Even for those people who don’t know much about Dubai, they will usually have heard of the artificial palm island the city created out of sand. On my first trip to Dubai this winter*, I actually stayed on the Palm Jumeirah for two nights.
The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel opened in 2011 and takes up precious real estate at the bottom left corner of the crescent road that surrounds the palm tree-shaped island. (Technically, the crescent is made out of rock, in order to protect the interior palm-shaped sand island.) Getting to the hotel requires driving along the eight-lane street that is the palm’s trunk. It’s a lot bigger than I thought: each of the palm’s fronds is one mile long!
Crazy fact: 92,234,000 cubic metres of sand was needed to build up the 5.72 km² palm-shaped landmass.
Crazy sight: the largest of the palm trees aren’t, in fact, natural. They’re mobile phone towers hiding in the shape of “palm trees.”
The rooms at the Ottoman Empire era-inspired Jumeirah Zabeel Saray are gorgeous. Below is a photo gallery of a Club Room, which I stayed in. A quick check on the hotel’s website gave me a quote of $812 CAD per night including tax.
The rest of the five star hotel is pretty nice, too.
And last but not least, the Talise Ottoman Spa.
*My trip was hosted by Emirates and included three other Canadian travel writers.