The team at Dubai Parks and Resorts recently invited us over for the weekend to check out their event facilities. The location and event spaces is vast – so vast that I couldn’t possibly write about them all in one blog post. Separate posts for Bollywood™ Parks, Legoland™, Motiongate™ and Riverland™ Dubai will be posted over the coming days.
Lapita is a Polynesian themed hotel located in the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts and is operated by Marriott International and is part of the Autograph Collection – a group of hotels that are like nothing else.
The Autograph Collection is driven by the knowledge and vision to go beyond the commonplace, the hotels are handpicked and celebrate the world’s most unique boutique hotels.
The drive to Lapita was really easy. It took about 20 minutes from our office in JLT Dubai and the directional signage when exiting Sheikh Zayed Road was very clear and simple to follow. We didn’t take a single wrong turn!
The Polynesian experience begun the moment we stepped out of the car at the valet parking area. We were greeted with lots of friendly and cheerful ‘Aloha’s from the Front of House team. This instantly got me in the weekend mood. I was feeling relaxed and excited to explore all that Dubai Parks and Resorts had to offer.
We checked in to Lapita at around 6pm on a Thursday evening which was surprisingly quick and smooth considering it was the beginning of the weekend.
We stayed in a spacious Deluxe King room (44 sqm) where the décor is very much in keeping with the Polynesian theme throughout.
The bedroom met my expectations and included the following:
My only slight grumble on the hotel room was the shower as it was the one where you have to mix the hot and cold taps. I don’t know if it’s a problem for other people or just something that I’m just not very good at but I struggled to get the perfect shower temperature. It was always either too hot or too cold.
Lapita has just over 500 bedrooms which include deluxe rooms (44 sqm), junior suites (68 sqm), one bedroom suites (95 sqm), presidential suites (148 sqm) and three bedroom villas (274 sqm – 307 sqm).
On the first evening, we had dinner outside the hotel at Bollywood™ Dubai (more about that in a post later this week) before going to LANI rooftop bar which is on the fourth floor of Lapita. As it had been a long week at work, we were tired but enjoyed a couple of delicious cocktails before heading to bed (my favorite cocktail was the passionfruit martini).
Breakfast is served from 6:30am to 11am in Kalea restaurant which has both indoor and outdoor dining areas. The choice of breakfast items is vast and there wasn’t anything we wanted that wasn’t available. The breakfast buffet included a variety of juices, tea and coffee, pastries, breads, pancakes and waffles (my favorite!), Indian breakfast, English breakfast, eggs station, salad bar and a wide selection of fruits.
Whilst staying at Lapita, we also got the opportunity to check out the meeting spaces. The conference center has a separate entrance and the décor is fairly neutral which is a blessing for Event Planners like me… we like a blank canvas as it makes it so much easier to present our clients brands.
The main ballroom, Tamure is 710 sqm which can accommodate 750 guests in theatre seating, 500 in classroom, 88 in u shape, 450 on round tables or 1000 standing reception. Tamure ballroom can also be split into four sections:
In addition to Tamure ballroom, the conference centre also has seven other smaller meeting rooms that can accommodate between 10 and 50 guests.
I didn’t get an opportunity to look at the in-house audio visual equipment but as Lapita is new hotel, I presume that this would be of a good standard.
Dubai Parks and Resorts is in abundance with unique and exciting locations to host your upcoming meetings and events. If you would like some help finding the perfect venue that is sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests, contact us today.