Raffles, Dubai

The 5 star Raffles is situated in the very heart of Dubai, only a stone’s throw from some of the very best dining and shopping this exciting city has to offer. The hotel is just 10 minutes from the International Airport and occupies a prime location in the central Oud Metha area – perfect for exploring the Old Dubai or for those looking to indulge in some retail therapy at the Sheikh Zayed Road malls. The hotel itself is directly connected to the Wafi Mall, which was one of Dubai’s first malls and now offers 300 shops, boutiques and souqs and 30 restaurants.

The exterior of Raffles is bold and Egyptian-themed, whilst the interior is more elegant, featuring marble-laden hallways, large ottoman-style furnishings, huge decorative urns and delicately-engraved pillars. The hotel encompasses 252 rooms and suites all of which are amongst the most spacious in Dubai. The rooms, which start at 70 square meters, feature balconies and terraces with impressive views stretching out across the city. They are more contemporary in style than the rest of the hotel, though many elegant handcrafted features adorn the space. The Presidential, Diplomatic and Royal suites offer a truly lavish experience, with levels of comfort, service and splendour to rival any in Dubai.

Raffles offers a plentiful array of award-winning options for eating and drinking. The Azur restaurant provides an all-day dining service, perfect for breakfast or a buffet lunch. Within Raffles Garden, the Salon provides an oasis of calm in which to enjoy tea, coffee and mouth-watering sweets amid the luscious vegetation. Unwind at the Pool bar and or drop by the Crossroads Cocktail Bar for a sip of your favourite drink. Fire and Ice restaurant, located in the basement, is an excellent steak and seafood establishment, with stripped-back rustic décor, plush leather seating and an impressive array of international wines. At the other end of the hotel, located on the 17th floor, TOMO serves up authentic Japanese dishes overlooking sweeping views of Dubai’s skyline.

The hotel boasts state-of-the-art facilities and services. Raffles staff are renowned for being highly attentive, yet discreet. Special touches include butler service in every room. Raffles Spa features an outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped Fitness Centre and a full range of spa treatments perfect for a spot of unwinding. Eleven large meeting spaces and the sumptuously-decorated Ballroom provide ample room for a range of highly-prized events and dinners.

Raffles is the perfect choice for those seeking to indulge and unwind in stylish surroundings, complete with impeccable service and located right in the heart of the best shopping and dining Dubai has to offer.