FLYING THE HOSPITALITY FLAG HIGH AND PROUD, THE 5-STAR JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL DUBAI TAKES STAYCATION ENVY TO COMPLETELY NEW HEIGHTS – LITERALLY. MADE UP OF TWO STUNNING TOWERS IN DUBAI’S BUSINESS BAY AREA, FACT TOOK A MUCH NEEDED MOMENT TO RELAX AND UNWIND ONLY TO BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED AT EVERY TURN.

When your taxi driver says: “oh, it’s a very, very popular hotel, many people say nice
things about it” on the ride to your destination, there’s a sense of relief and excitement in one. This is exactly how we felt on our way to the towering JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Not only will we reside in the chilled-out Business Bay neighbourhood on Sheikh Zayed Road, there’s SO much at the property that unless you’re in the city for pure tourist hotspots, there’s absolutely no reason why you need to leave the hotel until it’s check out time. The UAE is already renowned for its warm hospitality and this is no exception here.

We step into a busy lobby area where check-in desks are crowded. However, looking around, the staff are super efficient with allowing guests to make use of the Marriott Rewards priority check-in desk too. This simple gesture is all the- more reason for us to sign up to the loyalty programme, not to mention the lovely welcome drinks and cold towel presented on arrival. Everyone from the bellboy to the concierge team and front desk staff is eager to help and make sure your every comfort is met to a high standard. We immediately get the same stressfree vibe that many of us experience on a lazy day off at home – heaven.

SUITE DREAMING
We’re directed towards Tower B and shoot up to the 63rd floor. It’s so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. We begin to appreciate the architecture and beautifully modern, sleek design of the hotel when we exit the lift. It’s amazing how there’s a desired level of cosiness balanced with a contemporary ambiance – more boxes ticked. This feeling runs right into the breathtaking Executive Suite that we’ll call home for a weekend. And as far as suites go, this is one special set-up. WHERE do we begin? Think snug meets fresh, meets minimalism with a dash of artistic flair. The living area is bigger than most actual rooms in high-rise apartments; it’s decked out with a lovely siting area and a HUGE round dining table which is completely ideal for ordering room service (which we absolutely did!). The extensive mini-bar area is one of the longest counter tops we’ve ever seen in any suite; it’s kitted out with plenty of bottled water, complimentary tea, coffee and nespresso making facilities and a mini-bar with all your usual drinks and snacks.

The clever use of a privacy wall to separate the living and bedroom areas is great, especially as the flat screen TV slots in nicely on the living room side with a fully-equipped entertainment hub including DVD  player and a crystal-clear sound system. There’s an iPod dock whilst the TV features premium film channels and both international satellite and cable programming – see, no need to leave. Walking into the gorgeous bedroom with floor-toceiling windows, boasting picture-perfect views of the Burj Khalifa, the king-size bed is UNREAL and we go on to make the most of its comfort by taking power naps, siestas and having lie-ins throughout the stay. The walk-in closet is an absolute treat – we wish there was one just like it waiting at home! That’s not even the best bit. Two words: BATHROOM GOALS. You have never seen a more perfect bathtub, double vanity, spacious shower and views for miles than in this bathroom. It’s bigger than most bedrooms we’ve stayed in and carries an airy atmosphere with neutral décor. If there’s one thing you need to do here, it’s taking the longest soak in the deep, oversized tub – we would have happily slept in it!

It’s the practical, space and light-filled layout that we loved most about this suite – everything from the number of plug sockets to discreet yet visible amenity boxes was all very well thought out. Bravo for attention to detail. Adding onto that is the luxury of Executive Lounge access where you’re served breakfast, midday snacks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and late night snacks – all complimentary. Winner!

PRIME DINING
The iconic hotel is well-known for its food and beverage offerings. During our stay we try out the sophisticated, award-winning restaurant Prime68. A chic, mood-lit steakhouse with a menu that every meat maven will fall in love with – and there’s lots of great choices for non meateaters too. Firstly, it’s located on the 68th floor so prepare for the most mesmerising panoramic views. Next, you won’t be overwhelmed by the menu as the staff are greatly knowledgeable on the different cuts of meat and what sides and sauces would go well together. Prime68’s premium suppliers have been carefully selected for their artisan produce, cultivated with passion and consideration for the environment, featuring the finest heritage breed beef from farms around the globe.

We go for the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Organic Baby Beets and Artisan Feta Salad, and the Wagyu Meat Balls for starters. The latter blows our taste buds away – covered in lip-licking Parmesan cream, it’s a must. For mains, it had to be the 250g Jack’s Creek Wagyu Tenderloin – grain fed for a minimum of 120 days and highly coveted because it produces a higher fat content with better marbling. We also opt for the Josper Grilled Line Caught Filet of Sea Bass, whilst our sides consist of Mac and Cheese, Sweet Potato Fries and Grilled Asparagus (there’s no such thing as too many sides!). Let us take a moment to reminisce the steak, which is cooked on-point to our preference of medium. It’s tender and tasty, and we take our time devouring this bad boy – HIGHLY recommended. As far as steakhouse experiences go, Prime68 is a fine contender for a spot in our top three in the UAE.

Aside from Prime68, the hotel also offers an expansive international restaurant called Kitchen6, the French eatery La Farine, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar for Indian food lovers, Tong Thai serving up exquisite Thai cuisine, Positano for an Italian culinary fix and the Garden with South American delicacie as well as Izakaya Japaznese restaurant. There’s a number of great bars and lounges for a more casual atmosphere too.

GIRL’S DAY OUT
If you’re staying at the hotel with a bestie, your mum, sister or any special lady who loves a bit of pampering followed by a delicious afternoon tea – this spa plus foodie deal is what you need to book during your stay. Choose a 30-minute treatment from the options – we went for the back, neck and shoulder massage – which is followed by a 15-minute foot massage.Arrive early at the peaceful Saray Spa and make use of the awesome facilities: sauna, steam room, ice fountain, Jacuzzi hot tub and relaxation area What we loved about the spa is that everything from the dim-lit décor to the serene music and sensual scents make you forget that you’re in the heart of a bustling city – isn’t that what spa days are about – total escapism?

This is followed by the most filling high tea at La Farine Café & Bakery, a gorgeous venue on the ground floor where you’ll be served unlimited hot beverages of your choice alongside a menu of delectable sandwiches and sweet delights – all prepared with the utmost creativity and flavours. Take your phone because this food journey is totally insta-worthy. Oh, and let’s not forget that when your tummies are full and you’re ready for a relaxing afternoon. Head to the breathtaking pool area where it’s sun loungers galore and a pool that we just LOVED dipping in and out of. It was hard to pack up and leave a place that very quickly felt like home and where we’d gotten used to seeing the same faces and exchanging greetings in the corridors. For the sheer amount of things to do and experience within its perfectly decorated walls and for the beyond amazing hospitality, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai should be right at the TOP of your next staycation choices. You won’t regret it!


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