|Lagoon Residences look out on the lagoon-style pool.|
In Dubai, opulence is standard, but Jumeirah’s newest hotel, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is already turning heads in an over-the-top setting.
The hotel had its soft opening in January, and is expected to open fully this month. The property, on Dubai’s iconic Palm Island, comes with sweeping city views as well as panoramic views of the Persian Gulf.
Top Touch: The best room in the house is the Grand Imperial Suite, which, at an impressive 3,336 square feet, is fit for royalty. The suite sits on the highest floor of the hotel and offers access to the Imperial Lounge (think lifestyle lounge with computers, books and refreshments). The suite also has a living and dining area, and opens up to a terrace overlooking both the gulf and city.
We also hear the Imperial One- or Two-Bedroom Suite is a top choice, and includes similar amenities of the Grand Imperial Suite, including private balconies.
Nice Touch: All rooms are sultan-worthy. Each boasts a balcony and bathrooms have rain showers and marble tubs.
We love the décor of the property (think Ottoman Empire at its height), with hand-painted ceilings and murals, crafted marble, crystal chandeliers and carefully selected pieces of Orientalist art.
The resort has 10 dining venues, and alfresco seating is available at each. Guests have the option to dine on authentic Lebanese cuisine at Al Nafoorah, sample Indian specialties at Amala, gorge on Vietnamese at Voi and more. Looking for something more low-key? Sample fine cigars and spirits at C Club. Night owls will flock to Voda Bar for a selection of cocktails concocted by a resident mixologist.
The jewel in the crown at Zabeel Saray is no doubt the Talise Ottoman Spa, a 86,111-square-foot oasis with 42 individual treatment rooms spread over male and female areas, steam rooms, saunas, floating baths and adventure showers. The highlight of the spa is the three traditional Turkish Hammams.
The final touches are what really put this resort above and beyond Dubai standards. We love the Mehteran Theatre and Show Centre, which can seat up to 780 people. There is also a 29-seat screening room. Guests have access to Zabeel Saray’s private beach, outdoor infinity pool with two Jacuzzis, fitness center, shopping arcade (dubbed the Avenue of Indulgence, appropriately) as well as complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark.
|A Grand Deluxe King includes an oversize Turkish marble bath tub.|