Well placed between the Dubai Marina and the Burj Al Arab, and just over the road from Dubai Media City, the Westin is nicely located for both holidaymakers and business travellers. A taxi to the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall area will take around 20 minutes, and a ride to the airport around 30 minutes.
The rooms are amply-sized and mix modern and traditional furnishings in nice subtle shades. The Deluxe Rooms face either the city or the sea (it’s definitely worth getting the sea view) and come with their own balcony. The Westin’s own ‘heavenly’ beds are exactly that.
The lobby is a grand, bright and open space clad in marble with a cafe in the centre. Various bars and restaurants sit off to the sides and upstairs.
Eating and drinking
As per most of Dubai’s resorts, the Westin offers a range of eateries. I recommend Bussola, a charming Italian offering either fine-dining or a more relaxed alfresco affair, out towards the beach with great views across to the Palm.
Alongside a complex river of swimming pools out towards the private beach, there’s a fantastic array of water sports, with waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking and even sailing lessons all readily available in the waters of the Gulf, with experienced trainers on hand. Alternatively, there are also floodlit tennis courts, a well-stocked gym and fitness lessons. For a slightly less energetic time, the Heavenly Spa has an indulgent menu of relaxation options.
Difficult to fault - extremely helpful and friendly.
Who stays there
The Westin is popular with holidaying Western couples and families, but its location also appeals to business travellers.
Summer offers include 20 per cent off a three-night stay.
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Great facilities
- Slightly impersonal