HOTEL REVIEW: Palazzo Versace Dubai

Palazzo Versace Dubai is a proud display of the Versace brand's elegant sophistication and luxury. Our experience of the hotel’s services was top-notch, so expect our compliments throughout this post!

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Palazzo Versace Dubai is an accessible venue. The hotel is minutes away from Dubai International Airport.

Should you check in at the hotel, you will find yourself at the heart of Dubai’s greatest infrastructure project, the Culture Village, which stands right next to the Dubai Creek. The hotel is also 10-15 minutes away from one of the world’s top tourist spots, the Burj Khalifa.

Rock Licker and I were welcomed by our chaffeur Mr. Zimir and we sped through Dubai highways in a luxurious BMW 7 Series.

Mr. Zimir, our chauffeur (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mr. Zimir, our chauffeur (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Arrival at Palazzo Versace Dubai

When we arrived at Palazzo Versace Dubai, we were warmly welcomed by an inviting staff and a grand entrance ensemble. We were immediately greeted by a compelling sight: Versace limited-produced bright white urns, Versace-themed furnitures, a 1.5 million piece mosaic of an original Gianni Versace design which include the Versace Medusa (the literal Versace on the floor, to borrow from Bruno Mars). A 3000 kg Bohemia crystal chandelier from Czech Republic topped the whole ensemble and gave it a golden glow.

Hotel Lobby (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Hotel Lobby (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Iconic Medusa Head Logo (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Iconic Medusa Head Logo (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

3,000 kg Bohemia Crystal Chandelier (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

3,000 kg Bohemia Crystal Chandelier (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Lobby

The lobby was only the beginning of the sophistication the hotel has to offer. Palazzo Versace Dubai has a total of 215 hotel rooms and suites, 8 restaurants and bars, and 3 outdoor pools. The general aesthetic of the venues and event halls was inspired by heritage of Italian palazzos, informal open spaces designed for recreation and enjoyment of a warm climate.

Palazzo is an extraordinary hotel. Every detail is a huge work of art and a homage to the Versace brand of luxury. The buildings were inspired by Italian architecture with some Arabic elements with all furnishings craftily designed by the Artistic Director Donatella Versace.

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Check-In

Checking in was a smooth process thanks to the engaging Front Desk Officer Fanny, Butler Surya and Bellman Raphael. For our three-day stay in the hotel, we had a Grand Suite to ourselves, a butler to assist us 24/7 and an access to the executive lounge.

Front Desk Officer, Fanny (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Front Desk Officer, Fanny (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Butler, Surya (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Butler, Surya (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Bellman,  Raphael (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Bellman,  Raphael (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite

The Grand Suite is a 130 sqm. of chic interiors and fine worksmanship. In this suite, the bedroom is separated from the living room with a dining area, work area and powder room. Outside there is a long and spacious balcony overlooking the main swimming pool. The suite also showcases a uniquely designed furniture fashioned by Versace and boasts an all-Versace Home Collection furnishings and crockery. As for the room technology, everything is controlled with a touch panel, from the room status, curtains, lights, temperature, etc. 

Grand Suite - Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Vanity (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Vanity (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Living Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Living Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Living Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Living Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Work Area (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Work Area (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Dining Area (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Dining Area (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Powder Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Powder Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Bathroom

The suite has an enormous bathroom with a dedicated toilet and bath, and spa tub that features an all-Versace vanities and amenities. Additionally, it is stunning with floor to ceiling Carrara marble tiling and hand-crafted stone mosaic wall and floor décor. 

Grand Suite - Bathroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Bathroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Spa Tub (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Spa Tub (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Bathroom Amenities (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Bathroom Amenities (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Versace Soap (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Versace Soap (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Breakfast at Giardino

Rock Licker and I went to have breakfast at Giardino, one of the eight restaurants of the hotel. It has its own impressive design style, largely inspired by Jennifer Lopez’s shimmery Versace red carpet outfit during the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Giardino, meaning Garden in Italian, is an all-green haven, accented with framed pastel-colored Versace fabrics that line its walls. Its column and floors are beautifully designed with terrazo tiles from Italy commissioned by the famous Italian artist, Fantini.

