I've been to Dubai way too many times in the past few years and yet, each time I'm there, there's a different vibe and a whole new set of places to explore and things to do. This time around I wanted to be in the 'Pearl of the Persian Gulf' during Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and according to Islamic belief, it is observed by Muslims by fasting and prayer to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammed.
Eid al-Fitr celebration takes place depending on lunar sightings, to end the Ramadan fasting. A typical day for an observant Muslim starts at dawn, with the morning Call to Prayer and ‘Suhoor,’ the early meal. On weekdays Suhoor is typically consumed at home with family, but on weekends, there are often tents set up in public areas and restaurants that will offer Suhoor before dawn and the Fajr prayer.
Many popular tourist attractions will be less busy during this time, and lots of upscale hotels will have special events for iftar, so it can be an ideal time to plan a visit to Dubai to soak in the traditional vibe of the culture. Ramadan, if you ask me, is the perfect time to take a luxurious break in the 'City of Gold', and a must try for any visitor during this time are the lavish iftar buffets and special suhoor spreads
So when I say luxury, there's no other resort that does luxury like Four Seasons. This elegant beach front property has views of the calming waters of the Arabian Gulf on one side and the glittering Dubai skyline on the other, and houses two pools, plus 11 tempting restaurants and lounges. There is no shortage of hotels in Dubai, especially luxury hotels. But this one makes you want to coming back for more!
A spiral marble staircase gracefully stands in the center, polished marble floors lead the way and the shiny, yet elegant chandeliers light up the entire space. Middle Eastern touches like gold-leaf ceilings, shimmering mosaics and marble floors leave you nothing less than spell-bound.
I had read a review that said, if first impressions are everything then the bright lobby – filled with freshly cut flowers in Murano crystal vases and a giant two-floor picture window framing views across the manicured lawns to the ocean – certainly leaves a lasting one.
The Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach is on the beach and 20 minutes from downtown. The room had all the standard features of a elegantly stocked minibar, a desk, chair, etc. The bathroom had gorgeous tiles and a lovely bath tub with a separate shower stall. adding a chic touch were the mirror TV’s most Four Seasons are featuring and a large walk-in closet. It’s beautiful, elegant, discreet and despite some of the traditional decor, feels utterly modern and cool. Decide if you would like to wake up to the sea or fall asleep to the city lights.
The Pearl Spa is a worthy way to spend the day, massage or not. The indoor pool has a Greta Garbo feel and the locker rooms are nothing like regular locker rooms- they feature Caribbean rain showers complete with lightning and bird sounds as well as ice showers. Full Body Scrubs, Body Wraps, Slimming Massages and Facials, these first-class sessions are pure indulgence.
For the more athletics, the hotel also has a gym room, tennis courts and water activities directly on its private beach as kayaks, paddle boats and stand-up paddleboards! They can give you lessons as well!
With 10 different restaurants and bars, from beach front dining at Sea Fu, or small bites on the rooftop at Mercury Lounge, you definitely won't get bored. One of the highlights of the hotel and one of my favorite features, was the rooftop bar - Mercury Lounge.
There is elegance around every corner, yet the attitude is comfortable, glitzy and non-pretentious. It’s a place you can dress up for a glamorous evening filled with cocktails and mesmerizing views, or lounge around the pool and beach in nothing but your bathing suits.