Luxury Hotels,  Luxury Travel

Raffles Hotel Dubai – An Eye Opening Experience Of Luxury


raffles dubai lobby“One’s destination is not a place but just a whole new way of seeing things.” These words were the perfect introduction to this exquisite luxury hotel.

These words were presented in a note left to me by the manager, and what a great first impression it made, setting the tone upon my arrival at the Raffles Hotel Dubai.

raffles dubai room bed

Great Attention to Detail

There are many unique touches and details that make the Raffles Hotel Dubai special and one of the most impressive is the extremely large size of the guest rooms. These apartment-sized rooms offer breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline which you can enjoy through large windows or on your private balcony. In fact, your balcony is an ideal place to watch the sunset and the glittering lights of Dubai come alive in the evening – quite literally a wonderful new way of seeing this opulent desert kingdom.

raffles dubai room with a view

Attention to detail, large and small, is what often sets the finest hotels apart from the rest. At the Raffles Dubai, this attention to detail is obvious in many ways. One particularly unique detail is in the hotel’s partnership with high-end shoe design house, Manolo Blahnik, which has resulted in the ultimate special touch added to the Raffles’ famous afternoon tea. Dubai is known for luxury shopping and to honor this aspect of the visitor’s experience, the Raffles afternoon tea service is topped off with a miniature stiletto shoe, inspired by one of Manolo Blahnik’s own designs and rendered in delicious white chocolate. If, like me, you’ve never eaten a shoe before, this is the way to do it.

Video Highlighting the Luxurious Raffles Hotel Dubai featuring Richard Crawford

Distinct Touches, Fine Food and Drink

Another bespoke detail that distinguishes the Raffles Hotel Dubai from other hotels is the ability to order a cocktail featuring a special premium spirit from Sipsmith artisinal distillery in London, England. The Raffles 1915 Sipsmith gin was created as part of a partnership between Sipsmith and Raffles hotels and is exclusive to Raffles hotels worldwide. At the Raffles Dubai, I enjoyed the opportunity to try this unique premium gin in a cocktail at the hotel’s bright and modern Crossroads Bar.

raffles dubai room dining room

In addition to afternoon tea and bespoke cocktails, the Raffles Dubai offers plenty of other type of refreshment with seven restaurants catering to a wide variety of tastes and styles. Arabian, Asian and European style cuisines are all done to a high standard and the hotel’s Solo Italian restaurant offers something a little different in the midst of the Arabian desert, a New York-style theme.

Luxuriate Yourself at the Raffles Spa

The exceptional Raffles Spa, a luxurious facility that offers a wide variety of treatments specifically formulated to refresh and rejuvenate, is another area where this hotel really enables guests to experience luxury through new eyes. I was eager to try some of the services myself and left really impressed. The serenity of spa is matched by that of the magnificent pool deck, which makes the most of the desert sun while providing cooling fountains, a large swimming pool and swim-up bar.

Raffles dubai pool

It was an eye-opening and thought changing experience – eyes opened to new possibilities in luxury during my stay at the Raffles Dubai and looking forward to seeing things a new way from now on.

A native Scotsman, Richard Crawford grew up with an innate respect for heritage and appreciation for tradition. As a child, he became increasingly interested in culture and history and could often be found at the local airport where he would sit for hours, fascinated by the travelers, captivated by their sophistication and curious about their backgrounds. As an adult, Crawford relishes the opportunity to travel and experience the world firsthand, and never misses an opportunity to share his stories of adventures with others. In 2005, Crawford became the United States Ambassador to The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and his dream became a career.