15 Nov 2017
From the futuristic to the historic, Jumeirah properties are distinctive for their design. Check-in, and check out the iconic architecture on your next stay.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai
These dual skyscrapers are among the world’s most iconic. With their exterior inspired by traditional Islamic themes, the towers are clad with reflective glass, meaning they capture the sun’s changing light, offering an entirely different perspective depending on where in the city they are viewed. One curiosity is that although the towers are of different heights – the Office Tower at 355m and the Hotel Tower 309m – both have a similar number of floors; the taller office tower contains 54 floors, while the shorter contains 56 floors. This is because the individual floor heights of the office tower are greater than that of the hotel.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
The complex of five striking, curved towers that sits on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche includes the Jumeirah hotel. Representing billowing sails on a dhow, their grouping was based on unfurling flower petals and falcons. The blocks are arranged so that from whatever direction they are viewed, at least two of the towers are visible.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Synonymous with Dubai, this iconic architectural masterpiece stands on an artificial island connected to the mainland by a curving bridge. Designed to resemble the billowing spinnaker sail of a J-class yacht. Two “wings” spread in a V to form a vast “mast”, while in between is a massive 180-metre tall atrium. Overseen by architect Tom Wright, this luxurious hotel is a feat of engineering. It took three years to reclaim the land offshore, driving 230 40-metre concrete piles into the sand, yet less time to construct the actual building. It contains over 70,000 m3 of concrete and 9,000 tons of steel.
Grosvenor House Suites, London
The site of this prestigious Park Lane mansion was home to a string of London gentry from the Duke of Cumberland to the Duke of Gloucester and, in 1805, the 1st Marquess of Westminster – otherwise known as Robert Grosvenor after whom the house was named. The celebrated British architect Edwin Lutyens designed the building as seen today in 1918. It was considered an icon of early 20th century luxury and served as the home of the Dukes of Westminster until it was requisitioned by the government during the Great War.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
Sitting beside the sands of Jumeirah beach, this iconic blue wave sits proud and dominates the view, particularly from the coast looking inland. Easily recognisable, JBH, as it is known locally, is a 275-metre long silhouette of a large blue wave and the long layered facades add to the impression of a wave swelling and breaking. Corridors within the 600-room hotel are also curved, meaning that all guests have sunset views over the ocean.
Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, Mallorca
Blending seamlessly into the glorious surrounding countryside, this hotel crowns a cliff overlooking the fishing village of Port Soller. It’s surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountain range, declared a UNESCO Heritage site. With all the hotel buildings being low rise and all flat roofs planted with vegetation and tall grasses, it’s said that the hotel looks as if it’s floating between the sea and sky.
Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel
Construction of the Himalayas Centre started in 2006 under the direction of world-renowned architect Arata Isozaki, who also created the Barcelona Olympic Stadium and Los Angeles MoMA. Inspired by Chinese cultural elements and traditional feng shui principles, Arata Isozaki designed the landmark Himalayas Center, where Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel is located. A three-dimensional Urban Forest comprising dramatically sculpted columns defines the central section of the Himalayas Centre. Dutch artist Mondrian’s Neoplasticism movement is the inspiration for the bold, primary colours and rectangular shapes of the facade lighting. A custom-built colour palette was sourced from ancient Chinese paintings, and the composition optimises cutting-edge technology to create a shining beacon of dynamic vibration.