.

With a background steeped in graphic arts, Krikorian’s adept fusion of design and functionality resonates throughout Gaar. Each piece exudes a magnetic allure, inviting onlookers to explore the intersection of cultural references and contemporary functionality, casting an enigmatic spell over modern spaces.

The furniture pieces within Gaar aren’t just elements of interior décor; they’re expansive leather di-cuts, masterfully united by bold, captivating stitches. These larger-than-life loops redefine the traditional perception of craft, transcending mere production to become the captivating centrepiece in the world of modern design.

Krikorian’s meticulous craftsmanship in Gaar extends beyond the finished pieces themselves. Each meticulously planned phase in the creation process breathes life into a meticulous sequence, perpetuating an inimitable legacy of cultural expression and connection within personal and shared spaces.

The genesis of Gaar is a testament to Krikorian’s dedication. For two years, the artist meticulously developed the collection in London, often collaborating with a team of skilled leather artisans across the world. This unique blend of creativity from distinct corners of the world underlines the deeper ethos behind Gaar – a manifestation of design that transcends aesthetics, embracing craft as a cultural conduit.

Nareg Krikorian’s journey is a testament to passion, heritage, and the pursuit of artistic expression. With Gaar, he raises the bar for luxury furniture, forging a new realm where heritage and modernity dance in sublime unison.

 

A Dubai Stay to Remember at Address Beach Resort

As the first Beach Resort from Dubai’s much-loved Address portfolio of hotels, The Address Beach Resort had a lot to live up to when it first opened back in December 2020. Fast forward some three years, and the resort is thriving and stands as one of the finest properties in Dubai’s ever-expanding hospitality scene.

With its undeniably Instagrammable façade, the resort takes pride of place in a prime position on Jumeirah Beach Residence and overlooks Ain Dubai, notably the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, which is just a short walk away along with a boardwalk fall of trendy little stores, amusements and restaurants.

Of course, no introduction to the resort would be complete without mentioning its prized infinity pool. Situated some 77 floors high, the pool holds a Guinness World record for being the tallest infinity pool in the world with an impressive length spanning nearly 95 metres and enjoys unparalleled views of The Palm, Jumeirah Beach and the city beyond from above.

Open to adults only, guests staying at the resort have exclusive infinity pool access and can enjoy cocktails and pan-Asian food at Zeta 77. Sunloungers and gazebos line the edge of the pool as the irresistible sunshine of Dubai hits the waters, and for extra privacy, cabanas are also bookable at an extra cost.

Two floors below, on level 75, guests can also enjoy use of the state-of-the-art gym, which features floor-to-ceiling windows so you can enjoy the breathtaking views mid-workout. The lavishly appointed spa is also on the same floor, and each treatment room enjoys the same glimpse of the Arabian Gulf; the spa features a couples suite and sauna and steam rooms as part of the facilities and rituals using products inspired by nature.

The rooms here are in keeping with the sleek aesthetic of the resort which comprises 217 rooms, with resendital apartments occupying the other tower of the property. Ranging in size, the rooms evoke quiet luxury with many of the sea-facing rooms overlooking the same view as the pool above and equipped with private balconies.

Luxe touches range from deluxe coffee machines and crisp white linens, bathroom amenities are by Lorenzo Villoresi and the rooms are all controlled by the touch of an ipad which centrally operates everything from lighting, to sound and even the televisions.

Also particularly noteworthy of the expansive resort is its private beach, abundance of family pools down on the ground level and its fabulous culinary offering. Ranging from beachside bites and grills at The Beach Grill to the exquisite flavours of Hong Kong, all with an enviable view over at Mott 32, the hotel caters for every taste and occasion with just the right amount of finesse.

Italian, seafood, Mediterranean, Brazilian and Lebanese gastronomy is also all championed at the resort’s various dining outposts and breakfast is served daily over at The Restaurant at Address Beach Resort with the option to enjoy a buffet selection or order a la carte (or even to do both).

Be it for the incredible poolside views, lavishly appointed rooms or the decadent dining, The Address Beach Resort makes for the perfect sojourn during a sun-filled Dubai stay, so much so, you may never want to leave.

Text By Jaz Grewal.

www.addresshotels.com

Paris Fashion Week: Shiatzy Chen SS24

For Spring Summer 2024, Shiatzy Chen created a collection that intertwines the realms of Eastern and Western culture with an immersive take on Oriental mystery and a nod to age-old Chinese mythology.

Marking the designer’s 31st stint on the PFW schedule since her debut in 2008, the show was held at the Palais de Tokyo and was a homage to the theme of Mirage, an especially noteworthy tribute given that 2024 marks the year of the dragon.

As models walked the catwalk, which was adorned with ocean currents and multi-dimensional spaces to create the feel of an underwater seascape, there was a clear synergy between modern silhouettes but with the influence of Far East Asian design accents.

Brazillian artist Daniela Busarello, who bases herself in France in partnership with Victorie de Pourtalès, founder of French art studio 91.530 Le Marais, imagined the backdrop. The spectacle of an installation which drew inspiration from the collection was an abstract dragon, one of many motifs the designer referenced this season.

Impeccable taste and exquisite craftsmanship were at the core of Chen’s wardrobe for SS24, and her mastery of design was portrayed through both men’s and women’s staples. The designer had increased the number of men’s looks following the success of the brand’s menswear last season.

