One of the most grandiose hotels in Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Palace is truly a site to behold. The impressive palatial exterior draws on Arabic architecture including 114 breath-taking 18-meter-high domes, whilst interiors are resplendent in gold leaf and marble.
Located in the heart of the city at the far western end of the Corniche Emirates Palace is surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens and has its own sweeping private beach and harbour. Something of a tourist attraction and showcase for local art, theatre and film, there is a good mix of guests and non guests creating a vibrant atmosphere.
Inside the Palace, common areas are vast, while its rooms, bars and restaurants are more cosy. Each of the 302 luxury rooms and 92 suites come with a 24 hour private butler service and a view of the sea, gardens, pool or city skyline. Over-sized televisions and huge beds with a selection of pillows and satin sheets and marble bathrooms ensure guests comfort. Standard rooms are pretty and romantic whereas suites are more opulent and come in 6 different styles and sizes.
With a selection of 14 restaurants, cafes, lounges and bars, there is little need to ever leave the Palace with such a wide culinary offering in house, from Italian food at Messaluna to more local flavours at Mezlai or fresh local seafood at Sayad. Of particular note is Hakkasan, part of the Michelin-starred restaurant group with its own terrace, and highly stylised interiors and impressive bar.
Half a dozen of the restaurants offer al fresco dining in winter months, including the BBQ Al Qasr and Diwan L’Auberge, an understated Lebanese restaurant and Le Vendome, an Art Deco-inspired affair, which has Bacchanalian breakfast buffets. A selection of five bars including the Caviar Bar, Etoiles, Le Café, Breeze Lounge and Havana Club for all day cocktails and snacks or a quiet after dinner nightcap.
There are also two fantastic swimming pools one designed for adventure and one for relaxing as well as the extensive spa facilities.