Hadag rounds up the newest hotel openings in the Gulf to make a note of for your next indulgent getaway…
ADDRESS FOUNTAIN VIEWS
Located in the centre of Downtown Dubai, Address Fountain Views is seamlessly linked to The Dubai Mall, the world’s most visited retail and lifestyle destination, through a link bridge. The hotel’s 193 elegantly appointed and opulently designed guestrooms are refined and relaxing sanctuaries that offer uninterrupted views of the iconic Dubai cityscape. Celebrating Dubai’s culinary scene, Address Fountain Views captures the essence of the destination with distinctive and inspiring dining experiences.
The Restaurant at Address Fountain Views welcomes guests to a unique interpretation of a luxury apartment and presents a visually enticing, bespoke culinary experience in each of its thoughtfully-designed rooms. Choose from the Dining Room, the chic Closet, a charming Library or the airy outdoor terrace, as well as other vibrant spaces. Authentic Mediterranean cuisine combined with Arabian inspired flavours assure a veritable cross-border culinary journey. Views never to be forgotten and relaxation that beckons one back for more define the three stunning outdoor swimming pools on level 12, two dedicated for families and one exclusively for adults. An ingenious venue for exquisite cuisine and lively conversation, it’s where leisure is expressed in more ways than one. The Spa at Address Fountain Views combines bespoke services and unique treatments inviting guests to indulge in ultimate relaxation while they immerse themselves in the discovery of the local culture.
KEMPINSKI HOTEL MUSCAT
Encompassing over 6 kms of stunning coastline, this unparalleled luxury destination blends traditional Omani hospitality with the timeless European elegance of Kempinski. With 310 rooms and suites, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, 10 world-class restaurants and bars, a fully equipped health club and an authentic spa experience, Kempinski Hotel Muscat is a gateway to an authentic Omani adventure. Designed by Woods Bagot, Kempinski Hotel Muscat is a modern interpretation of Muscat and the Sultanate of Oman, with stand-out elements that are truly Omani in nature.
The hotel’s buildings, with a façade inspired by the landscape of Old Muscat – such as the Muttrah Corniche – are a matrix of building structures, outlining what was once a commercial centre. The design of the lobby originates from the nature of lilies in a pond, and is inspired by the Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. The prominent location of the ballroom – wherein the Muscat Ballroom is situated – establishes a strong first impression, with an architectural design inspired by Arabic lanterns, illuminated in the evening to reinforce the hotel as a landmark in the Al Mouj community.
FIVE JUMEIRAH VILLAGE
Located in the heart of the new urban lifestyle community, Jumeirah Village Circle, the awardwinning and multi-patented hotel comprises 247 luxurious rooms and suites, and 254 one, two and four-bedroom hotel apartments and 269 pools all with spectacular views across the city and desert vista.
Every room and suite has been expertly designed in house by FIVE to create a contemporary penthouse style living with the lush green of a villa garden. Bathrooms will offer the best bathtub in town with floor-to-ceiling, uninterrupted panoramic views across the city for that ultimate #bathroomgoals shot. Set to be the heartbeat of the hotel is the innovative food concept, Soul Street – a multicultural hangout, which offers up honest street food, street art and street sounds with delicacies from Asia, Latin America, Europe, India and the Levant. Impressive street art crafted by international artists will transform the walls to amplify the soul-inspired vibe.
On top of the delicious dining venues, the oneof-a-kind haunt is also home to ReFIVE Spa and a state-of-the-art gym, InstaBody, offering a wide range of training options, classes and membership programmes designed to get your pulse racing.
AL BAIT SHARJAH
Al Bait Sharjah resort spans 10 buildings and houses 53 luxury guest rooms and suites, each of them equipped with a variety of offerings including interactive flat screen IPTVs, Nespresso coffee machines, pillow menu upon request and luxurious bathroom amenities.
There are also connecting rooms which make it a perfect location for families travelling with children and easy access for guests with limited mobility. Resort guests can even choose to book an entire house for their family (six to 10 rooms) for added privacy. Recreational facilities are abundant. The Spa offers stimulating body polishes, nurturing envelopments, rejuvenating beauty rituals and therapeutic massages designed to pamper and vitalise. Separate male and female facilities, each equipped with relaxation lounges, hammam, steam and sauna rooms (the ladies’ section also has hot and cold plunge pools) as well as individual reception areas and spa boutiques.
