Dubai is the epicenter of opulent, palatial resorts, with hundreds of five-star residences of varying styles and designs offering visitors a superb choice of accommodation while visiting the Emirate. Thanks to its iconic location at the very western tip of the artificial island, The Palm, The One & Only The Palm (one of the One & Only dubai hotels) offers both luxury and tranquillity and is one of Dubai's very best residences. Let’s take a look at some of the features that makes a stay at the One & Only the Palm a genuinely memorable experience.
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Where is the One & Only The Palm located?
The Palm Jumeriah is perhaps the most iconic location in Dubai. The artificial island in the shape of a palm tree stretches out 5km into the Arabian Gulf and is populated by exquisite restaurants and luxury hotels. The One & Only The Palm is located at the very end of the Palm's western crescent and is totally secluded and offers unrivaled peace and quiet. It takes around forty minutes to drive from Jumeriah to the hotel, but it’s undoubtedly worth the drive to enjoy the tranquillity of the location.
What can guests expect from the hotel décor?
The hotel itself is a striking feat of modern Arabian architecture. It consists of one main building and several beach houses; each spread across a large area so as not to feel cramped. The outbuildings are separated by stunningly manicured gardens accentuated by the formidable backdrop of the not-so-distant marina's skyscrapers. One of the signature features of the One & Only The Palm is the magnificent Arabian patterns that adorn the walls, balconies, and public areas of the hotel. The intricate designs give a sense of otherworldliness and are a nod to its Oriental culture.
What are the rooms like?
Every single one of the ninety rooms is individually decorated and utterly luxurious. You sleep on a quilted king-size bed, can bathe in a free-standing bathtub while pampering yourself with Acqua di Parma amenities, and relax during the heat of the day in the soft-seating area while tuning into the 55-inch TV. The mini-bar is fully stocked, and you have a Nespresso machine at your disposal, which is regularly topped up with your favorite flavors. When you venture outside your room, you’re greeted by a furnished garden patio or private balcony that offers incredible, unspoiled views across the Arabian Gulf. If you opt for a Premium Suite, you can also enjoy your own private pool.
What services are offered by the One & Only The Palm ?
As soon as you arrive at the One & Only Palm Jumeirah, you are provided with frosted fragranced towels and crystal tumblers of iced tea, which sets the stage for formal, detail-oriented service. A labyrinth of decks, lanes, and horseshoe-arch-punctuated pavilions, dotted with bloom-topped terracotta pots, ultimately leads to a high-tech gym with an adults-only outdoor pool, an opulent Guerlain Spa, and a pedi-manicure studio by celebrity pedicurist Bastien Gonzalez. There's a quarter-mile of private beach, and the resort revolves around the main pool, which is surrounded by lush palm trees and luxurious cozy recliners for two.
During our short stay at the resort, we felt the service offered by staff was generally good but could have been improved somewhat, given the costs associated with staying at the hotel. We often found that we had to wait for a long time after ordering drinks and were disappointed with the service offered around the pool area. However, we found that the room service provided went above and beyond, and when approached, staff couldn’t do enough for you. The only criticism would be that you would hope the service would be a little quicker for such a premium resort, and staff wouldn’t need to be chased up for simple food and drink orders.
How is the food and drink?
Breakfast is a memorable experience at Zest, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant. Instead of serving up every single breakfast option known to human-kind, they instead focus on offering guests exceptionally high-quality fare from a semi-a-la-carte menu. You can begin by ordering a choice of freshly prepared eggs, waffles, pancakes, or porridge, complimented by a fresh fruit smoothie and coffee prepared to your liking. You’re then invited to the buffet to select from a range of fruits, Arabic dishes, cheeses, and cold cuts, which ensure you start the day feeling refreshed and suitably replete.
Alongside Zest are two other dining options: 101 lounge and the exquisite Michelin Star restaurant ‘Stay’ by chef Yannick Alleno. Both venues offer exceptional dining experiences with wonderful views across the Gulf, and the cuisine is everything you would expect from this five-star resort with exceedingly high standards. Allen's sublime langoustine and caviar tart is the standout dish on his Paris-inspired menu.
How to get there?
Arriving at Dubai International Airport, you can opt for a cab or Uber ride to the Palm Jumeriah, from which it takes a further forty minutes to reach the resort at the western tip of the Palm. However, when you’re at the hotel, you can enjoy the service of the complimentary yacht that takes you back to the marina in ten minutes without having to arrange a cab and drive across the Palm. It’s a head-turning way to arrive onshore for your evening out!
Is the One & Only The Palm good value for money?
As you might expect from the services offered, a night at theOne & Only The Palm doesn’t come cheap. In low season, double rooms start from AED 2,900 ($790) and from AED 7,000 ($1,905) in high season. The room rate includes breakfast only. The food served up at each of the restaurants is eye-wateringly expensive also, so be sure to budget for this during your stay. Despite the phenomenal price that a short-stay at the One & Only The Palm will set you back, it’s undeniably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and you won’t be disappointed with the quality and service should you elect to splash out. One & Only The Palm is one of the leading luxury hotels in Dubai.
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