This palatial Dubai hotel could be the city's most opulent
With its glittering skyline, palm-frond islands and endless attractions, it’s hard to impress those familiar with the luxury of Dubai. But a new hotel may exceed expectations in a city already known for its opulence.
Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai has recently opened its doors to travellers on Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island and archipelago. The 100,000-square-metre palace shows off views of the city and the sea. The palatial resort was “inspired by the palaces of 18th century Europe”. The 391-room hotel boasts a 500-metre private white sand beach, the first UAE restaurant from the three Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse, the largest private cinema on Palm Jumeirah, and much more.
There’s no shortage of additional opulent features, including 6400 chandeliers, hand-painted 24-carat gold leaf, and so much more. As the building is inspired by European palaces, it was been “meticulously conceived to stay faithful to neoclassical architecture and design with perfect proportion and symmetry evident throughout”. These features include dive Palladian domes and eight marble columns made of the pink Portuguese marble, Rosa Portogallo.
The Middle Eastern hotel is so focused on its European details that the grand atrium’s chandelier is made from 40,000 Swarovski crystals, and the hotel’s Blüthner Hall features a Blüthner Supreme Edition Louis XIV grand piano.
The rooms start at 65-square-metres and come complete with a lounge area, polished marble bathroom and balconies with incredible views. There are also presidential, royal and mezzanine suites that come with features like floor-to-ceiling windows and freestanding bathtubs. The ten standalone four-bedroom royal and imperial villas feature their own rooftop pool, Jacuzzi, spa room and the dedicated butler service.
While there are eight different dining options, foodies will likely want to head to miX by Alain Ducasse, the first restaurant of the three Michelin-starred chef in the United Arab Emirates, which will open its doors on 15 December. There, guests can sample dishes made from local produce with contemporary and classical French influences. Intrigued? Find out more about the hotel here.