There’s a state-of-the-art fitness centre and outdoor heated swimming pool too. For something a little more intriguing, check out The Library – accessible from Al Bait’s premises. The library offers hundreds of antique and contemporary books spanning a variety of subjects and interests. There is even a museum where you can witness the history of the Heart of Sharjah and the Al Midfa family who used to live in what is the present-day Al Bait Sharjah Resort.
AL MAHA, A LUXURY COLLECTION DESERT RESORT & SPA, DUBAI
Following a 50-minute drive from the city, escape into the timeless tranquility of the royal Arabian Desert and treat yourself to the ultimate manmade comforts of the luxury resort. Live the Arabian dream at the resort’s luxurious Bedouinstyle suites.
Lavishly styled with handcrafted Arabian furnishings, antiques and artefacts, each suite features a private temperature-controlled swimming pools surrounded by a wooden deck, overlooking acres of golden sands and wildlife in its natural habitat. Continue the magical experience with a Sunrise Breakfast in the Dunes, or pamper yourself with a Spa Indulgence Package, relaxation in the most serene space among the desert dunes, at the Timeless Spa. Bringing the finest, organic essential oils, signature products and poultices, Timeless Spa promises head-to-toe rejuvenation.
Destress completely with a 60-minute spa treatment of your choice and later enjoy a refreshing dip in the infinity pool. Combining the best of traditional Emirati hospitality with exceptional culinary treats is the three-course à la carte lunch, with complimentary soft drinks, water, coffee and tea.
ANDAZ DUBAI THE PALM
Located in the heart of Palm Jumeirah, the hotel rests on the world’s most iconic manmade island and offers travellers inspiring local programming, reflecting Dubai’s rich culture and heritage. Andaz Dubai The Palm gives guests access to a private beach, as well as to several of Dubai’s attractions. Encompassing 217 guestrooms, including 34 suites, and 116 residences, the property incorporates the sights, scents and textures of Dubai into every aspect of the room design.
The ideal space to relax, unwind and entertain, the guestrooms are inspired by the Emirati culture with bespoke artwork and luxury amenities. The hotel features 31 Andaz Suites, one Terrace Suite, one Prince Suite and one Royal Suite, each made with modern, minimalistic interiors and fitted with premium amenities, including separate living and dining areas, a terrace, a rain shower and a deep soaking tub.
Home to five distinct dining venues that offer an abundance of local flavours and sensory experiences, Andaz Dubai The Palm creates a vibrant social scene through a medley of global and traditional Middle Eastern influences. Nestled on the 14th floor is the hotel’s spa, Ora, a tranquil haven of relaxation with a carefully curated menu of facial and body treatments. On the same floor, guests will discover the adults-only Cabana pool area and state-of-theart fitness centre that completes the wellness experience.
PARAMOUNT HOTE DUBAI
Bringing timeless Hollywood elegance to life, the concept has been developed by Paramount Pictures and embodies the very essence of the Californian Lifestyle. Located in Business Bay, Paramount Hotel Dubai curates and directs exquisite design, elevated service, stellar entertainment and premium dining, choreographed magically to mark a new chapter for the brand and to set new luxury standards in hospitality.
The highly anticipated hotel launch celebrates creativity and harbours the true Hollywood spirit. It houses 823 rooms and suites grouped into Scene and Stage Guest Rooms; Premiere Suites and Paramount Suites; and themed suites taking inspiration from Paramount Pictures movies. All 69 floors of the hotel have exclusive never seen before, behind-the-scenes photography from their movies. Brimming with history, stories and glamor, Paramount Hotel is a true blockbuster that features eight experiential dining concepts that promise an unparalleled culinary experience. The hotel also features exciting elements such as immersive video walls in the lobby, PAUSE Spa and a Fitness Center, state of the art meetings and events facilities as well as their signature coworking Work/Play suites.
