Just arrived home from a lovely week long stay as a family of four and can't think of a better hotel experience anywhere else. The hotel is nearly one year open and has an understated Arabic class that was just right for our taste. although we arrived at 0900 an our room wasn't ready for a few hours we were able to use the spa facilities to freshen up and change. When we did get in to the room, it was of a very high and comfortable standard with 2 double queen beds. The kids (6&4) loved having their own big bed and they were generally made a fuss of for the whole stay.
The staff were faultlessly polite and were always happy to go the extra mile if needed.
We ate breakfast every day at Flow kitchen which has a great choice although the one dinner we had was good rather than excellent mainly because of the lack of ambience. Had one other meal at Seagrill which was very good with lovely views of the Dubai Marina skyline. Ba restaurant was still closed (the lounge was open) and due to open at the end of October but after a 5 minute chat with the manager in the bar, we were offered the chance to dine there if we wished.
The pool area was filled most days from 10am and trying to get more than 2 sunbeds can be tricky but the staff were helpful in trying to accommodate. If you want a lounger on the beach then you'll have no problem.
The kids spent a couple of days at the Falcons junior club which was beautifully done and puts many UK nurseries to shame. Lots of activities were arranged for our kids and they didn't want to leave which says a lot! A bonus is that they can eat from the in-room dining menu there too.
Join the presidents club for free wifi and don't waste packing sports kit as your membership allows for workout kit (includes shoes) for the whole stay for $10 (they will launder after use too)!
I could write thousands of words on every last detail of our experience but in short, this hotel has got a lot going for it and is worth anyone's consideration if they are visiting Dubai. One of my favourites!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairmont The Palm, located on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. This beachside hotel features 381 guestrooms and suites and six world-class dining venues - all with sea and Marina views. The hotel offers conference and meeting facilities and a Children's Activity Centre. Guests can also enjoy water sports or relax at the Willow Stream Spa. ... more less
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