Openings: The W Dubai – Mina Seyahi is the UAE’s Sexiest New Beach Destination

When the W Dubai – The Palm debuted in 2019, it seemed a bit like, what took them so long? After all, it’s been at least two decades since the most energetic Emirate took its place definitively on the world stage as a business and cultural hub. But where that hotel was at least somewhat about business, the new W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, which opened its stylish doors this past week, wants you to completely kick back on the beach and forget that we’ve just gone through two years of a deadly global pandemic.

But rather than just export Western style to the UAE, the hotel immediately announces its aesthetic immersion in regional culture, with the the lobby and signature W Lounge paying visual homage to the storied Middle Eastern souks and bazaars. Indeed, warm woods and furnishings, luxurious gold accents and Persian style rugs allow for an instantaneously immersive experience.

Some of the same visual signatures carry on up to the 318 rooms and suites, which all have private, sea-facing balconies, for taking in those readily Instagrammable sunrises and sunsets over the Arabian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah Island. Each also comes equipped with the W’s extensively-stocked signature Mix Bar, for those spontaneous moments of in-room entertaining (we’ve been known…), especially handy if you’ve booked the 3000 square ft., 30th floor Extreme WOW Suite, and have plenty of cool friends in Dubai.

But most W denizens prefer to take advantage of considerable social experiences beyond the confines of their rooms. And the second floor Ginger Moon will be the hotel’s culinary nerve center, serving pan-Asian and international cuisine morning, noon and night. The airy, open, invitingly colorful space features beamed ceilings, bright red banquettes, atmospheric wicker hanging lamps and generous plant life, while an expansive terrace offers particularly breathtaking views over Mina Seyahi Bay.

Additionally, there’s the signature WET Deck, for cocktails in cabanas, and back in lobby nightly DJ sessions in the W Lounge. But most excitingly, June will bring the opening of ATTIKO, a sexy new rooftop lounge which is likely to become one of the city’s galvanizing hotspots this summer – also boasting a pan-Asian menu, plus live music and top DJ talent. And in 2023 (it will be here sooner than you think) the hotel’s Malakite beach club and pool debuts, with its own private beach, a 50-meter-long pool, and a 13,000 square foot arena.

Luxurious pampering comes by way of the W’s plush BAR-B Spa, with four treatment rooms, a beauty bar, a full complement of facial and body treatments, and, best of all, its own cocktail program.

This is precisely the sort of unashamedly sybaritic hotel that we need after all the stresses and anxieties of this long (and technically still going on) COVID crisis. Thankfully, very few brands know how to make guests forget all their troubles as does the W.

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