Raffles Hotel Dubai – Surprising Experiences Bring the World of Luxury to Life
My experience at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai opened my eyes to a whole new level of luxury, based on a superior attention to detail and the ability to surround the guest with unique and surprising experiences that bring the world of luxury to life.
Upon arrival at the Raffles Dubai, I was impressed with the building itself, which is built in the style of an ancient Egyptian pyramid and carrying Egyptian influences like the sandstone coloring and large carvings of mythological winged figures on the outside entryway and on the huge stone columns throughout the vast lobby area. With an abundance of glass throughout the building’s façade; however, the look is still crisp and modern and the many windows provide spectacular views of the modern city beyond.
Within the large lobby, black marble floors ground the enormous, brightly lit space and gold accents, red carpets and large dark wooden tables provide a look of timeless elegance. The guest rooms, too, are extremely large and bright and offer spectacular views of the Dubai skyline from comfortable private balconies.
Enjoying everything the hotel has to offer is a pleasure in which I was certainly happy to indulge. I especially enjoyed trying the hotel’s famous afternoon tea which featured a detail I’ve never seen before and don’t expect to see again. In honor of Dubai’s status as a luxury shopping destination, the Raffles hotel has partnered with iconic shoe design house, Manolo Blahnik to incorporate a small chocolate stiletto, based on one of Manolo Blahnik’s classic designs. Served atop the tiered cake tray that accompanies the Raffle’s afternoon tea, the beautiful chocolate shoe is of more use to me than the real thing and I can vouch for the fact that it tastes as good as it looks.
Another noteworthy partnership the Raffles Hotel has entered into is with London distiller, Sipsmith, an artisanal distillery of premium spirits. The Raffles 1915 Gin I enjoyed at the Raffles Dubai was created for exclusive use at Raffles hotels throughout the world. You won’t find this gin anywhere else and I really enjoyed learning about the gin and sampling it in a refreshing cocktail at the hotel’s Crossroads Bar.
The serene Raffles Spa was another of my favorite experiences at the Raffles Dubai. Offering a wide range of services designed to provide relaxation and rejuvenation, the spa and its wonderful staff fulfill their mission admirably. In addition to visiting to the spa, I recommend spending some time relaxing and cooling off at the hotel’s large pool which is surrounded by fountains for a true desert oasis feeling.
Before returning to your room to enjoy the view of the sparkling skyline of Dubai, you will have your choice of seven restaurants on the property for your dining pleasure, offering cuisines from Asian to Arabic to European. Throughout the Raffles Dubai, you will definitely experience a whole new level of luxury.