The restaurant ambiance, along with the staff's happy, fresh and optimistic personality, elevated our fine breakfast experience and brightened up our day.

Giardino Manager, Manny Esquivel (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Giardino Manager, Manny Esquivel (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Everyday during our breakfast, we were treated to delicious and freshly cooked food and fresh juices with a golden all-Versace crockery that belongs to an exclusive line “Rosenthal meets Versace” collection, inspired by “Les Reves Byzantines”. The chef’s cooking principle was quality over quantity, and it reflected on the dishes we ate.

Breakfast at Giardino (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Breakfast at Giardino (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Breakfast at Giardino (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Breakfast at Giardino (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Happiness Treatment at The Spa

There’s no better way to follow an amazing breakfast than with a couple spa. The spa gave us a relaxing and an unlikely sensory experience with an appropriately named “Happiness Treatment.”

We were presented spa water with 2 types of colorful mineral stones. Apparently, if you included rose quartz to your spa water, the massage will induce emotional healing. Meanwhile, drinking spa water with amethyst will induce purity.

The Spa - Mineral Water with Precious Stones (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Mineral Water with Precious Stones (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

I drank spa water with amethyst, while Rock Licker drank the rose quartz one.

We also chose a scent that created a happy mood for us. It was the hotel’s secret blend of premium essential oils.

Our couple massage afterwards gave us soft and smooth skin and left us feeling happy and relaxed. We were treated to organic foot wash, Himalayan salt body scrubs, and a warm oil treatment. We fell asleep in the middle of the treatment!

Afterwards, we were given green tea and dried apricot and dates to enjoy by the jacuzzi in our couple's treatment room. Indeed, it was truly happiness! The best one we’ve had in a long time!

The Spa - Couples' Jacuzzi (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Couples' Jacuzzi (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Female Relaxation Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Female Relaxation Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Female Changing Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Female Changing Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Leading Hotel Spa in GCC

We would like to commend The Spa for their wonderful service. Their Leading Hotel Spa award during the Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2017 was extremely well-deserved.

The Spa - Leading Hotel Spa in GCC (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Leading Hotel Spa in GCC (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Heart, Female Masseuse (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

The Spa - Heart, Female Masseuse (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Lunch at Vanitas

We were supposed to have lunch at Vanitas but we enjoyed too much at the spa, we lost track of the time. When we went there, they were not serving lunch anymore because it was already 3:00 pm. We just decided to go up to our room, eat some fruits and take a nap.

Bader Alansaari

Before we had dinner, we got the chance to tour the hotel. We were impressed by how posh it is. We bumped into fashion models, Hollywood celebrities and business leaders along the way. Moreso, the Director of Protocol & Government Relations, Bader Alansaari, accommodated us very nicely and happily engaged with us. He was a former Emirates Airlines Cabin Crew before progressing his career to prestigious post in hotel industry.

Director of Protocol & Government Relations, Bader Alansaari (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Director of Protocol & Government Relations, Bader Alansaari (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Dinner at Giardino

Then, it was dinner time! Giardino is another one of the eight restaurants in the hotel, it is also the same place where we had our breakfast everyday during our stay.

The staff consisted of a different set of faces, but the quality of service and food they provided us was consistent.

We were treated to a buffet spread, and Rock Licker tasted everything! I had the best time as I ate 25 fresh oysters and indulged in desserts for two hours! The mixologist also served us three different mocktails throughout our meal.

Photowalk

Our dinner at Giardino was a total of four hours long! It was the highlight of our night, which we capped off with a photowalk at the hotel. We were so obsessed with its aesthetic!

Hotel Lobby (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Hotel Lobby (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

First Floor Hallway (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

First Floor Hallway (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Hallway Decor - Framed Versace Sketch (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Hallway Decor - Framed Versace Sketch (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Reception Area (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Reception Area (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Ladies Powder Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Ladies Powder Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Ladies Powder Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Ladies Powder Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Elevator Area (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Elevator Area (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Hallway Decor (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Hallway Decor (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Second Floor Hallway (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Second Floor Hallway (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Hallway Decor - Frmed Versace Scarf (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Hallway Decor - Frmed Versace Scarf (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma Friday Brunch

Before our Friday brunch, Rock Licker and I went to the Versace Jewellery display to look at their classic collection. I got to try on Versace classic necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Precious pieces  worth 9,000 USD and above. It was truly impressive.

