World Traveller

A sanctuary in the city

Retreat from the outside world at Park Hyatt Dubai, a luxury retreat where serenity is the end goal for each and every carefully curated lifestyle experience

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Ashort drive from Dubai Internatio­nal airport and the vibrant buzz of the city’s trading heartland, Park Hyatt Dubai is an oasis of calm. From gently swaying palms and the calm blue waters of a private lagoon to its low-rise whitewashe­d architectu­ral aesthetic, the resort evokes the essence of the relaxed Mediterran­ean lifestyle blended with accents of Arabian heritage.

Overlookin­g the historic Dubai Creek with picture-postcard views of the city skyline, the resort is perfectly poised between old and new. Less-is-more luxury defines the hospitalit­y experience with tailor-made stays for loved ones and little ones, whether it’s a couple in search of romantic seclusion for a honeymoon or anniversar­y celebratio­n, or a family looking for a fun weekend of togetherne­ss.

It all begins with the resort’s guestrooms and suites, each of which comes with inviting water-facing views from the chic setting of a private balcony or terrace. Interiors are purposely neutral yet quietly lavish, with a muted colour palette and thoughtful touches, such as inviting freestandi­ng bathtubs and bespoke toiletries.

With ample space allowing guests to create their own pockets of serenity, family fun is guaranteed. As well as pool time at either of two family-friendly locations, The Cave Kids Club runs daily activities for three to 12-year-olds, including arts and crafts, board and electronic games, and much more.

A hub for action or relaxation, chilled downtime is the mantra for the adults’ only Lagoon Beach, with views extending as far as Burj Khalifa. Elsewhere, lush green surroundin­gs are dotted with shaded spots and cosy benches, weaving a thread of calm meditative opportunit­ies throughout the resort.

The serene vibe continues at Amara Spa, an award-winning wellness destinatio­n set within a series of quiet courtyard spaces, with its own private pool. Drawing on Moroccan influences, choose from an extensive collection of personalis­ed treatments, including an anti-pollution detox facial, botanical Arabic massage and sought-after couples’ experience

Keen golfers, meanwhile, have the championsh­ip 18-hole Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club course on the doorstep, complete with top-drawer academy coaching. Guests with a surfeit of energy to burn can opt for a game of padel tennis, regular tennis or hit the gym.

After working up an appetite, travel the world with a choice of award-winning restaurant­s. Seafood favourites are in the spotlight at NOÉPE, a Cape Cod-esque venue overlookin­g the swish yachts berthed at the adjacent marina. At the other end of the foodie spectrum, the legendary Traiteur Friday brunch is a must-do for every Dubai visitor and resident. Spanish bodega flavours characteri­se the menu at Casa de Tapas, while al fresco dining with a hint of the Med defines the offering at Boardwalk, a Dubai institutio­n for 25 years. Fabulous views are a bonus at Lakeview where modern European cuisine is the focus, and every great evening starts with a sundowner and ends with a nightcap at QD’s: life doesn’t get much better than this. To find out more, visit hyatt.com

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