Park Hyatt Dubai
The meal: The Park Hyatt is fortunate to have a range of stellar restaurants. If you have to pick a spot to spend Dhs1,500, though, we’d recommend Traiteur. The decor is low-lit and romantic, and the food – a mix of traditional and modern French fare – is lovely. Steak fans will swoon over the chateaubriand Rossini, topped with foie gras.
The breakfast: Though not included, it’s worth trying anyway, because the Park Hyatt breakfast is one of the best in town. The buffet is okay, but the items on the à la carte menu are what really sing. Go in for the eggs Florentine served in a mini copper pot with a gooey parmesan sauce.
The hotel room: It’s not huge, but the space is used wisely. The bathroom is amazing, with a central bath and huge shower head, and there are several little extras (candles and salts with the bath, for instance) that make the experience. There is also a great view of the creek and the Burj Khalifa.
The pool: Gorgeous. Massive and taking up prime space in the Park Hyatt property, this crystal-blue pool is large enough to mettle out your own space – the corners even have Jacuzzi jets. You could easily spend the whole day paddling and reading.
Near Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Deira (800 4097, www.dubai.park.hyatt.com)
Hilton Dubai Creek
The deal: For Dhs1,075, couples get a three-course meal at Gordon Ramsay restaurant Verre (with drink pairings), an overnight stay and breakfast.
The meal: We’ll admit, we were disparaging of Verre after its relaunch, but since our last visit the menu has changed and executive chef Scott Price has really proven himself. The food is now excellent. The lobster ravioli and fennel crème brûlée are not to be missed.
The breakfast: Breakfast at Glasshouse is a treat. The buffet includes stellar versions of all the English fry-up classics. However, we recommend ordering from the unlimited à la carte menu.
The hotel room: The rooms feel a little corporate, but they do offer tremendous views of the creek. Plus, as is to be expected of a Hilton, creature comforts abound. The bed is impossibly comfortable, there’s loads of free water and an espresso machine with coffee refills.
The pool: Perched on the roof overlooking old Dubai, the Hilton pool feels a bit retro, but is a lovely spot for sun-worshipping.
Baniyas Road, Deira (04 227 1111)
The deal: Couples who dine at the Spectrum on One brunch get an overnight stay, with early check-in (noon) and late check-out (5pm). The price is Dhs699 per couple for the soft drinks package, Dhs899 for the ‘Hops and Vines’ package and Dhs1,299 for unlimited bubbly.
The meal: Spectrum on One remains one of our favourite brunches in the city. There is a massive international spread with a focus on live cooking stations, so the food doesn’t sit in hot trays for hours. As well as a mountainous array of seafood (and every other cuisine), there is a cheese and port room and an amazing selection of cocktails.
The breakfast: Not included, but with a brunch of this calibre, you won’t miss it.
The hotel room: The beds are the softest, plushest things you’re ever likely to set your head on (in other words, you’re sure to sleep like a log). You’re also supplied with a lovely spread of dates and cookies, care of Bateel. One small qualm: they can be a little stingy with the water.
The pool: The Fairmont’s pool is also a bit dated. It’s shaded, though – essential in this weather.
Sheikh Zayed Road, near Trade Centre roundabout (800 848 000)