The Address, Dubai Marina

Subtle sophistication rules at this new marina spot

Dubai isn’t short of flash hotel chains, but The Address is in a league of its own. We checked into the newest addition to the family, The Address Dubai Marina, to check out how she compares to her slick Dowtown Burj Dubai sister.

After spending a very pleasant weekend in The Address Downtown Burj Dubai a few months ago we thought we had found our favourite spot in town - gorgeous surroundings, unbeatable service and one of the prettiest pools in Dubai could not fail to impress – luckily, her younger sister, tucked in beside Dubai Marina Mall, is as well-groomed as you would expect any sibling with such a pedigree to be.

A sweeping reception, manned by immaculate and well-informed staff, leads to some of the marina’s hot new spots - Blends for drinks and Rive Gauche for fine-dining. Modern art decks the corridors while high ceilings create one of the marina’s airiest lobbies – perfect to relax in with friends and family.

The rooms, while quite compact, are beautifully decorated with the same reliably stylish finishes that make the brand what it is – large bathrooms, snug robes and quality products, from the toiletries to the coffee.

After relaxing in the room, we headed downstairs for a drink in Blends, the hotel’s signature bar which caters for grape lovers and cocktail connoisseurs with equal ease, before heading out to enjoy the sights and sounds of Dubai Marina, eventually returning to our comfortable room for a heavenly night’s sleep.

The next morning, after restorative breakfast, we headed to the third floor to check out the spa and fitness club. A state of the art affair, with escalators whizzing guests between the spa and fitness centre, this was by far the most impressive area of the hotel. Brilliantly-stocked and visually inspiring, the gym is the kind of space that actually makes you want to work out.

The spa is equally impressive. We enjoyed a Balinese 80-minutes couples massage – there is no better way to recover from a late night – before reluctantly checking out and heading next door for a leisurely stroll around Dubai Marina Mall.

The Address Dubai Marina had a lot to live up to and it passed with flying colours. The competition should watch out.

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