It’s the third Taj property in Dubai after the Business Bay and Jumeirah Lake Towers offerings, and it’s a full-service resort. The Taj Palm can boast of being one of the few other Exotica brands in the world.
How does it look?
You will receive the ultra-luxury Taj experience here. There’s a stunning infinity-loop glass structure in the middle of the lobby and an intricate Design Diamond Flow chandelier by Preciosa Chandelier above it. A comforting scent of jasmine and rose wafts through the property. The impeccably trained staff who greet us in the lobby ensure that the entire check-in process is simple and unobtrusive. There’s a level of professionalism among the staff here that still stands out in a city dotted with several other upscale hotels.
Where is he?
It is located almost at the end of the eastern crescent on the palm tree, which means that to get there you have to walk past Atlantis, Sofitel, Waldorf Astoria and Anantara. Although the competition is fierce, for a property that was only a few weeks old when we reviewed it, there was a steady stream of guests checking in.
The six-story resort has 325 keys, including 258 rooms and 67 suites, all with balconies. We stayed in the Deluxe Two Bedroom Sea View Suite – a sumptuous suite with a living room, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a walk-in closet and a guest shower room. In addition to king beds in each of the two bedrooms, the bedrooms are very well appointed with large work desks, televisions that swivel to face you wherever you sit. Each bedroom, as well as the living room, has an adjoining balcony. A turn down service meant the rooms were ready with the curtains drawn and the lights off by the time we returned in the evening.
Food and drink
There are seven dining and bar options at the hotel. For lunch we visited Roaring Rabbit, a gastro pub – try the shepherd’s pie and the buttery garlic prawns. For dinner, we went to the gastronomic restaurant Varq. A must is the excellent Varqi crab with tandoori prawns and crispy filo and 24 carat gold leaf. Head to the Raia Rooftop Bar and Lounge after dinner for stunning views of the city skyline and the rest of the Palm. A buffet breakfast is served each morning at the Palm Kitchen.
There are eight meeting rooms, each accommodating between 12 and 40 people. On the ground floor are two large ballrooms – one has a capacity of 500 people and the other can accommodate up to 220 people. The Taj Club Lounge also has small private meeting rooms. It is important to note that all lounge workstations have software that automatically deletes all login data, password and browsing history the moment you log out.
The property has a 70-meter-long swimming pool, which Taj says is one of the longest in the Palm. You can also access a private beach 230 meters long. A kids’ club called Popsicle is open all day, while a game room with a pool table and console provides entertainment for teens. A few meters from the Technogym-equipped gym is the Jiva Spa which has nine treatment rooms and several relaxing spa options.
The Taj Palm Dubai truly offers the pampered luxury experience you expect from an Exotica property. It offers some of the best service levels, dining options and overall hospitality standards in the industry. Definitely worth the detour.
A meal in Varq
From 899 Dhs for a Luxury room and 999 Dhs for a Luxury Sea View room per night for 2 adults and 2 children
East Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeirah; +971 (0) 4 275 4444; tajhotels.com