The perfect urban escape for you and your loved ones. Fact’s Jayne Houghton check-in to Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City for a weekend of good food and much-needed relaxation.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City is coined as ‘the perfect urban escape for you and your loved ones’.
Mövenpick has always been synonymous with class and it’s often referred to as the urban address to stay at in Dubai. It’s built so beautifully and impossible to miss from the sea – a halfway house between the emblematic Palm Jumeirah and the recreational area of Dubai Marina. Located in the heart of Dubai Media and Internet City, Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City is perfect for business or leisure travellers seeking five-star hospitality. This is a hotel that doesn’t want to be compared to any others. It wants to be in a league of its own and although fairly recent on the hotel skyline, our stay in Dubai this time made us realise just how leagues ahead of other properties Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City actually is.
On first impressions, the hotel exudes extreme architectural prowess from the moment of arrival. This awe-inspiring experience further elongates as we found ourselves being warmly greeted by the concierge and the reception team who made our contactless check-in seamless. You can’t help but feel in awe as you venture your eyes across the expansive lobby. From high ceilings and large windows, bathing the chic interiors in rich natural light, to the attention-to-detail paid to the meeting spaces and leisure venues, the property emanates a sense of elegance presented in a modern setting from the get-go.
The Grand Lounge area sits snugly next to the reception, adorned with ‘The Swoop’ feature that just screams elegance and artisanal flair. This star feature is the iconic chandelier in the atrium, acting as a centrepiece, spiralling downwards towards the entrance, from the ceiling. The artistic masterpiece was specially designed by Katerina Handlova, inspired by the flight of a bird, which seems almost tangible given its end is suspended at 2.3 meters above ground at the lobby level. This exceptional piece boasts 3,500 hand-blown crystals.
Long corridors with crisp white walls, separate wings and many outlets create a myriad of beautiful aesthetics throughout its internal structure. It’s important to add that their safety precautions and cleaning procedures are intricately executed, but in such a way that it doesn’t allow for it to be obtrusive or overwhelming as part of your staycation.
All of the 235 Rooms and Suites are fully equipped with soundproof windows and individually adjustable air-conditioning. In addition to a modern desk and Wi-Fi connection, each room also has a 55-inch UHD LED television with both national and international satellite channels. Perfect for when you’re waiting for your other half to get ready! We were met with a spacious bathroom fitted with rainfall shower and bathtub that made light work of our bathing preferences.
Not long after we’d arrived, hung everything up and pondered what to wear, we started getting to grips with the geography of the property. It’s no surprise that we found ourselves at TWENTY THREE Rooftop Bar, and it’s easy to see why it steals the show as Media City’s new hotspot overlooking the city’s iconic skyline—combining panoramic urban views with light bites and classic cocktails. The theme of “23” is tangible throughout – 23 different twisted cocktails, 23 tastes, 23 brews and 23 grapes, in line with the venue’s aim to turn convention on its head. A DJ was spinning some music as guests started the evening and the place got busier as the evening went on. It’s a great space to gather and a good party spot, or a brunch spot as we find out the following day! Outdoor terrace seating is ideal for sundowners with a light breeze encompassing the area. The unrelenting glamour of the place invites you into its prowess as opposed to other pretentious counterparts across Dubai, which is a skill and indeed a creative balance. Again, the exemplary hospitality has flowed through every facet here.
After brunch (and a nap!) we enjoyed our dinner the following evening in the dining venue, SLICE. ‘More than an Italo-American deli’ feel is to be enjoyed here through its relaxed ambience, with a touch of panache added, in the form of unique offerings such as freshly baked pizza and an original NY-style burger. A great range of options were served in the spacious and refined dining room. The food packages here are well priced, and service from the staff is memorable.
Bytes also serves an impeccable breakfast. This relaxed local eatery, spanning across indoor, outdoor and swimming pool spaces, allows guests to unwind and revitalise over healthy dining options, refreshing beverages and picturesque views. The buffet serves mostly what you’d expect from Western to Arabic hot options to fresh fruit and yoghurts, but it was the small menu of à la carte items that you can order which gives the breakfast distinction. Its poached eggs to order on sourdough bread went down a treat. Not to mention, that their cappuccino soothed my soul for the day ahead – you know what I’m talking about caffeine lovers!
The items here got us into a pre-prandial state perfect for a little slumber by the pool. We swam a few lengths of it and were ready to lie down again in one of their sun cabana beds – an ‘Instagrammable’ haven, we must say! We definitely felt as though we had escaped the stresses of everyday life as we took the time out to unwind and refresh while enjoying breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf.
Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City offers a holistic approach that helps you stay in shape and undoubtedly make you feel better. Their wellness facilities and services, located on Level 4, provide everything you need to relax, including an outdoor pool, gymnasium, sauna and steam rooms, while The Spa by SensAsia offers tailored and expertly delivered body treatments stemming from Balinese grace, Japanese elegance and Thai tradition. Which of course, we booked in for, and were elated when all or our knots were ironed out in a dream-like fashion by their talented therapists. It’s fair to say that we found ourselves in a blissful state, so-much-so that we fell into a deep zen-like slumber. Well, that’s relaxation for you!
So much to do at Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City… You can’t fault them. They give you a slice of paradise and leave you wanting to come back for more.