Background An epitome of luxury, the Emirates Palace cost almost $3 billion to construct. The Palace first opened its doors to guests in November 2005 and has 394 luxury rooms and suites. It is now operated by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. One of the most prominent features of the hotel is the dome in its atrium. The 60-metre-high dome is completely decorated with 22K gold leafing on the inside of it. The hotel’s decor is led by a theme of gold to emanate luxury and status. The golden finishing is also representative of Arabian culture and style.

What’s it like Each nook and corner of this hotel is immaculately designed. Throughout my stay here I was constantly in awe of the lavish aura I was cocooned in. When one wants a breath of fresh air, they can explore the hotel’s very own private beach, which stretches on for 1.3 km. This is in addition to a 1,000-hectare park featuring beautiful palm trees and refreshing fountains. Furthermore, guests can spend their time taking in the view of the vastly unique Abu Dhabi skyline, which sits right opposite the hotel.

Where is it A stone’s throw away from some of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic landmarks, such as The Founder’s Memorial and Heritage Village, the hotel is ideal for culture seeking tourists.

Rooms The hotel has a wide array of luxury room offerings including the Coral room, Pearl room, Diamond room, Khaleej suite, Khaleej Deluxe suite, Pearl Palace suite, Royal Khaleej suite, Two Bedroom Palace suite and the Three Bedroom Palace suite. I stayed in the Khaleej suite which created an optimal atmosphere to unwind and relax with its beautifully hypnotic sea views. Since I was staying in this suite, I had access to 24-hour butler service.

Food and Drink Their world-famous signature Le Café has a delicious variety of delicacies, and it is especially known for serving a 23K gold flaked cappuccino. Next on the list of known names is Hakkasan. Another unique dining option in this hotel is the serene beach side restaurant-BBQ Al Qasr. For guests that want to indulge in a decadent Indian meal, they can book a table at Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi. The other F&B options in the hotel are Cascades, all-day diner Le Vendôme, Mezlai and Sayad.

Meetings The five-star property boasts of 7,000 sqm of total meeting and conference spaces including an auditorium and ballroom accommodating 1,100 and 2,400 guests, respectively. In addition, to over 40 meeting rooms, six large terraces and a variety of pre-function areas provide an abundance of options for private meetings.

Leisure The hotel is home a luxury spa that is spread out over 1,500 sqm. The spa can take all your senses on a journey of ultimate relaxation with the help of one of their indulgent packages. The Emirates Palace Spa features a traditional Moroccan Hammam that is well appointed with two jacuzzis, two steam rooms and an ice cave.

Verdict For those who are in search of a luxurious experience befitting royalty, this hotel is the perfect destination to unwind, relax and pamper yourself. The luxury stay is ideal for business travellers alike that would love a touch of luxury on their professional trips.

Best for Its proximity to popular landmarks and luxurious room offerings

Don’t miss Their signature 23K gold-flaked Palace cappuccino and Camel Burger at Le Café

Price Upwards of ₹39,000/AED1,766

Contact Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, W Corniche Rd, Al Ras Al Akhdar, 51133, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Ravi Lalwani