If there is a group of hotels that I admire, it would be the Starwood Hotels & Resorts or famously known as SPG. The group covers a fraction of the luxurious hotels in Dubai. So far, I have had the pleasure of experiencing a staycation at St. Regis Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi and lately, the newly launched Sheraton Grand Hotel on Sheikh Zayed road.
Sheraton Grand Hotel takes on a persona of executive luxuriousness and only apt, considering the prime location across the road from DTWC, that hosts nearly all the conferences and exhibitions in Dubai and DIFC, the financial district.
My reason for a weekend staycation was mainly to truly enjoy the recent hype of the city, #FeastBrunch at Feast Restaurant. The anticipation of the hotel + restaurants was done months in advance, by the current executive chef Malcolm B Webster over Twitter who shared timely updates of the intriguing concepts, sourcing of ingredients, tasting sessions, and the tremendous pressure that goes into opening a hotel and running a kitchen.
Feast, a fitting name for the brunch places a spotlight on signature, innovative and out of the norm brunch items that have been created and mastered by the chefs. The downfalls of most Dubai brunches is perfected at Feast, although, have to say, the service is a bit excessive, nonetheless as one can expect each section to offer a new dimension to any brunch from edible martinis to alcohol infused drinks and the pièce de résistance, Lamb 26 – a showcase of the cooking techniques at Feast, paired with 23 accompaniments, so that each bite unravels a unique spark to the taste buds. A must try, as well as the tangy pomegranate & tamarind chicken, plump fresh oysters shucked live and paired with various condiments, a take on Indonesian street food with beef rendang and piping hot laksa form a dedicated laksa station to name a few. Emphasis on the few. 😉
One of the key and impressive features for those who enjoy a brunch with ‘adult grape juice’ 😉 is the select choices by the in-house sommelier, displayed at each counter with a write-up, explaining the pairings that would help enhance the taste as you go along.
The overall enthusiasm and interactions with the chefs adds to the experience and ends with a sugary note as the stretch of dessert perfection hits the sweet spot and tantalizes the eyes. Try the house-made bitter chocolate & blueberry ice-cream, along with the signature cakes (there’s a wasabi cake!), petite pastries and more.
After an impressive brunch at Feast, my room for the weekend on the thirty-first floor provided a well needed staycation as personally, I needed a break from my (slightly stressful) daily activities. There’s currently a fab offer which includes a stay + brunch experience, check it out here.
I woke up next morning refreshed and ready to attack the breakfast spread at the access only executive lounge (not part of the special offer, but I was given access to it). Much to my surprise, the view from the lounge was impressive.
The panoramic view helped kick-start the morning along with the select yet impressive breakfast offerings. Sometimes, simplistic offerings are much more satisfying.
The staycation ended on a high, as I left feeling relaxed and satisfied with the service received. Would I suggest the brunch? Most definitely, as its pocket friendly – even the bubbly package. Would I suggest a staycation? Yes, although it is priced slightly on a higher end on its own but the offer makes it worth the while or if there’s a special occasion to celebrate.
P.s Massive shout out to the social media team of @sheratondubai for being constantly interactive on Twitter.
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai
3 Sheikh Zayed Road
9714 503 4444