Robb Report (USA)

Luxury, Serenity, Sophistica­tion

Raffles The Palm Dubai blends tradition with 21st-century amenities.


The epitome of a contempora­ry beach palace, Raffles The Palm Dubai resides in an unparallel­ed location, boasting not only panoramic sea views but also vistas of Dubai’s iconic skyline while offering a tranquil, private getaway just a short drive from the city’s main attraction­s. Each of the resort’s 389 rooms and suites—beautifull­y appointed by Italian designer Francesco Molon—features a balcony and terrace showcasing expansive water vistas, while the eight spacious villas are furnished with unmatched luxury and attention to detail. Personal butlers provide guests with legendary 24-hour service and act as concierges, attuned to the best that Dubai has to offer. With their knowledge of guests’ profiles and preference­s, they can anticipate every need and desire.

The hotel has partnered with master artisans who share the brand’s passion for authentic luxury and timeless craftsmans­hip and also provide exclusive, meaningful entertainm­ent and learning experience­s. Chefs, for example, open their kitchens to the culinarily curious, organizing live cooking events and developing surprising epicurean delicacies. Gianluca

Guinzoni draws on his decades of experience at the historic café Cova in Milan to bring the art of patisserie to new heights. And furniture master Andrea Fortuna, whose exquisite pieces can be described as functional art, will demonstrat­e his artistry in the resort’s public areas, offer private showcases in guest rooms and work with local artists to create special items.

Rejuvenati­on and wellness for the body and mind are hallmarks of the outstandin­g spa, which offers cutting-edge treatments and rituals for serenity, two majestic hammams and the biggest indoor pool in the Middle East. An exclusive partnershi­p with world-renowned Cinq Mondes and collaborat­ions with other carefully selected brands that share a unique nontraditi­onal well-being philosophy provide hotel guests with a vast selection of offerings to achieve optimum health, happiness and vitality. Among the hotel’s seven stylish dining venues, the Raffles Beach Restaurant & Pool Bar stands out as the center of resort life. Located on one of The Palm’s best beaches, the restaurant is open from morning until night, showcasing a high-energy atmosphere throughout the day.

In the morning, guests can enjoy breakfast with a sea view and spontaneou­sly join a yoga sunrise salutation. At noon, they can linger over a casual lunch and then live music starts playing around sunset, issuing an invitation to open a celebrator­y bottle of Champagne in a private cabana. For dinner, guests can book a table with friends and savor refined Mediterran­ean cuisine while being entertaine­d by world-class musicians and other performers. The result is unique in Dubai, welcoming both the resort’s well-traveled guests and local connoisseu­rs to a rare combinatio­n of ultra-luxe hospitalit­y and vibrant club life.

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