Viceroy Dubai

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Hotelchain: Viceroy
Location: Dubai – UAE
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websiteviceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/dubai

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Viceroy Dubai is one of the newest five star beach resorts in Dubai and I got the chance to check it out! Since it is a Viceroy hotel my expectations were pretty high and I’m glad to say (or write!) that I was blown away by this property.

Location

Viceroy Dubai has a prime location on Palm Jumeirah, right at the beginning of The Palm. Dubai Marine is reachable in just 10 minutes. We visited Atlantis too which was only a 10 minute taxi drive away. Very convenient location!

The building itself is unique… so beautiful and not your typical Dubai building. This hotel stands out due to the beautiful design and architecture. As you could see on the pictures, every inch of Viceroy has been decorated with eye for details. I would describe it as contemporary and the colors made me feel relaxed. You enter the hotel in a huge glass cube, actually the first of its kind glass cube (the biggest glass cube in the world by the way!) which connects the two main buildings. The iconic cube seemingly floats in front of the hotel, allowing natural light to flood in and provides a direct view through to the resort’s runway like 60-meter pool, the ocean and Dubai Marina. I loved all the marble and gold… the lobby area truly gives a great first impression!

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We had a late flight and arrived at the hotel at 2:30am. Still we were welcomed with a smile and our keys were handed after the usual registration.

The rooms

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai is home to 477 rooms and suites, including 352 guestrooms, 85 suites and 40 hotel apartments located across 16 floors. All rooms at Viceroy are very luxurious and bright. Everything was so clean and smelled brand new. I loved the fact that they used many natural materials, neutral colors and stand out furniture. The best part was the large balcony overlooking the sea and the skyline of Dubai Marina. I recommend to stay in one of those rooms! Of course, if you are in Dubai for business purposes, you probably don’t care about the view, beside the view the rooms are identical. Some details I would like to highlight: I appreciated the cocktail making facilities and lightning in the room (relaxed atmosphere, etc.).

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Fancy bathrooms are very exclusive featuring a free standing golden bath tub which is just gorgeous and made me feel like a king! A separate walk-in shower and toilet are available too.

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Pool/beach Area

A lot of things to do here! The pool area is amazing… Viceroy Dubai has a large pool with direct sea views. Plenty of comfortable loungers. I especially liked the loungers which are located in the pool themselves… When it was too hot (I was in Dubai in May), I could just jump into the pool from my lounger. So cool! Kids have their own large pool and (complimentary) kids club.

There’s a private beach area. Again, with the best views one could wish for. Service was excellent, they serve drinks all day long. Watersport facilities are available too.

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Restaurants/bars

Dining options are endless at Viceroy Dubai. We thoroughly enjoyed lunch at BLVD on One, located on the ground floor next to the pool area. This all day vibrant, global brasserie led by executive chef Robert Nilsson offers an international cuisine which will please anyone. I ordered a Caesar Salad with grilled chicken and honestly, it was delicious and as a Caesar Salad should be with the best dressing, anchovies and parmesan cheese. Breakfast is served here too. The buffet style breakfast is something to look forward to each morning! So many choices and such a good quality of the food and service. Nothing really is asked for too much! Loved it!

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Other dining facilities are Maiden Shanghai, offering a contemporary and authentic Chinese cuisine, Quattro Passi is their signature Italian restaurant led by two Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino and the Delisserrie is a cafe styled restaurant/bar offering light meals such as Danish open-faced sandwiches and modern high tea. Make sure to check out their cool bars such as Elevate which is located on the ‘bridge’ on the 13th floor offering stunning views over Dubai Marina. Cocktails are fantastic!

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The Spa

Honestly, I was blown away by the spa facilities at Viceroy Dubai! This place is just beautiful … and oh so peaceful. They have 14 treatment rooms (some outdoor), a relaxing outdoor spa pool and a spa cafe. I visited the treatment rooms for couples as well and each treatment room has been decorated with high class materials and marble everywhere. The staff was very professional and made me feel at ease in just seconds.

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I got to experience the Viceroy Desert Sensory Treatment, their signature treatment. This treatment begins with a meditation followed by an amazing treatment designed to stimulate touch, smell and hearing. The bed was the best I have ever experienced, hands down. It was a MLX Quartz Bed which uses warm sand and an innovative adjustable air cells to create wave-like motion in the sand to promote total physical and mental relaxation. I felt reborn afterwards! Highly recommended to book this treatment!

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Viceroy Dubai is a top notch five star property with a Miami beach vibe around the place. I could easily spend a week here without getting bored. Behind every corner a new surprise is waiting for you. On top of that the hotel offers the best dining options one could wish for. Every staff member I met served us with a smile and nothing was asked for too much! I loved my stay here, from the beginning to the end. Five stars all the way!

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Tangla Hotel Brussels

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Hotelchain: Tangla Hotels
Location: Brussels – Belgium
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitetanglabrussels.com

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Location

Tangla Hotel Brussels is one of the latest five star properties in our capital, Brussels and it didn’t disappoint! The hotel opened only one year ago and I read excellent things about the hotel so I was really looking forward to experiencing this beautiful place!

‘Tangla’ originates from the mystical legend of the Tanggula, a paradise nestled in the tranquil Qingzhang highlands blessed by the patron saint of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains. That is true, Tangla Hotel Brussels is a high end oriental designed five star property located only 15 mins from the city center and Brussels International Airport. The green surrounding area around the hotel is fantastic and you wouldn’t tell that this hotel is located near the airport. I didn’t hear a thing while staying here.

