Caesars Bluewaters Dubai not only has a prime positon dominating Dubai’s newest manmade island, and overlooking Ain Dubai, the soon-to-be world’s largest observation wheel, but a legacy reputation behind it. The Meraas development, in collaboration with Caesars Entertainment Group, features two beachfront properties – Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai – as well as the trendy, luxury private beach club, Cove Beach. As the first Caesars Palace outside of Las Vegas, this non-gaming resort brings the famed service and ancient Rome-inspired interiors to the UAE, but it’s not what you might expect. Instead of Vegas-style sensory overload and theatrical replications of the flashy décor from the original property that dates back to 1966, this modern interpretation embraces the classical elements of Roman design with a contemporary, and somewhat quirky execution.
On arrival, Caesars Palace reveals the first and last of the flashing lights you’ll see, streaming up and down an exaggerated chalice structure serving as the centrepiece for the turning circle driveway. Once you step into the property, the airy space features relaxed tones with an ambience that is serene yet confident. While Meraas has created a strong architectural foundation with contemporary style, American designer Jonathan Adler was commissioned to enhance the look and feel of the interiors by designing and curating art pieces and imagery to reflect the Roman Empire, but with a twist.
‘I took traditional Roman elements – such as the column, busts and water features – and cranked them up’ says Adler. ‘Starting with a classical representation and adding eccentricity and glamour – with a healthy dose of sparkly gold hues.’ Without being ostentatious, the public spaces feature large sculptural pieces that set the tone for spectacle and represent the larger-than-life Caesars aesthetic. The first of these is an oversized bust sculpture in the lobby of a young Roman man with a laurel wreath on his head, which is sliced up to add light and visual interest. At the reception desk, the ceiling is lit up with a colourful Renaissance fresco of Apollo and his muses (the original ceiling is in the Vatican), while the carpet features a new colour representation of the original carpet in Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
A mosaic wall behind the reception depicts the capitol of an Ionic column created by Italian mosaic specialists Bisazza. Also in the lobby, the very recognisable form of Michelangelo’s classical David sculpture inspires a playful LED light art installation, an original design by Jonathan Adler. Modular seating in the reception area takes the form of column ruins made from polyurethane foam. Designed by Italian outfit Studio 65 in 1971, the Capitello chair and Attica chair were radical responses to functionalism, subverting the traditional icons of classical high culture and replacing it with Pop-art inspired pieces – an irreverent statement that seems to suit this modern Caesars Palace. Another iconic sculptural piece from Jonathan Adler is a giant foot, which represents The Colossus of Constantine, situated outside the popular Hell’s Kitchen restaurant by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
The 300 guest rooms at Caesars Resort and 194 sleek rooms and suites at Caesars Palace continue the theme of understated style with subtle Romanesque motifs amid deep cream, soft blues and slate grey tones. Details like stallion horse head cushions, Roman coin artworks, object d’art and mirrors framed with swastika and Greek meander patterns and golden-hued bed runners embroidered with laurel wreaths are among these. Other interior comforts include down bedding, Frette linen, and luxe Lorenzo Villoresi Firenze toiletries – all Italian imports.
However, the style-statement, chariot-esque high-backed bathtub – fit for Caesar – is also in keeping with the philosophy that everyone staying at the hotel should feel like an emperor (even though Julius Caesar was a politician and a general, and it was his son Augustus who was actually the first Emperor of Rome!) But you get the idea. You don’t have to roll the dice to win the house at this property.
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