CLAIM TO FAME: With the opening of the JW Marriott Marquis in February, Dubai added a superlative to its quiver: world’s tallest hotel. This 5-star property comprises two 72-story towers that stand 1,164 feet tall and are designed to look like date palm trees.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: La Farine Café, just off the lobby, has 247 mirrors on the walls—possibly to indicate that it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From its mood-lit banquette area to its brightly lit atrium, La Farine is a perfect place to grab a pastry, sip on a café au lait and observe the endless parade of well-heeled humanity. It also claims to serve the best bread in Dubai.
HOT DISH: The hotel has nine restaurants, but Rang Mahal is the draw, as its chef, Atul Kochhar, is the first Indian ever to earn a Michelin star. On the fourth floor, the restaurant serves exotic Indian cuisine with a modern twist. It’s hard to go wrong on this menu, but the highlight is lamb chops served in fennel and a Tellicherry pepper marinade.
AMAZING AMENITIES: Marriott shipped in three tons of Dead Sea salt for the Saray Spa and Health Club’s Dead Sea Journey. The two-hour treatment includes a salt scrub and the application of a body mask of Dead Sea mud, followed by a healing bath infused with Dead Sea minerals. All of which puts a fresh spin on the term “seasoned traveler.”