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.
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 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.
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.
The front desk is manned by four staff and is located in the lobby area with a full view of the entrance.
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.
The fitness gym features exercise machines, free weights, music, friendly trainers and everything you need to get in shape and stay in shape.
The Kids Club provides a lively and stimulating environment for children to play and learn at the same time.
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.
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.
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!
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.