Versace Fine Jewellery - Versace Classic Collection (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Versace Fine Jewellery - Versace Classic Collection (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

We were even more impressed by our experience at Enigma. Our server Sam was engaging and we learned his story. He came from Egypt, but he was born and raised in Dubai. He studied in an American School and pursued his passion in culinary arts and hospitality, which landed him a job in luxury hotels and now in Palazzo Versace Dubai.

Enigma Staff, Sam (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma Staff, Sam (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Sam was very polite, friendly, and knowledgeable. Our questions were all sufficiently answered, because he was well-trained.

Before we got to order, I had a Turkish Spritzer while Rock Licker chose Palmer tea.

Enigma - Turkish Spritzer (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Turkish Spritzer (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Akdeniz Breeze (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Akdeniz Breeze (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Palmer Tea (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Palmer Tea (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Our whole meal consisted of a non-alcoholic brunch package.

We had Turkish bread, 4 kinds of mezzes, olives and wagyu carpaccio. The appetizer consisted of capsicum salad, lobster salad, the chef’s appetizer, sausage, pide and mainti. We dug in with our main dishes grilled beef rib and seabass.

Enigma - Turkish Bread (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Turkish Bread (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Acili Ezme (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Acili Ezme (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Sigara Borek (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Sigara Borek (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Wagyu Pide (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Wagyu Pide (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Wagyu Carpaccio (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Wagyu Carpaccio (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Char-Grilled Capsicum Salad (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Char-Grilled Capsicum Salad (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Lobster Salad (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Lobster Salad (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Smoked Manti (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Smoked Manti (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Pan-Seared Sucuk (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Pan-Seared Sucuk (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Short Beef Ribs (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Short Beef Ribs (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Seabass Saslik (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Seabass Saslik (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

For dessert, we had Turkish delights, Arabic sweets, Turkish ice cream and coffee. 

Enigma - Turkish Ice Cream (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Turkish Ice Cream (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Pistachio Baklava & Kazandivi (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Pistachio Baklava & Kazandivi (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Rice Pudding & Semolina Cookie in Syrup (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Rice Pudding & Semolina Cookie in Syrup (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Capuccino (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Capuccino (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Everything that they served us was truly a work of art and treat for all the senses. 

Chef Gurkan Gozyilmaz

But our brunch experience was not limited to us eating, because Chef Gurkan Gozyilmaz engaged with us and told us his story. We found out he was Turkish, which made us remember our Turkey trip in 2015. Our exchange composed of us expressing love for Turkey’s people, food, history, and culture.

Enigma - Chef de Cuisine Gurkan Gozyilmaz (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Enigma - Chef de Cuisine Gurkan Gozyilmaz (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Signature and Imperial Suite

When we returned to the lobby, we met with one of the hotel’s managers. We were shown the Signature and Imperial Suite, the hotel’s most expensive suites.

The Signature Suites are 214 sqm. worth of space and elegant design. In this suite, the large glass windows across the whole room offer a view of the Dubai Creek. The suite has a large living area appended with a finely made dining area. The bedroom and bathroom are also spacious areas with charming design and decorated with unique flair.

Signature Suite - Living Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Signature Suite - Living Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Signature Suite - Dining Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Signature Suite - Dining Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Signature Suite - Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Signature Suite - Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Meanwhile, the two Imperial Suites are in the highest floor of the hotel. These 1,200 sqm suites have two bedrooms with Italian designs and high-class rococo and baroque art patterns. Inside these bi-level beauty, there is also a grand staircase,  private elevator, fitness gym with sauna, shower room and powder room, billiard room with bar counter, private pool and garden, library, reading and study area, multi-purpose area, kitchen, dining, living and majilis area, and more. They also have a 180-degree view of the Dubai creek. They are a showcase of the best the Versace brand has to offer.

Both suites enable access to the Executive Lounge and its benefits.

