Prime, tranquil location overlooking the East Crescent of the planet’s biggest manmade island
The hotel is brand new and particularly spotless, even for gleaming Dubai
Child-friendly, the Sofitel has one of the most impressive pool complexes in the Middle East (plus a free Kids club)
Their So Spa is the 2nd biggest Spa in Dubai, with 28 treatments cabanas
What To Know
Corridors are Vegas-style long so it’s very easy to get lost
The Palm island itself looks more impressive from a plane window than at ground level
A 10 percent local tax and 10 percent service charge per night will be collected upon check-in at the hotel
Parking on site
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A primped and polished vision of the South Pacific comes to the world’s most audacious island, in the shape of Sofitel’s Polynesian-themed megaresort
Polynesian, albeit of an altogether flashier vintage than Paul Gaugin would recognize. Lush vertical gardens of emerald leaves enliven the walls of corridors on the ground floor, and the truly enormous atrium lobby – overlooked, somewhat unexpectedly, by a Chinese tea house – is home to monumental flower arrangements of the kind Elton John might reserve for special occasions only.
Bed and Bath
The major concession to the Polynesian theme within the rooms is the liberal use of vivid turquoise fabrics. Dark wood paneling and feature walls built from stone should age well and beds are flanked with armies of accent cushions. Bathrooms are truly exceptional, featuring an indulgent rain shower, separate toilet and bidet area, twin sinks and potions by the French house of Lanvin. Another classy move: the minibar has been equipped with an area labeled ‘for your own use’, and we happen to know it can happily accommodate a bottle of airport-bought Hendricks.
Perhaps in acknowledgement of the fact that The Palm Jumeirah isn’t exactly ablaze with street life, the strategy at Sofitel The Palm, Dubai seems to have been to provide enough on-site diversion to last you a month. There are 10 food and drink venues, from the Habano Cigar Lounge to Moana, a chic contemporary seafood restaurant lapped by candlelit water. The hotel’s private beach, serviced by the nearby Maui bar, really does have the best of both worlds, offering views over the ever-more crowded city skyline from the serenity of immaculately combed sands. Exert yourself on the machinery of the roomy SoFit gym and you’ll be handed an ice-cold fragrant towel to cool down with.
In the Area
Large swathes of The Palm Jumeirah are taken up with gated residential communities, many of which are visibly underoccupied. Apart from that it’s mostly rival hotels that populate The Palm – including the Sofitel’s behemoth neighbor the Atlantis, with its waterpark and big-name restaurants including the first Arabian outpost of Nobu. Your own hotel has thoughtfully laid on free shuttle buses to nearby off-Palm attractions, including the mighty Mall of the Emirates, not the newest of the megamalls, but certainly the only one in Dubai to boast an indoor ski mountain with ‘real’ snow. If you’re heading further afield towards the older parts of town, a ride on the slick new Metro is a must.