Four Seasons' debut Dubai property opens today
237-room hotel to feature 10 new F&B outlets on Jumeirah Beach
Four Seasons’ long-anticipated Dubai debut property opens today in the North end of Jumeirah Beach.
The 237-room Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach includes 49 suites and 10 F&B outlets, including all-day dining restaurant Suq, which has been created to reflect the traditional Middle East market place, with three open kitchens, stalls and takeaway options.
According to Four Seasons regional vice president and general manager Simon Casson, another level of service separates a Four Seasons hotel from those expected to rank in its comp set as a five-star luxury Dubai property.
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“There are something like 200 five-star hotels in Dubai, but here, the five-star classification is facilities-based. You could tick all of the facilities boxes and still not be five-star in the eyes of the luxury traveller,” Casson explained.
To ensure a service differential, the recruitment process has been of the utmost importance to Casson who has met with each individual staff member that has been employed at the hotel.
“I’m not looking for technical skills, because by the time they come to me they will have been through three or four different interviews. I’m looking for passion and a drive. How are you as a human being? Are you the sort of person I would want in the business, and are you excited about it?”
Facilities at the hotel include two free-form swimming pools in the gardens, which overlook a private beach. This is in addition to the indoor pool in the spa and fitness complex.
Of the 10 outlets at the hotel, five will be managed in-house. The two in-house restaurants are Suq all-day dining and Seafu, the hotel’s beachside restaurant, to offer Asian and Mediterranean dishes.
British-inspired Hendricks bar, Arabic-themed Shai lounge, with light bites, and roof-top bar Mercury with 125 open air seats and a 360-degree view of the city make up the other three.
Next door in a standalone ‘restaurant village, five third party managed outlets will be housed.
These will comprise two concepts by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and two additional venues: Coya, which was founded by restaurateur Arjun Waney, and Nusr-Et Steakhouse, considered one of the best steakhouses in Istanbul.
New York nightclub brand Provocateur, a small, exclusive lounge, will bring top international DJs to the hotel.
Described by Casson as “a diamond” in the company’s global portfolio, the 14-acre resort was designed by architects WATG and the interiors were created by San Francisco-based designers BAMO. Several of the hotel’s F&B outlets were designed by New-York based Tihany Design.
The November issue of Hotelier Middle East features extensive coverage of the new Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. Click HERE to read the digital edition.