Can’t get on a plane but still want some R&R?
There are some awesome properties in Dubai and our pick of the month is the OTT (in the best way) and fabulous Palm gem. The emerald-domed property cost a whopping Dhs2.5 billion to build; one step inside the splendid interiors, it’s easy to see why. There’s been no expense spared: beaches with sand imported from the Maldives, glistening chandeliers (6,400 of them), pink Portugese marble, handmade carpets from France and glass from Murano alongside Blüthner pianos from Germany. Think more European palace from the turn of the century, and less late 21st century hotel.
The good news is ordinary peeps like us can get a night in and avail of awesome deals while we’re at it. After checking in and being led to our room by the signature lady in red, I felt a little like a princess about to embark upon a fabulous weekend of pampering. My first stop: the 3,000 square meter Cinq Mondes spa for TLC worthy of royalty.
Soft lighting, golden lit interiors and the trickling sound of water – the enormous Cinq Mondes Spa is a magical oasis in the middle of the desert. Walls and doors seamlessly merged into one another, creating an illusion of a soothing cocoon. A hot towel later, I was led to my room – a beautiful enclosed space with the perfect ambient temperature and light. My choice of treatment was the signature Balinese massage. After a papaya scrub, my therapist expertly softened my skin and stretched my limbs with gentle and firm strokes. I walked out feeling refreshed, hydrated and full of energy.
Next stop: the region’s largest indoor pool. At 22.5 meters in length and framed with scooped alcoves and jewelled lanterns, it’s something out of a fairytale. I could have stayed there forever, except dinner beckoned. And when you’ve got Alain Ducasse to look forward to, you will get out of the pool. Those five laps justified the calorie fest to follow.
Featuring miX by Alain Ducasse, the Italian All’Onda, Mediterranean Villamoré, Contemporary Asian Matagi and all-day Le Jardin, the restaurant options are as magnificent as one would expect. It’s miX by Alain Ducasse that is the jewel in the culinary crown. French, Latin and Middle Eastern fusion fare at its unique best, I tasted flavours and witnessed combinations that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
The lobster dried pasta with black truffle and sour cream, is explosive. An amazing option for vegetarians, the cookpot with quinoa and veggies, is heartwarming and comfort food at its gourmet best. For dessert, we opted for the Paris-Dubai – Paris Brest composed of pistachios and praline in a crunchy pastry. Worth every calorie and more. We’ve already pencilled in a date to return!