Do you ever go on holiday and discover such an amazing hotel that you end up spending your entire time there? Say hello to Fairmont The Palm, my friends. Now before we go any further, I’d like to get things straight and say that I am definitely not that kind of gal. When I go on trips, the whole point is to experience the culture and make new memories, but this time was different. This time, I felt so exhausted from the cold in London that all I really wanted was some TLC, a lot of sleep and 8-plate-a-night buffets (for real). So upon arrival at Fairmont The Palm, I was pleased to see that the resort could provide exactly that. Here’s how…
1. Fairmont The Palm spa
The Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont the Palm has been voted the top spa in the Middle East and UAE in 2016 and 2017, and it’s not hard to see why. My boyfriend and I were treated to a 1-hour couples massage, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so relaxed. You can choose which area you’d like the therapist to focus on (the scalp massage is TO DIE FOR), and afterwards you have access to the facilities including sauna, steam room, and a relaxation room (with cookies and tea types I didn’t even know existed).
2. Fairmont The Palm pool
Unfortunately the hotel was undergoing a little renovation which meant the view from the pool to the ocean was obscured, but it was still amazing. It’s set within a load of palm trees (which come in handy for shade when you’re dripping in sweat in what they call their winter season- 25 degrees C or more, FYI), and there’s an adults only area as well as kids pool. Head to the adults area for the infinity pool.
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3. Fairmont The Palm food
OH. MY. We stayed on a half board basis with breakfast and dinner included and ate at the Flow Kitchen every single meal. The hotel actually has three other restaurants to choose from: Frevo, a brazillian eatery; Seagrill, a seafood restaurant and Little Miss India; you guessed it, an Indian restaurant, but the choice at Flow Kitchen was so impressive that I couldn’t stand the FOMO if we went elsewhere for a night. And when I say choice, I mean the Flow Kitchen had everything from sushi and slow-cooked chicken, to sticky date pudding and passion fruit sorbet. I was honestly counting down to every single meal time.
4. Fairmont The Palm service
We were upgraded to Fairmont Gold which granted us fast-track check in (we arrived and were downstairs eating dinner within 15 mins- yep, I timed it), a separate breakfast room on the 9th floor with INSANE views, and our very own 24/7 butler service. How’s this for an example of good service; me being the world’s fussiest sleeper, I decided I wasn’t a fan of the pillows in our room so called concierge to ask if there were any others to swap for. Within 10 mins, our butler had arrived with a choice of four to pick from. That basically confirmed why I love hotels so much.
5. Fairmont The Palm rooms
Since one of the main reasons I visited Dubai was for some much needed Vitamin D (my pasty legs would’ve blinded you a few weeks ago), we didn’t spend much time in the room. What we did, though, was very enjoyable- the bed was HUGE, there was a desk area, LCD TV, a massive bath and waterfall shower, and a balcony with the best views ever. So yeh, if it wasn’t for the weather, I could’ve happily stayed in the room for 5 nights straight.
6. Fairmont The Palm gym
Yep, I’m one of THOSE. My boyfriend and I always get a quick half hour workout daily when we are travelling, and the gym at Fairmont The Palm was the best equipped we’ve ever seen abroad. Like, it had literally every single weight and cardio machine you could think of- curve treadmills, leg press machines, skipping ropes, free weights. And there’s enough to go round so you won’t end up having to wait your turn. Bonus: air con, free coconut water AND free apples.
- Eat at the Flow Kitchen- go half board to keep costs low.
- Opt for a sea view room.
- Choose the adults pool if you want some chill time.
- Upgrade to Fairmont Gold for extra special treatment. It’s so worth it.
So there you have it- 6 reasons I spent almost my entire time in Dubai in the hotel. Have you ever done the same?