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HOTEL REVIEW

something anyone would love to spend time in, while away time soaking in the bathtub and lazily watching tv all day. Sigh. Double vanity counters with Etro amenities completed our initial impression of the hotel. The Oberoi Dubai has definitely upped the stakes for other properties in the city, it is a very chic and luxurious business property right in the middle of it all. Once we had taken in the entire suite, welcome desserts were brought to the room which were beautiful looking as well as sumptuous Indian desserts. Satiated, it was time to explore the hotel in detail. First stop was at the Spa. I had booked a session with Priyanka Chowdhury, Wellness Specialist and Yoga Olympian. After a brief chat, we decided on a medium paced yoga session. It was a truly invigorating session where you had the option of changing pace as per your physical needs and situations, Priyanka was very hands on and informed in detail of all steps of breathing and provided pose variations as per fitness levels. Back at the spa reception, a look at the many Ayurvedic therapies on offer were tempting but time constraints made sure a return trip to be scheduled soon enough.

DINING Ananta

however outside the windows the sweltering heat was unmistakable. It was a good visual effect the floors gave to the room. Getting back to describing the suite in detail, though. The suite opened up to a long passage with a floor to ceiling window at the end of it. On the right of the passage was a washroom and the living room with panoramic views of the hotel’s pool and the street below. There was a huge balcony to lounge in however in this climate no one would even think of venturing outdoors.

The living room was very chic with a dining table, sofas, tv and study table all very comfortably arranged with lots of space to walk around. On the left of the passageway was the very enormous and beautiful bedroom, again floor to ceiling windows, we were told that each room had these huge windows making the room look all that more spacious, bright and airy. The attached bathroom had its own closet and dressing areas, separate showers and a stand alone bathtub by the windows with a mirror television facing it. Now that was

The Oberoi has a wide selection of dining options including Ananta their signature Indian restaurant, Umai a pan asian cuisine outlet and Nine7One the all day dining multi culinary restaurant. Besides these there is a The Lobby Lounge a coffee shop serving light meals, teas and coffees all through the day. We decided to try out their signature Indian restaurant Ananta. Located on the lobby level, the restaurant has a huge ornate door, very reminiscent of doors opening into lavish havelis (castles) in the days gone by of Indian history. This door however opened into the modern red and black interiors of the restaurant with a live sitar player and glass walled kitchen where chefs were busy prepping to welcome the evening’s diners. With a huge array of dishes to choose from, we were informed right after we placed our order that Chef Saneesh Varghese was coming to JULY/AUGUST 2014 49

TOP HOTEL MIDDLE EAST JULY AUGUST 2014  

Top Hotel Middle East is a bi-monthly business journal for senior level hoteliers, hotel owners,...

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