The Palm Jumeirah is undoubtedly THE luxury address in Dubai when it comes to lavish resorts – but with so many to choose from, how do you narrow it down?
Most new visitors to Dubai are probably aware of the incredible Atlantis the Palm enjoying prime position at the very top of the Palm Jumeirah, but the “trunk” and outer crescents of the Palm also hold many valuable hotel and resort gems we’d like to introduce you to.
Whether it’s relaxing at a modern beach club or an overwater villa you are looking for, there’ll be something you love on Palm Jumeriah – or simply known as “The Palm”. Let’s take a look around at all the accommodation choices on this unique artificial archipelago in Dubai!
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Resorts and Hotels on the west crescent of the Palm
We will take our journey around the Palm starting from the west crescent, past Altantis on the tip of the crescent and over to the east, before looking at those resorts and hotels on the trunk. Resorts on the west crescent of the Palm benefit from unbridled views of JBR and the new Bluewaters Island housing Ain Dubai, as well as incredible shimmering sunsets over the Gulf.
One&Only The Palm Dubai
One&Only The Palm is arguably the most exclusive luxury hotel on Palm Jumeirah. With architecture inspired by Andalusia’s Moorish palaces, cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno and beachfront accommodation, this place is dripping with splendour.
One&Only is perfect for those seeking an intimate and highly luxurious experience. Take in awe-inspiring panoramic views over the Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline. Climb aboard the private boat and step into the city, or enjoy the 850-square meter infinity pool with its spectacular double daybeds to relax, as well as an adults-only pool for a more private dip.
Guests can undergo a head-to-toe makeover starting at the Guerlain garden-circled spa and finishing at the Bastien Gonzalez nail salon and Alexandre Zouari Hair Salon.
Other gourmet highlights include the create-your-own-dessert ‘Pastry Library’ and the One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai on Jumeirah Beach, featuring a further seven restaurants, can be reached by water taxi. The hotel even has a private marina.
For a truly unique experience, book one of the hotel’s private beach villas. Accommodating up to four guests, it is one of the most exclusive little retreats in Dubai.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
This 5-star hotel on the west crescent of the Palm oozes Ottoman-inspired opulence and has a private golden sand beach, infinity pool and a huge theatre. A collection of 405 luxury rooms and suites, 38 “Royal Residences” and 10 restaurants you won’t be short on things to do.
Families are well set up at Jumeriah Zabeel Saray with family-style rooms, kid’s club, huge outdoor water feature within the resorts swimming pools and complimentary access to the Wild Wadi waterpark, as well as a cinema and shopping arcade on site.
Couples can revel in fine dining with a choice of nine restaurants and the superb spa, which has a snow room and the largest Turkish bath in the Middle East. There are plenty of water sport activities you can add to your experience, as well as tennis and biking or simply enjoy relaxing in your beautiful Ottoman-style room.
W Dubai – The Palm
The W Dubai is one of the best adult resorts on the Palm Jumeirah. The vibrant and lively hotel puts on music events with famous DJ’s, perfect if you’re looking for a classy party atmosphere.
The uninterrupted gulf views from this 5-star luxury hotel can be admired atop beanbags on the private beach. There is also a network of swimming pools, the adult-only pool is extra fun thanks to a swim-up bar. Spice up the afternoon with a rejuvenating spa treatment or try your hand at the watersports on offer.
Evenings present plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself at a range of interesting restaurants, the stylish adults-only rooftop bar and a shisha lounge. SoBe rooftop bar has some of Dubai’s best-uninterrupted sunset views.
Emerald Palace Kempinski
One of the newest hotels to open on Palm Jumeirah, Emerald Palace Kempinski draws together European styles, contemporary design and warm hospitality fit for couples and families. Think marble floors against gold and platinum finishes – this is Dubai-style luxury at it’s best.
Stand out features at this property include the fantastic Cinque Mondes Spa and Dubai’s biggest indoor swimming pool. The outdoor pool also has wonderful cityscape views and there’s a children’s pool within eyesight for younger members of the family.