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I was welcomed with a great smile and felt at ease right from the beginning. The lobby area is bright and stylish. Everything I needed to know about the hotel and its facilities were explained in a very kind way. I was escorted to the elevators and couldn’t wait to see our suite. Tangla Hotel Brussels has 187 rooms, all decorated in a very stylish way. The oriental theme is noticeable everywhere and I was really impressed by the overall decoration. Behind every corner, a new surprise was waiting for me. For example, the bells they used at a Chinese monastery are so beautiful … I wish I could take one for my home 🙂

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The rooms & suites

To add the Chinese theme even more, they call the rooms ‘fáng’ (Chinese for room) and ‘Tàofáng’ (Chinese for suite). We stayed in a Tàofáng and were so excited when we entered. The suite was decorated in soft pastel colors and wooden panels. At 50m² the suite was large and offered all the amenities I would expect of a high end hotel. The suite came with a separate living and sleeping area. The luxuriously appointed marble bathroom had a bathtub and oversized walk-in rainshower. I especially appreciated the lightning in the rooms. Pretty impressive and controllable with panels. Even the drapes are electronically controlled for your convenience. Things such as a Nespresso machine, bathrobes and LED smartTV’s are available as well. I did visit their standard rooms and top suites as well and trust me, they’re all very tastefully designed with eye for detail.

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Spa facilities

Tangla Hotel Brussels will open a brand new spa area in the next couple of weeks (end of May 2017) to their guests. I got the chance to explore it and loved it! The spa area is huge at 1200m². The indoor pool is large and the perfect place to unwind after a long flight or busy day in Brussels. You can relax in the oversized sauna too. The fitness area is one the best I have seen in any hotel, offering the latest technology equipment. They will even add a spa menu in the upcoming months and will write about that on a next occasion. The spa area will be the new highlight at Tangla Hotel Brussels! You will love too!

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Restaurants/bars

We enjoyed dinner at Le Cinq, but first tried some cocktails at TLounge. This bar specializes in the finest whiskies, sourced from all corners of the world and a great selection of Newby teas. This definitely is the perfect place for an aperitif or after dinner drinks. Le Cinq is currently the only operating restaurant at Tangla Hotel Brussels (they will be opening Tang Dynasty pretty soon offering fancy Cantonese gastronomic experiences – I did had a sneak preview of the restaurant and was blown away only by the interior and will review this restaurant on a later occasion). Le Cinq is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a buffet styled restaurant and will please anyone. Dinner was great offering high quality products both Oriental and Western. There’s a live cooking station where you can order beef, shrimp, etc. The food was excellent, as was the service. Breakfast is something to look forward to as well. From the freshly prepared smoothies to the made to order eggs, I loved it!

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Tangla Hotel Brussels is a top notch five star property in Brussels. To me, it definitely is one the better hotels in Belgium and would return in a heartbeat. Do note that the hotel offers shuttle service to the airport (7,5 EUR each way) and will be offering complimentary shuttle service to the airport soon. Even for business purposes, this is the hotel to choose as they have several excellent meeting/board rooms. The grand ballroom is impressive and took my breath away… Thumbs up, Tangla Hotel Brussels! Highly recommended for a luxurious oriental getaway!

The Hotel – Brussels

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Location: Brussels – Belgium
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitethehotel-brussels.be

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Situated on the Avenue Louise, The Hotel is literally in the middle of it all and within walking distance of the major attractions in Brussels. This beautiful refurnished 4 star hotel has 421 rooms, a restaurant, bar and a large spa area with fitness center, sauna and a steam room. It is a pretty large building and the surrounding views are amazing! Although I have been to Brussels many times, I was pretty impressed with the views.

As I entered The Hotel, I was welcomed by very friendly front desk staff. Service at The Hotel is always with a smile which is absolutely pleasant. The lobby area is pretty large and I loved the decoration: quite trendy, but not over the top… It is classy with a modern touch, just the way I like it! The fashion theme is noticeable all over the place. One small (but important!) detail: lots of elevators! I didn’t have to wait more than 20 seconds to go up or down! Very convenient!

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I stayed at one of their “Panoramic Deluxe rooms” on the 22nd floor and boy, the room did have a fantastic view of Brussels! The room itself was very nicely laid out with a queen bed, open bathroom with a very good rainshower and all the nice amenities to go with the room. I was in love with the shampoo and body lotion, they smell great. There is a large couch in front of the window, a Nespresso machine, safe and there is a panel next to the bed allowing you to control all the lights and drapery.. Although the rooms are too large, they were sufficient for my needs.

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Fitness area is large and has great equipment! Complimentary drinks are offered to their guests and as it is located on the 23rd floor, I enjoyed the view of Brussels while I was working out! Next to the fitness area is the Spa featuring a panoramic sauna and a hamam. You should definitely check and try it out yourself. You won’t be disappointed and you will relax, I promise! Bathrobes and slippers can be found in your room.

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Staying in a Panoramic Deluxe room allows you to enjoy the Panoramic Lounge offering complimentary drinks and snacks all day long. As it is located on the 24th floor the lounge has impressive views out of Brussels. There are some small bites, but I was most impressed with the drinks. They even have champagne at no additional charges. Loved it!

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Breakfast is served either in the restaurant downstairs or guests staying in the Panoramic Deluxe rooms or suites can have breakfast in the Panoramic Lounge as well. Both are buffet style breakfasts with enough choices of hot and cold food items. I believe the breakfast downstairs would be a better choice as the buffet was pretty good. The decoration of the restaurant was trendy yet cozy.

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The Hotel Brussels is a unique hotel with outstanding facilities centrally located in the heart of Brussels. This was just a great overall experience, which I can thoroughly recommend!