Swimming in the clouds, rosewater croissants and floating breakfasts; sun loungers in the world’s highest infinity pool—-it’s pure glamour at the over-the-top The Address Beach Resort in Dubai.
The United Arab Emirates city is having a moment. Full of luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and lively nightlife, it’s a place that lives in superlatives like the the first, the tallest, the largest, and the biggest. Just add your noun and it’s probably true in Dubai.
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, and here I am in the highest swimming pool in Dubai and in the world at the height of 294 metres above the Arabian Gulf. In 2020, the emirate hosted Expo2020 and attracted record numbers of visitors, proving its appeal as a destination that cuts across nationalities, regions and continents.
And although this destination is slowly bringing in more 3 and 4-star properties, luxury hotels, such as the Address Beach Resort, still reign supreme in Dubai.
An Address to Remember
Opened in December 2020 on the edge of the Dubai Marina, The Address Beach Resort is a family-friendly beachfront resort offering endless options for dining, relaxation, play and entertainment. The hotel is pure luxury and glamour, dripping in design forward elements, luxurious amenities, and sustainable features.
The building itself is a stand out and distinct with two-storey towers connected by the tallest inhabited sky bridge in the world, which changed Dubai’s skyline. The resort has also earned world records for Dubai including the highest outdoor infinity pool in a building in the world, and the highest occupiable skybridge floor in the world, recognized by Guinness World Records.
Positioned on the beachfront, it is an unmissable structure. The façade features 82,000 square metres of glass, about the size of 11 football pitches.
A calming aroma wafts through the resort, a signature scent. Created from a combination of fragrances, including bergamot, grapefruit, cedar wood, sea sprays, geranium, rich oakmoss, patchouli and rich vertiver roots, this scented air has become their secret autograph. It immediately takes effect, an air relaxation.
The pool areas have private cabanas, loungers and green hedges and flowers. The backdrop is a collage of mirrored glass, white and blue shaded wooden cubes and palm trees offering splintered shade.
An award-winning spa and a state-of-the art gym occupy the 75th floor.
Rooms & Suites
There are 217 spacious guest rooms and suites spread across 77 floors, each echoing the allure of the surrounding waterfront with inspired décor and advanced amenities. In rooms guests will find interactive flat-screen TVs, mood lighting, in-room automation, and spell-binding views of the sea and city.
Crafted for those that want a private and posh haven, the 279-square-metre, three-bedroom Presidential Suite can sleep up to six guests. It also has a private balcony and access to a pool cabana for exclusive use, among other lux amenities.
Many of the hotel’s enviable views look out over the Palm Jumeirah, an archipelago of artificial islands on the Persian Gulf and part of a larger series of developments called the Palm Islands.
Embedded in this luxurious setting of The Address Beach Resort there is an atmosphere of calmness and attentive, friendly hospitality. High floor-to-ceiling windows capture the grandeur of the place along with the heightened sense of colour and appreciation.
Rooms and social areas of the hotel definitely deliver the wow factor.
Art & Design
Wander around and you’ll see gigantic sculptures that make the resort feel like one of the most luxurious private art galleries you’ll ever see. Enchanting and mesmerizing, delicate glass flowers in blue and white hang from the high ceilings in the atrium. A charming, warm welcome to guests. An iconic calligraphic art piece by Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej adorns the outside terrace, radiating an ethereal quality while engraving the tone of the contemporary style of modern Dubai. Sculptures bestow a nod to balance and sustainability while retaining a representation to culture and heritage. At the front entrance, the 9-metre high Movement The Mass Dance sculpture sets the tone for the balance of sustainability. As guests enter the hotel, reflections on the sculpture celebrate the concept of movement.
Similarly, the Optical Mass sculpture set in front of The Restaurant displays the symmetry of harmony and balance in line with the hotel’s own symmetry.
Dubai is a melting pot of international cuisines and this resort is a culinary destination itself. There are five restaurants offering a wide variety of dishes and plates showcasing creative cuisine at its best. ZETA Seventy Seven is an adult-only Asian fusion restaurant on the 77th floor and offers trendy al fresco seating and swanky indoor air-conditioned private cabanas. Next to the infinity pool, the restaurant also delivers a floating breakfast exclusively for the resort’s in-house guests.
Spread over the terrace and beautifully lit, Li’Brasil serves a creative blend of Lebanese and Brazilian cuisines from an extensive menu, artfully presented and delicious.
Breakfast in The Restaurant is a buffet that begs time to enjoy with a tempting selection of foods to keep fit and healthy as well as to treat and enjoy. The Lounge serves casual beverages and sweet delights such as the pink rosewater croissants. On the edge of the resort is the Beach Grill, a more casual affair but non-the-less exceptional with high quality dishes.
And while dining on lobster soup, scallops and the largest prawns you can imagine, the sea ruffles the soft white sands skirting the coastline allowing speedboats to nudge its shores with millionaire cruisers decorating the background.
“This is where life happens”, is the motto of The Address Beach Resort. This was my Address for the time I stayed in Dubai and where my life centered on the moment, high above the clouds, high above Dubai. It was a place to indulge and explore, relax and repose. The Address Beach Resort is the first beach resort of the Address Hotels + Resorts collection, under the Emaar Hospitality Group, a brand recognized for its fusion of contemporary style and classic elegance.
Outside the Hotel
If you can pull yourself away from the hotel and its lofty views, the emirate is constantly developing new attractions and experiences that appeal to all age-groups across all nationalities. It is not easy to wind down in a city that is vertiginous and frenetic but there are many places to visit in person. Here are a few highlights:
Check out who is performing before you visit. There are a variety of productions, from classical music and pop concerts to ballet and musicals. Located in downtown Dubai, it’s spacious and worth going to see.
La Perle Dragone
This is Dubai’s first permanent dinner show, which has been running a few years. It’s energetic and creative with impressive stunts and special effects – a touch of Cirque de Soleil in an aqua theatre.
These fountains still retain that wow factor. There is such a buzz around this area with many outdoor restaurants and The Dubai Mall, which is retail on steroids, so be ready with your credit card. The Dubai Fountains stage shows throughout the day from sunset to midnight from two giant floating platforms. These cover 14,000 square metres of sea water, towering at 105 metres, and theres are lights from 3,000 LEDs.
An awe-inspiring structure houses innovative and futuristic ideologies, services, and products that take you years ahead of time.
BeSeeingYou In: Dubai
Good to know: Although Dubai was established in June 1833, it wasn’t until the 1970s that it started to develop into the modern-day desert oasis that it is today.
WOW! Factor: There are an estimated 610 hotels in Dubai (and counting)
Tip: Tourists may drink alcohol in authorized places such as hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, but be aware that drinking or being drunk in public is not allowed and is a punishable offense