Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is part of the Jumeirah stable (famous for is over-the-top luxury at the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab). It is on the western wing of Palm Jumeirah, which a man-made island built in the shape of a palm tree. The six-floor beachside hotel has 405 rooms. The most opulent of these are the 42 suites and 38 villas located around a lagoon pool.
Opulence, you say?
The resort reflects the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire. It’s decorated with hand-painted Turkish artworks and lavish murals. The decor recreates an atmosphere of grandness. The Ottoman themes are matched by thoughtful service that makes you feel like you’re living in a palace.
What about the rooms?
Rooms and suites have ocean views. They range from 40m² to 310m² and come packed with mod cons and gadgets.
For those who really want to live it up, there are Grand Imperial Suites and five-bedroom Royal Villas. The four- and five-bedroom villas are situated around a lagoon pool, set in lush tropical gardens. These have access to the resort’s private beach, maid’s quarters, ensuite bathrooms for every bedroom, private pools and kitchens. They also come with 24-hour butler service.
Don’t tell me, you like the food?
Like most Jumeirah properties, this one has plenty of dining choices. There are 10 restaurants, bars and lounges.
Lalezar is a 20th-century royal Ottoman cuisine inspired restaurant that serves up a variety of Turkish cuisine prepared with a contemporary twist.
There’s an Indian restaurant called Amala; Al Nafoorah is the Lebanese restaurant; and Imperium is an all-day dining option with a Parisian Brasserie-style restaurant.
Have a cocktail at the chic and stylish Voda Bar. After dinner head to C Club for cognacs, cigars and chocolate expertly paired by the in-house sommelier in classically grand surroundings. Or relax in the Sultan’s Lounge for traditional Turkish high-tea and a casual meal.
Is the spa worth checking out?
Talise Ottoman Spa has 42 treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas and ﬂoating baths. At the heart of the spa are three traditional Turkish Hammams, made of ﬁne marble. The spa also has four outdoor cabanas, a gym, fitness studio, two indoor salt water swimming pools, relaxation areas, beauty salons and Ixir spa café.
We’d go if we didn’t have kids:
With a tennis centre, two indoor salt water swimming pools and a selection of land and water sports, there’s plenty for the kids to do.
What’s the bottom line?
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is at The Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road (West), Dubai, tel: 9714 453000.
The writer was a guest of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.