Desert Palm hotel, Dubai

Desert Palm, Dubai: hotel of the week

If you’re even vaguely interested in horse-racing, this should quicken your pulse: the Cup season is almost upon us. No, not just Cheltenham’s Gold one; the Dubai World Cup – dubbed the ‘world’s richest horse race’. Our hotel of the week? Private polo estate turned boutique resort Desert Palm, the perfect retreat for event-loving jetsetters…

Style Italo-Arab retreat
Setting Private polo estate

Why this week? Catch the polo season’s final event – the Friday-night Sunset Polo game – on the evening of March 30, then next morning take your place among the Arabian elite for the pinnacle of the racing calendar, the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse, 20 minutes away. Smith members, take full advantage of Desert Palm’s ‘Arabian Avant Garde‘ extras: a luxurious couples’ massage, three-course romantic dinner, airport transfers and breakfasts fit for a sheikh are all included.

Desert Palm luxury hotel in DubaiOur favourite bits Rooms have more gadgets, gloss and hi-tech trickery than you could shake a camel-stick at: Alessi, Reidel, Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Voss, Ren, Apple… the amenities list reads like a compendium of top-notch contemporary design. We’re particularly enamoured with Palm Suites, for some of the best hotel bathrooms ever: top-lit, free-standing bath, fashion-shoot-dreamy drapes, oodles of storage, a walk-in shower made for two and twin sinks. Enjoy night-vision views of Dubai’s distant twinkling skyline across a luminous green of a pristine polo pitch while you sip cocktails on the terrace.

Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘After 15 minutes’ drive through a sandy landscape, we sweep into the low-rise luxury of the Desert Palm complex, home to not only the hotel, but also a world-class polo club with stables for 300 horses and a collection of low-key residences owned by various CEOs. All this is set in beautifully manicured, surprisingly verdant grounds, punctuated with a stylish water features among bougainvillaea and jasmine. After a swift check-in, at which we are given the most delicious welcome drink in the world, we’re shown to our room. It is very spacious – certainly big enough to have three phones (I’ve always wondered who makes calls on the loo), a generously sized bed clad in Josephine Home linens (we asked) and a massive open-plan skylit bathroom.’ Read the full Desert Palm hotel review…

Desert Palm hotel, DubaiYou say… ‘Desert Palm is a gem in an oasis of glam, sparkle, glitz, gold and all things absolutely blingin’ fabulous. Having spent most of the week in the main drag of Dubai tripping over some 5,000 lawyers at an International Conference and WAGs with Hermès handbags, it was an utter pleasure to arrive at the cool, tranquil and beautiful Desert Palm. Our Pool Suite was stunning and had every luxury we could want; we spent most of our time there just chilling. The polo match played on the Friday was great and the family atmosphere perfect. The efficient staff were very experienced and attentive. We ordered a barbecue for the Friday night in our suite: this was the best idea I’ve experienced in a hotel. Home from home, but done in the most fabulous way: salads, fresh meats, fish, fruits and more – we had such a great experience.’
Hazel, BlackSmith, stayed November 2011. Read more Desert Palm reviews in the Guestbook…

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As well as wordsmithing online, in print, in the press and for Smith TV, Lucy Fennings has been a driving force in making the Smith Travel Blog an award-winner. Mr & Mrs Smith's Group Editor cut her travel teeth early; as daughter of a hotel PR, she visited far-flung flophouses from French châteaux to Ethiopian tukuls. After a year in Dubai (working on Emirates Woman magazine and enjoying the kind of dives that require a wetsuit), Lucy went to Glasgow University to study art, literature and whisky. A stint as production editor at Legalease publishing was spent discovering how to be creative with copy about tax, followed quickly by a stint discovering more interesting things across south-east Asia. When Mr & Mrs Smith found her, Lucy was at Harper’s Bazaar, keeping her finger on fashion’s pulse and sharpening her editorial knife on hapless hotel PR copy.

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  1. Henri at 11:30 am

    One of the dilemas facing guest staying in these super hotels in Dubai is the temptation to take advantage of all the amazing gadgets and facilities then failing to see much of the city!

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