The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Immaculately presented European-style hotel overlooking the Arabian Gulf 3 Reviews
Reunite with friends and family this Christmas with an extravagant brunch in the lush gardens offering amazing views of the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy live jazz while Santa and his little helpers keep the kids entertained. Dhs525 (with soft drinks); Dhs725 (with house beverages); Dhs295 (children 5-12 years); Free (children under 5) Timings: 12.30pm-3.30pm 25 December 2013
The colonial-style lobby lounge offers a selection of sweets, sandwiches and scones. From Dhs150 per person Timings: 2pm-6pm (dry between 4pm-6pm) (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
It’s all about the Ritz style here. Standards are high and while it doesn’t disappoint, it might not blow you away either. The staff and service definitely deserve a pat on the back, but some of the fine food served up in their restaurants sports price tags that just don’t match the quality. Try booking rooms at the Club Level, where you can enjoy breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and loads of goodies through the day at the Club Lounge for free (it’s included in the room rate). There’s a private beach right by the end of the gardens, but it can feel a little neglected. The hotel has started a major expansion project (it is in need of an upgrade) that won’t be finished for another two years – but thankfully noise is kept to a minimum. Make time to visit the spa – there’s a good range of East meets West therapies, but it’s the eucalyptus steam rooms that keep us coming back for more.
• Not only does the resort have a fitness centre and spa, but there’s also four floodlit tennis courts and two squash courts, two swimming pools and a DVD library.
• Even those with the most discerning palates will like the fine dining options available, from Italian fare at Splendido and regional cuisine at Amaseena, to the poolside snacks by the Gulf Pavilion. Treat yourself to afternoon tea at Lobby Lounge or cigars in the Library Bar.
• Try the Splendido international brunch on every Friday that includes a free flow of Prosecco and Italian house wines and beers.
• If you’re not a fan of the beach and prefer a more central city location, check out the recently opened Ritz-Carlton at the Dubai International Financial Centre. It’s near the Burj Khalifa, only the tallest tower in the world.By Time Out Dubai Staff
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