Located on the westernmost tip of The Palm is the jewel in Dubai’s One&Only crown. From the moment you walk through the entrance, it shimmers and shines in a beautifully, understated way. Stylish and super-modern, the opulent ambience and ornate furnishings remind you that you are still in Arabia.
The Moorish, low rise design makes a refreshing change in a city that loves a high rise. The main building is the Manor House, and the three storey block boasts some of the largest entry level rooms in Dubai. It overlooks the fabulous pool and surrounding terraces. Closer to the beach are six individual, mansion houses which all face the beach so no matter which room category you book, you are steps from the water. Some of the Junior Suites have swimming pools but are not completely private, as guests taking a stroll along the beach can see into the pools. There are also four free-standing villas. Duplexes, with two bedrooms and a large swimming pool, they offer the ultimate privacy and yet don’t sacrifice the high standards of service and amenities that all guests are entitled to.
Dining is a real treat here, where Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno heads up STAY (for dinner only), and there’s a vast selection of everything imaginable available around-the-clock in the all-day dining restaurant, Zest. Finally, drinks and dinner at the super-cool 101 Dining Lounge and Bar at the marina offers the opportunity for guests to swan around a super-sexy venue looking like a movie star—appropriate garb recommended.
The resort has a glamorous feel to it but not in a pretentious way. You would be at home around the pool decked out in a gold bikini and matching wedges, and equally as comfortable in a casual pair of linen slacks, chilling out beneath a parasol. And with champagne corks popping beside fruit smoothies and green juices, guests of all walks of life were enjoying the irresistible vibe of this world class resort.
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