There is temptation to think of the name ‘Caesars’ in connection with colourless Nevada desert that has been turned into a kaleidoscope of hues, thanks to Las Vegas. Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, however, is a completely different story.
This is a five-floor hotel on Bluewaters man-made island, and all 189 rooms and suites have ample glass-walled balconies looking directly down at lush green gardens, with, 100 metres beyond, what locals say is the best beach in Dubai, with the blue ocean beyond. Turn slightly to one side, and you see what will be the biggest Ferris wheel in the Middle East, opening in a couple of months’ time.
What took me there was the fact that Caesars’ newly-appointed GM, and regional President, is Tony Costa, whom so many remember from Hong Kong’s Landmark Mandarin Oriental and Mandarin Oriental, Wynn in Macau and, most recently, Burj Al Arab. Once again he is, quickly, making his mark here.
The main Technogym centre, down at ground level, is next to the outstanding Qua Spa – try a ForLL’ed facial, from Japan. You can also hike several kilometres outside, following the curve of the beach peninsula and, en route, watching an impressive gyrating group of late-teens resonating to piped music.
Yes, I was greeted inside the glass-walled lobby by a lifesize-plus statue of Caesar, and two employees in costume, but otherwise the Roman connection was not apparent. Up at the top floor 278 sq m Presidential Suite, #525, it was apparent that this was the venue for a family or, say, several girlfriends: there are three fully-ensuite bedrooms, a wine refrigerator plus kitchen, and the 52 metre-long balcony offered portable fitness bits and a really-hot hot tub.
Then, surely, it must be food time, perhaps starting with a drink in the Cuban-themed bar. Among the restaurant offerings is Hell’s Kitchen, by the versatile Gordon Ramsay, perhaps better known for his Bread Streets, as here in Dubai, at Atlantis on The Palm, and in Singapore, at Marina Bay Sands. Feeling somewhat homesick, I went for an Aussie ribeye with garlic, truffled broccoli and a rocket salad. Sitting outside in the now-cooling air, we lifted our glasses of Col di Sasso 2018 Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon and thought, gosh, life is good here in Dubai, even for a short stay.