Staycation spotlight: Park Hyatt Dubai with a side of sporty action
If you’re after a staycay with plenty of health and wellness activities, Park Hyatt Dubai could be just the ticket…
Holistic centres, meditation retreats, corporate breaks… as more travellers clamour for experiences over amenities, properties are increasingly looking at ways to differentiate themselves. Sometimes the transition is seamless, other times somewhat forced – so it’s a coup when a hotel can naturally step into its niche.
That’s the enviable position that Park Hyatt Dubai finds itself in: a serene property sharing hundreds of acres of lush green space dedicated to golf, tennis, padel and other sports and wellness activities.
The look and feel
Arriving at Park Hyatt Dubai is a little like stepping onto a private estate on a Mediterranean island. A sweeping, curved drive leads to the main property, home to Park Hyatt Dubai’s restaurants, bars, pools and hotel rooms. A Santorini-style terrace lures guests outside to admire the views across the creek.
The property is full of touches that evoke the feeling of hidden oasis grandeur. The Amara pool is flanked by enormous palm trees; pearly-white steps lead down to the beautiful spa, and the Moorish-meets-Med architecture wows from all corners of the property.
Facilities and activities
Besides the award-winning Amara Spa, and the infinity lagoon pool, other sports and activities are offered at Dubai Creek Resort, located within the same estate as Park Hyatt Dubai. It’s home to four elite academies – a collaboration of the very best sports, fitness and wellness centres in the UAE.
Peter Burwash International is a top tennis academy with private coaching sessions available to guests and residents from Dhs240 a session; Peter Cowen Golf Academy offers both individual and group clinics on the stunning Creek Golf course, from Dhs290 a session.
There’s FitLab, where guests and residents can take part in a range of classes from dancing and swimming to private boxing sessions with former World Champion, Paul ‘Silky’ Jones from Dhs335 a session.
And finally, championing the UAE’s latest sporting trend, Real Racquet Academy offers private padel coaching sessions, from Dhs315 a session.
The food and drink
After torching calories at the Dubai Creek Academies, guests can refuel at one of the many places both at Park Hyatt Dubai and the surrounding estate. Within the property, there’s the legendary Thai Kitchen, the bucket-list Traiteur Saturday brunch, and the resort’s newest import, Cinnamon Bazaar, serving modern Indian cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere. You’ll also find the multi-award-winning restaurant and beach club Twiggy within the resort’s luxurious grounds. Just outside the resort, is the beautiful Boardwalk restaurant that serves elegant European cuisine on a private jetty by the Creek. And if you’re after a proper hearty breakfast, Lakeview, located inside the golf club, whips up one of the best fry-ups in town.
Standard rooms are all spacious and stylish, designed in a simple contemporary style with a few modern touches and private balconies overlooking the creek. The lagoon beach rooms are particularly pretty, with Mediterranean-inspired décor and private patios providing direct access to the pristine lagoon beach.
Valid until June 27, Park Hyatt Dubai’s Summer Surprise Staycation package includes breakfast for two adults and two children at Brasserie du Park, 20 per cent on dining at 15 restaurants and bars, access to the over-16s only Lagoon Beach and Cave Kids Club, free access to the mini golf and driving range and preferred rates for tennis, golf and padel lessons at Dubai Creek Academies.