Marriott Hotels has opened its first resort in the United Arab Emirates. The 608-key Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, which is spread over 7,000 square metres of private beachfront, is all about elevated outdoor sophistication, while delivering enriching experiences for leisure and business travellers in the UAE.
“As one of the world’s most lively leisure destinations and a hub for business travellers, Dubai is an ideal location for a flagship Marriott Hotels property,” said Drew Iddings, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Marriott Hotels. “With the opening of this resort, we continue to live our legacy of wonderful hospitality, and build momentum for the brand’s evolution and modern appeal that is tailormade for our guests to empower their every pursuit.”
Reflecting Marriott Hotels’ continued evolution, guests are welcomed into sophisticated, comfortable spaces beginning with the Greatroom lobby – a stylish hub that is all about connecting and relaxing. Featuring ocean and sand hues transitioning seamlessly from the outside inwards, the resort’s 608 contemporary guestrooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling ocean views, private balconies, and thoughtful in-room comforts including a pillow menu, mood lighting, a top-of-the-range entertainment system, and large bathtubs. Interconnecting rooms reflect the resort’s flexibility and focus on family stays, while the spacious two-bedroom suites offer separate living, sleeping and dining spaces.
With an eclectic mix of new-to-the-region global restaurant brands, born-in-the-UAE concepts and signature Marriott Hotel offerings, the resort’s 10 dining venues bring flavours, influences, and ideas from Japan, Peru, Italy, Korea, and the Levant.
Rustic, contemporary and chic, the trattoria Cucina fuses old-school Italian charm with a modern edge serving handmade pasta, along with the ice cream parlour Gelateria by Cucina, serving a rainbow array of silky, tantalisingly flavoured gelato. All-day dining venue Levantera offers a menu richly influenced by Mediterranean cuisines, with an overall focus on health and produce sourced from local farms. American, Caribbean, and Latino-inspired concept MYAMI Pool Bar & Lounge serves mixologist-made cocktails and light bites with a swim-up bar and a glamorous South Beach Miami mood.
The beach restaurant Señor Pico stays true to its San Francisco roots serving up American-Mexican comfort food and craft drinks, while the Lobby Lounge – situated in the Greatroom – invites guests to settle down to work or switch off and relax. Guests can enjoy the resort’s signature tea and coffee experience, exquisite cakes, pastries, and mouth-watering desserts including chocolate ravioli.
Yet to open, beachside spot Bal Harbour Beach with scenic marina views will be an ideal place to enjoy a light meal and tropical drinks while lounging in the sun, and Above Eleven will make its first foray outside of Asia in early 2023. Bringing a unique blend of Peruvian spirit, Japanese precision, and effortless New York soul, the restaurant’s sprawling open-air rooftop location and panoramic skyline views will set the tone for sundowners and after-dark vibes. Also slated to open in 2023, the resort’s flagship restaurant Smoki Moto Dubai will be the first high-end Korean steakhouse in the city. The resort’s tenth venue is expected to be unveiled in the new year and will bring a high-end, multi-award-winning restaurant to the city.
“From our industry-leading business and leisure facilities, incredible dining options, wide-ranging recreational activities, well-equipped rooms, and heartfelt service, we provide enriching guest experiences that will exceed expectations at all times and on all levels,” said Gerrit Schmitt, General Manager, Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. “We look forward to welcoming guests to our new beachside resort.”
For active guests, the fitness centre, open 24 hours a day, is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and offers an extensive schedule of group classes, personal training options, and an age-appropriate fitness program designed specifically for younger guests. Set to open in 2023, the resort’s opulent Middle Eastern inspired Saray Spa will create an opportunity for self-care, rejuvenation, and relaxation. The tranquil space will feature private treatment rooms, a couples room with a waterbed and jacuzzi, and relaxation areas. The spa will have an extensive range of treatments including the Saray Hammam, an elevated experience of the traditional cleansing ritual.
The resort is poised to be the backdrop for unequalled events all made possible by a dedicated in-house events team. From intimate gatherings to lavish celebrations and business meetings, Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, offers choice and flexibility with more than 1,800 square metres of event space, 11 venues including a Majlis, and more than 3,000 square metres of sea view outdoor terrace space. A generously equipped business centre ensures guests have access to everything they need, whenever they need it.
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