A slick boutique hotel set in a 160-acre polo estate, the Desert Palm is part Spanish hacienda, part country club. Just half an hour’s drive from downtown Dubai and 20 minutes from the airport, the Desert Palm sits right on one of four palm-fringed polo fields. Hosting four prestigious polo matches a year and practice matches three times a week, plus a riding school and stables for up to 400 horses, this is a destination for all things equine.
A giant statue of a horse’s head in the outer courtyard sets the equine tone which is reflected further inside amongst a multitude of polo magazines, pony statuettes and photos of polo players. Interior dscor is masculine with plenty of polished timber, cushioned daybeds and rattan. There are six rooms and 12 suites in the main building, four one-bedroom pool villas, two one-bedroom polo villas and 13 two-bedroom residences. The rooms are light and spacious, with great bathrooms, muted colour schemes and cool marble floors. Large picture windows overlook the nearest polo field.
The main restaurant, Rare, specialises in steak as well as other classics given a modern twist. The Desert Palm also boasts one of the largest wine cellars in Dubai. Epicure brasserie serves international and local fare alongside the infinity pool with views of the palms and polo fields.
A traditional afternoon tea is served in the Jewel with freshly baked homemade scones overlooking the championship polo field and matches between October and April.
Red bar is a richly furnished cosy place to enjoy some custom made cocktails, international beers or vintage whiskys. Polo Bar, well deserves its name being al fresco overlooking the foremost polo field serving chilled champagne and tapas.
Outside there is a good sized swimming pool and in the basement is the luxurious Lime spa well with a well thought-out treatment menu.