Much more than a hotel, Emirates Palace is an Abu Dhabi icon. Completed in 2005, it was built to showcase Arabic design and has since become a landmark in its own right. The Palace boasts nearly 400 luxury rooms and suites, with 6 suites reserved exclusively for royalty and dignitaries. Costing a whopping US$3 billion to build, this place deserves its reputation as 'beyond 5-star'.
Located on the Corniche in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace is the epitome of grandeur. The exterior alone is breathtaking, with its palatial architecture, ornate gates and 114 impressive domes. Taking up residence along 1.3 kilometres of private beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of landscaped gardens, this sprawling hotel is truly a sight to behold. A private natural bay with its own marina completes the picture. Inside, things are no less shabby. Glamour abounds in the form of 1,002 crystal chandeliers, expansive marble floors and an opulent auditorium custom-built to host world-class operas and orchestras. Each of the rooms and suites feature lavish furnishings, decadent linens, marble and gold accents, and the latest in technology. A 24-hour personal-butler service is available to boot.
Facilities and activities for guests include two temperature-controlled swimming pools, yachting, camel rides, water sports, tennis courts, yoga and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. There is, not surprisingly, an award-winning day spa complete with its own traditional Moroccan hammam, ice cave, and signature treatments featuring gold, pearls and caviar. Wining and dining are experiences in themselves, with 14 restaurants, cafes and bars on offer. The cuisine ranges from traditional Arabic to contemporary Italian, Asian and Lebanese flavours, while the hotel’s signature dish is a camel burger dusted in 24-karat gold. Transportation services range from Rolls-Royce and Maybach ground transport to helicopters and private jets. There’s even an ATM in the lobby that dispenses gold bars. This truly is luxury at its finest.
If staying at Emirates Palace is a little beyond your budget, don’t fret. Book in to see a show, visit the on-site Barakat Gallery or get a taste of the high life with the Palace’s renowned afternoon high tea.