In a city where revenge travel seekers and wanderlust enthusiasts arrive to lounge on the sun-kissed beaches, Hyatt Centric Jumeriah Dubai is the most recently added launch pad for savvy, chic, and millennial travellers. A true fusion of contemporary style and the majestic classical aesthetics of the Middle East, this modern lifestyle boutique hotel is on the bucket list of every traveller yearning to be in the thick of activity.
I visited the city of Dubai when the sun was still not quite brazen, and the weather conducive to a host of travel and activities within just miles of my surroundings. I couldn’t be more blessed to have La Mer beach just meters from the hotel, which stretched along the sea, with a wonderful view of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline. Timber walkways, palm tree boulevards with string lights dancing above the pastel-coloured beach shacks, bustling high energy bars on the promenade and quaint ice-cream parlours, all added to the charm of the place. There was an inherent dichotomy to the stay alongside the beach. A lively party atmosphere reigned in the back streets, but in the evenings and mornings, before and after the music started, the overall ambience was incredibly calming.
La Mer Beach Promenade
The newly opened hotel to me seemed to be narrating a vivid story. A story of passion and pop, in its architecture as well as in its people. A story that served up interesting titbits and insider knowledge about the destination and its true essence. A local home, preparing me to explore and discover the magic of this bustling financial and fashion metropolis. It was quite easy to arrive at the location of the hotel on Jumeriah 1 Road, La Mer Beach. The seven-storied property was breathtaking with a playful juxtaposition of colours, textures, and curated curiosities that started to brew the minute I stepped in.
The lively lobby with a pop of colour
The setting of the property was such that it looked out over the open sea, a rarity in Dubai. The still water of the sea was a sight to behold from the floor-to-ceiling windows and a treat for the eyes in the mornings. The unobtrusive lines of bold architecture and a colour palette that is predominantly interspersed with pops of turquoise and burnt orange perfectly echoed the vibe of the desert city. The linen was crisp and the European design aesthetic, sophisticated and ultra-luxe. Unlike other hotels in Dubai that are melanges of sleek wood and toned-down neutrals, Hyatt Centric Dubai had bold tones of pop juxtaposed against the Middle Eastern-influenced designs.
Eclectic Art Installations As I was seeking traditional and authentic experiences, the hotel was a great access point for hidden gems at traditional souks in the neighbourhoods of Satwa, Bur Dubai and Al Fahidi. Even the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall were just a 15-minute short drive. The scintillating evenings around Burj Khalifa with art, culture and performances were nothing short of ostentatiously overwhelming. The whole vibe of the city had come alive. Temperature controlled sea facing - outdoor pool
It would be incomplete if the exhilarating culinary experience was left unspoken of. The hotel’s dining outlet was casual, relaxing and above all a melange of food and beverage experiences celebrating the region’s dynamic flavours. The breakfast was an ode to meticulous planning of comfort foods, high energy ingredients and freshest of flavours. From the power packed Greek Granola with berries, traditional Middle Eastern Shakshuka’s to the legendary New York Eggs Benedict and abundant charcuterie boards, the breakfast was truly the king of meals I had.
For me the property was a complete standout, resplendent with every leisure experience and amenity a traveller can ask for, from outdoor temperature-controlled pools, to an eclectic open island bar alongside the shores of the open waters, a well-equipped fitness centre and above all, the multilingual staff adorning wide smiles throughout the stay. In between all the exhilarating and cultural to-do’s that Dubai has to offer, I rested my head in peace at the Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai, feeling like a welcome visitor, light-hearted, in-the-know and adventurously spirited.
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