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Fairmont The Palm: The Sophisticated Staycation

Fairmont The Palm is one of those hotels that is somewhat of an institution in Dubai. Loved by just about everyone from families travelling from afar to couples looking for a staycation spot, such is its diversity and natural elegance that sets the standard high for properties in the city.

One of the more established hotels in the region, nestled along the trunk of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Fairmont The Palm is a destination steeped in seaside sophistication a stones throw from all the major tourist attractions that this exciting Emirates has to offer. Set along seemingly miles of private white sand beach, this hotel sees repeat visitors time and time again for its welcoming atmosphere and comfortable luxury.

Laze around one of many sparkling swimming pools, indulge in gastronomic delights at award-winning restaurants of simply enjoy the spectacular view of the Dubai Marina Skyline, this Landmark hotel has something for everyone.

I’ve visited Fairmont The Palm numerous times whilst visiting and living in the region and each time I’m never disappointed. This time I decided to really look at each and every aspect of the property, trying to understand what draws me (and many others) back time and time again.

Walking into the lobby at the Fairmont is like entering an oasis of calm only distracted by the sound of animated chatter from happy guests. The clientele is international and spans a variety of ages; On one hand you spot the canoodling couple enjoying a stolen moment as they enjoy a romantic weekend away and on the other hand a father is playfully swinging his child over his shoulder, each seemingly oblivious to the other. The hotel is vast, not overwhelmingly enormous however, but big enough for there to be enough space for everyone to enjoy their own privacy, this certainly isn’t a claustrophobic hotel.

In fact, Fairmont The Palm offers some 381 rooms and suites making it one of the largest hotels in Dubai. Each guest room is decorated in an understated design, with cool neutrals and Arabian touches, all inspired by traditional Mashrabiya architecture, further seen through the exterior design of the hotel which stands imposingly on the left hand side of the Palm’s trunk. One of my favourite parts about Fairmont The Palm, more specifically in regards to the accommodation, are the balconies. With views that stretch out across the Arabian Gulf, offering one of the most sought-after panorama is the entire of Dubai, it’s far too tempting to order room service and sit for hours gazing out across the twinkling wonder of this majestic city.

For those short on time or simply if you prefer that added touch of luxury to you Dubai vacation/staycation, I suggest opting for a ‘Gold’ room. When choosing one of these rooms, although the interior isn’t noticeably that of an upgrade, you are subject to a wealth of added services designed to make your life that little bit easier and therefore your stay that more special. Among the additional privileges that you’ll enjoy when booking Fairmont Gold include a private express check-in where you are whizzed to the 9th floor and away from any lengthy queues that litter the hotel reception. You also have access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge which offers food and beverages all day, from a chef’s station, full breakfast buffet and elegant afternoon coffee, and my personal favourite, evening drinks and hors-d’oeuvres. It’s well worth the additional (minimal) cost.

On the subject of dining, Fairmont The Palm is somewhat of a gastronomic destination, with Dubai based foodies swarming over the four restaurants and three bars, all serving up exquisite, unique cuisine. Flow Kitchen is the main buffet restaurant offering a variety of eclectic dishes for breakfast and lunch and transforming itself into a sophisticated a la carte eatery in the evenings. Meat lovers rejoice for Frevo is an authentic Brazilian restaurant, serving up all manner of Churrasco grills alongside live entertainment against the backdrop of the marina from the al fresco terrace, making an ideal spot for larger groups. Fashionistas can be spotted at the uber chic Ba restaurant and lounge where small yet incredibly delicious dishes represent the 8 regions of Chinese for a traditional take on top-end Asian cuisine. After you’ve finished your dim sum, move across the the lounge where a resident DJ plays soothing sounds that compliment one of the many creative cocktails on offer. Monday night is Ladies’ Night here so girls drink free (conditions apply).

The favourite spot seems to be Seagrill on 25 Restaurant, offering inside and outside casual dining and an extensive Mediterranean menu. Now it’s not cheap but the food really is exceptional. Tuck into freshly grilled Red Snapper with creamed potato and seasonal vegetables or savour a seafood linguine with tasty, fresh mussels, clams and squid on top of a bed of creamy pasta. There is even an evening shisha service so after eating you can recline in one of then dedicated beachside cabanas and relax in true Arabic style. Shoes optional.

The impressive beach and several swimming pools make The Fairmont a popular destination for sun-worshippers however, the Willow Steam Spa and Health Club are what really set this hotel apart from its neighbours. At 17,200 square foot this holistic spa offers a wide range of treatments, all inspired by ancient philosophies. The best thing about it is, with 13 treatment rooms there is always availability for desired time slots. You must try a traditional hammam or relax with an aromatic steam and sauna. The Health Club on the ground floor offers a fully-equipped gym with weight and cardiovascular machines, free weights and of course, personal training services should you so wish.

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Staying at Fairmont the Palm is like coming home, albeit a very luxurious home. It’s comfortable, it’s tasteful an it has everything you need for the perfect holiday.

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