Imperial Suite - Staircase (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Staircase (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Masters Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Masters Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Bedroom (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imprerial Suite - Living Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imprerial Suite - Living Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Dining Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Dining Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Billiard Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Billiard Room (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Swimming Pool (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Swimming Pool (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Gazebo (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Imperial Suite - Gazebo (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Afternoon Tea at Mosaico Lounge

After the tour, we enjoyed live music and chocolate afternoon tea by the lounge, Mosaico.

Mosaico Lounge - Afternoon Tea (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge - Afternoon Tea (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge - Live Music (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge - Live Music (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge - Live Music (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge - Live Music (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Mosaico Lounge (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Falcon Show

We almost saw the falcon show in the lobby, scheduled every Friday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. We enjoyed our lunch so much that the schedule slipped our minds! We were only reminded of the show when the staff asked us.

Hotel Lobby - Falcon Stand (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Hotel Lobby - Falcon Stand (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

We were sad that we missed the event. However, there’s always a next time that we can look forward to a falcon show.

Dinner at Vanitas

Our dinner was booked at the renown Vanitas fine dining restaurant. It represented the hotel’s Italian fine dining experience.

The service was first-rate and the staff's attitude matched the restaurant’s elegant and intimate atmosphere. The opulent setup was composed of Versace-branded furniture and Versace Medusa Blue Collection dinnerware and silver cutlery. Remarkable, scenic paintings also gave the restaurant a classy feel.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Italian-themed dinner. We love everything about this place!

Vanitas (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Mocktail Drink (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Mocktail Drink (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Mocktail Drink (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Mocktail Drink (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Chef's Complimentary Starter (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Chef's Complimentary Starter (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Chef's Complimentary Starter (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Chef's Complimentary Starter (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Mazancolle e Zuppa Fredda di Ciliege (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Mazancolle e Zuppa Fredda di Ciliege (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Tortelli di Ricotta (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Tortelli di Ricotta (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Seafood Risotto (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Seafood Risotto (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Halibut Alla Piastra (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Halibut Alla Piastra (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Wagyu all' Occhio di Bleu (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Wagyu all' Occhio di Bleu (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Tiramisu (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Vanitas - Tiramisu (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Breakfast Suite-Style

Our hotel stay is almost over. Our last morning at the hotel consisted of me savoring my remaining hours in our suite. Only Rock Licker had the breakfast at Giardino.

Even in our suite, the Versace brand showed itself everywhere. I had breakfast in our dining area which consisted of Versace tables and chairs. I ate fruits on a Versace plate and peeled and sliced them with a Versace cutlery set. Even, the dates were contained in Versace boxes. Guess where I drank my breakfast tea from? A Versace cup, too, of course!

All the chinaware is collaboration between Versace and the famous German brand, Rosenthal.

Grand Suite (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Grand Suite - Versace Drinking Glass(Palazzo Versace Dubai)
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As I relished the view from our balcony I even saw the Versace logo and its classy design on the stone walls, the balcony grills and furniture.

Lunch at Amalfi

Rock Licker and I capped off our Palazzo Versace experience with a barbeque by the pool at Amalfi.

We had fresh salad, grilled seafood and pizzas as we drank fresh grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. One of the staff, Abdel, presented us his specialty iced tea called Levanto. The drink was inspired by a volcanic island in Italy, thus the lava color. It was so refreshing and tasted unique and delicious. We love it!

Chef Yunus Emre Aydin

Executive Sous Chef Yunus Emre Aydin also came to our table to say hello. We found out that aside from his culinary expertise, Chef Yunus is also passionate about photography and he has three different types of camera lenses that he always bring whenever he travels. He even helped us take our photos. We really admire him for being so kind and humble!

Amalfi - Executive Sous Chef Yunus Emre Aydin (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Executive Sous Chef Yunus Emre Aydin (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Lunch at Amalfi (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Lunch at Amalfi (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Chef Prakash Rajendan (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Chef Prakash Rajendan (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi Staff Kishor (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi Staff Kishor (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi Restaurant Manager Abdel (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi Restaurant Manager Abdel (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Levanto Iced Tea (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Levanto Iced Tea (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Bread and Salad (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Bread and Salad (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Grilled Lobsters (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Grilled Lobsters (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Grilled Seafood (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Amalfi - Grilled Seafood (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

We were also given a chocolate cake afterwards. It was to celebrate The Happy Travellers’ first anniversary! Within the three days in the hotel, we were treated nicely, and this kind and sweet gesture highlighted that aspect of our stay.

