January 2019

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A revamped coastal stay

1 January 2019

A seaside resort in central Dubai celebrates five months of transformation

Twenty years ago, a sail-shaped resort sprung up on the edge of Dubai’s warm waters. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel was one of the first upmarket large-scale resorts on the city’s coastline, offering visitors the chance to unwind in a convenient location, just five minutes from the Palm and moments from the Burj al Arab. Now, the resort has undergone a makeover, closing for almost half a year in order to refresh the space.

The new JBH returns with updated interiors that preserve the original glamour of the hotel, whilst also offering appreciated contemporary touches. Inspired by the exterior architecture, as well as its nautical location, interiors are blue, white and gold throughout. On first entry, the high-domed atrium evokes feelings of the sea, with gently undulating light sculptures above echoing the movements of underwater flora.

Come evening, golf buggys are on hand to whiz guests to the new trio of destination restaurants – Villa Beach being the highlight. Whilst pricey, the romantic beachfront environment overlooking the Burj al Arab, as well as exquisite seafood, will ensure a memorable experience.

Just steps away is the Beachcombers lounge for post-dinner shisha, while old favourites such as gastropub Dhow and Anchor (now simply D&A), La Parilla and 24th-floor Uptown Bar all remain. For a truly comprehensive range of restaurants as well as expansive grounds, huge pools and white sands – JBH looks to remain a stalwart of Dubai hospitality.

Neighbourhood

Families should head to the Wild Wadi Water Park just a few minutes walk from the hotel – entry comes free for hotel guests – whilst couples will appreciate high tea at the iconic Burj al Arab, also within walking distance. Just a short taxi ride away is Atlantis the Palm, but sightseers should take a longer taxi trip uptown, or a bus (the stop is right outside the hotel) to the old markets in Bur Dubai.

Words: Georgina Lavers

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