Managed by Kempinski, this majestic palace resort rises from the crystalline waters of the Arabian Sea like an enchanted citadel and is a place where regal splendour blends with contemporary Arabian style, with liberal use of the finest marble, intricate mosaics and crystal chandeliers. Cutting edge facilities abound with complimentary Wifi internet throughout the resort and huge plasma screens.
Guests will also enjoy complimentary butler service and daily fruit and water. The beds are hand carved, bathrooms sumptuous and the private balconies provide you with wonderful views out over the sea or lush gardens. A choice of 10 restaurants, including an Italian, brings together the flavours of the world and you can even dine in the privacy of your own room, where staff will await your every call.
The long list of facilities include two swimming pools, one with water slides, a lazy river and waterfalls. There are watersports galore, badminton, tennis, beach volleyball and two fitness centres to choose from. For children, a range of sports and games can be enjoyed along with activities at Sarab Land; the children’s playground and kids’ club. For relaxation the Emirates Palace SPA, with its superb selection of therapies and treatments and the only Moroccan Hamman in Abu Dhabi is perfect.
Emirates Palace comprises 166 Coral Rooms with views of the gardens and Abu Dhabi’s skyline, 73 Pearl Rooms with views of the gardens, swimming pools and pristine beach, 63 Diamond Rooms with panoramic views of the sea, as well as the lavish range of suites including 20 Khaleej Suites, 20 Khaleej Deluxe Suites, 4 Royal Suites, and 48 Palace Suites, all with private butler and breathtaking vistas of the beach and Arabian Gulf.
Watersports enthusiasts will love Emirates Palace. Head over to the Water Sports Centre to try your hand at wakeboarding or waterskiing. The warm waters of the Arabian Gulf are perfect for the variety of inflatable rides on offer, as well as for snorkelling.
Tennis is the signature sporting offer at the resort – there are four floodlit courts at your disposal, and high quality coaching is available if you wish to improve your game. Other games onsite include football on a FIFA standard pitch, beach volleyball, cricket and table tennis. Alternatively, the fitness suites and daily outdoor exercise classes will help keep you in shape, and there are also several running circuits throughout the beautiful grounds.
Spend a day or two in the Anantara Spa at Emirates Palace, where you’ll discover a relaxing blend of Thai-style furnishings and Moroccan-inspired interiors. At the heart of the spa you’ll find a traditional Moroccan Hammam, with two Jacuzzis, two steam rooms, heated marble, and an ice cave. Indulge in one of the half day Signature Journeys, such as ‘Gateway to Arabia’, or opt for a rejuvenating facial or massage.
Children will love the Sarab Land Kids’ Club – the variety of exciting games and activities will keep the happy all day long.
With seven restaurants and numerous bars to choose from, perhaps the most difficult decision you’ll have to make during your stay at Emirates Palace will be where to eat. Le Vendôme Brasserie serves vast buffets of exotic flavours and international cuisine, while Sayad Sayad offers classic seafood dishes with a modern twist, with a terrace overlooking the marina and white sand beach. You’ll be able to savour fine Mediterranean fare at the award-winning Mezzaluna, or opt for BBQ Al Qasr, a casual al fresco dining experience featuring an extensive à la carte menu, a relaxing beachside setting, Arabian shisha and regular live entertainment.
Mezlai is the place to go for authentic Emirati cuisine with a Middle Eastern touch, while Diwan L’Auberge will take you on a culinary adventure from Lebanon to Abu Dhabi, with some traditional live entertainment along the way. Be transported to the cafes of Vienna at Le Café, where mouth-watering pastries, delectable sandwiches and rich coffees await you.
Emirates Palace is also home to Abu Dhabi’s first venue for lovers of caviar and champagne. Caviar Bar offers Iranian caviar and world-class champagne selections, as well as live music. Alternatively, savour signature dishes such as Peking duck with caviar at the chic Hakkasan. Finally, pop into The Havana Club to sample some of the world’s finest Cognacs, Armagnacs and cigars, or stare out at the moonlit sea while you drink in the smooth grooves of award-winning international DJs and live performances at Etoiles.
Abu Dhabi, 30 minutes transfer from Abu Dhabi International Airport.