A taste of Italy in Dubai

Get that Ital­ian sum­mer feel­ing all through the UAE’s long winter with Palazzo Ver­sace Dubai

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Su­perla­tives are noth­ing spe­cial at the Palazzo Ver­sace Dubai. Sit­u­ated on the wind­ing banks of the Dubai Creek, the ho­tel is mod­elled on a 16th-cen­tury Ital­ian palace and in­ter­spersed with Ara­bian-in-flu­enced ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments.

To say that the ho­tel is per­fect for those Instagram hol­i­day moments is an un­der­state­ment. The 40,000 square me­tres of mar­ble, 50 mil­lion pieces of tesserae in mo­saic work, 12,000 pieces of fur­ni­ture, 400,000 peb­bles in the porte-cochere, fab­rics to­tal­ing 120,000m and three-tonne chan­de­lier are but a few im­pres­sive high­lights. As we all know that a suc­cess­ful project is more than the sum of its parts, a spe­cial chem­istry, balanc­ing both flux and ma­te­rial qual­ity, is what keeps the place alive and de­sir­able.

Steeped in clas­sic Ital­ian de­sign, the rooms are a state­ment of both bold­ness and el­e­gance, while the suites are the epit­ome of pala­tial liv­ing, large enough to get lost in.

Once you’ve checked-in and got a feel for your room, the day beck­ons, and if you have chil­dren ages 4 to 12, the fa­cil­i­ties of the kids’ club are com­pli­men­tary for all guests stay­ing in the ho­tel.

De­li­cious din­ing choices abound, but from the very start, a sooth­ing ex­pe­ri­ence has been chore­ographed. At the very heart of the ho­tel, Mo­saico, the op­u­lent lounge, of­fers panoramic views of the Dubai Creek and cen­tral pool through its soar­ing floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows; strong pil­lars; ele­gant in­te­ri­ors; and a grand pi­ano to keep you in­side. A lav­ish Palazzo Ver­sace High Tea fea­tures sand­wiches, in­clud­ing cu­cum­ber and cheese with av­o­cado cream and brie and wal­nut, sweets in­clud­ing lemon meringue mac­arons, and plain and raisin scones that come with home­made jam, clot­ted cream and lemon curd.

The sig­na­ture Ital­ian restau­rant Van­i­tas is the place to head for ei­ther lunch or din­ner (think carpac­cio, bur­rata br­uschetta and tagli­olini alle von­gole for lunch, or prawn tartare and black cod or sea bass for din­ner), while the bolder Enigma restau­rant’s culi­nary tale con­tin­ues to evolve and fea­tures the Taste of Per­sia. In­spired by the Ira­nian ori­gins of our Miche­lin-starred ex­ec­u­tive chef Man­sour Me­mar­ian, it is the most au­then­tic culi­nary story to grace the kitchens of Enigma.

For af­ter­wards, or in­deed to spend the whole evening since it of­fers its own bar menu, the classy, softly lit Q’s Bar and Lounge, opened by leg­endary record pro­ducer Quincy Jones, boasts live mu­si­cal per­for­mances in a glam­orous en­vi­ron­ment.

The ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion holds a cer­tain nov­elty value – it feels like you have es­caped into a tran­quil cor­ner of the city. With the newly opened Jameel Arts Cen­tre in the vicin­ity, Palazzo Ver­sace Dubai lights up Jaddaf Wa­ter­front with an art­ful op­u­lence.

For book­ings visit palaz­zover­sace.ae or call 04 556 8888.

Check in to Palazzo Ver­sace Dubai and ad­mire the im­pres­sive dé­cor, en­joy the smooth sounds at Q’s Bar and Lounge, let lit­tle ones ex­plore the kids’ club, and then take stock of it all in a pala­tial suite

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