Spanish hotel group, Meliá Hotels International, has opened its first property in the GCC, in Dubai.
Milan based architect and interior designer, Marco Mangili Associati (MMA), completed the design for the 164-room venue in Bur Dubai and British Master Chef Marco Pierre White will debut his restaurant, Titanic, there.
The decor has a classic elegance with a modern contemporary European design with warm colours to create a soothing atmosphere.
“I wanted to create a space that gives the feeling of a home from home. A hotel, even though a commercial venue, needs to make the guest feel instantly at ease; relaxed and comfortable. I was confident of my skill in understanding the clients’ needs and so too was the client,” said Mangili.
“The main challenge was having to put the European style into a context where the idea of elegance can sometimes be too luxurious and redundant.
“Focusing on the discipline of the lines and spaces and the modern use of materials, whilst looking for a strong identity and respecting the diverse and unique environments (eg. restaurants, bars, spa, nightclub, etc) proved to be quite challenging. Each of these spaces are a part of the hotel, but also have the ability to live independently within their own identity.”
The second phase of openings at Meliá Dubai will see a number of additions to the hotel including Yhi Spa and Mansion nightclub.