A visit to the Andaz Dubai The Palm – a concept by Hyatt, is a sensory journey from the word go. Your first visual experience upon reaching the drive-in reception is from a large laser-cut canopy overhead layered with an Arabic pattern for a dramatic effect on arrival when the sunlight dances through it creating a play of shadows and silhouettes.
As you step into the hotel, close your eyes to let the cascading water trickling down the scalloped marble walls at the entrance wash over you and smell the indigenous amber and cardamom scents (blended by the hotel’s own master perfumer), that welcomes, rather than overwhelms. An exceptional range of textures in the lobby alone, including a floor-to-ceiling fluffy wall, entices tactile interaction. Vibrant colours and cultural references abound in the relaxed lobby atmosphere, where staff don a casual uniform that seems more outgoing than official.
Andaz is a Hindi word meaning “personal style” and Andaz Dubai The Palm embraces the region’s style with motifs, textures and iconography throughout the property. Each reception desk was made from one large stone carved to look like an eroded sand dune. Mixed floor patterns and tiles feature shapes reflecting the hotel’s shoreline location, with luminescent tones and even chairs in the shape of oysters a nod to Dubai’s pearl diving heritage. Impressive floor-to-ceiling doors to the open-dining concept restaurant, Locale, feature Arabic calligraphy fashioned from iron. Beyond the doors, an eclectic series of chairs and tables ranging from high-back wicker peacock chairs to sink-into-softness overstuffed lounge seating encourage you to unwind and savour the many sustainable kitchen offerings, with homegrown local produce a key ingredient for all the dishes at Locale. The concept of sustainability factors heavily into the design ethos at Andaz, with very little single-use plastic onsite, from the bamboo room key to the paper coffee cups and wooden toothbrushes available in-room.
Designed by GDS | Glintmeijer Design Studio, in collaboration with FG stijl to create the design concept and wasl Hospitality, the property embraces a hospitality experience that is intuitive, yet surprising, contemporary, but celebrates local history and heritage. With Andaz’s commitment to an authentic cultural experience, GDS drew upon one of the region’s leading art consulting companies, AKAAS Visual Arts for their abstract and modern take on Arabic heritage. A wonderful example of this is the Andaz Lounge, which is the hotel’s much funkier answer to a business centre with its relaxed, avant-garde style. A boutique gallery setting meets contemporary coffee house, this space features comfortable eclectic seating, striking artwork, textured interiors and select pieces of literature to inspire creativity. Indeed, Dubai’s dynamic design scene and regional artists are showcased throughout the hotel, not just in public spaces, but everywhere from the corridors to the en suites.
Renowned for blending culture and craftsmanship with contemporary style, Emirati designer Khalid Shafar was selected to create bespoke sculptures for the adult-only Cabana Pool level, where four avant-garde palm tree-inspired parasols flank each corner of the pool, serving as stylish references to the hotel’s residence on The Palm. The shoreline is also a source of inspiration at the Ora spa featuring dramatic textured walls and ceilings formed from hand carved seashells and treatment rooms feature perforated palm wood panels over the windows to create dappled light that looks like rising bubbles from the sea.
Acting as a living canvas, artwork pops up are around every corner at Andaz Dubai The Palm, creating a visual buffet during a guests’ stay.
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