One&Only The Palm
One&Only The Palm is a palatial luxury hotel in Dubai, expertly fusing impeccable hospitality with local heritage across its design, facilities and service standards. The guestrooms here are wonderfully large, and with only 90 of them (plus four heavenly villas) this feels every bit the intimate boutique hotel in Dubai compared with most of its mammoth neighbours.
Studded on the western edge of the Palm Jumeirah, this One&Only Dubai resort is not only blessed with a serene setting – tucked away from the rest of the hubbub – but also affords dazzling views of the Dubai Marina skyline and glistening waters. The backdrop, however, is just the start when it comes to luxury living. One&Only The Palm’s architecture nods to Middle-eastern design: perfectly symmetrical, sandstone-hued exteriors accented with keyhole arches and elegant columns, setting the tone for an opulent experience. Inside, the Moorish style is extended to both communal areas and guestrooms, where white and gold reigns supreme and intricate features like delicate latticework keeps the hotel firmly rooted in Dubai’s heritage.
All this serves to create the feel of a Sultan’s palace, with the rooms, suites and villas styled to the highest standard. Even entry-level rooms are delightfully capacious (starting at 65sq m), with all guestrooms featuring fine textures and fabrics, marble bathrooms with deep-soak bathtubs, and Acqua di Parma toiletries, as well as an outdoor patio or balcony for relaxing moments spent al fresco. Suites come with separate living rooms and beautifully furnished outdoor areas, butler service or private pools looking out over the sea and twinkling skyline beyond. The cream of the crop, however, are the Beachfront Villas, boasting 325sq m of pure opulence with two bedrooms, connected to private dressing rooms; a kitchen; living and dining area with bar; and multiple balconies. Best of all though, is the outdoor living area where a large pool, luxury sun loungers and even a gazebo facing the sea ensure that this is a place fit for royalty.
There’s more to love about One&Only The Palm, on top of these sumptuous room options. The huge and heavenly outdoor pool is lined with palm trees, cabanas and luxe loungers; the Guerlain spa promises to refresh and rejuvenate; a long stretch of beach is right on your doorstep; and there’s a kids’ club for little ones, too. What’s more, you can hop in a complimentary water taxi to sister hotel, the One&Only Mirage, for watersports and many other facilities to make use of, and Dubai’s Aquadventure Park is just minutes away too.
Finally, dining in Dubai is an all-important element of a luxury holiday here, and the One&Only The Palm lives up to the hype. Slick service meets exquisite restaurant spaces adorned with attractive interiors, and the cuisine is sublime. Michelin-star chef Yannick Alleno oversees the French fare at Stay, with a tasting menu you simply can’t resist, and you can even try your hand at making sweet treats in the Pastry Library. Then, al fresco dining at Zest – with a view of the immaculate gardens – is a high point, and there’s no better place for sunset-gazing than at 101 Dining Lounge and Bar, watching as the Dubai Marina begins to sparkle with lights. We can’t think of a better way to round off a luxurious day spent at One&Only The Palm.
One&Only The Palm Facilities
90 rooms and suites, and 4 beachfront villas.
Palm Jumeirah, 45 minutes transfer from Dubai International Airport.