World Traveller

SOPHISTICA­TION HAS A NEW ADDRESS

The St. Regis Downtown Dubai opens its doors

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Though it would prove a tough ask to add to the allure of Downtown Dubai, a location made world famous by its twin residents The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, the arrival of St. Regis to a landmark building aside the Dubai Water Canal has certainly sprinkled lustre. A truly iconic brand globally renowned for its own pillars of hospitalit­y — time-honoured rituals like champagne sabering and afternoon tea; the signature St. Regis butler service that provides round-the-clock personalis­ed service — the opening of The St. Regis Downtown Dubai also adds a welcome slice of sophistica­tion, inspired as it is by the spirt of the legendary St. Regis in New York.

Home to 233 guestrooms and 65 suites which boast views of the Dubai Water Canal or Burj Khalifa, this elegant address also houses The St. Regis Spa — the first of its kind. It features six suites offering up bespoke signature treatments and the likes of a 24-karat gold age-defying facial. Bookend your rejuvenati­ng treatment here with a relaxing spell in the en-suite steam room or sauna.

As with all St. Regis properties, this hotel pays homage to its host city; the spectacula­r chandelier that hangs in the main reception (and graces the front cover of this issue) was designed to mimic a gold necklace, in a nod to Dubai’s Gold Souq. Elsewhere, artworks sourced from local artists add a sense of place to walls and walkways.

For a closer look at Dubai’s most sophistica­ted address, World Traveller was invited inside…

The Rooms

As you’d expect from a hotel that bears the St. Regis name, rooms (223) and suites (65) here are timeless in design, with elegance to the fore. They’re spacious too, with walk-in closets and bathrooms featuring both rain showers and stand-alone bathtubs, while views from floor-to-ceiling windows take in one of Burj Khalifa or the Dubai Water Canal. Signature suites include the

Royal Suite, comprised of a living room, dining area, and fully-equipped kitchen and bar. But you don’t need to be of royal stock to be treated to round-the-clock service — the legendary St. Regis butler service comes as standard.

‘ THE STARS OF THE SHOW HERE ARE UNDOUBTEDL­Y THE PIZZAS’

Basta!

In a city not short of excellent Italian restaurant­s, Basta! commands a seat at the top table. Traditiona­l at heart, the menu features myriad regional favourites to showcase the breadth of flavour throughout Italy — classic Roman meatballs and veal Milanese; a Tuscan bean salad and spinach tagliatell­e Bolognese. But the stars of the show here are undoubtedl­y the pizzas, Woodfired for a superior crust, they come topped with a range of both popular and inventive flavours, including veal cotto, gorgonzola and sweet onion; and ricotta and farm egg, finished with a shaving of decadence in the form of black truffle.

PAULO LOSTIA'S EXPRESSIVE NEW MENU MARRIES INVENTION TO TRADITION’

Bleu Blanc

As the new Head Chef of the critically acclaimed Bleu Blanc, Paulo Lostia brings with him a CV littered with Michelin stars. In a career spanning twenty-three years and counting, Lostia’s roles have taken him from Italy to Spain, France to the UK, the USA to the UAE. And from Sous Chef at the one Michelin-star Grazia Deledda Ristorante in Porto Cervo, to Junior Sous Chef at the three Michelinst­ar Quique Dacosta in Alicante. Yet it’s in the UAE that Lostia has made his name, voted ‘Young Chef of the Year’ in 2015 for his celebrated tenure as Head Chef at leading hotels like The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. Donning his chef’s whites again to lead the culinary charge at The St. Regis

Downtown Dubai, Lostia has elevated the French flavoured menu at Bleu Blanc, revamping it with new dishes that marry invention to tradition. Alongside the finest fresh oysters for which Bleu Blanc is famed (best paired with a chilled glass of vintage bubbly) are the likes of a king crab salad; beef tartare with smoked eggplants; butter-soft barbecue lamb ribs; homemade gnocchi stuffed with forest mushrooms; and the dessert of a choice, a sublime chocolate ganache, the bitterness of the dark chocolate cut through with a scoop of sweet raspberry sorbet.

Paulo Lostia may not have needed to put Bleu Blanc on the culinary map, but his presence there ensures it will be every gourmand’s go-to spot.

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