Credit cards, brace yourselves for one seriously luxe staycation.

It’s described as the “ultimate urban resort”, and it’s set to add a wealth of R&R options to Jumeira Bay when it opens in just a few weeks.

The Bulgari Resort Dubai is made up of 101 hotel rooms and 20 private villas, with the destination scheduled to open its doors on December 7.

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Located on the seahorse-shaped island nestled off the coast of Jumeirah 1 and 2, the resort (which was developed with Meraas) will also add a sprawling spa and several dining options to the area.


It’ll form part of Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai, which will also include 165 serviced one- to three-bed apartments when it’s finished.

The hotel has previously been billed as Dubai’s most expensive, according to Bulgari’s executive vice president Silvio Ursini.

“You can count on the fact that they [the hotel rates] will be by far the highest in the market,” he told Gulf Business this year, though prices haven’t yet been revealed.

“We think the facilities here, the beach and vicinity will justify that, but also the size of the rooms which will be very generous.”

So, what exactly will you find at the resort?

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Well, if you’re in the mood for a high-end staycation, this sounds like it’ll tick all the boxes.

The resort was designed by an Italian architectural firm, with Mediterranean-inspired landscaping, views of the Arabian Gulf and European-influenced boulevards.

All the hotel rooms have been fitted out with luxury Italian furniture brands and marble bathtubs (so basically you’ll have a little taste of Rome right here in Dubai) but it’s the private villas that have really piqued our interest.

With options ranging from one bedroom to three, each of the 20 villas comes with a private pool, personal butler service and a gazebo.

While we don’t yet have any pictures of what the rooms will look like, this glimpse at a tub in Bulgari’s London resort gives you an idea of what to expect:

What can you do there?

You don’t have to spend the night to have a nose around the place, thanks to elegant eatery, Il Ristorante, which will have a menu full of Italian dishes created by Michelin-starred chef Niko Romito.

There will also be Il Bar, a steel and bronze oval design with an outdoor terrace which sounds like an ideal spot for sundowners.

Il Cafe will serve up Mediterranean cuisine, while the Lobby Lounge will offer Italian-themed teas, so it sounds like there’ll be something for every level of peckishness.

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For pampering, the resort will house a 1,700-square-metre spa, with eight treatment rooms and a 25-metre indoor pool. There’ll also be an on-site gym, as well as a private beach named La Spiaggia, which’ll have cabanas, a kids’ pool and club, and an outdoor pool.

We don’t yet know if there’ll be day passes to buy but if there are, that’s our winter weekends sorted (there’ll also be a beach club for after-dark drinks too).

The resort will also welcome the world’s first Bulgari Marina and Yacht club (which will sit along the complex’s promenade), with a 50-boat harbour, Italian restaurant specialising in seafood, a members’ lounge, outdoor pool and bar.

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The Dubai resort will join four other Bulgari-branded developments across the world, which include hotels in Milan, Bali and London, and eateries in Tokyo. There are also plans to open accommodation in China and Moscow in the very near future.

We’ll bring you more on the Jumeirah branch, and what it looks like, when we can, but in the meantime we’re daydreaming about a Christmas staycation…

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