In a city blessed with a host of five-star hotels, the One&Only The Palm glitters above the rest. From its prime location on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah to the hotel’s Moorish and Andalusian architectural influences – which boast details such as cut-quartz crystal and sumptuous arched windows – the property is truly a jewel of Arabian elegance.
Throw in the dramatic 850-square-meter pool, along with its private beach, private marina, Guerlain Spa, Michelin-star chef Yannick Alléno’s STAY restaurant, and the fleet of BMW ‘7 Series’ available for airport transfer, and the One&Only The Palm proves it’s more than just a pretty face – there are plenty of five-star luxury amenities to back up its sparkle.
Despite being so refined, the One&Only is surprisingly inviting as well. This is largely due to the the cozy ambiance of the hotel’s 99 rooms and suites – as well as four beachfront villas – that are decked in lush fabrics, snug sofas, calming neutral-color palettes, and bathrooms with spacious standalone tubs. The combination is so decadent that you’ll feel like the property is wrapping its arms around you with a luxurious hug.
Meanwhile at the Guerlain Spa, the ‘Desert D’Orient’ treatment – which includes a bubble bath, a soothing milk scrub, and an orange-infused body wrap followed by a steam in a hammam – left my skin so velvety and zesty that it actually made my stomach growl. Luckily, I quickly went from being wrapped in delicious ingredients to ingesting them as, post-spa, I was shuffled to the terrace of Zest for a lunch of seafood salad featuring fresh scallops, squid, and prawns. Overlooking the palm-lined infinity pool, the restaurant blends influences of the Middle East, Asia, and the West.
The One&Only The Palm’s reputation for dazzling guests continues come nightfall. As you make your way to the 101 Dining Lounge and Marina (which I highly recommend you do), you’ll be able to look out to one of the city’s best views: the New Dubai skyline. Disclaimer: Prepare to pinch yourself as you look out to the reflection of Dubai Marina’s twisted towers shimmering like a technicolor mirage in the calm waters of the Palm Jumeirah – I know I had to.
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