Set within the sensational surrounds of Dubai’s latest world-class attraction, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Lapita is a five-star boutique property that offers an exotic Polynesian island-style escape with intriguing design and a family-friendly vibe.
On the doorstep of exciting family attractions such as LEGOLAND® and MOTIONGATE™, Lapita is a luxury hotel by Marriott, designated as an Autograph Collection Hotel due to its unique offering and thoughtful design.
From the thatched-roof exterior to the lobby’s high-vaulted ceiling hoisted with tall timber beams lashed with thick sennit rope, there is an instant South Pacific feel that puts you at ease. Surrounded by dark woods, basalt stone, and colourful tribal prints from the carpet to the wood-inlay at the reception desk and carvings on several totem-like pillars, the lobby design captures the warm reception that is characteristic of the Polynesian culture. Meanwhile, the floor-to-ceiling glass doors facing the landscaped gardens and pathways lined with exotic flowers and lagoon-style pools beckons you to unwind.
US-based interior architecture firm DiLeonardo was commissioned with the design project to create a distinctive resort with an authentic Pacific Island theme. With such a rich culture to draw from, the Polynesian history, heritage and essence is expressed not only in the interiors but in the relaxed resort atmosphere that is created on the property. Inspired by materials, patterns, colours, and cultural references such as woodcarving and stick maps, the design reflects and highlights these elements throughout, being careful to avoid pastiche and instead bringing a true sense of place to the fore, creating an escape for the guest.
Throughout the property there are various clues of cultural tapestry. From large-scale open spaces that evoke the long houses of Pacific Islanders to the guest rooms and public spaces that address more intimate design details to reflect the culture, such as the symbolic carvings and motifs, and shells broken into the terrazzo floors. The guest rooms continue the dark wood theme with pops of colour in the form of cushions and bedding, footstools and woven rugs with tribal prints in bright hues.
The all-day dining restaurant Kalea showcases a range of Polynesian patterns through lanterns that look like birds of paradise, tables inspired by tribal tattoos and nine-metre-long voyaging canoes hanging from the bamboo-lined ceiling. Also, in keeping with the South Seas theme, Hikina Pan-Asian Hot Pot & Dumpling House is a feast for the senses serving up authentic hand-crafted dumplings, buns, and traditional hot pot surrounded by red paper lanterns and rattan seating. The property’s overall aesthetic is one of warmth, a tropical retreat with a very family-friendly ambience.