The Happy Travellers' First Birthday

The Happy Travellers' First Birthday

Pool Party

We enjoyed our last afternoon in the hotel by the swimming pool. It was the best way to end our stay in the hotel. It was like swimming in Las Vegas! A DJ played music nearby, while we enjoyed the water and the sun with celebrities, models, media figures and other sorts of people. It was weekend that's why there was a DJ, and because there was a fashion show and concert in Dubai, these high-profile guests were also staying at our hotel. Of course, we exercised respect towards the other guests. So while we enjoyed the pool experience with them, we didn’t take any photos at all. 

Main Swimming Pool (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Main Swimming Pool (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

East Wing Pool (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

East Wing Pool (Palazzo Versace Dubai)

Check-Out

When we checked out, Surya greeted us and asked us how we viewed our stay. We could have said a lot of things, but overall, we told him it was exceptional. We promised to see each other the next time we return to Dubai.

Palazzo Versace Dubai - A perfect getaway for couples!

Palazzo Versace Dubai - A perfect getaway for couples!

Conclusion

In conclusion, Palazzo Versace Dubai is the perfect getaway for couples. The hotel’s subtle sophistication gave a unique flavor to otherwise standard five star hotel experiences. The spa, restaurants, and hotel facilities were to be enjoyed with elegance, class, and style. Moreover, a stay at the hotel becomes fashionable, a reflection of the Versace brand it pays homage to.

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HOTEL REVIEW: Fairmont The Palm, Dubai

Ranked 4th most visited city in the world by CNTraveler, one interesting facet of Dubai is its unique and modern architecture. More than two decades ago, Dubai was just a small town, but with the help of the discovery of oil, it turned into a beautiful huge metropolis, with super tall mega-structures and urban luxury homes.

In this post, we will be talking about our stay at Fairmont The Palm, the restaurants we dined at and the attractions that we saw during our mini-break in this hyper-developing city.

Arrival in Dubai

We started our day early and with full of excitement. As we drove to our hotel from the airport, we were awestruck by the 12 lanes roadways, with meticulously designed high rise buildings on either sides and luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati being a common sight on the road.

FAIRMONT THE PALM

It was our first time visiting the UAE and staying at a Fairmont property. As soon we arrived in the hotel, we were welcomed by Fairmont's friendly staff. The valet service greeted us with a warm welcome, unloaded our luggage and whisked our car away to the parking garage. The doorman made us feel welcomed as soon as we stepped out of the car and happily opened the double door for us. The bellman quickly helped us and kept our luggage as we went to front desk to check in. During check in, the staff politely informed us that our room was not yet quite ready since we arrived a few hours earlier than the stated check-in time which is 3pm. She offered to check our bags and graciously ushered us to the lounge for a comfortable wait. She promptly called us when the room was already available and we were fully given a description of all services, dining hours and other pertinent information useful for our stay. As soon as everything was finished, we were led to our room - A Fairmont Deluxe Room.

Room

Our bedroom is a 52 sq.m deluxe room adorned with contemporary decor and highlighted by unique Arabic Mashrabiya architectural fixtures. It has a spacious balcony with a spectacular view of the hotel’s pool, beach, Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina skyline. The room also features a spacious walk-in closet, work desk with media panel connectivity kit, a 40” high definition LED television, cable and high-speed Internet access. The luxurious five-piece marble bathroom is split into three areas, a private room for toilet and bidet, a separate stand-alone shower room with rain shower head, and a single sink vanity area with bathtub. 

The view from our balcony during the day

The view from our balcony at night

Lobby

The lobby is stunning with artistic ambiance and lots of comfortable seats. It is multi-functional with creative segmented zones for check-in / check-out, waiting area and social area that has welcome cart with tea and dates.

Concierge

The concierge is consistently manned by two staff and is strategically located near the main entrance door allowing for closer view of those entering the hotel lobby.

Front Desk

The front desk is manned by four staff and is located in the lobby area with a full view of the entrance.

Hallway

The hallway is clean and wide, and it has many chairs on both sides.

