Away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown, the five-star Park Hyatt Dubai has carved out its own space dedicated to the lush fairways of the world-class, par-71 course of the adjacent Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Rooms at the Park Hyatt are elegant with restrained yet luxurious décor; rain showers and free-standing tubs in the bathrooms ensure relaxation, while the Amara Spa has a range of body treatments that focus on realigning muscle groups used when playing golf and facials that are tailored to treating sun-exposure. If you aren’t teeing off, a well-equipped fitness centre offers everything from early-morning yoga to weighted workouts. The in-house French brasserie, Traiteur, offers one of Dubai's best à la carte brunches; highlights include suckling pig and giant seared scallops served on the half shell.
Dubai Creek splits the city Old Town in two, with Deira, the former financial centre and home of the ever-popular souks on one side, and the new hub of Downtown on the other. While the area is easily accessible by car, traditional flat-bottomed dhows are the preferred transport for local residents travelling the waterways.