World Traveller Review: As the famous resort slows the brakes on its party vibes in the midst of Covid-19, we head down Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai to suss out its R&R offering instead
The Nikki Beach story began on the sandy shores of Miami in 1998 when entrepreneur Jack Penrod opened Café Nikki in honour of his late daughter Nicole. Now, 22 years later, the fashionable brand boasts 12 beach clubs and four resorts across the globe.
Renowned for its luxurious-yet-bohemian feel, the name alone carries a degree of gravitas among the style-conscious. But does the UAE experience live up to Nikki Beach’s worldwide reputation? We head down Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai to suss out the celeb-adorned spot for ourselves.
Staying during September 2020, Covid-19 had admittedly dampened the signature party vibe slightly (although, the beach club is set to reopen October 1) as most of the restaurants and the famous Nikki Beach were closed.
But actually, this gave opportunity for the fun-loving resort to show off its quieter more serene side, that in our opinion, was equally as decadent. From our thoughts on the stunning suites to Friday brunch at Café Nikki, here’s what we made of a weekend spent in the world-famous resort.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Review
The rooms and suites
Located in Meraas’ Pearl Jumeirah development, the Dubai-branch opened in 2016 and is, as you’d expect, ultra-modern. We spent two nights in their Signature Suite, which was indulgently spacious for two – with a separate living area, walk-in wardrobe and guest toilet. Futuristic finishings combined with beachside teak, an ode to baby blue created a unique style-print that felt effortlessly chic. Of course, luxury was a given – think a free-standing bathtub, mood lighting, sound system, rainfall shower and dreamy king-sized bed.
We checked in on a Thursday evening, after the sun had set so it wasn’t until the next day that the suite’s real drawcard was revealed. The next morning, as we threw open the heavy blackout curtains – to direct views of the Gulf’s azure gradient – it was clear that a room with a view would be the defining characteristic of our stay.
Priding themselves on creating light and healthy meals, the coastal ambience is reflected in the resort’s various culinary offerings. But as Key West and the Beach Club were closed during our stay, we only really got to know Café Nikki – dining there for breakfast and brunch. A casual yet sophisticated poolside restaurant, it had an extensive table service breakfast menu with portion sizes that emphasised quality over quantity.
We attended the Mediterranean eatery’s Friday brunch, which saw several courses of small plates served to our table. A family-friendly brunch, it’s calm and sensible – not to be conflated in your mind with the image of sequined dancers at a Nikki Beach Club brunch. With one vegetarian and one meat eater in the party, both were highly impressed by the rich flavours and beautiful presentation of every dish. Plus, a positive for day brunchers, the Dhs345 (house beverage package) price includes the use of the facilities all day.
The building itself is architecturally interesting. Its whitewashed walls, teak finishing and concrete-look floors put a modern spin on atypical beachside design. Outside, the pool area has a unique configuration that is appealing on the eye, with a large jacuzzi taking up a good stretch of the pool.
With two pretty good-looking bodies of water to choose from – the pool and the sea – we happily spent the weekend drifting from one to the other. Notably, there were lots of families with young children doing the same thing. If you’re setting up poolside for the day, be prepared for a soundtrack of upbeat house music and if that’s not your scene you’re better off heading down to the beach.
Rejuvenation is definitely running theme at this five-star property. Which perhaps – when the world-famous beach club is open – serves as the perfect antidote to a weekend of wild parties. Even still, with nothing bar a few long days at work to recover from, we left feeling considerably lighter.
Inspired to go? Book a stay at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa here.