Cool shades com­ing to W Dubai – The Palm

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

THE SEC­OND W Ho­tel in Dubai, which will house 350 sea-fac­ing guest rooms and suites on Palm Jume­riah’s Western Cres­cent, is gear­ing up for its Septem­ber launch.

Select me­dia had a sneak peek to co­in­cide with a din­ner from Chef Akira Back which was served in a WOW Suite.

First im­pres­sions From the mo­ment you walk in and see the hang­ing red crys­tal box lights and multi-coloured mo­saics in the lobby, this W re­sort ( billed as the first ‘ W Es­cape’ in the Mid­dle East) packs a colour­ful, con­tem­po­rary punch. Even the Away Spa features bright pur­ples and graf­fiti art­work.

De­signs make ref­er­ence to lo­cal cul­ture with the bright falaj-style cav­ernous en­trance and the lobby is a mod­ern take on an Ara­bic ci­tadel with dif­fer­ent win­dow shapes, which guests can peer through as they walk to and from the lifts. A Be­douin-es­que fire­place is also in the lobby and the spa features an elab­o­rate wa­ter drop in a nod to Pearl fishing her­itage.

F&B Chef Akira Back served a six-course menu in an 846sqm Wow Suite on the fourth floor, whose ter­race over­looks the dis­tinc­tive, in­di­vid­ual pod-dot­ted pool and WET Deck – al­though on open­ing his restau­rant will be on the other side of the re­sort. There will be six F&B venues in­clud­ing Torno Su­bito by Mas­simo Bot­tura, his first venue out­side Italy, and the SoBe rooftop bar should be pop­u­lar for Sun­down­ers.

Rooms This swish suite apart, we weren’t shown the rooms, but along­side 224 King Rooms and 68 Twin Rooms are 22 suites (100-108sqm). An Ex­treme Wow Suite cov­er­ing 1,728sqm spans the sixth and sev­enth floors and con­tains its own 25-me­tre pool.

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