The finesse of a jewel

Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel have selected an Italian style without compromise for the new Bulgari Resort Dubai on the Jumeira Bay Island, connected to Dubai's centre by a 300 metre long bridge

A consolidated collaboration between the Milan-based architecture firm and the high jewellery house, with the recent inauguration of 158,000 square metres dedicated to supreme luxury on a paradise land sculpted into the shape of a seahorse.

In order to gauge the sheer magnitude of this project, just imagine how the architectonic complex includes a resort, six residential buildings, 173 apartments and 15 private mansions. A more detailed look reveals how there are 101 rooms and suites available for customers, 20 Bulgari villas, complete with swimming pool and sea view, as well as numerous amenities and facilities, including the Ristorante by Niko Romito, the bar and the caffè complete with the boutique Il Cioccolato, The Bulgari SPA with hammam, indoor pool, wellness centre and a beauty salon with barber’s and hair salon, a private marina with 50 boat moorings, and the world’s first ever Bulgari Yacht Club.

Bulgari Spa
Bulgari resort Yacht Club
Il Ristorante
Il Cioccolato

The resort’s concept is grounded in the integration of Italian spirit with Bulgari luxury, culminating in an exclusive design which permeates every single detail, from marble bath tubs to carved door handles.

Trunk bar

Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel have opted for a light and neutral palette of colours, the perfect match for Italian marble, the main material used in the project and exalted by Dubai’s intense light. Plays of sunlight and shadow have become a leitmotif, thanks to special brise-soleils featuring a coral pattern, capable of forging a strong link with the Ocean and Persian Gulf, while also constituting an allusion to Arabic culture.

Suite living room
Brise soleil detail

Suites are inundated with Dubai’s unique light, thanks to large windows, whereas blinds create the perfect atmosphere for recovering from jet lag. All common areas and rooms distinguish themselves in virtue of their Made in Italy approach, forged by collaborations with Italian brands including Maxalto, Flos, Flexform and B&B Italia.

Beach Villa living room
Junior suite

Rooms and suites feature superior quality oak finishings, silk clad walls and soft Beni Ourain Moroccan rugs, seamlessly blending Berber tradition with Italian elegance.
The suites are surrounded by a terrace facing out onto the Persian Gulf and all feature a jacuzzi, spacious living area, a bathroom made entirely from Italian marble, a separate restroom and a work space for those who need one. A sense of ‘home’ and domestic ambience also pervades all 20 villas which offer impeccable views of white sand beaches and gardens, perfect for private gatherings or corporate events.

Superior room
Beach Villa
Cafè Terrace





Architectural and interior design
Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel

Lighting Design Concept
Metis Lighting

B&B Italia, Flexform, Maxalto


Enzo degli Angiuoni

Photo credits
courtesy of The Bulgari Resort Dubai