Lonely Planet Writer

The world's first hotel complete with rainforest is set to open in Dubai

The first hotel in the world with its own rainforest is set to open in Dubai, complete with artificial beach, and it looks to be the ultimate in luxury accommodation. The five-star Rosemont Hotel & Residences will also feature an adventure play area for children, a bowling alley and a trampoline park.

The Rosemont Hotel & Residences in Dubai will have its own rainforest. Image: Hilton Worldwide and Royal International
The Rosemont Hotel & Residences in Dubai will have its own rainforest. Image: Hilton Worldwide and Royal International

The 75,000 square feet outdoor rainforest will include a splash pool and manmade beach, designed without sand, and a rainforest café and stream. The stream will be housed inside a supersized terrarium that will use recycled water, and there will be trees that spray mist to water the other plants.

The Rosemont Hotel & Residences in Dubai will have its own rainforest. Image: Hilton Worldwide and Royal International
The Rosemont Hotel & Residences in Dubai will have its own rainforest. Image: Hilton Worldwide and Royal International

The $550 million design includes two towers, each 53 storeys high, and the rainforest will be developed inside a five-storey podium that will act as a pedestal between the towers.

The Rosemont Hotel & Residences in Dubai will have its own rainforest. Image: Hilton Worldwide and Royal International
The Rosemont Hotel & Residences in Dubai will have its own rainforest. Image: Hilton Worldwide and Royal International

The hotel will be operated under Hilton’s Curio brand, and will be spread over 13,000 square metres. It will also feature a skypool, three restaurants, a health club and meeting rooms. A 280-unit serviced apartment tower will house a sky lobby and sky pool, an entertainment area and retail amenities.

The Rosemont Hotel & Residences in Dubai will have its own rainforest. Image: Hilton Worldwide and Royal International
The Rosemont Hotel & Residences in Dubai will have its own rainforest. Image: Hilton Worldwide and Royal International

We are intrigued at the sound of the “robotic luggage handlers,” that will be provided by the hotel. To add to the luxurious amenities, there will be soaring sky lobbies for guest check-in, and an edgeless pool with a glass bottom overlooking the Gulf. The 450-room hotel is due to open in 2018 and is currently under construction.