Where: Kempinski Emerald Palace, Crescent West, Palm Jumeirah – Dubai
The Lowdown: From the moment you walk into the grand lobby, complete with an ornate, gold-gilded ceiling and gigantic Swarovski crystal chandelier, you literally feel like you have been transported to a magnificent palace. The amenities, attentive staff and endless bespoke offerings will ensure your experience is majestic. Inspired by palaces of continental Europe, the five-star hotel not only gives you a majestic welcoming but the quality service, impeccable rooms, and luxury beach will have you feeling like royalty. Leisure facilities include as a 500-meter private beach and lagoon pool, eight culinary experiences including MIX by Alain Ducasse as well as one of the largest wellness centers by Cinq Mondes spa, with 23 treatment rooms. Families will be more than satisfied with the dedicated kids’ and teens’ clubs.
Suite Talk: Spanning a large section of the landmark destination of Palm Jumeirah, every one of the 391 rooms come with an incredible view of Dubai at its finest. Inside the rooms, attention to detail and quality is paramount with hand-crafted Italian touches offset by carefully selected amenities to complete the atmosphere of elegance. Depending on how regal you want your experience, accommodation ranges from Grande Deluxe Rooms to Imperial Villas. If you really want a stay that will leave an impression, book one of the 10 stand-alone villas containing four bedrooms, as well as a private rooftop pool, a spa, and dining room.
Stylish Eats: The hotel plays host to a multitude of dynamic and elegant restaurants ranging from the chalet-style Villamore, which boasts incredible views of the Gulf and Dubai’s glittering skyline to the regal Blüthner Hall. The latter offers high tea 24 hours a day providing the pinnacle of sophistication for which you would come to expect at the Emerald Palace. For Michelin-worthy cuisine head to MiX by the legendary Alain Ducasse, who is one of two chefs in the world to have earned more than 20 stars throughout his career. The dishes are Mediterranean with a Middle East twist and you have an option of small bites in the bar or going all out in the main dining area. For a Pan Asian experience, Matagi will more than satisfy. From the decor to the cocktails and the food, if it’s not authentic it’s as close as it gets. The atmosphere is chilled, the beats are on-point and the crowd is incredibly stylish – it’s essentially Dubai’s new hot spot. We recommend ordering the Wagyu prime cut, and, for veggies, try the sweet and sour vegetable tempura, sure to enlighten your taste buds.
Insider Tip: Don’t miss the details. Be sure to relish in the decor, particularly the hand-carved wooden door behind reception that replicates the pattern of Queen Victoria’s wedding veil.
Vogue Verdict: The hotel is the epitome of opulence – be ready to fulfill your Marie Antoinette-style fantasies.