When backpacking the world was still a unique experience, when there were roads less traveled and places on the map yet to be explored, Lonely Planet guides were invaluable.
They were filled with lots of information on where to stay, what to eat and when to visit.
A tip that was repeated over and over again was, when looking for a place to relax, find somewhere popular with locals and dive into it.
Residents are the ones in the know, they understand where is worth visiting, where is overdone, and where might even be unsafe.
While the guides are now almost obsolete – replaced by Instagram, Google Maps and others – the advice endures, follow the crowds.
Never has it been more appropriate than with the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai – a luxury property overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Persian Gulf.
Upon arrival, the Noor Lounge on the ground floor bursts with energy, as Emirati guests gather to drink tea, enjoy delicacies and gossip.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, is even known to occasionally call – and what higher honor can there be?
Guests – local or not – are greeted by fourteen bronze metal trees measuring seven, eight, and nine meters tall, creating a canopy of crystal and light in the lobby.
It’s an awe-inspiring sight and sets the tone for the entire property – Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is a monument to good taste, fine living, and quiet wealth.
Behind Noor, a sparkling swimming pool stretches out to the ocean.
Dive in and listen to music underwater, giving swimmers an added sensory experience to complement the blazing sun and refreshing water.
Details like this flow throughout the hotel, every element has been carefully considered to enhance the guest experience.
Created by multidisciplinary Emirati designer Aljoud Lootah, the property offers an artistic blend of local Emirati heritage with modern touches.
The main geometric pattern is inspired by khous, the traditional weaving of palm leaves, while the curved outline refers to the sea, which was essential to the historic coastal city of Dubai.
Located in one of the city’s most prestigious areas, Jumeirah Beach, the resort’s spacious guest rooms and suites exude a luxurious, contemporary feel and offer stunning city or ocean views.
Natura Bisse products are standard in bedrooms, a true mark of indulgence.
With six restaurants and bars, the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is the region’s most exciting resort.
Indeed, it was recognized last year as the best urban resort in the Middle East at the World Travel Awards.
Its unrivaled location with easy access to Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport means it is ideal for both business and leisure travelers.
It also holds the status of the closest seaside resort to downtown Dubai and the financial and business districts.
On the outside, and unusually for Dubai, the property is surrounded by low-rise villas, rather than huge towers – people actually live nearby and the hotel is a great asset to these locals.
Netsu, the Japanese steakhouse, introduces the traditional Warayaki style of cooking, using straw instead of charcoal, which creates higher temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Celsius, which is perfect for lightly searing food while leaving the inside uncooked
Meanwhile, the Mandarin Spa offers a signature nomadic sensory treatment, a unique journey that takes guests in a rhythmic ritual that captures the spirit of Emirati Bedouin life, using the rhythm of a Doumbek (Arabic goblet drum)
The expansive event facilities also include MO Canvas, a 400 square meter multi-purpose urban space with an industrial touch that provides a blank canvas for a wide range of bespoke private events including product launches, fashion events, exhibitions. art and workshops.
The combination of concrete with minimal finishes in this unconventional space allows brands to personalize the venue based on the theme of their event.
In addition, from next month, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai will get even better.
The property recently revealed that it will host Sublimotion, a multisensory pop-up restaurant from Ibiza, for a three-month stay.
Sublimotion opened its doors to instant fame in Ibiza in 2014 and has been at the top of the global culinary charts ever since.
The experience is the brainchild of Paco Roncero, chef and owner of the two Michelin star restaurant Paco Roncero in Madrid, and creative director Eduardo Gonzales, of Vega Factory.
This unique dining experience includes ten dishes that transform with every scene, prepared with the finest ingredients and paired with unparalleled performance.
The theatrical show features 360-degree screens with images projected on every surface, from the walls to the table, turning the dining room into a stage, the crew into actors and only 12 lucky diners into stars.
Guests can enjoy this unique experience at AED 5,000 (Â£ 1,000) per seat or combine it with all that the luxury beachfront resort has to offer by booking the Ultimate Sublimotion Experience suite package.
Priced at AED 19,000 per night, it includes two seats at Sublimotion, round-trip airport transfers in a Tesla Model X, stay in an enchanting suite with stunning sea or rooftop views, delicious welcome treats by Chef Paco Roncero and daily breakfast served in the chic setting of the Bay or en suite.
Guests also enjoy daily access to the sophisticated Club Lounge and a 60-minute Oriental Essence spa treatment for two.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group owns and operates some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences in the world.
From its Asian roots to a global brand, the group now operates 35 hotels and seven residences in 24 countries and territories, each property reflecting the oriental heritage and the unique sense of place of the brand.
Mandarin Oriental has a strong portfolio of hotels and residences under development and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.
To book a stay at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, visit the official website.