Jumeirah Creekside Hotel stands in the beating heart of Dubai – and it has all the ingredients for a wonderful stay, be it a spa weekend, staycation, business trip, stop-over or longer holiday.
The hotel is proud to be the partner hotel of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships which takes place from 19 February – 4 March 2017. Andy Murray will lead a stellar line-up for one of the most iconic sporting events in Dubai.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre has been home to The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships since 1993. Now in its 25th year, the tournament owners and organisers Dubai Duty Free are rightly proud of one of the most popular and competitive events on the world circuit. With Jumeirah Creekside Hotel only a few minutes’ walk away from the stadium, it is the perfect location to stay or grab some lunch while enjoying the tournament.
Stay at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
This is one of Jumeirah’s ‘city hotels,’ and as such, has many great attributes. Let’s start with its close proximity to the airport and ‘old Dubai,’ which makes it perfect for anyone looking to explore the city’s historical roots. (More about this later.) The hotel itself has an impressive lobby. It’s smart, modern and sleek. There’s also a contemporary Middle Eastern art collection which is stylishly dotted around the property; the wonderful Akaru spa and the beautiful Cu-ba bar which was listed by CNN as one of the world’s most incredible roof top bars with its outstanding views and quirky swimming pool. You can expect a Latino inspired vibe, a mean cocktail list and an incredible sunsets that frame the amazing skyline of Dubai.
During the day there are plenty of places to lounge around the main outdoor pool on the ground floor – I’d recommend claiming your spot early on to secure one of the cabanas on the upper deck. Close your eyes and you’ll be transported to a faraway place where you can bask in the sun and the only thing to break the silence will be the sounds of birds chattering in the trees. What more could you wish for? Well you also have access to a shuttle bus service to Wild Wadi Waterpark™ where you’ll enjoy unlimited complimentary access or the private beach at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.
Art in the heart of Creekside
Closely connected to both the region’s art scene and the city’s historical roots, this hotel has an eclectic art collection sourced from around the Middle East. The 482 works of art can be found placed in all public spaces, guest rooms and restaurants. Curated by Camelia Esmaili founder of l’Atelier Camelia, the specially commissioned exhibition brings together acclaimed artists and emerging talents from around the region. The pieces include paintings, sculptures, videos, limited edition series and mixed media works created by over 51 contemporary artists. Visit the dedicated library space in the hotel’s lobby to learn more about Middle Eastern art, design and architecture.
Discover a by-gone era
A trip to Dubai isn’t complete without visiting the creek to explore the city’s history and everyone should pay homage once. This district is famed for establishing the old pearling industry which was the emirate’s main source of wealth before the discovery of oil. A world away from ‘new Dubai,’ it’s like stepping back in time and is just bursting with character.
You can reach the creek within 10 minutes by cab and once there, for a few dirhams you can hop onto one of the ‘water taxis.’ As you make your way across the water, admire the aging dhows which still ply trade between Dubai and places like Iran and India. If you’re an early riser then it’s worth getting there for sunrise and you’ll see the creek as it slowly comes to life. The place becomes a hive of activity and there’s a real hustle and bustle as the cargo (air conditioning units, fridge freezers, car tyres and everything in between) is unloaded or packed onto the dhows and sent on its way.
You may also stumble across the Al Fahidi Historical District and Dubai Museum, which is one Dubai’s oldest buildings and dates back to 1787. Here you can discover archaeological finds, local antiquities and witness the city’s incredible transformation through aerial photos and a multimedia presentation. Continue your journey along the labyrinth of winding alleyways and explore the mysterious sights, aromas and colours of the bustling textile, spice and gold souks. Round off the day with a spot of souvenir shopping or try a freshly hulled coconut juice from one of the stalls.
Where to eat…
After a day exploring, you’ll be ready to refuel back at the hotel. Nomad restaurant offers casual dining with a lovely outdoor terrace which can be used in the winter months and health conscious types can try Plumeria, located in the fitness centre which offers lighter options.
Aviation Club and Akaru Spa
Well-equipped for fitness enthusiasts, the Aviation Club offers tennis courts, squash courts, 25-metre lap lanes in two swimming pools, group exercise classes and personal trainers for more tailored programmes. Both the changing areas have saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzi and plunge pools. Then there’s the Akaru Spa. A haven of relaxation, there are 14 treatment rooms and relaxation areas making this hotel ideal for a spa weekend, which was my sole intention when I stayed. I opted for the deep cleansing aromatic facial and hot stone massage, carried out by my therapist from Bali, (home to some of the best massages on the planet, in my opinion). The combination of relaxing spa music, soothing aromatherapy oils and the treatments was mesmerising and had me away with the fairies within minutes.