LOOKING FOR A DUBAI STAY WITH A DIFFERENCE? ANGELA BEITZ CHECKS INTO DUKES DUBAI FOR A TASTE OF BRITISH HOSPITALITY…
Dukes Dubai is a quintessentially British hotel in the heart of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. As a sister property to the Dukes Hotel in London, Dukes Dubai boasts a regal, British feel as soon as you step into its doors. The foyer is stunning, with a huge swarovski chandelier taking centre stage and there are beautiful flower arrangements dotted all around the lobby. The staff are warm and welcoming and super helpful at organising everything that you need. The hotel is full of gorgeous touches, including a brightly furnished afternoon tea room, perfect for enjoying delicious finger sandwiches, delicate desserts and classic scones. Very British indeed!
The 279-room hotel is situated on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah and is perfect for feeling that you are away from it all while still being close to Dubai Marina and Mall of The Emirates. The rooms are plush and lovely and continue the London feel of the rest of the hotel. There are stunning views of Dubai Marina and JBR and our room had a spacious balcony perfect for taking in the views. We stayed in a Dukes Room which was very spacious and comfortable with a large bathroom. The decor is elegant with Liberty Fabrics, lots of upholstery and British artwork. The bathroom oozes a different feel with black tiles and a high tech Japanese toilet. The large bed is super comfy and we have a fabulous sleep thanks to the beautiful, heavy drapes blocking out the Dubai sun.
The hotel has six restaurants and bars so you won’t be short of choices when dining. The Dukes Bar is very grand and is perfect for a pre or post dinner drink. West 14th Steakhouse offers sumptuous cuts of prime beef from all over the world as well as seafood platters for guests with diverse tastes. The New York, loft-inspired restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the infinity pool. The Great British Restaurant is open all day and the large buffet breakfast is served here with hot and cold options along with Arabic choices and meats and cheese. The standout restaurant though is Khyber which brings an intricate and rich North Indian variety of flavours to Dubai and is the first restaurant of its kind outside the flagship in Mumbai.
For families the DUKESY Kids’ Club has a host of activities for your little ones. Tailored to two age groups, DUKESY Kids’ club offers diligent and caring playmakers for children aged 5-12. The DUKESY Kids’ club experience begins from the moment you check in with room amenities that include a welcome bag full of goodies, baby accessory kits, storybooks, healthy snacks and bedtime treats. Young guests can explore a weekly calendar of fun, edutainment activities from cruising the lazy river, splashing about the kids’ pool, movie nights on the lawns to Little Chefs cooking and decorating classes. It’s the ideal weekend escape for every member of the family!
GO: VISIT DUKES DUBAI ON THE PALM JUMEIRAH. CALL (0)4 455 1111 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.