I’ve been putting this blog post off for a while as I feel it needs to be a “biggie.” I want my post to reflect how wonderful my experience was at The St Regis, Dubai so I’m aware I’ll need to choose my words carefully. I’m also aware that there is not much coverage on this hotel as it’s brand new, so as you’d imagine I want to get it right. I’m going to try to cover as much as I can, so here it goes…
(FYI, the following post contains a lot, A LOT of photographs)
Most of the people in Dubai had last Thursday off work, which made it a long weekend. Like Dubai weekends weren’t extravagant enough, throw another day in there and it well and truly brings out the weekend millionaires in most of us. Brunches, beach and pool parties on top of luxurious hotel stays – I, of course, decided to be no different so I went ahead and booked a “staycation” (still hate that word) at St Regis, Dubai. After all, why break the tradition?
Hello, St Regis
Admittedly, I was slightly concerned with the amount of construction surrounding the hotel as it’s a part of the Al Habtoor City development, however, as you enter the hotel grounds your worries soon disappear as the gardens and entry have somewhat of a “palace” feel to it. Entering the hotel you are struck by the grand, marble hotel lobby and hit with the smell, that I can only describe as similar to the scent of The Dubai Mall. I’m hoping the people of Dubai can relate to this as it’s a bit of a strange statement. The check in experience was very easy and hassle free and because we were checking in as a platinum SPG member, we were upgraded to an executive suite. In line with the standard platinum benefits, we were also offered a choice of 500 starpoints, complimentary breakfast or a local gift which was a luxury camel soap. The marketing team at St Regis were also very helpful in regards to my blog. They offered to accompany me on a hotel tour where they would tell me more about their facilities as well as the different room types available.
Have you ever walked into a hotel room and squealed with joy from the decadence and all round awesomeness of it all? Well, that was me, walking (more like, skipping) into the room accompanied by two hotel staff. I’m going to have to learn how to keep my cool sooner rather than later. We stayed in the executive suite, which is labelled as their entry-level suite. The room was approximately, 84 square meters in size. The room had a sizeable walk-in wardrobe, a spacious bathroom with a standalone bathtub (my favourite) as well as an additional shower room and two sinks. At the end of the hallway was the bedroom, holding a large king-size bed with the living area just opposite. Like all of the other rooms in the hotel, we had our own 24hr butler service and free wifi. How’s that for a first impression? I feel my photographs don’t resemble its true size, however, I’ve tried to capture how special the room was. So, I hope you enjoy.
All of the hotel rooms were consistent in terms of décor and ambiance – the deluxe rooms to me were just as special as the suite we were staying in. The only difference was the deluxe room did not have the living area which made the room approximately 55 square meters in size. The rooms still had a sizeable walk-in wardrobe, a luxurious bathroom, which included the stand-alone bathtub as well as the shower room and a large bedroom area. The St Regis also have a Grand Deluxe room which is similarly set up to the Deluxe room, however, its view is the grand gardens – something special to wake up to in the morning.
St Regis Suite
If you’re looking to book a hotel room with a difference, maybe for a special occasion I would highly recommend you try the St Regis Suite. My photographs do not credit how spectacular the suite really is. I would recommend visiting the St Regis website to look at the floor plan as this suite is huge. I lost count of how many hidden comfy areas they had as well as kitchen space, living areas, powder rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms as well as its very own massage room. Yes, massage room. Oh, my. The St Regis suites range from 90 – 120 square meters, pretty much bigger than my apartment. In summary, I would happily live in this suite. Just saying.
There was also another suite that the staff showed me, however, it’s a suite that is worthy of its very own write-up due to its ridiculous celebrity worthy nature. So, watch this space.
We didn’t eat at many of the restaurants for a couple of reasons. One, we were only staying for one night and two, the city of Dubai has an overwhelming choice of restaurants on offer which we take advantage of on a regular basis. This trip was to enjoy the hotel and its services, therefore, we decided to sample a few of the hotels cafes, pool side menu, and order our evening dinner from the room service menu.
Firstly, we sampled lunch at the French-style café, Brasserie Quartier. Like most French cafes, the bakery and patisserie looked impressive, however, I needed to avoid the cakes so I opted for an equally indulgent raspberry croissant. I couldn’t resist the pretty swirl on top, also the word raspberry could only suggest that it’s healthy, right? I regret nothing, it was delicious.
Later in the evening, we ordered room service, and in true form of hotel indulgence we ordered anything we fancied. Pasta, Pizza, cold assorted mezze platters, cocktails, iced tea, you name it, we ordered it. Again, no regrets, all tasted great. The room service was swift and very accommodating although the range of items available were of a slightly less ‘grand’ appeal so if you’re looking for a more luxurious experience then definitely stick to the restaurants.
Not sure about you, but I feel that hotel breakfasts are one of the life’s great pleasures if done right. And the St Regis, breakfast at Brasserie Quartier was certainly somewhat of a pleasure. It may be one of the most accommodating breakfasts that I have ever had, with its range of foods to suit any food/allergy type. The milk section ranged from, soy, rice, almond, skimmed to full cream milk and they all had little Alice in Wonderland style labels to match. Everything was set up beautifully, and the range of food was impressive. They even had a juicing section where the staff would press the juice of your choice – great healthy way to start your day. Surely, this means you can have a doughnut or two? No? Well, I definitely did. Moving on.
If (when) I return to the St Regis I would like to experience the steaks at the J&G Steakhouse, lunch at Le Patio and drinks at The Champagne Lounge. All of those venues looked very special, but given my tight time frame, I had to be selective with my choices. However, it’s nice to have a few good reasons to return sooner rather than later!
The Pool Gardens
I can’t help but feel that the pool area of the hotel is undersold. The area was much bigger than I imagined it to be – admittedly, it’s a strange shape, definitely longer than it is wide however it’s a quaint, peaceful area with plenty of sun. The loungers were extremely comfortable and with a separate adult and family section it kept me very happy. It also had a beautiful shaded bar and lunch area where you could escape the sun and get a light bite to eat.
In summary, I would recommend The St Regis to anyone who is happy to spend a little extra in order to experience a luxury vacation. I would like to thank all of the staff at St Regis for being so accommodating and hospitable. I’m already looking at my calendar to spy some weekends in which I can book another visit.
Love, Amy X