Clean-cut silhouettes were paired with embellishments and feathers in a palette that comprised blacks and white but with the odd pop of colour through a fuschia dress and a few porcelain blue looks. Many of the looks also borrowed patterns from oriental myths and legends, which emphasised Chen’s roots. Chen’s typically elegant designs were funked up for the younger customer by introducing contemporary shorts, vests, and tunics.

Text By Jaz Grewal.

 

Paris Fashion Week: Akris Spring Summer 2024 Collection

In a nod to the artistic themes conveyed through his collections of late, Albert Kriemler made his Spring 2024 collection for Akris an homage to the late female artist Felice Rix-Ueno.

Awash with florals and abstract shapes synonymous with Rix-Ueno’s creations, Kriemler opened his show with numerous references to the late artist. A key example of which was a depiction of a poppy sketch, somewhat of a collection motif, emblazoned over a cocktail dress as the show’s opening look.

Bold colours and a handful more of prints from the archives of the artist’s work elevated the otherwise minimalist pieces, which oozed the classic Akris silhouette Kriemler has mastered.

Clean-cut suiting, feminine shapes and long dresses were key to the collection crafted from elegantly lightweight fabrics and pops of floral embroidery gave a welcome ray of spring, especially noting the sweltering weather for the time of year as Paris unveiled its Spring 2024 collection for Akris to what would usually be a black-coat-clad crowd.

Cue Summer and Akris delivered a collection of contemporary luxury essentials in a palette that evoked the timelessness of neutrals, blacks, yellow, a splash of red and a to-die-for shade of midnight blue.

Felice Lizzi Rix-Ueno was a textile and craft designer who in the early 20th century established herself as one of the most remarkable artists of the Wiener Werkstätte [Vienna Workshop] with her design poetry. Her work emphasizes a concept of “Fantasie” [Fantasy], as she liked to call it. For her it meant demonstrating imagination to achieve originality and that only inner creativity will lead to one’s identity, truly believing in the expressive possibilities of craft. I very much relate to her idea of craft a momentum. This collection is a dedication to Lizzi – and all women who amaze. Come to Lizzi Land!

 

Stay in The Ultimate Luxury at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Unparalleled hospitality and luxury beyond comparison set the tone for Mandarin Oriental’s debut property in the Middle East, thus paving the way for its entry into Abu Dhabi, having taken over The Emirates Palace in 2023 and the arrival of the group’s second hotel in Dubai over at Wasl Tower, which is rumoured to open towards the end of 2024.

Opened back in 2019, Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeira occupies a coveted beachfront location along the city’s glitzy Jumeirah Beach Road and is comprised of 251 rooms, many of which benefit from private balconies enjoying uninterrupted views of either the blue seas of the Arabian Gulf or of Dubai’s glittering skyline with prime of views of the Burj Khalifa.

Designed by Jeffrey A Wilkes (notably behind Mandarin’s sleek Bangkok property) the resort oozes the understated elegance synonymous with the group’s portfolio and is the epitome of an urban sanctuary.

By day, sun-seekers flock to the resort’s main pool, which is primely positioned in a way that allows Dubai’s sunshine rays to hit it effortlessly. Dedicated pool butlers that carry the charm of Mandarin’s renowned hospitality will ensure you have everything you could possibly want as chilled-out house music fills the air and the day goes by, all with a cocktail in hand if you so wish.

The pool also has direct access to Mandarin’s sandy private beach, complete with sunloungers and service exclusively for in-house guests, and small touches such as ice cream and water served throughout the day emphasise the high level of service at the core of everything the resort does.

If you find yourself wanting to whisk away from the hedonism of the beach, the Spa at The Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeira, is equally as much of a haven offering a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city.

Awash with shades of sea blue and pure whites, treatments are performed with the panache one would expect, and the nine treatment rooms echo the modern-day luxury at the pinnacle of the resort.

A luxurious VIP suite and a Hammam-style suite sit alongside separate men’s and women’s changing facilities, each equipped with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, making them almost a spa in themselves.

Spanning over 2000 sqm, the spa offers signature treatments, one or two-day retreats and specialised rituals aimed at today’s traveller, such as its Digital Wellness Escape targeted towards relieving the strains caused by using tech devices.

Dining-wise, the hotel’s six restaurants have quickly put the Mandarin on the radar as a go-to destination on Dubai’s thriving culinary scene. You can expect to savour caviar at Beluga, the resort’s in-house caviar restaurant and lounge, devour the most delectable of cakes from the Cake Shop and in the stylish Noor lounge and enjoy poolside snacks at Sun Vibe during the day.

By night, the two flagship restaurants, the rooftop eatery by chef José Avillez, earned a Michelin star in the inaugural Dubai edition in 2022. Serving up ceviches and contemporary Portuguese cuisine, some of the favourite flavours on the menu include the ever-popular Crab Torricado topped with a dollop of caviar and the Moqueca de Carabineiro, a Brazillian dish of shrimps and scallops. Be sure to dedicate some time by the adults-only infinity pool during the day, too – it’s a must.

Also noteworthy is Netsu, Ross Shonhan’s Japanese steakhouse, which resides at the resort and is centred around the Warayaki technique, a spectacle from the open kitchen of straw fire cooking with some of the finest Wagyu in the city.

Having experienced the world-class dining, hospitality that is second-to-none and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, it’s clear to see why the resort already holds so many accolades against its name; it has everything to make your stay a memorable one.

Text By Jaz Grewal.

www.mandarinoriental.com