ADDRESS SKY VIEW
Minimalistic yet sophisticated, the interiors of the hotel feature the typically elegant Address Hotels + Resorts design which offers an inviting atmosphere for vacationers and businesspersons alike. From the quality of the materials to the composition of the colour schemes, each of the 169 rooms at Address Sky View have been designed with utmost care and dedication. Guests can choose to stay at the spectacular Presidential suite that exudes luxury in every sense, or pick between the executive suites and premier rooms, both offering ultra-modern amenities and equally spectacular views. The waters of the Arabian Gulf beckon through floor-to-ceiling windows, while premium inroom comforts and matchless services are available around the clock, providing a sense of regal luxury to those seeking Dubai’s finest hospitality experience.
Experience gastronomic distinction across a remarkable array of restaurants and lounges, where enlivening surroundings and world-class service heighten the experience. Those seeking something more laidback can visit The Spa at Address Sky View, a calm and quiet space that offers enriching experiences for every mood and every occasion. The two resplendent towers at Address Sky View compose a duet of style and splendour amidst the Dubai skyline, setting a new standard for premium luxury in the scenic centre of Downtown Dubai.
JUMEIRAH MUSCAT BAY
Set in the secluded cove of Bandar Jissah between the Al Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, this exclusive resort is just 15 minutes south of Muscat city centre and 40 minutes from Seeb International Airport. In addition to 206 spacious rooms, the hotel includes a stateof-the-art Talise Spa with luxurious treatments for those looking to unwind, and world-class bars and restaurants for memorable dining and sunset drinks.
The resort’s excellent conference and banquet facilities also reflect Oman’s growing attraction as a destination for business as well as leisure. Active guests can enjoy the beautiful coastline through a dive centre as well as a range of other watersports. And whether you’re relaxing or exploring, the Kids Club will ensure your children also have fun and make new friends, thanks to an exciting daily activity programme.
VOCO AL KHOBAR
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched its second voco hotel: voco Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in partnership with KSA-based developer Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co. Offering a spacious, modern, stylish and unstuffy hotel experience for guests, voco Al Khobar boasts 130 rooms, embodies the characteristics of voco with exclusive features and distinctive hallmarks, setting it apart for a memorable stay. Every guest will experience the voco signature ‘come on in’ warm welcome, promising a swift and simple check in, with every room equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, Smart TVs, executive desks and in-room refreshments.
So, guests can relax and indulge in some ‘me time’ when they stay at voco. For those looking for an alternative space for meetings, the hotel offers all the facilities to cater to a wide range of events with 11 meeting spaces from small and smart meetings, workshops, weddings and banquets, while also fitting up to 410 guests at Al Sultana ballroom. The hotel is an ideal destination for those wanting to escape the hectic city life and unwind in a haven of ultimate relaxation. The impressive health club also features a spa, with five lush treatment rooms, an indoor pool, and two fully equipped fitness centres, assigned separately for men and women.
W ABU DHABI W
Abu Dhabi – Yas Island reveals the best of the destination’s history, heritage and culture while infusing elements of its modern future. From the barren desert to the burgeoning concrete metropolis, Abu Dhabi boasts one of the most unique and diverse landscapes, all celebrated by the hotel’s tone-setting vibe. The design draws inspiration from traditional and artistic surroundings complementing the natural landscape of the Emirate. All architectural elements are influenced by symmetry, intricate detail, parallel beams and optical illusions, creating silhouettes and shades inspired by the region’s natural lakes, wetlands, salt flats and fossilised sands and dunes – the hidden natural gems of the UAE.
Guests are greeted by Bedouin-inspired tents, large columns and seating inspired by local mangroves. Custom-designed Welcome Desks mimic the form of oil droplets and jewel tone furnishings, depicting the colors of liquid gold, a distinctive historic trade in Abu Dhabi. Show-stopping Whatever/ Whenever desks are canoe-shaped, a visual reference to the Abu Dhabi waterways and once the mode of movement across the city. For an exhilarating experience, guests can ignite their senses and catch the action of the racetrack and all that the island has to offer as they live it up and bask in the Arabian sun. The hotel’s vibrant 499 guest rooms and suites offer plush amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views of the Grand Prix racetrack or the Yas Marina.