File this under "Pretty Cool." For the first time in Dubai, a luxury hotel will operate as a floating building around which 12 other floating luxury villas are grouped with the possibility to sail to other anchorages at times. Anchored next to one of the most exclusive beach stretches in Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Road, guests of Kempinski Floating Palace are brought to the 156-room-and-suite hotel or their villas by speed boat or arrive directly with their own boats. Moreover, there is also a connected floating helipad next to a yacht parking deck for up to 16 yachts.
The main building of this floating palace, structured in four parts, is connected in the center by a glass pyramid and offers such amenities as gourmet restaurants, bars, spa, pools, boutiques, banquet areas and the possibility for even larger yachts to sail in and out at the center of the hotel.
The 12 luxury villas, connected by pontoons, are partly for sale but can also be rented by hotel guests. Spread over two floors with a roof terrace and infinity pool, the villas offer two, three or four bedrooms, and crew and staff rooms. Indoor and outdoor living rooms characterize the luxury houseboats with panoramic windows and all the technical features of a smart home. Cruising at a maximum speed of six nautical miles, the environment-friendly villas are equipped with solar panels.
The innovative project by Seagate Shipyard will be open to guests from 2023 onwards, according to Bernold Schroeder, CEO of Kempinski Group and chairman of the management board of Kempinski AG.