Arrival/Check-in: I arrived by car after being picked up at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) just an hour or less away. It was quite late, close to midnight, and I had a full day ahead of me the next morning. Check-in was swift; and as I gazed around, I wished I had less time scheduled for work and more time to relax at this beautiful resort oasis in Dubai. Before going to my room, I arranged a driver for the next day, which was simple to do. I have used this same driver many times in Dubai.
Guest Quarters: The room was unique; immediately to the right upon entering was a massive bath with a large shower and tub. The tub was almost dead center with long, sheer drapes that acted like a door, offering a tented effect. Twin sinks, separated by a hanging vanity, were shaped like large bongo drums that tapered at the bottom into the wall — interesting design.
Walking out of the bath from a second entrance, I discovered a workstation and storage hallway, which on the other side acted as the headboard for the king-sized bed and night stands. On the wall was a large, flat-screen TV; a sofa, chair and small table were on the opposite side in a little alcove. The best was a small balcony where you could watch the polo ponies practicing. The room made good use of the space, and I found the accommodations comfortable.
Services/Amenities: There is nothing like having a refreshing drink and watching the polo team practice — a great plus for this property. What an entertaining end to the day I had at the Polo Bar, watching the sun set over the polo fields! Breakfast was located at Epicure, which also serves lunch and dinner in a bistro atmosphere. I had the absolute best homemade marmalade at breakfast. Guests enjoy Rare, the property’s contemporary European grill; I was too busy coming and going to partake.
The beauty of the property for me is the ability to use it as a business destination, while others use it as a traditional resort. A car to downtown is only about 10 minutes, so the Desert Palm is fine for wherever your business takes you in Dubai. I suggest you book your own horseback riding excursions, as the property has 150 acres, and riding lessons are available. Desert Palm also offers an outdoor pool, a fitness center, four outdoor tennis courts, two indoor squash courts and, I hear, some exquisite bird-watching.
The Experience: An Arabian experience in a relaxing setting.
- Less than 10 minutes for check-in
- Separate tub and shower
- Large vanity
- High-quality towels
- Powerful, unattached hair dryer
- High-quality bed linens
- Large, flat-screen television
- Large desk with convenient outlets
- Large, complimentary laptop safe
- Complimentary in-room WiFi
- Complimentary bottled water
- Stocked minibar
- Ample lighting
- In-room coffeemaker
- Iron and ironing board
- On-site restaurant and bar
- 24-hour room service
- 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center
- Turn-down service
Desert Palm Dubai
Desert Palm Retreat
P.O. Box 119171
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
tel 971 4 323 8888
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