Opulent Middle Eastern stays with Marriott International Luxury Brands

20 April 2021

This year, as we look forward to travel resuming, the destination on many people’s mind is the UAE. Owning and operating some of the most renowned, luxury properties in the world, it should come as no surprise that Marriott International Luxury Brands is at the forefront of the luxury hotel scene in Dubai and Abu Dhabi so we have taken a look at two of their premier properties there.

The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Spread amongst 10 Venetian-inspired buildings surrounding one of the largest outdoor pools in Abu Dhabi, The Ritz-Carlton boasts some of the city’s most lavish five-star accommodation. Spacious interiors blending into outdoor spaces across the rooms, suites, residences and villas are complemented by views of either the beach, gardens or Grand Mosque.

Eight distinctive restaurants serve up a broad palette of flavours spanning Southeast Asian dim sum, Mediterranean seafood, authentic Lebanese dishes and many more global recipes. For elevated dining events, you can choose to embark on culinary journeys led by the resident chefs, elegant wine tastings, private dining experiences and brunches. A popular favourite amongst guests is the sushi night at Li Jiang where classic Japanese recipes are given a contemporary twist, served alongside handpicked Asian beverages and a selection of music.

If you’re looking for an intimate stay, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor about making your arrangements. Enjoy your own private cabana by the pool where you’ll have your own space to unwind in the shade with a complimentary fruit basket, water, towels and moisturiser. The ultimate in private accommodation can be enjoyed in the Two-Bedroom Villa with Plunge Pool where a spacious outdoor terrace overlooks the Grand Canal, offering the ideal spot for a leisurely breakfast or barbecue, and dedicated butler service caters to your every whim.

Families will feel right at home at the Ritz-Carlton thanks to an engaging repertoire of children’s activities encompassing arts and crafts projects, playtime and more, aimed at fostering their creative spirit. Choose between full and half-day programmes that emphasize the wonder of nature and highlight the cultural traditions of Abu Dhabi.

Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai

Sat minutes from the city centre and close to Dubai Internet City, a collection of malls and some of the Middle East’s finest golf clubs, Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai elegantly towers over the city’s Marina.

The 749 contemporary accommodation options are decorated in shades of cream and chocolate with wooden furnishing and feature 24/7 butler service. The Royal Suites are amongst the most impressive in the city. Occupying spots on the 9th and 10th floors they include lounge areas, kitchenettes, dining areas and immaculate master suites.

The oriental treatments at B/Attitude Spa take inspiration from the ancient therapies of the East, to lead you on a unique pathway of rejuvenation. Alongside age-old methods, the treatments use premier product lines by Elemis, La Valle and Charme D’Orient. The spa’s contemporary setting with Chakra infused décor creates a unique atmosphere across its 12 treatment rooms, two Hammam treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, relaxation area and juice bar.

Mealtimes present guests with an abundant selection of cuisines to choose from. We recommend sitting down to dine at Toro Toro where famed chef Richard Sandoval serves up his signature take on South American cuisine in an evocative setting adorned with rustic natural wood, burnt orange leather seating and large windows overlooking the marina. You’ll find classic dishes from across the continent on the menu such as chorizo empanadas, crispy calamari and salmon flatbreads, alongside the churrasco grill where skilled passadors serve up succulent cuts of chicken, lamb and beef.


Book your Luxury escape to the Middle East this year by contacting your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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