Staycation review: SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences
Does SLS Dubai live up to its sky-high expectations?
It’s unlikely that SLS Dubai has escaped your notice. The 75-storey hotel debuted in Dubai back in April, and has been the talk of the town ever since, thanks to its sky-high infinity pool, larger-than-life brand personality, and restaurants that don’t know the meaning of a ‘slow night’.
The location of the hotel has divided public opinion, with some believing that the Business Bay spot is tricky to get to. In actual fact, the hotel is easy to reach – if you’re coming from Al Khail Road – and easy to visit nearby landmarks (The Dubai Mall, DIFC, Dubai Opera etc.), too.
The look and feel
When you first arrive, the vast stain-glassed window at the end of the welcome area sets the tone for the brand. SLS is a lifestyle concept, with fun injected into all of its decor, with characterised animals like a masked monkey, giant rubber duck and ladybirds dotted throughout the hotel.
The lobby is located on the 71st floor, so we whizz up in the artfully designed elevator and as the doors separate, we’re greeted with a jaw-dropping view of the city. A ruby check in desk distracts us from the huge windows and the fun begins.
Our room is full of character, with a huge balcony terrace and outdoor seating overlooking Dubai Design District. Views are a recurrent theme throughout the hotel, and even the bathroom has floor-to-ceiling windows so we can bathe with a view of Burj Khalifa. There’s plenty of space, with a huge pink bed taking centre stage and a sofa accompanied by a marble coffee table – we’d feel right at home, if our home was this chic.
Ciel Spa is a haven of comfort, with a huge plunge pool in the relaxation area and plenty of sun loungers set up on the 69th floor terrace. A variety of treatment packages are available, including a Sip & Glow offer which includes a rejuvenating mask and glass of fizz to get you in the staycation spirit.
Despite high winds on the day we visit, the pool atop SLS Dubai is something very special. With a prime view of the world’s tallest building, the spot has been taking Instagram by storm, for good reason. We position ourselves on a daybed and enjoy the upbeat tunes pumping throughout the day.
The food and drinks
Restaurants Carna and Fi’lia are often championed at What’s On, and a staycation at SLS Dubai is the perfect opportunity to try them. The former is a stellar steakhouse with prime Dubai views, while the latter offers elevated Italian cuisine with that home-cooked feel (and yet more stunning views). For a late night party vibe, we swing by S Bar, where a resident DJ keeps Dubai’s who’s who toe-tapping until the early hours.
The room rates
During September, room rates start from Dhs680 for a signature king room with balcony, plus taxes and fees. There are a wide range of room types available, from studios to one bedroom apartments and duplex suites, depending on your budget.
SLS Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 607 0757. sbe.com