The Four Seasons Resort Dubai opened at Jumeirah Beach. The 237 guestrooms and suites provide views of the sea or the city’s skyline, while offering details such as convivial L-shaped sofas, walk-in closets and executive-sized desks, as well as silver-leafed bathroom ceilings and Murano glass fixtures. Each of the 11 Imperial suites additionally has a living and dining space, two furnished terraces and a second bedroom.
Three suites on the resort’s uppermost fifth floor include the Presidential suite and Penthouse suite, each with its own media room, private gym and wraparound terrace; and the Royal suite includes a spa, gym, show kitchen and a grand salon with a piano.
The hotel was envisioned by Irvine, Calif.-based architecture firm WATG and San Francisco-based interior designers BAMO.
Arabic design accents highlight Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, including a collection of Arabic art. The property will house five independent venues in a standalone building on the resort grounds, including Market Kitchen, Nusret and the Peruvian concept Coya.
Several of the hotel’s restaurants were completed by New York’s Tihany Design.
Tihany conceived the all-day dining restaurant Suq as a family-friendly contemporary take on the Arab food market. The long corridor at the entrance displays all of the market stations. Guests have the opportunity to stroll and sample the variety of international cuisines while dining below a vaulted ceiling that evokes the open-air market experience. Windows framed by light sheer fabric and wood paneled walls creates a light ambiance. The outside terrace, with a mosaic covered fountain at its center, offers the guests shade under orange and beige colored umbrellas and a pergola.
Tihany drew inspiration for Sea Fu from its ocean front location. Sea Fu consists of outdoor and indoor seating and a bar area servicing the adjacent pool during the day. Each evening, the restaurant transforms into an upscale fine-dining experience. A metal relief wall sculpture welcomes guests upon their arrival. The interior is modern, with dark furnishings, tilted wood ceiling, wood floors and a decorative patterned screen connecting the space to its landscape. A central fabric chandelier glows above a display table. Outside, the bar emits a glow and sits below a series of hand blown glass chandeliers. The fireplace and lounge pit close to the seashore offers a gathering space with views for parties and late night refreshments.
Mercury, slated to open in early 2015, is a rooftop bar and lounge that will provide guests with views of both the urban skyline and sea. The central focal point of the venue will be the Ice bar, designed by Tihany as a sphere sitting on a raised wave-like, mosaic finished platform. A secondary bar counter will also be opened. The open terrace, enhanced by circled marble flooring with metal inlay and architectural photos, will be defined by lounge areas, including the exclusive private cabana seating illuminated by light boxes, and the indoor Majlis Rooms for private events.
The three restaurants include all custom-designed furniture and furnishings and a collection of artwork by New York artists Bram Tihany and Harri Kallio, which pays homage to the venues’ contemporary and cosmopolitan nature.
The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach and the new Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, set to open in early 2015, join Four Seasons Hotel Doha in Qatar and Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.