Jumeirah captures the zeitgeist of Dubai – a sense of luxury defined through a homegrown brand and replicated on a scale previously unseen. Taking a curious and curated voyage across Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Al Naseem, and Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, singer Layla Kardan journeys through the iconic architecture, signature services, and elevated experiences that make a Jumeirah stay entirely unique.
Stretching out 100m into the gulf, the Burj Al Arab Terrace offers unparalleled horizon views and the optimal spot for the Dubai-based artist to unwind with one of her favorite magazines and catch the last few rays of sunlight decked in Vhernier jewelry. With one freshwater and one saltwater pool, four Jacuzzis, 32 butler-serviced cabanas, and Scape restaurant, no request is a leap too far for the iconic seven-star property’s outdoor destination. The Terrace also provides an artificial reef and shade for marine life while inside Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, you can find the turtle rehabilitation sanctuary, where rescued sea turtles are nursed before being released into the wild.
Uniquely located 150m above the ocean, the Talise Spa at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah offers serene relaxation accompanied by sweeping views of the Dubai skyline as Kardan indulges in a dip without waiting to change from her shimmering midnight blue Aavva dress. The extensive treatment menu provides everything you could desire, wrapped in a distinct Burj Al Arab bow. Try the signature Burj Al Arab Arabian Journey body treatment stemmed from local, natural ingredients for a truly Arabian experience that captivates all your senses and helps you achieve inner zen.
Heading to the historically vibrant district of Umm Suqeim, the popstar dons a glamorous Elisabetta Franchi gown in emerald to explore Jumeirah Al Naseem’s Presidential Suite, which features chic 1970s interiors, two open-plan bedrooms, and an adjoining terrace overlooking the ocean. Summersalt, the beach club experience, brings together beachfront relaxation, innovative cuisine, and expert mixology for a vibe that encourages all-day enjoyment by the water that can easily turn into an unmissable evening lounge spot.
Accessible by traditional abra, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf features summer-house living atop meandering waterways that harken back to earlier eras of the Middle East. Kardan hops on board the wooden boat in a Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya polka-dot dress to explore the tranquil Madinat Jumeirah escape. Enjoy daily complimentary sundowners in the community courtyards amidst sounds of a trickling fountain before retiring to your subtly opulent room adorned with elements from the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Originally published in the March 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia
Photography Liv Friis Larsen
Style Celia-Jane Ukwenya
Hair and Makeup Melanie Meyer, Michel Kiwarkis at MMG Artists
Production Camilla Fitz-Patrick
Style Assistant Nebal Al Assad
Hair and Makeup Assistant Nadia Ghareb