What We Love
- Poolside perks: free sunscreen, water, frozen grapes and Evian spray
- The spa offers Balinese massages and ayurvedic treatments
- Views of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building
What To Know
- Free shuttle service to/from the Dubai Mall
- A resort-style hotel for grown-up getaways
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout. A $5.45 Tourism Dirham per room, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Unashamedly modern. The Indian-owned property has confidently blended Southeast Asian touches with Middle Eastern design motifs. You’ll find great swaths of creamy marble throughout, twinkling crystal chandeliers, chunky columns studded with gold mosaic tiles, and walls dotted with striking black-and-white photos of Indian palaces.
Bed and Bath
The chic style continues in the guestrooms, where contemporary art decorates the walls, dark wooden flooring adds a sleek touch, and crisp white linens invite you to bed. Bathrooms are equipped with freestanding tubs, Etro products and silk robes, and look out at either the Burj Khalifa, a dark-tiled pool or the neighboring residential areas. The overall feel is corporate luxe: Room service is speedy, WiFi is free, windows come with blackout blinds, the flat-screen TVs are loaded with international channels, and dainty macaroons are provided in the room on arrival.
As you’d expect, the hotel’s signature Indian restaurant, Ananta, is exceptional, offering an introduction to the cuisine for newcomers and specialist dishes for those with a practiced palate. The Southeast Asian tone flows through to the spa (open 9 a.m. to midnight), where there’s a menu of global treatments including Balinese massages and ayurvedic therapies, including shirodhara, in which herbal oils are poured over your “third eye” (forehead) to relax you into a trancelike state. Take a dip in the huge pool, surrounded by cushioned loungers, where you’ll be welcomed with the ultimate poolside pack, a tray containing such goodies as SPF 30 sunscreen and frozen fruit.
In the Area
The Oberoi is bang in the middle of Business Bay, a relatively new area in Dubai close to downtown’s hip restaurants, including Zuma, in Dubai’s International Financial Center, and The Ivy, in Emirates Towers, not to mention the Burj Khalifa and the enormous Dubai Mall. Many neighboring developments are still being built, so you may have views of construction sites, but you’re very close to the action.