The growth in luxury hotel accommodation in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Road shows no signs of abating with Mandarin Oriental confirming it will open a 200-room hotel in 2017.
Four Seasons is opening its resort in December, and having both five-star brands in close proximity will keep both operators and other high-end brands across the city on their toes, although Dubai shouldn’t have too much problem accommodating their relatively small inventory (Four Seasons also has 200 rooms).
Mandarin Oriental Dubai will have 12 exclusive over-water villas, accessible via a private bridge, and each villa will have its own infinity edge pool and private swim platform. Design elements will be influenced “by the local area’s culture and the group’s oriental heritage”.
The resort will be centred around a variety of infinity-edged pools leading down towards the beachfront, designed to blur the line between interior and exterior spaces with the extensive use of glass walls, shady cabanas and exterior landscaping.
Nine restaurants and bars will be on site including a signature pier-top restaurant with dedicated docking facilities, allowing for access by private yacht guests; a poolside restaurant; two bars including a sunset pier bar; lobby lounge and branded Cake Shop. The resort will also offer a variety of multi-purpose function rooms, including a 525sqm ballroom with glass walls opening onto a beachfront terrace – suitable for social and business events.
A large 2,800sqm spa will offer a range of treatments and contain 12 rooms, including three couples’ suites and a private VIP suite with its own discreet entrance and thermal experiences. Further facilities include heat and water therapies, a vitality pool, indoor and outdoor pools and an extensive fitness centre. In addition, a dedicated Beach Club on Jumeirah Beach will provide a range of water sports activities.
The project is owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC) and developed by Wasl Hospitality. Jeffrey Wilkes is the appointed interior designer.
The new property will not be the first from Mandarin Oriental in the region; the group will also manage properties in Marrakech, Doha and Abu Dhabi – all of which are expected to open before the Dubai hotel.