Glittering, palatial resort in an iconic setting
Popular plate: Stand-out dining experiences include contemporary Italian at Social by Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck, and LAO, which serves creative Vietnamese cuisine.
Set on the iconic, one-of-a-kind Palm island in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, this stylish and elegant resort really has the wow-factor. Expansive, panoramic views from all areas of the property certainly make the most of the incredible setting - on one side you have beautiful views across the Arabian Gulf and of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, while on the other side, you overlook the private white sandy beach and on towards the glittering Dubai Marina skyline.
A welcome respite from Dubai's imposing glass-clad towers, this sprawling white building is classic and refined on the outside, and chic, airy and light on the inside, mixing contemporary stylings with gorgeously palatial features (gold detailing, glistening mosaics, huge chandeliers). Immaculate hallways lead to beautifully understated rooms featuring walk-in wardrobes, balconies, supremely plush beds, and huge lavish bathrooms with a large bathtub, separate waterfall shower, dual sinks, and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries.
It's primarily about whiling away your days poolside, and the resort never gives you the impulse to want to leave. Indulge in treatments at the mammoth, 3,200 square metres spa, cool off at the two temperature controlled pools (one's adults only) or soak up the sun on the white sandy beach. For those looking for something more active, there's tons of water sports activities (snorkelling, water-skiing, paddle boarding) and a floodlit tennis court. All in all, it's pure bliss.