Food and drink
The lively Basta! showcases Italian specialties — from veal meatballs Milanese and Romaine to Tuscan bread salad — in a casual brick-and-wood setting with marble accents, or you can step out onto the terrace. The gastronomic highlight has to be the wood-fired pizzas, however, with bold toppings such as black truffle and farm egg, or veal cotto.
Bleu Blanc, the hotel’s French restaurant, serves seafood and premium cuts of meat prepared on an open grill. Since arriving for the launch of the St. Regis, celebrity chef Paulo Lostia has raised the bar with dishes that combine innovation and tradition. Start with fresh oysters and try one of the inventive salads like beetroot, wild chicory, glazed blackberries and goat cheese snow. Meanwhile, the wood-fired octopus with potatoes, smoked paprika and chervil vinaigrette is so tender you could slice it with a spoon. The key to the freshness of all the ingredients, we are told, is its wide range of suppliers. The upscale bohemian environment — including vintage-inspired cutlery and crockery — attracts a cool evening crowd.
Next door, behind a discreet entrance, the intimate St. Regis Bar shakes up bespoke cocktails and infusions. Don’t miss the spectacular mirrored mural depicting the Arabian sky. The hotel also serves an elaborate afternoon tea — or St. Regis Bloody Mary — at The Library and marks the transition from day to night with a champagne saber every evening.
The first St. Regis spa in the Middle East is spread over six ultra-relaxing therapy suites, including a hammam, and signature treatments include a purifying 24-karat gold facial (that’s Dubai, remember) as well as flotation pod therapy and a traditional Moroccan hammam. . Each spa treatment includes an additional 30 minutes in the private steam room or sauna, during which you can consider whether you want to head to the spacious, bright gym after your spa.