FOR THE PERFECT PLACE TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL, THIS LUXURIOUS 5-STAR POLYNESIAN RESORT GIVES YOU THE FEELING OF ESCAPE AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE. EXCITED TO GET OUR ZEN ON AT SOFITEL THE PALM, LOCATED ON THE EAST CRESCENT OF THE WORLD-FAMOUS PALM JUMERIAH, FACT’S HAYLEY ALEXANDER CHECKS IN FOR A TROPICAL RETREAT…
We arrive at Sofitel The Palm and are automatically greeted with a warm welcome and a very swift check-in. We take a moment to appreciate the stunning lobby with bursts of tropical landscaping – a feature wall filled with 170 types of plants from France and beautifully arranged blooms – providing us with plenty of photo opportunities.
Culture and architecture of the South Pacific flows beautifully at every angle of the hotel, we are in awe. The 5-star hotel features 361 luxury rooms, including 124 suites. We’re staying in the Luxury Suite which is 44 sqm of absolute comfort. As we enter the room, we automatically feel at home. Overlooking the front of the property to the Arabian sea, the spacious terrace is a perfect place to read a book over a cup of tea or coffee. Accents of onyx, stone and exotic dark wood, with a colour palette that evokes the Polynesian seaside and landscape are all present in this sprawling accommodation. The contemporary rooms and suites at the hotel feature free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, Bose Wave audio system, mini bar and all the usual amenities for a comfortable and convenient stay. We love the open plan bathroom with its huge tub and rain shower too.
The resort has 12 restaurants, bars and lounges, with something for everyone – casual dining, familyfriendly or upscale. We dine at Porter House, which offers succulent steaks and grills. The kitchen is open plan, and the restaurant has understated tones, with low lighting and subtle Jazz playing in the background – which we really appreciated. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and personable, talking us through the menu options. Be prepared for some serious food envy! Our steak is perfectly cooked with delicious mash and vegetable sides. We were treated with an extra special experience when it came to the meat. It was carved right at the table whilst the waiter explained more about the ingredients that were used. A lovely interactive touch. This place is a steak lover’s dream, importing prime cuts of meat from celebrated sources around the world. Highly recommended!
Let go of your stress! A staycation wouldn’t be complete without some spa time. We arrived early for our treatment at Sofitel Spa and made good use of the 2,500 sqm sanctuary. We were welcomed with a refreshing tea followed by a tour by the highly trained therapists. The Sofitel Spa offers 28 treatment rooms, six pools, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and before indulging in a 50-minute signature massage, we indulged in the facilities to really unwind. Feeling extremely relaxed, we end our spa afternoon in the outdoor infinity pool. For those wanting to work out, Sofitel Fitness is open to both resort guests and residents. Certified fitness instructors are on hand to offer assistance and advice. FloatFit HIIT, personal fitness training, tennis lessons, swim lessons and group classes are all available upon request. Great for those who want to stay on their fitness regime during their stay. Sofitel The Palm has a magnificent 500-meter private beach, we spend the day relaxing and soaking up the summer sun. A real treat as the beach is not crowded and has an exclusive feel.
The hospitality and friendliness of the staff in all areas of the hotel was one of the highlights for us. Nothing was too much, and to be greeted so sincerely throughout the resort, from the moment of getting out of the car until leaving – made our stay all the more special. We were even greeted by the General Manager (Christophe Schnyder) to ask how our stay was – this was a lovely surprise. It was great to see a varied mix of families and residents making use of the facilities. Our stay was pure bliss – just what the doctor ordered. We left feeling like we were on vacation even though we were still in Dubai – and THAT is exactly the feeling you deserve on your next summer staycation! ✤