Resort score: Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If you’re looking forward to traveling after the lockdown, it’s no surprise if Dubai is already firmly on your radar. Luxury shopping, desert adventures, fine dining, and the latest in architecture and innovation – a five-star hotel or two isn’t short. Those with a penchant for luxury will be in their element at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai.
That said, when I remember my stay, the first thing that comes to mind is service. While the City of Lights is known for its spectacular hospitality, the iconic Caesars brand’s first venture in the Middle East is blowing everyone else out of the water. Not only are the staff extremely attentive, friendly and happy to make recommendations for your stay, everything is done with a smile and no request is too big.
The hotel is located on one of the newest luxury oceanfront properties in Dubai
Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai is less noticeable than its Vegas sibling and has no gambling allowed. It retains the brand’s five-star charm and positions itself among the Mandarin Orientals and One and Onlys in the world. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
From the cascading water feature at the entrance to the huge floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the lobby with light and immediately give us a spectacular view of the pool and the hotel’s private beach. The first impression was more than the backdrop for a spectacular stay.
Characterized by an elegant, contemporary style with lots of marble and neutral tones, references to the Roman Empire can be found everywhere in the hotel in the form of huge horse and foot sculptures, wall paintings, works of art and statues of emperors – a really palatial first impression.
The Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai has 194 luxurious rooms and suites
There are 194 rooms and suites to choose from at Caesars Bluewater. We were promptly directed to our spacious one-bedroom ocean suite, which features an expansive balcony with expansive views of the Arabian Gulf – the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner or two. Expect Romanesque details like horse pillows and Roman coin art, while the high-backed cart-like bathtubs are just as eye-catching.
The rooms are also home to lots of thoughtful little details – think of a collapsible full-length mirror hidden next to the wardrobe, a “Scent to Sleep” collection – pillow mist, body oil and hand lotion – that provides a solid 40 winks, iPads made to order Room service as well as Nespresso machines, down duvet, Frette linens and luxury toiletries. There is also butler service for guests staying in suites, which is a delicious perk.
When it comes to lounging by the pool it doesn’t get much better. Not one, but three infinity pools line the resort. Private cabanas are available both by the pool and on the hotel’s private sandy beach. It’s free of construction and offers one of the least adulterated views of the city’s waterfront. There is also volleyball and various water sports on the beach, which provide a little entertainment in the afternoon.
Food and entertainment
The star dining experience in the hotel has to be Gordon Ramsays Hell’s Kitchen
There are six restaurants, bars, and lounges on-site at the hotel. The star dining experience, however, has to be Gordon Ramsays Hell’s Kitchen – the two Michelin-starred restaurant of the second chef in Las Vegas. The atmosphere is more fun than good, and just like on the TV show, the red and blue teams serve up British favorites, including Ramsay’s signature Beef Wellington and Eggs in Purgatory, as well as the sticky toffee pudding that is the perfect way to end your meal.
Breakfast is also served here, which is currently available à la carte due to Covid and includes everything from smashed avocado on toast, waffles and pancakes to an omelette of your choice with all ingredients.
Other dining options include the casual poolside Neptune for cocktails and light snacks like pizza and salads, Chinese and authentic Pan-Asian dishes at Zhen Wei, and the Roman Lounge for afternoon tea, a surprisingly popular affair in Dubai. Those looking for a party can enjoy an evening of Latin American beats, Cuban-inspired distilled sugar cane drinks, and an enviable selection of cigars at the Havana Social Club. Cove Beach is just a minute’s walk away and offers Caesar’s guests free access. The rosé may be overpriced, but the beach club itself is one of the nicest places to spend your day on the town.
Qua Spa is an award-winning wellness concept that combines Western wellness practices with Japanese technologies
If all that eating, drinking, and tanning wasn’t enough relaxation for a trip, Caesars Bluewater has also imported Las Vegas Qua Spa, the award-winning wellness concept that blends Western wellness practices with Japanese technologies. My guest and I decided to experience one of the most unique elements of the spa, the Iyashi Dome. Here you will find an aromatic steam, a stone sauna, an experience shower and an ice fountain.
Said to burn up to 600 calories per session, it was inspired by the ancient Japanese practice of Suna Ryoho, which involves people burying themselves in the sand near certain natural hot springs. This therapy is designed to remove toxic buildup from sweat, and the dome was created to simulate the same effect regardless of location.
After sweating in the dome for 45 minutes, we were scrubbed with Himalayan salts, a thermal clay mask, and a massage with two showers in between. Our skin felt incredibly soft and completely renewed.
In a nutshell
An easy 30-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, on one of Dubai’s newest oceanfront developments, Bluewaters, the locations are not much better. Nearby you’ll find the world’s largest ferris wheel, Ain Dubai, as well as a footbridge that leads straight to JBR Beach, which is full of restaurants, cafes and Dubai’s newest beach club, Bla Bla. Our only criticism is that we couldn’t stay longer, so see you next time.
Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai offers rooms from £ 480 per night and suites from £ 1,557 per night.
Address: Bluewaters Island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +9714 556 6666