Hid­ing in Plain Site

THE RITZ-CARL­TON HAS BEEN A LUX­URY ES­CAPE IN THE CEN­TRE OF DUBAI’S BUSTLING MA­RINA AL­MOST SINCE THE VERY BE­GIN­NING. VIR­TUOZ­ITY TRIES OUT ITS HID­DEN CHARMS

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pool and gar­dens. The best views are of course from higher up, but the ho­tel’s de­sign is clever enough to of­fer every­one a view of the sea with some out­door space to en­joy it from.

The rooms are nicely ap­pointed with large bath­rooms, sep­a­rate WC and sep­a­rate bath and shower. The fur­nish­ings are a mix of light and dark ma­te­ri­als, all wo­ven to­gether to cre­ate a warm, wel­com­ing feel­ing to the room. They are also fairly spa­cious, with enough room to move around the beds, a sofa area and work desk in the larger rooms.

The club rooms also get ac­cess to an ex­clu­sive club lounge, which serves a se­lec­tion of food and a re­treat for some real peace and quiet.

Back down in the gar­dens there’s a range of pools to choose from, in­clud­ing one with a swim up bar and a no kids pol­icy, mak­ing it per­fect for honey­moon­ers or cou­ples. For guests with kids, there’s also a kids club for the lit­tle ones, so the Ritz-carl­ton has most bases cov­ered.

But if you re­ally want the sand be­tween your toes then the best bet is to grab a sun lounger on the beach and get that real Ara­bian ex­pe­ri­ence. With un­in­ter­rupted views of the turquoise wa­ters of the Gulf, there’s no bet­ter spot to un­wind and en­joy a bit of RNR.

The ho­tel also has an ar­ray of op­tions for food, with nine restau­rants and lounges for its guests and visi­tors. The stand outs are the Blue Jade and Splen­dido. Blue Jade is one of

“The Ritz-carl­ton is a real gem of a hide­away, but im­por­tantly right in the mid­dle of one of Dubai’s most hap­pen­ing areas.”

“The ho­tel also has an ar­ray of op­tions for food, with nine restau­rants and lounges for its guests and visi­tors. The stand outs are the Blue Jade and Splen­dido.”

The Ritz-carl­ton Spa fea­tures an even more peace­ful hide­away within the re­sort thanks to twelve treat­ment rooms, all of­fer­ing a blend of both Euro­pean and East­ern mas­sages and pack­ages.

The Ara­bia Felix is the sig­na­ture treat­ment at the spa, which fea­tures hot wax in­fused into the oils, and a se­lec­tion of aro­mas hand-picked to make your mas­sage unique. It starts with a foot cleans­ing in a bath of warm camel’s milk, with the full body mas­sage fol­low­ing af­ter. Away from the treat­ment rooms, there’s a male and fe­male spa area, fea­tur­ing a hot and cold plunge pool, sauna and steam room, out­door lap pool and re­lax­ation area with heated loungers. Plus of course a well-equipped gym.

The com­plex is huge and it’s easy to lose your bear­ings in­side. Luck­ily there’s al­ways an at­ten­tive staff mem­ber on hand to guide you in the right di­rec­tion. the coun­tries best South­east Asian restau­rants, work­ing its way through a range of cuisines and cook­ing styles from across the Asian con­ti­nent. The re­sult is a fan­tas­tic melt­ing pot of flavours.

Splen­dido serves up the best ar­ti­sanal Ital­ian dishes, which are frankly ex­cel­lent. Din­ers have the choice of an in­side ta­ble or an in­ti­mate pa­tio area in­spired by a Tus­can villa. The ser­vice at both restau­rants, and around the rest of the ho­tel, is ex­cel­lent. For lunch ei­ther eat at your lounger, keep your spot at the swim up bar, or head to the Palm Grill, which gives you amaz­ing views of the ocean whilst you eat.

The Ritz-carl­ton is a real gem of a hide­away, but im­por­tantly right in the mid­dle of one of Dubai’s most hap­pen­ing areas. You re­ally can shop along the Ma­rina’s buzzing boule­vard and then head back to your ho­tel and an oa­sis of calm with just a short stroll.

There’s very few ho­tels in the world that can make that claim.

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