Check In: Kempinski The Palm
Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah hasn’t even been open a year and already it’s had some heavyweight A-listers through its palatial doors. Most recently Mischa Barton enjoyed a visit, attracting the media hordes. Her apartment also doubled as a photo shoot location for the star and we’re not sure what was more stunning – her or the regal backdrop.
With just one restaurant (Brunello), one lounge (K-West) and a residents/guests-only gym ensuring minimal passing trade, this discreet retreat is perfect for celebs. Privacy, luxury, space and being family-friendly are the key focuses of the resort and with decent deals on day passes, it’s not just for the Mischa Bartons of the world. We delved inside this exclusive retreat to find out more...
The Pool, Spa & Gym
Visiting A-listers may opt for the Kempinski suites and villas that boast their own private pools, but the less well financially endowed can hire a cabana for two around the communal pool for Dhs500 a day. The cost includes a fruit platter, a 30-minute back massage each, soft drinks, iced water and towels, plus Evian facial mist. Mineral water for the face is all the rage in T’Town.
Indoors, tucked away in a suite on the second floor, you’ll find the Middle East’s first and only Cinq Mondes Spa, which is open to non-residents for bookings. Cinq Mondes is French for ‘five worlds’ and you’ll find treatments inspired by all continents here. We tried the Balinese massage; the best bit was when the therapist used her fingertips to massage pressure points in the face – who knew you could carry so much tension there?! You can also buy thoroughly organic Cinq Mondes products here (Eau de Siam perfume is exotic and addictive – one whiff and you’ll be hooked). The gym’s equally impressive for a weekend workout.
One word: massive! The majority of suites are two-bedroom units, and everything is full size and fully equipped. For example, where some hotels suites have humble kitchenettes, these have spacious kitchens complete with a toaster, microwave and dishwasher – there’s even a laundry room with a washing machine! With a six-seat dinner table in the lounge and a four-seater on the balcony, these places are made for entertaining and you can have in-room dining with butlers if you’d like to try that lobster burger in the comfort of your own room!
The Restaurants & Bars
Brunello: Named after a culinary hot spot near Milan, Brunello serves up classic Italian fare, such as their starter of burrata (a mozzarella-like ball of cheese with a liquid centre) served with diced tomatoes and asparagus (Dhs110). Or, if you prefer a twist, you can kick off your Mediterranean feast with the lobster and green apple with mascarpone cream sauce (Dhs160). Among the mains, signatures such as tagliatelle duck ragout (Dhs140) and the deliciously creamy fresh mushroom risotto with foie gras (Dhs160) have proved popular, while dessert options extend from apple crumble with vanilla sauce (Dhs70) to chocolate marquise with macadamia ice cream and caramelised pecan nuts (Dhs70).
K-West: With wood panelled walls and chestnut leather Oxford chairs, this cigar bar has a gentleman’s club vibe. Expect Cohibas, Montecristos and an amazing lobster burger!
On a budget? Here’s a look at the cheapest three courses on offer:
Garden soup, Dhs70
Paccheri pasta with ricotta, tomato, black olives and veal bacon, Dhs100
Ice cream, Dhs35
Iftar Tent Treats
Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah is currently home to a fab iftar tent erected on its terrace, offering shisha, Arabic music and a traditional buffet for Dhs195.
Rack Rate: From Dhs1,800 for a one-bedroom suite
50-Minute Massage: From Dhs500
Cabana hire/pool pass: Dhs500 for two
INFO: Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, The Crescent West, Dubai. 04 444 2000, www.kempinski.com/palmjumeirah.