"Welcome to Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living," read a note on the dining table overlooking London's Hyde Park. Accompanying it was a platter of artfully arranged dates, some covered in chopped coconut.
With over 10 hotels and resorts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah Hotels is recognized for its properties in the United Arab Emirates, but the ultraluxurious Arabian hospitality group also has a presence in Europe, with properties in Istanbul; Frankfurt; Mallorca, Spain; and three in London.
In London, Grosvenor House Suites offers apartment-style living for extended stays (a minimum of seven nights). On a cliff in a small fishing village in Mallorca is the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa.
The verdant view of Hyde Park from a balcony at Jumeirah’s Grosvenor House Suites in London.
Grosvenor House Suites
Grosvenor House Suites is situated on London's famed Park Lane, with luxury department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols within walking distance.
Though the property doesn't have a spa on premises, its 24-hour Residence Concierge can arrange in-room spa and beauty services or, as on our trip, can set up an appointment at the recently opened, state-of-the-art Wellness Clinic at Harrods, which offers ultrasound and laser treatments, a cryo chamber and more.
Nestled in the center of Grosvenor House Suites on the second floor is Atrium. The restaurant, available only to guests of the hotel, has a seven-story-high glass ceiling and is drenched in natural light. The internationally driven menu is offered around the clock, changes seasonally and includes traditional British fare such as fish and chips as well as Arabian dishes including chicken biryani.
The apartment-style suites at Grosvenor House are intended for extended stays.
There are also multiple dining destinations within walking distance. A couple of not-to-miss restaurants while staying here are Scott's and the highly acclaimed upscale Indian restaurant Jamavar.
Jamavar offers upscale versions of Indian street food. Opt for a tasting menu that's paired with wines from regions including Australia, the south of France and Portugal. The restaurant's extensive wine list also features wines from India, Hungary, Chile and New Zealand.
The cocktails are also a hit, as are nonalcoholic drinks like lassis, a traditional yogurt concoction mixed with your choice of spices and fruits, including roses and rhubarb or lemongrass and ginger.
When the weather is warm, snag a patio seat at Scott's. At the refined seafood and market-fresh fish restaurant start with oysters, caviar, shellfish and raw dishes like yellowtail and salmon sashimi. Though heavily seafood-focused, the restaurant also offers a vegetarian menu highlighting dishes like truffle cauliflower soup, wild mushroom risotto and twice-baked Keen's cheddar souffle with black truffle.
The Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, built on a cliff in Mallorca, offers stunning views of the Mediterranean and the island’s rugged terrain.
Jumeirah Port Soller
A little over a two-hour flight from London will get you to Mallorca in the Mediterranean. Guests of the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa are mostly on holiday from the U.K. The 5-year-old resort is open March through November. Built on a cliff, views are of the port on one side and the Tramuntana mountain range on the other.
The Jumeirah Port Soller features three restaurants and two bars. Among the restaurants is the Sunset Sushi Lounge, appropriately named for its unbelievable views as the sun goes down. Here, enjoy Asian fare, a gin tasting or choose from five types of mule cocktails, including the traditional Moscow mule (vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, Angostura bitters) and the Habana mule (with white rum instead of vodka).
Another spot to watch the sunset is from the infinity pool near Es Fanals restaurant, which is located on the highest point of the resort. At the restaurant, which is only open for dinner, dine on Spanish and Asian tapas-style dishes like potatoes with saffron aioli and brava sauce and homemade Iberian ham croquettes while overlooking the Mediterranean. Do not leave without trying the fish-and-seafood or lobster paella at Cap Roig restaurant.
The crown jewel of the Jumeirah Port Soller is Talise Spa, which is also open to non-guests and offers membership programs that allow access to the spa's water area and gym. Perched atop a cliff, the multilevel spa has 10 treatment rooms and an outdoor hydropool offering breathtaking mountain views. Guests of the hotel are welcome to use the spa's facilities throughout their stay with or without a scheduled service. Here, an expansive gym features at least four group fitness classes weekly like piloxing, which is a combination of Pilates and boxing.
According to spa director Erika Parrilla Gregorio, one of the most well-known treatments is the Talise Signature Massage (60 minutes for about $176, 90 minutes for about $258). "It's really good for all guests," she said. "It's relaxing but at the same time incorporates drainage, stretching and pressure points."
Another treatment worth noting is the 90-minute Mediterranean Body Wrap (about $176), which uses orange essence. Soller is known for its citrus trees.
From the Jumeirah Port Soller's castle-like architecture to the unparalleled service there as well as at Grosvenor House Suites, Jumeirah Hotels is fit for royalty. Nightly starting rate at the Grosvenor House Suites is about $388; at Port Soller, about $480. See www.jumeirah.com.