-Esquire Experiences - The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
You might not expect to find solitude on one of Dubai’s most popular beaches. There’s an open-air mall on one side and a skydive center on the other. But if you look hard enough, you’ll spot a building along the short that is not like the others: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai.
Unlike the tall residence buildings that tower around it, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai swaps endless floors for a touch of class. The more laid-back cousin to its Financial Centre counterpart, this property is all about kicking back and chilling out.
The hotel boasts all the usual five-star amenities you might expect from one of the leading hotel properties in the world; high-end restaurants, a world-class spa, beach access and not one, not two, but a grand total of six swimming pools.
However, it is the 35,000-square-metres of landscaped gardens that most impress, especially when compared to the concrete landscape of JBR all around it. These are perfect for a quiet stroll in the morning, or for sitting out as the sun descends below the horizon.
Speaking of sun-downers, the Palm Grill is perfectly suited for a bevvy or two on the beach (as well a few choice selfies in front of Dubai’s newest landmark: the Dubai Eye).
Or if you prefer something a tad more sophisticated, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, has the Library Bar (basically, it's the ultimate gentleman's retreat). Hidden away off the hotel lobby, this dashing little venue boasts an amazing drink and cigar menu, as well as live jazz nights.
Elsewhere, The Ritz-Carlton also boasts the Club Lounge, famous in hospitality circles for offering a tantalizing mix of drinks and dishes all throughout the day.
For those looking to get away (and get away) from little ones, there’s always the award-winning Ritz-Kids program; which will take junior guests off on a fun-packed adventure. More importantly, it’ll take them off your hands, too.
While Dubai’s busiest beach is known for its crowds, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai offers not just solace from the hustle and bustle of a busy city, but a touch of class as well.
For more information, head to ritzcarlton.com/dubai