Several restaurants on-site offer an ample range of cuisines including seafood, Italian, Japanese and a European garden-themed affair. One for utter indulgence on the grandest scale.
We are waiting on news of the re-opening date of Emerald Palace Kempinski since their closure during COVID-19
Resorts and Hotels on the East Crescent of the Palm
Once you pass the enormous Atlantis complex and Royal Atlantis residences at the top of the Palm Jumeirah, you come to the east crescent and the following major resort hotel complexes await:
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
The Sofitel Dubai The Palm is a magnificent beach escape in Dubai. A 5-star offering with a French-Polynesian theme, it is a fitting venue for both couples and families.
The resort offers a huge array of dining and drinking options as well as a kid’s club and play areas – including slides into the pool! A choice of six outdoor swimming pools will keep little ones occupied and Aquaventure Waterpark is only a 5-minute drive away. The resort also has an excellent Amura Kids Club offering beautiful indoor and outdoor entertainment options to your under 12’s.
Enjoy swaying palms and blue skies from the private beach or take part in water sports and rooftop tennis. We particularly love the So Spa with 28 treatment rooms and French beauty treatements.
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel
Also brought to you by Sofitel group, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery is the first holistic wellbeing resort in the Middle East and sits proudly alongside the hotels on Palm Jumeirah. The philosophy of personal transformation through the wellbeing of body, mind and spirit runs throughout this peaceful sanctuary.
Each accommodation in this 255-room retreat presents incredible views across the Arabian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah for a beautiful wake up. There are bespoke treatments available at Rayya Wellness Center and packages including detox & juicing and yoga & mindfulness. Daily sunrise yoga on the private beach is also particularly inspiring. Feel free to relax in the infinity pool after.
The resort is alcohol-free, instead with an open-air juice bar as part of the four restaurants on site.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Anantara is a wonderful resort on Palm Jumeirah for straight-up beachy luxury. With its distinctly south-east Asian vibe, it’s a relaxing stay for couples and families with plenty of fabulous dining options and activities to keep everyone happy.
The hotel’s architecture harks to Thai temples, a theme that extends through the spa and 50-meter infinity pool, as well as the resorts huge lagoon-style pools that interconnect through the resort. Couples can enjoy hammam rituals at the Anantara Spa while youngsters are entertained at the kid’s and teen’s clubs.
What makes Anantara the Palm unique is the UAE’s only overwater villas, with glass floor so you can view the marine life beneath. There are also private beachfront villas with their own pool if you want that added privacy.
The resort boasts over 400m of private beachfront from where you can try your hand at various water sports, and enjoy the views back to the eye-catching Burj Al Arab. Anantara is definitely one of the most delightful family resorts on the Palm.
Rixos the Palm Hotel & Suites
Rixos Hotel & Suites sit at the very eastern-most tip of Palm Jumeirah. It is a great resort for couples or families offering an ultra all-inclusive package. With eleven restaurants and bars plus over 100 international beverage brands to try, it’s well worth it.
There are four pools in total to enjoy at Rixos the Palm; two for families, one exclusively for kids and another that’s semi-Olympic-sized for adults. Further entertainment for little ones includes the fully supervised Rixy Kids Club, permitting adults the time for a treatment in the Turkish-inspired Anjana Spa.
The Turkish theme continues throughout the resorts 316 rooms and suites, all offering ocean views. There are family-sized suites on offer and some exclusive villas ranging from two to five-bedroom, each with their own exclusive private pool.
Best hotels & resorts on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah
Finally, returning back towards the city and highrises oF JBR and the Marina, there are a number of more hidden hotels in amongst the luxury apartment complexes. Check out our favourite resort hotels on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah:
Dukes the Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
For an elegant stay in Dubai, Dukes the Palm does not disappoint. Take in the best views from the sky-high indoor pool on the 14th floor or the superb beachfront infinity pool and private beach (yes this is where photographers get THAT iconic view of the Dubai skyline from!).