Staircase and Chandelier

This exquisite staircase and Arabic drop chandelier is one of the lobby's most astounding features.

Ladies Powder Room

The ladies powder room is beautifully clean and tastefully decorated. It has all the essentials that every powder room should have. 

Fitness Gym

The fitness gym features exercise machines, free weights, music, friendly trainers and everything you need to get in shape and stay in shape. 

Kids Club

The Kids Club provides a lively and stimulating environment for children to play and learn at the same time.

Swimming Pool

All four swimming pools are overlooking the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai Skyline. 

Beach and Garden

Fairmont's beach boasts powdery soft golden sand and aquamarine sea, and the garden is beautifully landscaped and loaded with palm trees.

RESTAURANTS

Dubai's food scene is thriving with a range of fine dining, budget eats and fusion eateries to suit every taste. During our stay, we dined at Fairmont's Flow Kitchen and Frevo, Jumeirah's Beachcombers, The Palace Downtown's Ewaan Lounge and Dubai Mall's Noodle House.

Fairmont The Palm - Flow Kitchen

Flow Kitchen is Fairmont's main restaurant that serves all-day dining. This is were we had our breakfast everyday during our stay at Fairmont. We also tried their dinner but only on our first night. The food were delicious and of good quality. The staff were friendly and nice in a professional manner. The restaurant's ambiance is great, particularly in the day when there's not a lot of people and we can see the lush gradens, fountains, ocean and Dubai Skyline from the full glass window next to our table. In the morning of our check out day we requested for an al fresco table and they sat us right next to the fountain where we had the best view of the beach and Dubai skyline!

Fairmont The Palm - Frevo

Frevo specializes in traditional Brazilian cuisine and highlights churrascia-style dining. Me & Rock Licker tried their paulista soup, cheese bread with honey infused butter, Brazilian salad and churrasco with nutella sauce. Everything was enjoyable. During our meal, we were entertained by live Brazilian music which was very romantic.

The Palace Downtown Dubai - Ewaan Lounge

This is the best buffet I've ever had! Widest variety of quality food combined with excellent live music, lively atmosphere, nice crowd, super attentive servers and cheerful chefs in every assigned food station! I loved everything about Ewaan! We stayed in this restaurant for 4 hours! So far for me, when it comes to buffet, nothing beats Ewaan Lounge yet!

Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Beachcombers

We decided to try Beachcombers' weekend buffet upon friends' recommendation. When we were there, the food were delicious, the servers were amazing, we had a great view of Burj Al Arab and the Arabian Gulf. The entertainers sang to Rock Licker and I was able to take a video of it. All in all, we had a memorable lunch at Beachcombers in Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

The Dubai Mall - Kitchen Noodles

I was craving for spicy noodle so we decided to try this cute restaurant in Dubai Mall and we didn't regret. The quality of the food is above standard for a mall-type restaurant and we absolutely loved it.

Events / Tourist Attractions

There are many tourist attractions to complete your visit in Dubai. There's Dubai International Motor Show which is held annually, Global Village which is open from November to March and The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm that opens daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Dubai International Motor Show

Rock Licker loves vintage cars so we decided to take a look at this exhibition. I didn't know anything about these cars but Rock Licker said he was amazed how they were beautifully restored.

Global Village

This is the place where you'll find massive replicas of country's landmarks and souveir shops. Rock Licker and I just took some photos and after that we already left. We didn't stay long because it was already late.

Atlantis The Palm Dubai - The Lost Chambers Aquarium

If you've read some of my previous posts, you may already have an idea that Rock Licker and I are big fans of aquariums. We've visited several aquariums from different countries and we plan to visit some more. That's why during our vacation in Dubai, we grabbed our chance to visit The Lost Chambers Aquariums in Atlantis - The Palm, the biggest one in UAE and it made us very happy!

CONCLUSION

We had the loveliest 3 days, 2 nights stay at Fairmont - The Palm, Dubai. From the moment we arrived until we left everything was perfect. Best location at The Palm, 5-Star service, beautiful rooms, awesome beach, nice swimming pools and great restaurants.  We highly recommend Fairmont - The Palm to anyone visiting Dubai.