Haven of Tranquility



Shangri-La Dubai

By Shereen Shabnam

My favourite venue for rest and relaxation, Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai has a new look and feel after its extensive renovation across its public areas including the Lobby Lounge and Dunes Café. The renovation programme has revealed a beautiful and modern, yet classical design and marks a new chapter in the evolution of Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai.

With the aim to create a contemporary haven of elegance that blends modern Arabia with Shangri-La’s legendary hospitality in the heart of Dubai, the hotel’s Lobby Lounge has been extended, whilst Dunes Café has been designed as a more private dining space set aside from the lobby by pods which shield the area discreetly from the hustle and bustle. Steel and gold chandeliers are suspended from the lobby ceilings, whilst a welcoming and open guest arrival lounge provides a warm and uplifting first impression for guests.

The best features from the renovation is the stunning ‘wave’ chandelier designed by bespoke chandelier designers, Lasvit, hangs in the entrance of the hotel and the spectacular chandelier that hangs in the two-storey staircase connecting the lobby and dining outlets.

In the lobby itself, plentiful flashes of gold and ruby red detailing reflect the jewels of traditional Arabian souks. In addition, 4,212 hand-cut, blue, tiger’s eye stone tiles have been pieced together to form the entry walls to the six lobby elevators. The stone is also featured on the tables in the Lobby Lounge. Tiger’s Eye is a semi-precious stone believed to hold soothing qualities and has been introduced to bring a further sense of calm to the surroundings.

The hotel’s impressive, atrium-style lobby area has been designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) the world’s leading hospitality interior design firm. The new layout across the renovated areas of the hotel has been planned in a manner, which enables guests to effortlessly mix work with pleasure. Host a business meeting in the new stylish Lobby Lounge, meet friends for drinks, enjoy Asian High Tea or watch the world go by while having a specialist tea or coffee.

Located on the ground floor, Dunes Café is convenient and perfectly placed for casual dining with friends or business associates. The live open kitchen, featuring numerous culinary styles, is a showcase for the best of international cuisine.

The signature restaurant of Shangri-La Hotels worldwide, Shang Palace, has launched their latest, unbeatable offer at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai. Every night from Tuesday through Sunday, guests can dine and wine at the award-winning venue and select up to four options from the a la carte menu for a set price of AED 218 per person. To compliment the offer, guests will also receive 50% off of the exquisite wine selection.

Renowned for its Yum Cha, acclaimed Beijing Duck and extensive list of fragrant teas, Shang Palace offers a wide selection of mouth-watering Cantonese and provincial delicacies, complemented by authentic Chinese hospitality. Shang Palace’s unique fusion of a mystical Far Eastern ambiance and the finest cuisine ensures a truly memorable dining experience.

The latest spa offer allows us to escape from our day to day life and find a moment of inner peace by experiencing a new late night treatment in the serenity and calm of CHI, The Spa, which is now open until midnight.

Whether you are a busy traveler, an exhausted businesswomen or a busy mother, this is the way to reclaim some ‘me time’.  The spa seamlessly blends the Far East Asian roots of the hotel with Arabian inspiration from local culture for a truly unique experience.

Book a Drift Away body massage, perfect after a long day at work or travelling. The relaxing head-to-toe massage, formulated with a dreamy blend of essential oils is guaranteed to have you drift away. This 60 or 90 minute treatment is complete with a face and scalp massage to smooth frazzled nerves, relaxing the muscles and the mind. With this purchase, guests can also enjoy full access to Health Club and Spa facilities, and receive a complimentary home sleep kit for lasting benefits.

The Shangri-La Dubai remains my favourite place for tranquility and for catching up with friends and family.