Vida Creek Harbour by Godwin Austen Johnson opens

New hotel features timeless design and takes influence from marina lifestyles.

The new Vida Creek Harbour has opened. The hotel was designed by Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ), who claims to have taken inspiration from the adjacent marina to create “an elegant yet relaxed property with the characteristic simplicity that defines the Vida brand”.

Vida Creek Harbour is the first hotel within its new development and so, says GAJ, “It had to be a timeless design that would set the tone for the future. It was important to incorporate specific elements from Vida Downtown into the design to ensure a strong and consistent brand identity yet at the same time ensure the hotel maintained its own character and connection to its surroundings.

Key design influences taken from the marina lifestyle include details from the high-end yachts moored outside: texture-rich textiles and soft leather are combined with sleek, curved wood with accent elements in brushed bronze. According to the consultants, “The idea was to maintain a simple light colour palette that would be the base for the key accent tones of the marina influenced turquoise hues. This base palette was layered with subtle taupe fabrics, leather furniture and oak throughout to create a clean and elegant feel.

“The strongest design elements in this project are symmetry and scale and a key feature of this space is the interaction between the lobby lounge and the exterior courtyard with tall windows that open fully to connect with the unparalleled views of the Dubai skyline.

“The large entrance and lobby lounge have been designed as an open and welcoming area for guests to spend time socialising, eating or working alone. It was, therefore, crucial to convey spaces that are visually integrated yet suitable for many different activities. The starting point was to incorporate high vertical louvres that create symmetry and provide a visual glimpse of the lobby lounge and the courtyard beyond. This strong feature element, along with the bespoke large-size Flow [T] chandelier by Wonderglass, creates a visual focal point.”

Maximising the courtyard space so that it could be used all year round presented a design challenge. The area is one of high prominence due to its stunning views and, as an extension of the lobby lounge, it had to comfortable and elegant. The area requires cooling during the summer but also needs to offer a cosy, intimate feel through the winter months. Chiller units have been cleverly concealed within the landscaping, and bioethanol fire pits have been located within the lounge areas for when the weather turns cooler. The design team worked closely with outdoor brand Kettal, and the colour palette of this outdoor area is made up of the turquoise hues which feature strongly in the interiors through accents, textiles and artwork.

The 286 guest rooms incorporate a number of nautical elements such as carved timber panelling, stitching details on leather upholstered furniture and bronze accents in lighting features provide an understated elegance.

The hotel facilities are completed by a wellness centre with a modern gym, yoga room and swimming pool, as well as a number of meeting rooms and a restaurant, spread over two floors.