JUMEIRAH BAY ISLAND (AND BULGARI RESORT) Location: About 500 metres off the coast of Jumeirah, Dubai

Description: Island community of luxury villas and residences

Good for: Luxury brand lovers, yacht enthusiasts

Details: Created by renowned developer Meraas, Jumeirah Bay Island (sometimes known as Jumana Island) is a six million square foot man-made isle connected to the coast of Jumeirah by a 300-metre road bridge, built exclusively for its residents. Meraas’ portfolio in real estate now includes some of Dubai’s most sought-after locations, including City Walk, Bluewaters, Jumeira Bay, Pearl Jumeira and La Mer. And Jumeirah Bay Island is yet another of the company’s unique, mixed-use developments – this one constructed in the shape of a giant seahorse and offering a range of accommodation, including low-rise apartments and Mediterranean style villas.

Those who live on Jumeirah Bay Island enjoy amazing views of the city’s dazzling skyline and the famous Burj Khalifa tower, while having quick access to mainland Dubai and the heart of the city. This is not a dense development, deliberately so; it has been created to appeal to a discerning clientele who want high-end facilities and exclusivity, but with a convenient location at the same time. The biggest attraction here must be the gorgeous Bulgari Hotel, designed by world famous Italian architects Citterio – Viel. The complex comprises 101 rooms and suites, along with 20 villas with garden and sea views.

The chic rooms in this luxurious resort all have plush furnishings and private balconies, while spacious suites offer lounges, sea views and whirlpool tubs. The hotel itself has three restaurants, including the elegant Italian eatery Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, with its authentic European flavours. There is also a sophisticated bar and a cafe with a pretty terrace overlooking the water. Additional perks include a private beach and a rejuvenating spa with an indoor pool. For those who want a permanent arrangement, there is also a gorgeous residence featuring 173 apartments and 15 private mansions. One of the most glamorous aspects of this location is that as well as having a Bulgari Hotel, there is also a 50 berth Bulgari marina and yacht club. The marine complex covers an area of 1.7 million square feet and is a perfect location for boating enthusiasts who want to make the most of the pristine azure waters of the Arabian Sea.

Interesting fact: The Jumeirah Bay Island’s Bulgari Resort and Residences is mammoth – stretching across 157,935 square metres and covering a quarter of the entire island.