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Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace opened its doors in 2005, and although the category doesn’t actually exist, was deemed the second seven-star property in the world, along with neighbouring Dubai’s Burj Al Arab. Costing $3bn to build, it’s pure opulence on the grandest scale and bedazzles you the moment you approach. There is a real sense of intrigue about the place, so much so that the hotel has become a tourist attraction in its own right.
The palatial presence that the palace’s exterior commands is mirrored inside: think lashings of gold leaf, inlaid, intricate marble floors, stunning archways, ornate domed ceilings, intricate water features, Murano chandeliers and so much more. The setting is magical – everything shimmers and gleams – from the manicured gardens and landscaped pools to the 1.3 km of pristine beach that overlooks the natural bay. There is a small army of staff on hand too, including butlers to cater to your whims around the clock. Enter this fairytale-style world and indulge; it’s an experience you’ll never want to forget.
If there is one ‘small’ thing that you shouldn’t miss while you’re here, it’s a cup of Palace Cappuccino at Le Café, served sprinkled with 24 karat gold leaf dust. And the greater eclectic range of dining venues covers all the bases. Amongst them, Hakkasan serves mouth-watering Asian dishes such as the signature Peking duck with caviar, while Le Vendome is highly regarded for its international buffet on a very grand scale.
The Arabian fantasy continues with beautifully styled guest rooms and suites decorated with authentic, luxury Arabian furnishings. Outside the rooms and suites, the extensive facilities include the Emirates Palace Marina and the Beach Club that offers water sports and inflatable rides, as well as two swimming pools. Cascades pool is most suited to families who will like its Lazy River, but kids of 5 to 12 years old can join in the fun at the Sarab Land kids’ club, so parents can relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Health and fitness needs are met by two gyms, yoga classes, Zumba, cycling on outdoor trails and the spa that has just about everything, including a traditional Moroccan hammam. For something with a cultural twist, take a fun camel ride along the beach and stop for lunch in a traditional Bedouin tent, set up just for you.
The Marina Mall is within walking distance, while the Louvre is only a short cab ride away.
How to get here
35 minutes by road from Abu Dhabi International Airport
394 rooms & suites