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Find out what your money can buy at Bul­gari Re­sort Dubai, the city’s most ex­pen­sive ho­tel open­ing later this year.

Dubai’s love for all things de­signer will reach new heights on De­cem­ber 7, when the Bul­gari Re­sort Dubai opens, with but­lers, a yacht club and im­ported Ital­ian mar­ble bath­tubs (among other luxe fea­tures). The Ital­ian fine-jew­ellery brand and de­vel­oper Mer­aas joined hands to open what is said will be Dubai’s most ex­pen­sive ho­tel (yes, we’re talk­ing about room rates).

Now, along with the of­fi­cial launch date, we also have more de­tails on what you can see and do in­side the ul­tra-luxe re­sort. Be­fore the open­ing, Bul­gari’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Sil­vio Ursini said the room rates would be ‘by far the high­est in the mar­ket’ and he wasn’t kid­ding: A stan­dard room is Dh3,200 per night.

Lo­cated on Jumeira Bay Is­land, the ho­tel will have 101 rooms and suites and 20 vil­las – all with bal­conies over­look­ing ei­ther the Dubai sky­line or the Ara­bian Gulf.

Much like the brand’s famed jew­els, Ital­ian crafts­man­ship is at the fore­front of the ho­tel’s de­sign – Ital­ian ar­chi­tec­tural firm An­to­nio Cit­te­rio Pa­tri­cia Viel de­signed the prop­erty with Mediter­ranean-style land­scap­ing, Euro­peanin­spired boule­vards and il­lu­mi­nated gar­dens and pools. In­side, all rooms and vil­las have been dec­o­rated with Ital­ian lux­ury fur­ni­ture brands, plush mar­ble bath­tubs (also im­ported from Italy), sculpted han­dles and a mar­itime theme.

The pri­vate vil­las, how­ever, take it up a notch with one, two and three-bed­room op­tions that all come with per­sonal butler ser­vice, a pri­vate pool, a gazebo and oo­dles of space – prop­er­ties vary in size from 175-540 square me­tres.

There’s plenty of fine-din­ing F&B out­lets at the re­sort for Dubai’s dis­cern­ing gour­mands: Il Ris­torante by Miche­lin-starred chef Niko Romito will serve a mod­ern take on Ital­ian food; The steel and bronze oval Il Bar opens out onto an out­door ter­race, per­fect for sun­down­ers and en­joy Ital­ian-themed teas at the Lobby Lounge.

If you’re look­ing for lux­ury R&R, the re­sort’s Bul­gari Spa won’t dis­ap­point with eight treat­ment rooms and a 25-me­tre in­door pool that has full sea view thanks to floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that recre­ate a beach­side feeling. For an authen­tic beach day out, guests can step out to La Spi­ag­gia, the re­sort’s pri­vate beach that has villa ca­banas, a chil­dren’s pool and club, an out­door pool and restau­rant and a beach club.

You’ll also find a state-of-the-art gym, the Work­shop Gym­na­sium next to the spa.

What will set the Bul­gari Re­sort Dubai apart from the four other prop­er­ties in the Bul­gari Ho­tels and Re­sorts’ col­lec­tion (Mi­lan, Lon­don, Bali and Bei­jing) is the fact that it will be home to the first Bul­gari Ma­rina & Yacht Club. The 50boat har­bour will house an Ital­ian restau­rant and an out­door pool and bar, and the first branded kids’ club, the Lit­tle Gems Club. The Yacht Club will also have a ball­room that can host events and gath­er­ings and a se­cret lemon-tree gar­den called La Li­mon­aia.

You can live there too: The ho­tel is part of the Bul­gari Re­sort and Res­i­dences Dubai, which will have 165 ser­viced one-, two- and three­bed­room apart­ments.

Fans of Bul­gari’s per­fumes and choco­lates will want to hold on to their wal­lets – the re­sort will also house a Bul­gari Il Cioc­co­lato bou­tique and a con­cept store that will re­tail a se­lec­tion of items from top in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers.

Two more Bul­gari ho­tels are open­ing close on the heels of the Dubai re­sort’s launch – one in Shang­hai in 2018 and a Moscow prop­erty slated for 2020. Mean­while, you can look for­ward to a slice of Rome right here in Dubai.

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