OT:  Which is your favourite hotel and why?

Parineeti Chopra: It’s a tough choice but on the basis of my two main loves—food and spa, I will say the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai. The location of this decadent hotel is also a plus. Located along the shores of the Dubai Creek, the hotel is bang in the middle of the Culture Village, less than 15 minutes away from the Dubai Inter­national Airport and eight minutes away from Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. The views are simply stunning!

OT:  You mentioned the spa. What did you like so much about it?

Parineeti Chopra: So, the spa has a private jacuzzi, vitality pools and Moroc­can baths. It is one of the most opulent spas I’ve been to. I loved the hot-stone chair there. It is shaped like a beach lounger. You can lie down on it, and it gently heats your body. It’s very relaxing.

OT:  What about the food?

Parineeti Chopra: Oh, don’t even get me started. I start salivating just thinking about it. Andrea Gaia, the executive chef at Vanitas, the Italian restaurant, pampered my inner foodie. The restaurant has a simple, but deli­cious, menu comprising authentic Italian food. The marinated salmon with cream cheese and avocado purée is the best way to start a meal. Do not miss the seafood risotto either! Each of the eight dining venues in the hotel focusses on curated dining and pays tribute to Versace’s signature works.

OT:  Is there anything else that you liked about the hotel?

Parineeti Chopra: I was floored by the beautiful architecture. On arrival, one is welcomed by the striking ‘Pietra di Fiume’ design of the iconic Medusa and Greek décor. The lagoon pools and reflection ponds enhance the serenity of the lush gardens that surround the hotel. The hotel merges Arabic architectural elements and detailing with traditional Versace motifs. It’s simply beautiful.