There’s some classic luxury to be experienced here with a Champagne lounge and specialist spots serving cigars and high-quality whiskies. The gourmet steakhouse and Indian restaurant are also fantastic with sea views.
The water features are a highlight at this luxury hotel on Palm Jumeirah and in addition to the infinity pool, it boasts an outdoor lazy river and heated indoor pool. Water sport lovers are in for a treat with Hydro Water Sports, one of the city’s most popular jet ski and water craft providers – think everything from kayaks to flyboards!
Accommodations come in 279 rooms and suites as well as 227 fully-serviced one-bedroom apartments. Families are welcome and there’s an innovative kid’s club for the little ones. It is certainly a distinguished hidden gem amongst the larger resorts of Palm Jumeirah.
Fairmont the Palm
The Fairmont is a great hotel resort option on Palm Jumeirah for couples or families who like to relax and explore. Turrets and archways give an Arabian palace feel, with a backdrop of private white sandy beach and sweeping views of Dubai. Daytrips to explore the glittering city are easy with a free daily shuttle bus for guests, stopping at the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall alongside the Burj Khalifa.
Back at your hotel on the Palm Jumeirah, there are gourmet cuisines from Arabia to Europe to South America. A unique offering at this hotel on the Palm Jumeirah are the cooking masterclasses by Michelin-trained chefs.
There’s plenty of water fun thanks to four temperature-controlled swimming pools and an extensive list of watersports. You could also treat yourself to some pampering at the award winning Willow Stream Spa.
The Fairmont caters to the needs of families with interconnecting rooms and the dedicated Falcons Kids’ Club.
Andaz by Hyatt – Palm Jumeirah
A brand new offering for 2020, this 5-star luxury boutique beachfront hotel on Palm Jumeirah fuses old-world charm and contemporary luxury with all the facilities you’ll need for an enjoyable stay.
Guest at Andaz by Hyatt can enjoy the choice of family pool and children’s play area or adult-only rooftop pool makes the property suitable for all types of travellers. Rooms are colourful, modern and spacious for a comfortable sleep with a wide range of choice from standard sea view rooms to family-sized suites, all the way up to their Royal Suite.
Facilities also include a state-of-the-art fitness centre, Ora Spa and yoga terrace for taking care of your body and wellbeing. The restaurant is handy for refuelling in between swims and enjoying the direct beach access featuring the Beach Club and lounge. You have great proximity here to the new Nakheel Mall and the Palm Jumeirah Monorail.
An added touch of fun is Hanami Rooftop Bar, enjoy Tokyo-inspired cocktails while watching the sun go down over the iconic Burj al Arab in the distance.
Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Last but not least as you approach the exit to the Palm and back to Jumeirah Beach, Five Palm Jumeirah brings a different vibe to the Palm Jumeirah Hotels and is all about the glamour of Dubai.
With 470 guest rooms, the hotel is popular with party-goers and foodies, offering a range of bars, restaurants and three nightclubs to satiate both laid back and high energy occasions. It has a private beach and five pools including kids and adults-only as well as spa treatments and a spa pool with hydrotherapy jets.
Enjoy views back to the beautiful beach front of JBR and the towering skyscrapers of Dubai Marina.
Want more Dubai hotel & resort ideas, or still not sure of which area will be best to stay in? Check out our complete guide on where to stay in Dubai
Palm Jumeirah is the most popular area of the city for beachgoers, but there are plenty of other incredible areas of the city to explore. We recommend you also check out our guide to resorts with the best private beaches in Dubai, and those who are looking for luxury touches for their family, check out this superb collection of family resorts that offer that little something extra including slides and waterparks.
The newly opened stretch of beach aptly named Palm Beach West on the trunk of the Palm will also bring with it several more apartment-style value hotels enjoying the best the Palm has to offer holidaymakers.
Wherever you choose to stay in Dubai, you will be (almost!) guaranteed sunshine throughout the year and treated to the luxury and relaxation you deserve for a holiday in the sun.
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