Head to the Royal Hideaway located on The Palm Jumeirah and soak up the Marina views from the incredible infinity pool by day and tuck into unbeatable Indian cuisine at Khyber by night.
Skyline pool view
When it comes to staycation destinations in Dubai, it’s hard to beat hotels located on the famous Palm. With the busy city miles away and beaches surrounding every building, it makes for the perfect getaway from the high rises, even if only for one night.
And one of the destinations not to be overlooked when booking in for a weekend stay is Dukes The Palm. If you’re planning to visit for the day and/or spent the evening in the regal location, here’s what you need to know.
INTERIOR & ACCOMMODATION
The five-star hotel takes after the boutique hotel located in London’s Mayfair, which pays homage to British royalty due to its regal location that holds connections with members of the British royal family from the past – a theme that’s carried on in Dubai.
Suites have names such as ‘The Duke of Cambridge’ and keeping in with the British theme, rooms are accordingly decorated. Old-timely portraits are placed around the hotel, and London-inspired photography hangs in frames in the rooms – think the famous double-decker buses and red telephone boxes.
Having first opened in 2016 (being fully open in 2017) the hotel boasts 279 luxuriously appointed rooms including 64 suites with spectacular views.
POOL AND LEISURE
If you haven’t visited Dukes The Palm yet, then you’re missing out on an incredible (and very sizable!) infinity pool with amazing views of the Dubai Marina, great pool-service for food and drink and easy beach access for those looking for a sandier lazing experience.
But if the heat gets out of hand, rest assured as an inside pool is also open too, and it’s equally sizable with equally impressive views.
Elsewhere, the lazy river was another highlight when spending the day soaking up the sun at Dukes The Palm. What beats wedging into a rubber ring and little the gentle current carry you along as you equally let your thoughts drift?
If you’re more into raising your heartbeat than simply resting, then be sure to check out the fully equipt fitness centre, too.
RESTAURANTS AND DINING
Whether you’re extending your day trip to evening or staying overnight, there is one dining destination well worth checking out. We head to Khyber for dinner, an Indian restaurant located on the 15th floor of the hotel – meaning we enjoy a sea view while filling up on food.
But the inside interior is more showstopping that the breathtaking views – calming stone and beiges hues with pillars and archways form the structure, while mosaic tilings on the floor and intricate portraits hanging from the walls make for a beautiful setting.
And it only gets better with the food. After a delicious selection of popadoms and dips, we order a chicken kebab platter with tikka seasoning and a selection of vegetarian samosas and patties. For the mains, we share a vegetarian biriyani, palak (spinach) and paneer curry and a dal Tarka with breads and rice, of course. So full of flavour, we literally force ourselves to clean our plates despite our tightening waistlines and daydream about our meal for days afterwards.
Other dining options include West 14th Steakhouse and the Great British Restaurant, a generous breakfast buffet is served in the latter come morning.
All in all, a weekend well spent with one of the best infinity pools in the city. Find out more about the Dukes The Palm at barcelo.com.