Relax back like Caesar would at Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai
On the bridge to Bluewaters Island, your eyes meet glass-façade residential apartments, restaurants and cafés, narrow streets, and of course Ain Dubai (The world’s largest observation wheel). Perched at the corner of the island is the renowned Caesars Palace and Resort that needs no further introduction.
After admiring the column wallpaper, stunning column LED fixture in the lobby, and quenching our thirst with a cool mint beverage, we checked into the Ocean King Suite. On arrival, we were stunned by the gorgeous view of the pool, outdoor jacuzzi and grounds below. You enter into the lounge area which features the coffee and tea making facilities, as well as a guest bathroom, into the neutral-hue living room that features a mirror/TV, comfy couches for late night movies, and a terrace with views of the other end of the resort. The terrace connects to the spacious bedroom with a plush bed, stand-alone TV, and on the side you will find the most gorgeous marble bathroom with rose-gold fixtures, an all-glass wardrobe and plush robes and slippers. Fueled by Nespresso and the fruit basket in the room, we headed out for a stroll on the private beach.
Qua Spa has opened its’ first outlet outside the US, at Caesars Palace, and if you’re a spa-enthusiast, you are in for a treat. The Japanese-themed space has none of the cliché spa suspects, with the décor being minimal, with tones of green, gold and nudes. I opted for the Royal Massage, where you sleep on a warm bed of rose-quartz sand, and get massaged with the oil you pick, either to revive or detox. The 90-minute treatment begins with pressure placed on various acupuncture points, followed by long strokes to release knots. Pads are filled with smooth rose quartz crystal and are heated and applied onto the body to instantly relieve stress.You know those tall inflatable baloon men? That’s how free your body and back feels after this massage.
Mr. T Raf opted for the Iyashi dome – the first in Dubai – inspired by the traditional Japanese practice ‘Suna Ryoho’ – where locals bury themselves in the sand near hot springs on the beach to eliminate toxins. The treatment uses cutting-edge technology to deeply cleanse the body, restore its balance and gain efficient and long-lasting slimming effects. You can lose approximately 600 calories per session and you sweat bucket loads! Great for those trying to get rid of the flu or just want to remove toxins from the system.
The resort is home to six restaurants and lounges, and we opted for a meal at Cleo’s Table to begin with. The two-storey restaurant features a wooden deck with views of JBR, exceptional cocktails, and a mouthwatering menu that’s as exquisite as the service. Begin with baked oysters on a bed of spinach topped with torched béchamel and cheese, followed by the hand cupped pappardelle pasta mixed with mushroom tapenade pasta and crème fraiche – a dish that’s still on my mind. For mains, you can go down the meat route, with a beautifully-presented, succulent lamb shoulder accompanied by apricots and Moroccan spices, or try the perfectly glazed and cooked Cedar Plan Scottish salmon served with blistered cherry tomatoes.
By the poolside, you absolutely have to try the nachos at Venus Pool Bar. Crisp and crunchy homemade nachos are topped with a generous helping of cheese, guacamole and chilli. Never have I ever tasted nachos cooked to perfection, and this dish is definitely one of the reasons I’d head back.
If you are staying at the resort for longer than a night, or just want to experience the hotel’s culinary options, a visit to Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace for dinner is a must. The décor is slightly reminiscent of Gordon Ramsay’s show ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, with high-ceilings, pitchfork lighting fixtures, and a red-and blue-open kitchen layout to watch all the action. For appetisers, order dishes cooked on the show such as plump pan-seared scallops on a bed of pea puree, and butter-poached, juicy lobster tail atop creamy saffron risotto. For mains, we highly recommend the Côte de Bœuf (thick, bone-in rib steak) that has just the right amount of fat and meat, and pairs beautifully with the roasted garlic, and béarnaise and peppercorn sauce. Sticky toffee pudding is in on the menu for dessert, and the decadent sweet treat is one not-to-miss.
At Breakfast, Bacchanal offers an impressive spread with a variety of cuisines, from Asian to Arabic, fresh fruits and a pancake and waffle station.
Details: Rooms are available at Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai from Dhs1,900 per night. Visit caesars.com/dubai to book your stay