Situated on the exclusive, manmade Jumeira Bay, an island carved into the shape of a seahorse and adjoined by a 300m bridge to central Dubai coastline, the sunny property is a true ‘urban oasis,’ for visitors and residents alike.
Designed entirely by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, the renowned Italian architectural firm that has created all the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, the 158,000 square-metre property is a first-of-its-kind development for Bulgari, both in scale and magnitude. Charming with a Mediterranean village feel, the complex features the Resort, six residential buildings with 173 sea facing apartments, 15 private mansions, and Bulgari’s first-ever Marina and Yacht Club.
Comprised of 101 rooms and suites, as well as 20 Bulgari villas with pool, garden and sea-view, The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai offers a full range of amenities, such as the gourmet Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, the Il Café open all day, Il Bar with its iconic oval-shaped freestanding bar and La Spiaggia the most exclusive beach Club with private beach and a unique mosaic-design outdoor swimming pool.
Guests can also enjoy the 1,700 square-metre Spa with hammam, indoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon with a traditional barbershop and hairdresser. To add relish to the guest’s stay, the complex comprises a private Marina featuring 50 boat berths and the first world’s Bulgari Yacht Club with peerless views over the sea.
Italian jewellery brand Bulgari knows a thing or two about catering to the precise demands of high-rolling luxury lovers, and since branching out into hotels back in 2004, they have proved in Milan, London, Bali and beyond that they are more than capable of delivering superlative sparkle to high-net-worth travellers, too. The new Bulgari Resort Dubai, which opens on December 7th, is set to be the most expensive hotel in the city – bringing with it private residences, mansions and a yacht marina besides.
The resort, somewhat fittingly, sits on its very own treasure island, Jumeira Bay, connected to Downtown Dubai via a 300m bridge. Despite its convenient location ten minutes from the city, though, it has a completely different vibe to many of Dubai’s ubiquitous skyscraper hotels. With its striking, low-rise architecture, the work of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, and 101 rooms and suites set across just four floors, the feeling is far more personal and understated.
“We tried to introduce a European, human scale to the architecture,” says Patricia Viel. “You never walk alongside a building in Dubai. What we tried to do here is exactly the opposite to what is out there.” The result is that this property, spread across 13 hectares, feels something like an upscale Mediterranean village – where guests are far more likely to stroll from beach club to shop to suite, than to zip anonymously between floors in a lift. Privacy, of course, is there should it be required – and many of the guests who stay here will likely prize it above all else. For them, there are 20 hotel villas set back from the beach, with private pools, roomy outdoor terraces and personal butler service.
The Yacht Club, inspired by the intimate marinas of Italy, further adds to the resort’s distinct sense of place. “As Italians, we love marinas, especially small marinas which have a place within the community,” explains Silvio Ursini, Bulgari’s group executive vice president. “Watching the boats come and go over dinner or drinks is all part of the appeal.” Italian chef Niko Romito’s Il Ristorante, which overlooks the marina, is the perfect place for hotel guests to do that, although next year will see six additional independent restaurants opening up along the marina promenade. Beyond the 50-berths which cater to boats up to 40 metres, the hotel has also secured a superyacht anchorage just outside the bay, where the likes of 77m Silver Fast parked up for the star-studded launch party.
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