The BBeyond travel team visited the UAE recently and opted for staying at the Four Seasons Dubai. Those who travel regularly to the region know that it is not short of grand hotels boasting the full arsenal of stars.
So why the Four Seasons?
Well, firstly because it is reliably consistent and consistent in terms of quality: quality of service, spa and dining experience; fantastic gardens, super comfortable beds.
The FS Dubai has its own, cordoned-off private beach, something of a rarity and quite surreal among the skyscraper jungle. An army of pristinely clad staff spring at every corner offering to take care of your every need. The two open air swimming pools on each side of the short walk to the beach are very popular, not least because they allow you to pop in and out between air-conditioned areas and the outside heat with great ease.
The scented trees fringing the garden path and the birds making the terrace their own complete the feeling of an enchanted oasis.
The hotel also has an indoor pool, of course, as part of its vast and sublime spa.
Suites are extremely spacious, with their own lounging balcony – if you don’t mind the heat. Alternating between the intense temperatures outdoors and the air-conditioned interiors is an experience in itself that we highly recommend. It’s akin to stepping in and out of a steam room, in fact.
The FS Dubai is decorated in grand traditional style – that is, mosaiced bathrooms, marbled floors, silk wall coverings and a subtle reminder of where it all began – art works depicting fishing and pearl diving boats. Lofty corridors, fabulous chandeliers everywhere, a palatial lobby, and great views across Dubai’s famous landscape set the tone.
Breakfast is one of the highlights of a busy day and the FS never ceases to disappoint. From Arabic to Indian dishes to fabulous freshly squeezed juices and smoothies to every manner of smoked fish and cold meats, the vast breakfast room is a place to linger – if you have time.
Our only regret was the absence of coconut water on day one – this, after all, is the home of the palm trees. I was nicely surprised, however, to receive a full container of it the following morning, personally presented by the restaurant manager.
Service is by far the most attractive thing at all FS hotels and likely the reason why they draw in a loyal and perennial clientele worldwide. The Dubai hotel is no exception. Discreet multi-lingual staff are at hand at all times if you need them and nothing is ever too much trouble.
Would you feel the need to leave the hotel for any reason other than business if you are in Dubai for a short time? Probably not.