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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Why we love it:
Dubai might be better known for cringy themed hotels (like this Polynesian gaffe) and gimmicky accommodation options (à la the Underwater Suites at Atlantis The Palm) but sophisticated travellers looking to ditch the kitsch can find modern and refined respite at elegant urbanite Grosvenor House.
Spread across two gleaming glass towers in the Dubai marina area are chicly understated guest rooms, suites, and apartments each outfitted with a calming, neutral palette, modern Arabian artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gulf and Palm, or the marina.
Sounds a bit too standard? Well, if you want a little more lavish, simply size-up to the Royal Suite with private balcony, Jacuzzi, sauna and an around-the-clock butler at your beck n’ call.
Beyond your boudoir are no less than 16 tantalising dining destinations, from Pan-Latin top table Toro Toro and sultry Turkish Ruya to Euro Rhodes W1 and late-night pan-Asian fave Buddha Bar, plus dapper private supper club Embassy.
Each tower also has its own full-service spa and pool so guests can experience maximum zen, but if you’d rather hit the sand, then you’ll appreciate guest access to sister hotel Le Royal Meridien’s beach facilities.
Al Sufouh Rd, West Marina, Dubai. +971 4 399 8888, grosvenorhouse-dubai.com
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