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

Elevated Luxe in Paphos at Cap St Georges

 

Unparalleled luxury, refined living and a natural yet design-led aesthetic set the tone for Cap St Georges, taking a scenic location towards the east of Paphos.

With a charming collection of rooms and suites, there is nothing short of breathtaking about this Mediterranean newcomer, which is the latest property in the portfolio of George Ioannou and encompasses everything from a private beach cove to ten different bar and restaurant concepts and an impressive spa.

Designed by London-based architect George Andraos, the hotel and resort have a modern flair which is mid-balanced by typically Cypriot accents throughout. From the moment you enter this magnificent hotel through the lobby overlooked by a piano, the team here greets you with a glass of bubbles as you admire the expansive chandelier adorning the ceiling and suddenly realise Cap St Georges is something special.

The rooms and suites here air a breadth of contemporary elegance, muted neutrals complement the sleek furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of the natural daylight of the island. Crisp white linens are draped over the cosy king beds, and added touches include clever sofa beds and chic artwork tastefully placed on the walls.

The bathrooms are just as much a spectacle; inviting freestanding baths are paired with double sinks and relaxing shower rooms, all with Lalique toiletries as one would expect.

 

As you begin navigating this dreamy destination’s many marvels, you’ll want to spend some time at the Olympic-sized pool, which acts almost as a centrepiece for the hotel, complete with cocktail-to-lounger service, of course. Open exclusively to hotel guests; the main pool is dressed in stylish Marazzi Piedra tiles with waters that glimmer during the day as they bask in the sun.

For little ones, there are also dedicated pools, a Fun Pool for families and another pool for more minor children to enjoy a spot of splash time. If the beach is more your thing, then the resort has a beach cove spanning 130m with loungers and beach beds also fully serviced so you can enjoy a tipple as you watch the world go by and take in the dip in the glistening sea as your heart desires.

Make time to check out the Cleopatra Spa too; using Swiss favourite, Valmont, the spa has an extensive menu of holistic rituals (including its signature Rasul mud treatment) and is fully decked out with an indoor pool, hydrotherapy area and a hammam suite.

Expect to eat exceptionally well at Cap St George’s with a food offering second to none, catering to even the fussiest of palettes. The resort has eateries serving everything from local Cypriot cuisine to Italian and a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant. Finish the ultimate retreat by taking a meal beachside over at Mesoyios. Go around 8pm and take in the magical sunset over some of the finest authentic dishes on the island, along with a glass of expertly paired wine.

www.capstgeorges.com

Words by Jaz Grewal