While you see the slogan “Made in Italy”, it’s usually related to legendary designers, lovely sports activities automobiles and, after all, fabulous meals. Italians are well-known for his or her luxurious exports – however none extra so than their vogue.

One model that was born in Italy however has since grow to be a world identify is Bulgari. And, after making its identify within the realm of luxurious items, the centuries-old firm is now a participant on the earth of hospitality.

Bulgari Resorts & Resorts boasts a portfolio of swish resorts in among the world’s most trendy locations, together with Milan, London, Bali, Shanghai and Paris. Quickly-to-open properties embody Rome, Tokyo, Miami Seashore and Los Angeles. 

In December 2017, Dubai was added to Bulgari’s hospitality providing. Positioned at Jumeirah Bay, a artifical seahorse-shaped island linked by a bridge to the mainland, Bulgari Resort Dubai is a big property which incorporates a lodge, residences, personal villas, a seashore membership and the model’s first ever marina and yacht membership. 

I spent an evening there to evaluate whether or not Italian luxurious might actually be discovered on the coast of the Emirates…

Why keep right here 

The lodge’s delight in being “Made in Italy” was apparent to me virtually as quickly as I arrived on the Bulgari Resort Dubai. Nearly all of the workers members I spoke to had been Italian; right here, you’re as prone to be welcomed with a “ciao” as you’re a “merhaba” or a “whats up”.  

The actual Italian luxurious, nonetheless, may be discovered within the inside design and furnishings of the resort’s buildings, that are comprised of 101 lodge rooms and suites, and 20 villas. Designed by Italian architectural agency Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, the resort and residences occupy 123,000 sq. metres of the island.

My deluxe seashore view room was filled with branded Bulgari merchandise and designer furnishings which replicate an upmarket Italian lodge. The mattress and bedding was ultra-comfy and the toilet, which featured a freestanding tub and rainforest-style bathe, had loads of toiletries and equipment.

Furnishings included fashionable lighting, designer tables, fashion-themed books, a settee, yoga mat, artworks and a recent desk with a workspace. Outdoors, the personal balcony had a good sitting space with views of the Arabian Gulf, seashore and pool.

The mini-bar/fridge is a thing of beauty

One massive spotlight of the room was the Bulgari mini-bar. This tradition-designed leather-based trunk, which contained a fridge filled with Italian foods and drinks, was the final word piece of designer furnishings. Because of its dimension and weight I used to be unable to sneak it into my suitcase on check-out, which was an actual pity…

For a little bit of Italian R&R, the resort additionally has a seashore membership with swimming pools, a bar, a youngsters’ membership and personal cabanas, whereas the Bulgari Spa options an indoor pool, vitality pool, therapy rooms and hammam. 

Must you want to buy some Bulgari jewelry or luxurious merchandise, then there’s additionally quite a lot of boutique shops positioned contained in the lodge. 

The terrace at Il Caffé

Consuming and ingesting 

In July this 12 months, the Michelin Information introduced Dubai’s first ever Michelin-starred eating places. Two had been awarded two stars, 9 had been awarded one star and 14 had been awarded a Bib Gourmand.  

Of the 11 eating places in Dubai given Michelin stars, two may be discovered on the Bulgari Resort. The 2-star Il Ristorante-Niko Romito was described by the Information as an “uber-cool, fashionable and understated” Italian restaurant. One-star Japanese restaurant Hōseki, positioned on the fourth flooring of the lodge, has simply 9 seats and was described as a “little gem”. 

In addition to the Michelin-starred choices, the Bulgari Resort is house to many eating places and bars. Il Caffé is the place in-house visitors can get pleasure from an excellent breakfast (undoubtedly go for the smoked salmon and avo on toast) and it additionally serves Mediterranean and Center Japanese dishes all through the day. 

Outdoors close to the seashore and pool, you’ll discover La Spiaggia, a restaurant serving antipasti, pasta, pizza, grilled objects, sandwiches and desserts. And over on the marina, the Yacht Membership Restaurant specialises in fish and Italian dishes. 

Afternoon tea may be loved on the Bulgari Lounge, whereas the Bulgari Bar – positioned in the identical area as Il Ristorante-Niko Romito – is ideal for a pre-dinner aperitif, sundowner cocktail or mild chew.

La Galleria is one of the boutique retail outlets at the resort

Out and about 

Only a 25-minute drive from Dubai Worldwide Airport, the Bulgari Resort’s central location within the Jumeirah 2 space of the town places it inside simple attain of the Creek, Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Enterprise Bay, Jumeirah Seashore and Kite Seashore.

Whereas Italy boasts heritage and historical past spanning hundreds of years, Dubai, a “new metropolis”, usually will get accused of “having no tradition”. That’s merely unsuitable, since you solely want to move all the way down to the Creek to search out the previous city and historic museums to wander round. On the Creek additionally, you will discover the gold, spice, fragrance and textile souks (markets), that are undoubtedly price a day exploring.

Consumers can even get their vogue repair at Dubai Mall or Mall of the Emirates, whereas golfers can tee off at among the world’s prime programs, together with Emirates Golf Membership, Jumeirah Golf Estates and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Membership. 

Bulgari Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Bay Island, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, UAE. In the course of the winter months, rooms begin from AED 6,500 (£1,571) per evening and villas begin from AED 29,500 (£7,132) per evening; bulgarihotels.com