Where: Meliã Desert Palm Dubai
The Lowdown: Meliã Desert Palm Dubai aims to transport guests to a verdant paradise. Since it is set on the manicured grounds of a private polo estate, views of Dubai’s glittering skyline are accompanied by those of its lush green landscape. The property is home to 39 guest rooms, suites and villas, the Samāna Spa, a central infinity pool, a conference and banqueting center, and a boutique fitness center.
Stylish Eats: From brasserie-style classics to wood-smoked grills, the restaurants at Meliã Desert Palm Dubai offer something for everyone. For relaxed poolside dining with homemade pasta, salads, and more, head to Epicure, or make your way down to Rare, for a more intimate meal either in the indoor dining room or al fresco on the terrace. The hotel also makes the best use of its location with two equestrian-themed spots. At Red Bar, guests can sip on drinks in a setting complete with trophies and champion mallets, while at the aptly-named Polo Bar, guests can choose from a menu of polo-themed signature beverages with a view of the main championship field.
Suite Talk: Designed by Miaja Designs of Singapore, accommodation at Meliã Desert Palm Dubai includes six Palm Deluxe rooms on the top floor and seven open-plan Palm Suites with views of the polo fields. What’s more, these suites also allow easy access to the main swimming pool and feature a balcony with panoramic views of the gardens. As for the villas, each one accompanies its private temperature-controlled pool and invites abundant natural light. While the one-bedroom Pool Villas offer a separate living area, sunken bedrooms, and indoor-outdoor dining spaces, the two-bedroom Pool Residences are set behind high values offering the luxury of utmost privacy for families. For an unmatched experience, a stay at the three-bedroom Villa Layali features a private entrance marked by fountains, waterfalls, and a 60sqm swimming pool decorated with cool blue mosaic tiles.
Insider’s Tip: Make sure to head to the Samāna Spa for relaxing and invigorating treatments offered in privacy. Its range of wellness packages includes the “Two of You” package, especially designed for couples, and includes s 60-minute couple treatment of your choice, a 30-minute couple express facial, access to the property’s relaxation room, hotel swimming pool and fitness centre.
Vogue Verdict: Ideal for anyone looking to escape the city without actually leaving the city.