Dorchester Collections’ The Lana officially opens in Dubai

10th property for the group, first new opening for the brand in more than a decade

The Lana, Dubai, Dorchester Collections’ waterfront location on the Marasi Bay Marina of Dubai, overlooking Burj Khalif, has welcomed its first guests.

Designed by Foster + Partners, the hotel offers 225 rooms and suites and eight new dining concepts; including four that have been created with three of the world’s most celebrated chefs.

The hotel’s sophisticated interiors have been designed and executed by the famed Parisian duo, Gilles & Boissier and incorporate a carefully curated section of more than 50 art pieces, commissioned by local and global artists. The Lana will also be home to the first Dior Spa in the UAE, set to open in April 2024.

The Lana is the tenth Dorchester Collection hotel and represents the next chapter in the brand’s global sensibility of service and quality. The first new opening for the group in more than a decade, the property sets a new benchmark for design and timeless care and enchantment in the city of Dubai.

The Lana, Entrance doorman and valet | Credit: Dorchester Collection

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“As Dorchester Collection welcomes its first guests in the Middle East, we are entering a new era in our company history,” said Christopher Cowdray, President of Dorchester Collection. “The Lana is one of the year’s most anticipated hotel openings, and we are certain it will be celebrated for its remarkable design, superb location in one of the world’s most vibrant cities and a dining scene that will undoubtedly attract much local and international attention.”

Foster + Partners took inspiration from Dubai’s ever-changing skyline for the 30-storey building. The striking interconnected design features a central podium – The Lana Promenade – for retail and restaurants, as well as an infinity rooftop pool with views over the cityscape and desert landscape beyond.

Influenced by modern minimalism and the bright weather of Dubai, space and light are the defining features of the interior by Gilles & Boissier. The designers took influence from the rich tapestry of cultural influence in the UAE, with a focus on intricate details and utilising textures. Each room features an outdoor terrace and floor-to-ceiling glass windows providing natural light and sweeping views.

The Lana’s five signature suites – Marina Duplex and Marina Terrace Suites – have unique duplex layouts, double-height corner living rooms, and outdoor terraces on both levels. The Marina Royal Suite, a magnificent presidential suite, features a balcony running along the length of the building, with sweeping views of Burj Khalifa, while the two-bedroom The Lana Royal Suite, envelops the north corner of the building.

Situated in the heart of the city near downtown Dubai, the hotel is located on the Marasi Bay marina, overlooking Burj Khalifa. Appealing to both business and leisure clientele, the hotel is a 15-minute walk from Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, and a 20-minute drive from Dubai International Airport.

The hotel will also provide guests with exceptional transportation options including custom Rolls-Royces and a futuristic foiler boat for leisurely cruises along the canal.

The Lana, Marina Terrace suite, bedroom | Credit: Dorchester Collection
Lobby artwork, The Lana, Gallery | Credit: Dorchester Collection

The Lana is home to eight restaurant and mixology concepts, four developed in collaboration with famed Michelin-starred chefs – Jean Imbert, Martín Berasategui, and pastry chef, Angelo Musa – and four original concepts operated by the hotel team.

Jean Imbert, who also leads the culinary team at Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, has developed Riviera, a new modern Mediterranean restaurant inspired by his heritage and travels, and High Society located on the rooftop with 180° views across Downtown Dubai.

Martín Berasategui, who has collected 12 Michelin stars, has created Jara (opening mid-February), the first restaurant of its kind in Dubai serving Basque cuisine as well as Txakolina, a speakeasy cigar lounge. While Bonbon Café by Angelo Musa, also of Hôtel Plaza Athénée, brings a taste of Parisian glamour, serving viennoiseries, freshly baked bread, a range of chocolate bonbons and ice cream, as well as sandwiches and salads.

The Lana, Lobby view | Credit: Dorchester Collection

Other establishments will be led by the executive chef of the hotel, Oliver Jackson, and include Veranda, an open-air, lush garden bar serving signature cocktails, paired with a sharing menu of tapas and international dishes with a Levantine influence, and The Gallery, serving a signature afternoon tea with pastries courtesy of Angelo Musa.

Bitter Honey will be an intimate bar, nestled within the splendour of the lobby of The Lana.

From April 2024, guests will be able to experience the first Dior Spa in the UAE, located on 29th floor of The Lana. With five treatment rooms and one couple’s suite, the spa’s elevated position allows light to flood in, and harnesses the renowned elegance of the House of Dior.

Rates for The Lana, Dorchester Collection, Dubai start from AED 3,400++ – AED 25,000++ depending on the room or suite category.


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