Emirates Palace Hotel      Photo: by Thomas Gantz @traveller.tom All other photos by me

My review of Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

This is my top hotel in Abu Dhabi, my top hotel in the whole of the Middle East!  Actually at the moment it is my top hotel in the world!  What are you waiting for?  Book immediately.  It is quite expensive but you get what you pay for in life!

The Hotel: 

100 hectares of grounds to explore at Emirates Palace

We stayed for Christmas 2016 and enjoyed every second.  I will tell you a little secret, we didn’t leave the hotel once during the stay!  It is so enormous with the most perfect beach front and even a Marina I think you will find it hard to leave too.  It was a bit of a shock arriving home to blighty and having to get our own breakfast in the morning.

 

Do you want to feel pampered, do you want excellent service and amazing staff? Well, I think you will like it here.  I will definitely be back.  Even the most sophisticated traveller cannot fail to be in awe of the impressive hotel entrance and be whisked into the lobby for a stress free checkin.

Top Tip: Wear comfy shoes to arrive, it is a long way to you room or suite!

Yes, the hotel in enormous and you will be escorted to your room and given a little guided tour along the way.

My hotel room at Emirates Palace

The rooms are large, spacious, super luxe and everything you would imagine.  I like to stay in a hotel that represents the traditions of the country I am visiting and this fits the bill perfectly. You will love the Arabian furnishings and Palace living.

My bathroom

A big marble bathroom and large walk in shower with fabulous Amouage products.  I am definitely in love with Amouage and so happy to discover a new brand.

A stylish entrance hall with large wardrobes, need more hangers though as in nearly every hotel in the world.

Entrance Hall with wardrobes

Super comfy bed which is a Diva essential!

My comfy bed and a lovely Rose given to me on arrival 

Lots of lovely little treats kept arriving, well it was Christmas after all! Our butler bought us some delicious fresh orange juice when we arrived and popped in with treats such as a Christmas chocolate log and a Christmas stocking on Christmas morning.

Outside my Room at Emirates Palace

Explore the 100 hectare hotel grounds, with its wonderful private beach, Marina, gardens, swimming pool and even a family of camels to ride!

Camels at Emirates Palace

Stroll round the fabulous gardens which extend as far as the magnificent Presidential Palace

Gardens of Emirates Palace

The pool with its lazy river is magnificent and enormous in scale just like everything else at Emirates Palace!  Sunbeams are scattered all over the gardens so find a quiet and private corner.

Beautiful Pool at Emirates Palace

The pool temperature is just like bath water and crystal clear!  There are wonderful activities for children and the little ones will be very happy during their stay.

Pool at Emirates Palace

Enjoy an Al Fresco lunch on your sunbed.

The beach front is spectacular, watch the hotel and guest boats going past as you sip on a cocktail.

Magnificent Sea front at Emirates Palace

Explore the fabulous hotel, you might be quite some time and we still got lost even by the time we left!

Hotel is on different levels

The only thing I didn’t like at the hotel was the fact that the Public areas are treated like a tourist destination and groups of people from outside the hotel wander about taking selfies and photographs.  This could be quite intimidating to be suddenly confronted by a large group of people who quite obviously were not guests.  The rooms are in a separate wing and cannot be entered and there is a security guard stopping people entering.  My recommendation would be to stop this!

Huge interior spaces, this one leading to one of the residential wings

The hotel interiors are nothing short of spectacular, arabic furnishings, marble floors and no expense has been spared to make this a top hotel and amazing place to stay.

Lounge seating areas

There are so many places to sit and relax or take tea.  Afternoon tea is something of a tradition here with many people coming just to take tea.

A great gym looking out onto the pool and Award winning Spa, which I didn’t get a chance to try, maybe next visit!

Fantastic Gym Looking onto Emirates Palace Pool

Restaurants and Bars:

You will never be bored!  There are 4 bars and 9 restaurants.  The restaurants in the hotel that we tried are all excellent.  This was another reason why we never left the hotel!  I have visited Abu Dhabi a few times and the food has been terrible and expensive.  Emirates Palace was a lovely surprise, the food was excellent and the wine lists very good too!  My favourite was:

Mezlai Emirate Restaurant

What a joy! An Emirati Restaurant, something sadly lacking in the rest of the city.  The Food, restaurant, setting were all absolutely perfect.  The portions are huge!

Lobster Salad

Prawn Starter

Actually, I’m going to write a separate restaurant review!  There are too many great restaurants to write about here.

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La vie est belle, especially when you are invited to lovely evenings at The Dorchester Hotel London by one of your favourite bloggers!  Arzo from Arzo Travels http://www.arzotravels.com writes a wonderful blog, so take a look.  We enjoyed a lovely dinner together in The Grill restaurant.

The Dorchester Hotel, London

The Dorchester Hotel in London is one of the top hotels in the city, home to many a famous movie star during their trips to London.  A beautiful Hotel and meal in a good restaurant makes for an intoxicatingly special evening! http://www.dorchestercollection.com  Situated on Park Lane overlooking the Park, this is the best address in London!

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Lobby of The Dorchester Hotel London

The chef Christophe Marlieux has created seasonal menus incorporating the signature dishes of the restaurant alongside more contemporary offerings.  I loved the cool vibe of the refurbished Grill, with the spectacular Murano glass chandelier dominating the room. I remember many a happy meal in the old Grill but change is good in this case!

Dinner at The Grill:

We chose from the a la carte menu.  I only eat vegetarian and fish and Arzo is a vegetarian.  The vegetarian dishes could be more interesting and varied, I would like to see a vegetarian dish not involving mushrooms please chef!

I really enjoyed the wine pairing by Salvatore, the Sommelier.  He is  a fun and funky Sommelier and if you dine here I would ask him to pair the menu, his choices were not expensive but interesting and I enjoyed them very much.

Starter:

My Starter was the Stone bass gravlax, semolina and artichoke.  Complex flavours and an interesting dish.

IMG_2226-2Stone bass Gravlax, semolina and artichoke £19

Salvatore paired this with a glass of Chenin blanc, which was a nice light touch with the Gravlax.  One of my tips for dining is to ask for Sommelier recommendations, often they have some carefully chosen gems that you may miss on the wine menu.  Don’t be afraid to ask for a certain price range, that is their job and they will enjoy doing it.

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Main Course:

This was followed by Grilled John Dory, broad beans and peas, quinoa, cooking jus.  Delicious and the wine choice was one of my favourites a white Chateauneuf du Pape and I would have chosen this wine myself.

IMG_2228-3Grilled John Dory, broad beans and peas, Quinoa, cooking juice £38

This would make an excellent vegetarian dish without the fish!  I, like most people these days, enjoy eating healthy well prepared food with delicious ingredients with out heavy rich sauces.  Marlieux is excelling in this quest and it is nice to see that he has his own modern, clean food style a world away from the heavy sauces of his mentor Alain Ducasse.

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Paired with a delicious Chateauneuf du Pape

The dessert:

The dessert was an iconic chocolate dish and perfect choice!

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Essentially Chocolate Dessert £13

Sommelier Salvatore introduced me to a dessert wine that was a triumph with the chocolate.  It was with  trepidation that I sampled this because I hate sweet wines.  However, this was rich and bold not sweet and will definitely make an appearance at my dinner table!

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I will definitely be back to try more of the wonderful dishes offered on the menu and recommend this restaurant if you are visiting London.  Beautiful room and delicious food.  My only request is more non meat options please! Christophe Marlier is an exciting chef and I love his food.

I would love to stay at the hotel for a couple of days, why don’t you try it out?

We were guests of The Dorchester Hotel http://www.dorchestercollection.com

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