Where: Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown
The Lowdown: A vibrant blend of sophisticated Arabic aesthetics with a contemporary flair, Hotel Indigo will immerse you into the coziness of a boutique hotel influenced by local heritage. Take a small flânerie around and you will discover all things art, from a statement archway by Christian Lacroix Maison to graffiti walls, from oriental tapestry rugs to contemporary pieces by Badr Abbas and Muhanad Al Nassiri. A haven for creatives, just minutes away from the arts and fashion hub that is Dubai Design District, and close to the iconic Dubai Mall if a shopping spree is on your wish list.
Stylish Eats: For a social dining experience in the eclectic and artistic Open Sesame, don’t forget to indulge in the dishes influenced by Emirati, Levantine, and Anatolian cuisine. Sit back and admire the oriental murals, hand-painted by Daniel Wegera, taking you on a cultural voyage. Or sip the finest locally roasted specialty coffee at a jewelry box-inspired bar. As the sun goes down, savor the dynamic cityscape at the Orange Feels Bar in the pool area, or relish live music at the pop art-inspired Off The Wall bar. Health junkies are always welcome at the Bakala Joos concept store for a refreshing juice or a smoothie.
Suite Talk: In the manner of Hotel Indigo, every element in the 269 rooms has been reimagined and carefully curated. The Mashrabiya style with its exquisitely carved wooden details and mother-of-pearl bathrooms once again organically intertwines with surrealist wall design, statement modern art pieces, shisha-shaped lampstands, and glitzy colors. If you’re planning to bring your furry friend along, the hotel will gladly welcome him too.
Insider’s Tip: As part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, The Power of Art initiative is taking place until January 30, and is not simply an art exhibition. Every Saturday, visitors also have a chance to go on a journey through Arabian history and folk tales told by Professor Idris Mears and enjoy a three-course meal prepared with love by Chef Nak-ha.
Vogue Verdict: A creative haven saturated with culture, color, and soul in every element.