Italian and Arab – both of these cultures are known for their dramatic architecture. Palazzo Versace Dubai intertwines the best of both worlds, with an establishment evocative of a 16th century Italian palace, studded with traces of Arabian architecture. It is perfect, then, that the hotel is situated in the heart of old Dubai’s Jaddaf Waterfront, minutes from Dubai international airport and the buzz of Downtown Dubai.
Featuring a striking entrance and high ceilings, the hotel is truly symbolic of the style of the Italian fashion powerhouse Versace – unabashedly palatial. Each of the hotel’s 215 rooms and suites features parquet flooring, a canvas of white and cream boiseries, and a pastel palette of silk furnishings: turquoise, blue, beige, gold, and salmon. Plenty of natural light pours into each room from its own private terrace, and the bathrooms feature a backdrop of handcrafted mosaic, Carrara marble, and Versace-branded vanities against soothing walk-in rainforest showers and bubble baths.
The cherries – or the rooms, in this case – on top are the Imperial Suites located on the highest floor of the hotel. There are only two, with each covering an area of 1 200sqm. The two bedroom duplex features a private terrace with an outdoor pool and a jacuzzi, overlooking 180-degree views of the historic, ever-lapping waters of Dubai Creek. The fashionable spot, exclusively housing celebrities from around the world – most recently Egyptian actor and rapper Mohamed Ramadan – takes inspiration from Italian designs, with rococo and baroque art patterns highlighting the living areas. Guests can take refuge in the suite all day, with unparalleled butler services and access to the Executive Lounge, which means you are treated to a luscious breakfast buffet, teatime refreshments, and the business center’s facilities.
Palazzo Versace offers various cuisines, from Italian eatery Vanitas and Turkish restaurant Enigma to Giardino, with its array of international live cooking stations, marble terrazzo flooring, and ornate columns. Music lovers will adore Grammy winner Quincy Jones’s Q’s Bar & Lounge, where musical acts are handpicked by Jones himself.
The almost 1,000sqm spa has seven soothing treatment rooms, a nail studio to pamper your hands and feet, and two Moroccan hammams, all housed in relaxing white birch wood walls studded with mother-of-pearl details. With three outdoor pools to choose from, each surrounded by swaying palm trees, blossoming flowers, and the quintessential Versace feel, you can cool down in style. Imperial Suite from US $38,000 per night.