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.