To celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, my husband, 8 year old twin daughters and I planned to re-do our honeymoon.
First we spent 5 glorious nights in Sri Lanka and then flew onto Dubai to stay at the Palm Tree Court in Jebel Ali for a week.
We booked the entire holiday through Best@Travel and their service was flawless throughout. Communication, the transfer services they arranged etc. It was a very easy fluid process from beginning to end.
Our rep was waiting for us in arrivals and guided us to the car park to meet our driver…..it was HOT…..oven hot….the air con in the private mini bus was very much welcomed.
The journey took about 45 mins and this was spent staring in awe at the buildings in Dubai – a lot has changed in 10 years.
On arriving at the hotel we were immediately greeted by a bell boy who arranged for all our luggage to be taken from the car and labelled ready to go to our room. The reception area is vast – airy and cool. Check in was very personal, with cool drinks and cold flannels to bring the temperature down. We were given our room keys, and a list of complimentary treats – which were out of this world. The hotel is extremely generous.
We had a little glitch trying to book the Al la Carte’s as we were told they were all booked up. We specifically chose the hotel for its dining options so were a little upset, but Julia in Guest relations soon sorted everything out for us.
After unpacking in our beautiful room (890) we found our way to the pool just off the beach and got a drink. Ushanka in ‘The Anchor’ was incredibly helpful, he told us how the All Inclusive works, where to get towels, information about the resorts – basically everything we needed to know. Ushanka was a god send and he continued to advise and help us throughout our stay.
I cannot gush about this hotel enough –it was paradise. The Palm Tree court side of the resort is built with 3 story ‘suite’ buildings with streams and bridges running through the immaculate ground. Then there is the Jebel Ali Hotel side which sits adjacent. There are Peacocks everywhere, and we were lucky enough to see them with their young. They are very saucy though and will have a peanut out of you hand in a second.!!
You can call for golf buggies to take you around the resort, but we soon got used to the heat and like the walk and the views.
We visited the Sports Bar on our first evening for a quick drink, our daughters ate there, food is lovely and they played badminton and table tennis. A great way for the adults to kick back and relax watching football/rugby (load s of TVs all showing different sport) whilst the kids get to burn off the last of their energy. We returned one evening for a meal and it was delicious. It does get very busy though so get there early,
We ate in La Fontana, the Palm Tree Court Buffet the first night, it was an Arabian Themed night and it was delicious – the waiters/waitresses are really helpful and drinks are with you in a blink!. We also ate in the Ibn Majed Buffet in the Jebel Ali Hotel, a lovely dining area, and amazing food and variety.
We ate breakfast in the White Orchid Restaurant each day and this was unbelievable. You are spoilt for choice at each meal and even though it was buffet it was fine dining each time.
We used the Bateaux Dubai complimentary dinner cruise, paying just £34 per child (this included transport to Dubai creek and a 4 course meal). We paid for drinks, which was fine as we didn’t spend anything at the hotel other than tips here and there. The dinner cruise was brilliant. The views are something else, the food was delicious, and it was lovely to meet the chef at the end and speak to him about dinner and tell him how much we had enjoyed his cooking.
We also ate in La Traviata Italian restaurant – this was my favourite, the whole experience was wonderful. Our waiter was excellent, the food was delicious and the setting perfect. My daughters were a little chilly from the air con and he wrapped pashmina’s around them to keep them warm.
We went on the donut, this was a wonderful thing to do as a family, my daughters loved it and even better that it was free. We both had an Elemis massage and it was heaven – a real treat to indulge completely!
The guy who looked after our room from house keeping was great, we had accidentally pressed the ‘do not disturb’ button (no hanging door sign here – it’s all electric from the room), but he found me to check if we needed fresh towels and water. Really personal and thoughtful, making sure our stay was all we wanted it to be. Each night the beds were turned down and our little slippers were left by the bed.
We ate in Shooters on our last night, which is based at the hotel’s shooting range. The dinner was delicious – steak cooked to perfection. Whilst we were there we used our complimentary handgun shooting offer. So much fun, very exciting, a real experience. Apparently I am a good shot!!
If we stayed around the pool a little later into the afternoon/early evening we went to Captains, an outside bar with cabana’s and big cushy chairs, perfect for one last drink, watching the sun set before changing for dinner.
We used the hotel free shuttle to go to Aquaventure on The Palm Jumeirah. We had a fantastic day. The shuttle to go back to the hotel went without us, even though we were waiting, but a taxi back cost £15 so we didn’t fret. Shuttle buses in, out and around the resort leave promptly, they don’t hang around and wait,, they watch the clock and leave on the DOT.
I cannot praise the hotel enough. I have stayed at 5* resorts around the world and have always been really pleased, but this hotel really did excel, I cannot think of a single thing I would complain about – it was brilliant, we all had a fantastic time and we cannot wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxurious Palm Tree Court & Spa is situated within the award-winning Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. A stunning palm-lined private beach and three swimming pools are just steps away from the suites and junior suites, surrounded by lush gardens, waterfalls and fish-filled streams. A championship 9-hole golf course, academy, spa, restaurants, bars, kids club, deep-sea fishing trips and horse riding can also be enjoyed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jebel Ali Palm Tree Court And Spa
- Jebel Ali Palm Tree Court Hotel Dubai
- Palm Tree Court Dubai