In a city full of exclusive hotels, the most exclusive address is The Palm Jumeirah. A man-made series of islands in the shape of a large palm tree and its outstretched fronds, The Palm is the place to stay, and live, in Dubai. Large parts of the Palm are still under construction, with plenty of high end hotels scheduled to open over the coming months and years, but the newest, and by far the most modern, is the Viceroy.
Minimalism, at its most striking, is what sets this hotel apart. The largest glass cube in Dubai sits in the entranceway, a 15x15m glass box that guests walk through to get to the hotel. The cube is filled with a twisting wooden sculpture designed to represent DNA. It’s simple yet seriously striking. It also allows you look straight through to the pool, and then the ocean beyond. The hotel’s two wings stretch out either side of the enormous pool, so that everything seems to revolve around it, and we understand why. The same size as an Olympic swimming pool, it’s lined by towering palm trees, day beds and deck chairs, and even has deck chairs perched inside its shallow edges. It’s a long swim all the way down to the edge of the pool, which looks out to the ocean, but the best part is when you look up, you see the hotel’s ballroom, conference rooms, penthouse and bar high above you, stretched out between the two wings of the hotel.
The vibe at this Viceroy is very Miami meets Dubai. It’s beach club meets Arabian nights, with plenty of white, but also starburst-style gold chandeliers, fabulous wall details and fabulous freestanding gold bath tubs in guest rooms.
With 468 rooms and suites, the hotel definitely isn’t small, especially since there’s plenty of apartments on site too, but it rarely feels crowded, with guests dispersed across the enormous pool, the sizeable kids pool, and the spa pool area. The kids club is well stocked with the latest toys and video games, but you’ll be tempted to keep the kids with you so that you can use the kids pools’ poolside cabanas. Over at the spa, guests have access to a mineral spa pool with day beds built into the water, along with more cabanas. Aside from pool access, spa guests are set for all out pampering. The state of the art spa is a maze of treatment rooms, hammam, spa baths, and private outdoor pavilions that have the best view out over the city. Usually you leave your phone at home, but at the Viceroy Spa, you need to bring it with you. Massage beds have Bluetooth connectivity, so you can stream your own soundtrack straight into the head rest. No more panpipes or rainforest music!
After a long day by the pool, splurge on dinner at Quattro Passi, the hotel’s high end Italian offering. Michelin-stared chef Antonio Mellino has brought his classic dishes across from Italy, and will tantalise your taste buds with homemade pasta, melt in your mouth burrata and beautifully cooked racks of lamb. Dessert is delicate but full of flavour – a hazelnut mousse is a cleverly constructed giant hazelnut filled with sponge and black cherry. The extensive Italian wine list is well-matched by very competent Italian sommeliers. With events like Family brunch, a family-friendly version of Dubai’s famous brunch scene, and special dinners, the restaurant is definitely a spot to watch.
Whether you’re after some time by the pool, a spot of pampering, or a fine dining experience, the Viceroy Palm Jumeriah is the place for a few days in Dubai.
Lisa was the guest of Viceroy Palm Jumeriah Dubai