Luxury hotel group Kempinski is to manage what it claims is the world’s first floating sea palace resort, located in Dubai.

Kempinski Floating Palace, anchored next to the popular stretch of beach on the emirate’s Jumeirah Beach Road, will open in 2023, featuring 256 rooms, suites and villas.

It will also feature a floating helipad next to an impressive yacht parking deck for up to 16 yachts, enabling discerning guests to arrive in style.

The main building of this floating palace, structured in four parts, is connected in the middle by a glass pyramid and is home exclusive gourmet restaurants, bars, a spa, pools, boutiques and banquet areas and offers the possibility for even larger yachts to sail in and out at the centre of the hotel.

Some of the 12 two-storey luxury villas, connected by pontoons, are for sale, but also for rent by hotel guests, and benefit from all the services offered at the hotel. Not only will they feature a roof terrace and infinity pool and indoor and outdoor living rooms, but each doubles up as a luxury houseboat with all the technical features of a smart home.

Cruising at a maximum speed of six nautical miles, the villas are equipped with solar panels and are designed to be environmentally friendly. There are two-, three- and four-bedroom options available.