Sunday, January 8, 2012

HOTEL CHECKS DUBAI, part 4, One&Only The Palm


A haven of luxury and style, One&Only The Palm is an intimate low rise resort with real class at the edge of The Palm island. The clientele is very upmarket, but it is not stiff or snobbish. We loved this quiet and relaxing place. It has beautiful pool areas, and the beach area is nice with plenty of space for the guests.

The food was outstanding. We loved the concept in the main restaurant where each dish is prepared in three different ways. So for example there are three shrimp starters cooked in an Asian, Middle Eastern or Western way etc. Amusing and brilliant. The breakfast buffet is fantastic, not over the top but with great quality products and plenty of choice.

Who should stay
This place is for top luxury clients who want the best in Dubai without any of the overwhelming, over-the-top luxury that Dubai can proffer. This is low key and stylish with finesse and European elegance and Arabian accents. It is also a place for top luxury families who do not want a large resort with kids clubs and water parks. When we stayed there, 34 kids were in house and by no means did they compromise the experience.

On the edge of the palm leaf. 15 minutes by car to Royal Mirage. The surrounding area is not particularly inspiring. But when inside the resort you only see beautiful views. A transfer by boat to One&Only Royal Mirage is available a few times a day according to a fixed schedule.

Great gym, hair salon, spa and nail spa. 3 restaurants, big pool area with sun loungers both shaded and in the sun. For guests who want to splurge they can rent an air conditioned cabana for the day by the pool. The cabanas have a living room with minibar, bathroom and indoor and outdoor shower. The approximate cost is EUR 500 for the day.

You should know
Only slow WIFI is included in the rate and only one person per room number can be connected at the same time. For quicker access one has to pay. The sand in the water on the beach can be a bit too fine.

A stylish and intimate 5 star resort for classy people who want to enjoy the best in life with like minded travellers.

NOTE: In blog style these are our own informal mobile phone snapshots

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