Staycation: Palace Downtown Dubai

Address Hotels’ most-regal property overlooks the soaring Burj Khalifa – and it’s a Dubai landmark in its own right

The rooms 

This hotel’s focal point is that each of its 242 rooms and suites boast a balcony with stunning water views: many overlooking The Dubai Fountain – an all singing, all dancing Downtown spectacle that is presided over by the towering Burj Khalifa. But avert your gaze from mirror-flat Burj Lake to the suite itself, and you’ll find that these sophisticated abodes more than live up to the hotel’s palatial title. Elegant furnishings blend with Arabesque motifs and statement art pieces – such as in the grand, top tier suites, which are punctuated by rare and original artifacts from Morocco, Syria and Egypt. Touches of tech compliment the traditional aura, like interactive LED televisions and an in-room iPad, which acts as an intuitive hub from which to dictate personalised details of your stay.

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Deluxe Fountain View King room

The food 

Dining delights are on-hand to coax you from your room cocoon, in the shape of three main restaurants and a trio of laid-back lounges. A major highlight is Argentinean-influenced Asado, which entices with an array of mouthwatering steaks, and a must have is a plate of its signature, succulent lamb – slowly cooked for six hours over a traditional parilla open grill (a visual showpiece of the restaurant, along with its well-stocked drinks cellar). For Thai cuisine and Bangkok-style seafood, elegant Thiptara is considered one of the emirate’s best settings, promising a night of ‘magic at the water.’  Don’t feel like venturing out? Even in-room dining becomes an occasion at this property, enjoyed upon a pretty, private terrace that is the perfect vantage for a mesmeric fountain performance. But don’t check out before tasting Al Bayt’s signature The Palace Cappuccino, though – it’s a coffee craving topped with 22ct gold dust, served in the lobby lounge.

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Hammam, Spa at Palace Downtown Dubai

The activities

This calm hotel lauds relaxation over exertion –­ think burbling water features on-approach and hushed hallways within. The Spa embodies this sense of Zen, with a whole host of wellness indulgences to pamper and soothe, plus facilities such as an Oriental bathhouse, monsoon showers, a hot tub and steam rooms. For further leisure, the hotel’s outdoor pool is set beside serene Burj Lake within well-manicured gardens – a haven for moments of sun worship or delving into a good book. On the hotel doorstep sits Souk Al Bahar (a thematic setting that is superb for a spot of retail indulgence), or while the hours away in nearby Dubai Mall, which harbours highlights such as Dubai Ice Rink, as well as Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. This is a hotel with both luxury and a prime location.

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