The Dorchester Collection’s first hotel in the Middle East is perfect for those seeking elegant and understated luxury

Words: Selma Day

The Lana – the Dorchester Collection’s first hotel in the Middle East – is a striking 30-story tower designed by Foster + Partners that sits alongside a vibrant waterfront destination in the heart of Dubai. The area itself is a work in progress but it doesn’t detract from the spectacular views of the charming Marasi Bay Marina and the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building. What’s more, it’s close to the business area, Dubai Mall and just 20 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

The design is contemporary but the welcome is old-school charm and you are immediately made to feel welcome as you step inside the hotel. One level up from the water is the reception, concierge, a lobby space, secluded garden lounge and a pastry counter.

Past the reception area,The Gallery which, as well as a place to meet and eat (it’s open for all-day dining), is home to some stunning artwork. Standout pieces include British artist Sophie Coryndon's work Golden Honey, a beautiful jewel-like creation.

All 225 guest rooms feature details such as stone parquet flooring, triple-height ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, which as well as providing natural light, provide the most amazing views of the Dubai skyline, which can also be enjoyed from the outdoor terrace.

The suites have all the luxuries you might expect – from a working area, dressing area and spacious sitting room to little details such as the Dyson hairdryers. Bathrooms are equally plush – all Italian marble with double sinks, sunken bathtubs, walk-in showers and luxury amenities.

The Presidential Suite features two sitting rooms, a garden room, dining room and expansive private terrace, while the two-bedroom Royal Suite, also boasts an expansive indoor and outdoor living space.

The Lana has eight different culinary concepts. Located on the 18th floor, Jara by Michelin-starred chef Martin Berasategui is Dubai’s first Basque restaurant and his first restaurant in the Middle East.

Next to the restaurant is Jara Bar, a lounge and bar concept serving creative cocktails with a large 180° outdoor terrace with views across Dubai’s skyline.

Riviera by Jean Imbert, as the name suggests, is designed to reflect the feeling of the south of France, where you can enjoy Mediterranean dishes overlooking Marasi Bay Marina, while at Bonbon Café on the ground floor alongside the waterfront, guests are treated to renowned pastry chef Angelo Musa’s world-famous pastries. Angelo spearheads the boulangerie and pâtisserie program throughout the hotel, including afternoon tea at The Gallery, where guests can also enjoy breakfast and à la carte menu throughout the day courtesy of executive chef Oliver Jackson, who oversees all the other food outlets.

Further up, on the 29th floor, along with a rooftop pool that becomes a destination lounge area in the evening and state-of-the-art gym, is the Dior Spa, the brand’s first spa in the UAE, with views of the Burj Khalifa. With a focus on holistic but effective treatments, the choice includes the likes of Icoone Therapy, Hydrafacial, Dior Micro-Abrasion, and the Dior Skin Light LED therapy mask as well as a range of bespoke signature treatments for The Lana.

This wasn’t open when we visited but there’s not doubt this will prove to be a massive draw for both for locals and visitors.

It’s early days, but as part of a group that boasts names such as The Dorchester in Mayfair, the Eden in Rome and Plaza Athenée and Le Meurice in Paris, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the hotel of choice for those looking for elegant and understated luxury in Dubai.