The first of Dubai’s extravagant palm tree–shaped artificial islands once seemed an expensive marketing gimmick; but One&Only The Palm’s prime position on the tip of the outer breakwater—plus thriving starfish and transplanted mature palm trees—make the beach here feel at once natural and private (albeit with views of dramatic postmodern skyscrapers lining the mainland coast). The rooms and suites are grouped in blocks of six or nine within sea-facing, Marrakech-meets-Miami–styled mansions with beige and dark-wood interiors, freestanding bathtubs, and thoughtful amenities such as headphone jacks by the bed and high-quality wine in the minifridge. Gulf Arab families booking freestanding villas sometimes house servants in the Manor Wing attached to the hotel's main building.
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Due to the island’s palm tree shape, “fronds”-lined apartment high-rises or private villas segregate the island into neighborhoods hard to negotiate without a taxi. One&Only The Palm occupies the best and most private beach position on the outer breakwater. Along the same strip, zoned for hotels, it’s worth having a look at contrasting styles of utter opulence at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, modeled after a 17th-century Turkish Sultan’s palace, or of Atlantis, The Palm, Sol Kerzner’s theme resort with water park, dolphin show, one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums, and celebrity chef restaurants Nobu and Ronda Locatelli.
Need to Know
Rooms: 90 rooms and four villas; from $417 [1,530 AED]. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Michelin-starred French chef Yannick Alleno directs three restaurants including 101 Dining Lounge and Bar, a tented jetty beer garden with lounging sofas and sunset views of sea and skyline. Stay, the most formal eatery, offers modern French dishes such as foie gras terrine with black truffle and a green-apple brioche pop. Gym and spa details: The freestanding ESPA-branded spa has nine treatment rooms, cabanas with private pool, and a state-of-the-art gym. Lined by palm trees and loungers, the ornately tiled hotel garden pool fronting the restaurant wing is best for morning laps.
Who’s it for: Privacy-seeking couples. Long taxi rides into town mean the hotel is best suited for second-time visitors to Dubai who prefer seaside relaxing to city sightseeing. Our favorite rooms: Rooms in the low-rise mansions have sea-facing patios and views unimpeded by other buildings. “Manor” wing rooms can feel claustrophobic. Local highlight: Skip the taxis and take the hotel motor launch to the sister resort One&Only Royal Mirage on the coast, whose romantic Rooftop Terrace bar and Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant, are a favorite date-night combo for locals.
Zest - International cuisine all-day with indoor and outdoor dining; 101 Dining Lounge and Bar - Mediterranean style dishes and tapas with views of the New Dubai skyline; STAY - French cuisine by Yannick Alleno
Bars and Lounges
101 Bar - Upscale bar and marina with skyline views; The Lounge - afternoon tea, pastries, and light fare
One&Only Private Spa - Comprehensive spa treatments including three-or-five day wellness journeys
Fitness Centre - Dedicated fitness team on hand to provide one-on-one training programs
Pools and Beaches
Private Beach and adults-only pool with oversized daybeds
Palm Manor Premiere Room
Located within the main Manor House, featuring exquisite living space finished in contemporary chic design with a subtle taste of Arabia. All 32 Manor House Premiere Rooms include a private balcony or garden patio.
Palm Manor Executive Suite
This luxurious suite features a grand master bedroom and separate living and dining areas finished in contemporary chic design with a subtle taste of Arabia. A private outdoor terrace with additional dining space and sun loungers invites quiet moments of relaxation, and round-the-clock service is available by a concierge team. Pa
Manor "Grand Palm" Suite
The one bedroom Manor Grand Palm Suite includes an entrance foyer with large, open-plan lounge and dining area plus workspace facilities. A large outdoor terrace features majlis-style seating, oversized dining facilities and sun deck. Personalized round-the-clock service is provided by a private host.
Palm Beach Premiere Room
Mere steps from the beach and most with sea views, the spacious Palm Beach Premiere Rooms are elegantly designed with private balcony or beachfront garden patio, furnished with a King-size or two double beds, plush indoor seating area, outdoor seating area and luxurious bathroom.
Palm Beach Junior Suite
Steps away from the beach, these spacious accommodations feature an elegantly appointed bedroom and private balcony or beachfront garden.
Palm Beach Junior Suite with Pool
As part of the Palm Beach Mansions, these seven suites each boast a private pool and beachfront garden patio. Interiors are of distinctive Moorish and Andalusian architecture with chic furnishings and state-of-the-art technology. Personalised round-the-clock service is also provided by a team of dedicated hosts.
Palm Beach Executive Suite
Located within the Palm Beach Mansions, these suites offer an expansive living space of distinctive Moorish and Andalusian architecture, chic interiors and state-of-the-art technology. Personalised round-the-clock service is also provided by a team of dedicated hosts. Steps away from the beach, an integrated lounge and dining area provides palatial comfort, and the grand master bedroom features a private balcony or beachfront garden patio.
Palm Beach Executive Suite with Pool
Found within the Palm Beach Mansions, these two suites are decorated in distinctive Moorish and Andalusian architecture with chic interiors and state-of-the-art technology. Personalized round-the-clock service is also provided by a team of dedicated hosts. Steps away from the beach, the these suites boast expansive living space featuring an integrated lounge and dining area, grand master bedroom and beachfront garden patio surrounding the pool.
Each of the four independent, freestanding Beachfront Villas feature impressive details of Andalusian and Moorish-inspired architecture with modern, contemporary chic interiors. Each villa features a grand entrance foyer, open-plan living space with bar and dining area connected to a private-service kitchenette. Two master bedrooms offer dedicated en suite dressing rooms and bathrooms. The upper floor accommodation features beautifully furnished balconies. Each Villa includes grand outdoor shaded seating and dining areas, plus spacious, lush gardens with a private swimming pool. The dining experience is enhanced within the comfort of an extended gazebo majlis-style entertaining area. Two of the Villas offer dedicated car access with private parking for total security. Personalized round-the-clock service is provided by a team of dedicated hosts.