When at Raffles Dubai, expect luxurious space, service, and style—all draped in simple elegance, crafted to enthral every guest who walks into its dreamy abode. By Bayar Jain
On most days, Dubai is bustling with energy and vibrancy. Amid this symphonic chaos, Raffles Dubai shines as an oasis of calm in the heart of the city. In close proximity to Dubai International Airport, and major tourist attractions like Downtown Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, this landmark hotel stands apart with its distinctive pyramid shape. Connected to Wafi—Dubai’s premium lifestyle, shopping and entertainment complex—further elevates the hotel’s magnetism. Its true allure, however, lies is being close to the cultural and main city attractions that makes Raffles Dubai an apt private residential sanctuary to kickstart city tours.
Complete with ancient legends, exceptional artworks and design excellence, Raffles Dubai embodies three distinguished heritages within its premises: traditional Middle-Eastern culture, ancient Egyptian history, and refined Asian characteristics. Each of the 246 rooms and suites come peppered with comfort, which is accentuated further by spacious private balconies offering mesmerising views of Dubai’s skyline, and a complimentary 24-hour iconic Raffles Butler service.
A similar thread of indulgence weaves into the myriad dining offerings as well. When here, one can choose from many exquisite restaurants and bars, each distinct from the other. The main restaurant, Azur, crafts an expansive international buffet overlooking the splendour of Raffles Garden—which houses private cabanas set in a resplendent garden oasis serving Arabic dishes, beverages and shisha. While the Raffles Salon serves an a la carte menu and afternoon tea, the Crossroads Cocktail Bar & Terrace creates an ideal ambience to unwind with delectable drinks. To get a taste of Italy, the homegrown Italian restaurant and bar, Solo, is perfect. On the other hand, Tomo, located at the tip of the pyramid, is famed for its authentic Japanese flavours in the company of a patio overlooking the city’s glistening skyline.
On the wellness front, Raffles Spa thrives. Each of the six private spa treatment rooms, including a couple’s spa suite, double as havens of relaxation and tranquillity. The spa offers an array of treatments inspired by a lotus’ transformation: Bud (body), Blossom (beauty) and Bloom (full experiences). To heighten rejuvenation, one can even head to the outdoor swimming pool for a dip, sweat it out at the state-of-the-art fitness centre, and freshen up at Hush ladies and gentleman’s hair and beauty salon. At the end of it all, leave it to the hotel’s gracious service to ease stress and instil a sense of calm.