Five rea­sons to visit: Palazzo Ver­sace Dubai

This palace of a prop­erty of­fers a lux­u­ri­ous, larger-than-life ex­pe­ri­ence to make you feel like the queen that you are. Pack your crown

Emirates Woman - - Contents - WORDS: GE­ORG IE BRADLEY

01 Lap­soflux­ury A turquoise-hued pool is never lost on us. The ho­tel has not one but two starry pools (it’s too hard to choose our favourite) named Portofino and Capri, two Ital­ian des­ti­na­tions that evoke much sum­mer­time dreami­ness. They’re both large enough to feel like you’ve got a lot of swim­ming space all to your­self to com­pose your best Slim Aarons mo­ment by the pool. No fil­ter re­quired ei­ther.

02 Pro­fu­sion of grand eur Too much is never enough at Palazzo Ver­sace – a ho­tel that pretty much slaps you with its ver­sion of high-oc­tane lux­ury as you step out of the taxi and are ush­ered into the stately lobby. The 16th cen­tury Ital­ian palace aes­thetic is re­alised in fur­nish­ings that could eas­ily serve as props for a pe­riod film, while shafts of Dubai’s sun­light glis­tens on the gilded col­umns. You’ re to­tally trans­ported here.

03 The­goodlife Palazzo Ver­sace is very much a char­ac­ter ho­tel em­bod­ied in full spirit–luck­ily its Dubai Creek lo­ca­tion means you’ll want to spend whole days on the ground as there’s not much around draw­ing you else­where. We highly rec­om­mend com­ing for a week­end to do noth­ing but chan­nel your in­ner Donatella with a cap­puc­cino on the ter­race, ab­sorb­ing the minu­tia of life and feel­ing su­per fancy about it.

04 Deca­dent­din­ing The dé­cor is as much a part of the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as the food, which­ever out­let you dine at Palazzo Ver­sace. The ta­ble set­tings are decked out in the Ver­sace em­blem – hon­estly, there’s not one salt and pep­per shaker or side plate with­out it – and the chan­de­liers are the stars of the show. Van­i­tas is our pick for an Ital­ian meal (with its all-Ital­ian staff) served with a de­li­cious scoopof­dol­cevita.

05 Beau­tysleep You’ll be in ab­so­lute heaven on your plush bed – mostly be­cause the high ceil­ings give an im­pres­sion of an other-worldly place, giv­ing you the sweet­est shut-eye. It feels like a cross be­tween a duchess's court and a Palm Springs du­plex. If you’re into your bath­rooms, and have the same level of mar­blelove as we do, you’ll spend most of your time bub­bled up in the tub with your La Bot te ga toi­letries.

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