The Emirates Palace Hotel is more than a luxury holiday resort in Abu Dhabi, it’s a legendary and iconic tourist attraction in itself, one which rewards lucky guests with an unforgettable experience of the Arabian Gulf. Truly palatial in name and nature, this property is unashamedly lavish, flaunting dozens of water fountains, marble pillars and crystal chandeliers from the lobby to the lounge, and every guestroom in between; all on the shores of its own private beach.
The design and décor of the Emirates Palace Hotel has been carefully crafted to feel authentically regal. Think gold-plated banisters, horseshoe archways and marble floors within, while outside you can look forward to sprawling decorative lawns and two sizeable lagoon-style swimming pools – one with its own mini waterpark, one a swim-up bar. Around the rest of the grounds, there are also daybeds, sun loungers and al fresco dining spaces aplenty. Some are nicely formal, others far more laidback and perfect for grabbing a mid-afternoon bite at leisure.
Step away from the hotel and onto your private beach for a moment, where the Emirates Palace Hotel story continues in the form of furnished gazebos for intimate dining and plenty of watersports, camel riding and a fantastic kids’ club. Alternatively, why not slink into the heavenly, award-winning spa for tailored therapies, private treatment rooms and a traditional hammam, in what is a truly relaxing space cut off from the world. Outside of the spa (and lounge bars) this is in fact a family-friendly Abu Dhabi resort, with lots of attractions and courteous staff to keep children entertained all day long, leaving grown-ups to hit the air-conditioned gym, laze by the pool or hang out at the Emirates Palace Marina. Here, the luxury yachts of Abu Dhabi’s elite feel perfectly at home with the Emirates Palace Hotel in the background – you can also hire a boat or try your hand at windsurfing while visiting.
Back onsite, Michelin-star chefs deliver a gastronomic experience to be remembered at each of the nine fine dining restaurants, where every flavour combination, global speciality and mouth-watering plate can be savoured in a variety of equally impressive settings. Meanwhile, when the time comes to retire, the entry-level rooms have a slightly more modest interior design though are still supremely comfortable and come with a furnished balcony, pillow menu and deep soak bathtub. The suites take things to the next level entirely, more palatial in their design and feel, awash with added extras and boasting plenty of space, separate lounge areas and a long list of mod-cons to suit the most discerning 21st century traveller; certainly the ones to go for if on a family holiday.
Emirates Palace Facilities
394 elegantly appointed rooms and suites.
The Corniche, 30 minutes transfer from Abu Dhabi International Airport.