Over the previous 20 years or so, tens of millions of phrases have been written about how Dubai has remodeled from a small fishing village to a skyscraper-filled metropolis. The development growth within the emirate has seen the rise of many spectacular buildings, together with the world’s tallest constructing and largest Ferris wheel, plus many big buying centres, one in every of which has an indoor ski slope. 

Out of all of Dubai’s main developments, there’s one particularly that has taken building and engineering feats to new ranges: the Palm Jumeirah. Created from reclaimed land, this glitzy palm tree-shaped island has turn out to be house to residential buildings, a monorail and, after all, many five-star inns. 

Driving on the Palm’s roads you’ll see properties from virtually each large identify on the earth of hospitality, together with the Dubai-based Jumeirah Resorts & Resorts, which has the enduring Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Seashore Lodge in its portfolio. The group additionally counts the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray amongst its assortment and it’s on the finish of the Palm’s West Crescent the place you can find this beautiful resort.

Why keep right here 

As a two-time former resident of Dubai, I’ve visited Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on various events for dinner and drinks, however that is the primary time I’ve ever stayed right here. Opened in January 2011, the resort’s design is impressed by the Ottoman Empire and the outside of the lodge is impressed by the town of Istanbul. When the resort was beneath building it took a group of 45 designers six months to finish the interiors. 

The imperial opulence of the period is clear as quickly as you stroll into the palatial foyer, with Ottoman-style tulips, stars and arches discovered all through. The chandeliers, lamps and excessive ceilings add to the grandeur of the resort, whereas the beautiful artworks and murals deliver a splash of color.  

Constructed over six flooring, the lodge has 379 rooms, 26 suites and 38 royal residences. There’s additionally the beautiful Talise Ottoman Spa, greater than ten eating places and bars, two nightlife venues, a cinema, pharmacy, shops and the out of doors swimming pools and seashore membership. The truth is, there’s a lot to do right here that it’s virtually too onerous to depart. 

The deep marble bath tub in the suite

The room (and bathtub)

My one-bedroom suite, on the sixth/prime ground of the lodge, encompasses a balcony with superb views over the seashore and Palm, and a number of the most grand furnishings I’ve ever seen in a lodge room. The lounge space has plush sofas, a widescreen TV, eating space and desk house, whereas the bed room has a king-sized mattress, one other big TV, plus loads of storage and a mini-bar. 

The Ottomans have been well-known for his or her love of bathing and even essentially the most senior sultan would have been impressed with the tubs right here. Fabricated from marble, the tub on this suite is so deep that it may very well be mistaken for a small plunge pool. However whereas this tub is subsequent stage luxurious, it’s only a puddle in comparison with the one within the grand imperial suite, which might maintain 2,000 litres of water and match roughly 20 individuals.

The snow room is a perfect place to cool down

Issues to do: spa, seashore and cinema 

If there’s one advice in your keep right here, it’s to go to the Talise Ottoman Spa – one of many largest within the Center East. Constructed over an area spanning 8,200sqm, the posh amenities on provide embody a Turkish hammam, Thalassotherapy salt-water swimming pools, saunas, Jacuzzis and even a snow room. As is customized in Dubai, the amenities are separated for women and men. 

I indulge in a one-hour Sultan’s therapeutic massage which leaves me not solely on the verge of a deep sleep, however within the good headspace to hit the snow room. Because it’s 40C and humid outdoors, the chilliness is welcome. 

As a household resort, there’s loads for kids to take pleasure in at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Outdoors, close to the seashore and swimming swimming pools, you’ll discover Sinbad’s Children Membership, which encompasses a mini water park, climbing wall and playground. If the Dubai warmth is an excessive amount of, then households can watch movies on the resort’s personal cinema. Positioned on the bottom ground, the cinema has showings at 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. Pre-booking is required by way of a QR code on the entrance. 

In addition to the principle swimming pools, lodge company may also e-book a variety of water sports activities actions. Motorised actions embody flyboard and jetpack experiences, and banana boating, whereas non-motorised actions embody kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing. Different choices embody guided jet ski excursions, yacht and boat cruises, and fishing journeys. 

Enjoy breakfast at Imperium restaurant

Consuming and ingesting 

With so many locations to eat and drink at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, the place do you begin? A superb kick-off is breakfast at Imperium, a grand eating room on the bottom ground of the lodge. From Center Jap and Asian to Continental and full English, there are many choices right here to start out the time without work proper. Imperium restaurant can also be open for dinner and weekend brunches. 

In case you are within the Center East you then’re by no means going to be too removed from Lebanese meals. The resort’s Al Nafoorah restaurant serves genuine chilly mezzeh, sizzling mezzeh, seafood and grilled dishes, plus various Lebanese wines. To get an actual style of Lebanon I might advocate the scrumptious sizzling mezze platter which comes with all of the classics: spicy potatoes, sujuk (spicy sausage), falafel, cheese rolls, spinach fatayer pastries, and meat kibbeh. 

Hot mezze platter served at Al Nafoorah Lebanese restaurant

Different F&B choices at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray embody Amala (North Indian Mughlai), The Grill (modern Japanese), Wazuzhu (pan-Asian), The Music Corridor (worldwide) and Plaj (beachside wood-fired pizzas and Mediterranean). For drinks, head to The Crown, a British-style pub which exhibits dwell sport, and, for Ottoman-inspired model, go to the Sultan’s Lounge for Turkish espresso, gentle meals or afternoon tea. 

Jumeirah’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel

Out and about: go to Dubai’s unique icon

Staying with the delicacies theme, Dubai has turn out to be a prime worldwide foodie vacation spot due to its many world-class inns, resorts and leisure venues – so it’s positively value exploring a number of the greatest F&B choices within the metropolis. 

In July this 12 months the Michelin Information introduced Dubai’s first ever Michelin-starred eating places, and Al Muntaha at Jumeirah’s Burj Al Arab lodge was awarded one star. Positioned on the twenty seventh ground of this “architectural masterpiece”, it’s “becoming” that each the restaurant and the meals at Al Muntaha is “subtle and refined”, the Michelin Information stated.

For company staying at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, there’s additionally an choice to go on an unique 90-minute tour of the Burj Al Arab (costs from AED 249/£60). Described as “the world’s first seven-star lodge”, the Burj is, in my view, Dubai’s unique and greatest icon and it’s really useful to enterprise inside and have a look round.  

Room charges at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai, begin from AED 765 (£184) for a superior king room; jumeirah.com