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The Insider Reviews: A Regal Retreat -Experiencing Elegance at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah

Tucked away on the picturesque Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, the Waldorf Astoria is the ultimate luxurious staycation spot so when the long weekend came around, we took the opportunity to experience it for ourselves. 

The hotel is almost as far as you can go on the Palm, and the drive there provided views of the Burj Al Arab and the skyline at an angle I had never seen before. As I entered the expansive reception area there was an immediate ‘wow’ effect. The sheer amount of space, adorned with magnificent chandeliers and a towering giant clock, was awe-inspiring. 

Impeccable service began at the outset; we were checked in and accompanied the whole way to our room. Stepping into my room, I was immediately struck by the elegant decor. The relaxing neutral hues, with a subtle hint of teal, created an atmosphere of tranquillity and sophistication. Every detail had been meticulously considered, from the tasteful furnishings to the subtle accents that added a touch of luxury.

The bathroom, complete with well-lit mirrors and ample space for toiletries, left nothing to be desired. A sanctuary of indulgence, it featured a luxurious bathtub and what truly elevated the experience was the presence of a TV screen. One added extra I have to highlight is the plush hotel dressing gowns, their soft and fluffy interiors hands-down make these the best hotel gowns I have ever felt. Even my little one was not overlooked, as the hotel had thoughtfully provided tiny slippers that were undeniably cute. Had I not had dinner reservations I would have been happy to have a long soak and chill out in my dressing gown for the evening!

The sense of regality continued throughout the room, making me feel like a cherished guest in a palace. The balcony had breathtaking marina views, particularly spectacular when illuminated at night. 

The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah is designed to cater to both families and adults seeking relaxation. It boasts a family pool and an adults’ pool, ensuring that everyone’s preferences are met. I was pleasantly surprised to be offered a cabana, providing ample space for changing and ensuring my young one was comfortable, with curtains on all sides to control sunlight exposure. 

Service by the pool was impeccable. A QR code placed beside our sunbeds allowed us to call a waiter at the touch of a button. The provision of bottled water and ice was a thoughtful touch, and the added service of cleaning our sunglasses exemplified the attention to detail. A “cocktail of the week” was on special offer all day and a happy hour from 4pm further enhanced the poolside experience.

The hotel’s dining options were nothing short of impressive, with six iconic restaurants to choose from. Breakfast and lunch at Mezzerie were superb, with the elegant setting combining western character with subtle Arabic details.

Breakfast stood out with its wide array of options, including a pork station—an unusual find in the UAE. For the health-conscious, there were plenty of nutritious choices (think homemade yoghurt, chia seeds etc.) allowing a balance between a full cooked breakfast and something lighter. There was also a full gluten free section which I haven’t seen before. The freshly baked cheese croissant served with cappuccinos was a delightful touch, especially when the adults have to take turns loading their plates whilst looking after a little one!

Lunch at Mezzerie was equally impressive, offering an extensive buffet and live cooking stations. Top tip: Try the freshly made Spaghetti Bolognese! For dinner, LAO is inspired by comfort foods and classics from Southeast Asia, providing a captivating culinary journey. The menu was extensive, offering dishes from various regions, and the presentation was nothing short of artistry. The welcome drink, presented with dry ice for added effect, set the stage for a memorable dining experience. The recommended cocktails and flavorful dipping sauces accompanying prawn crackers were just the beginning of a delightful meal. Standout dishes included the tuna tacos and kung pao chicken, perfectly spiced and immensely satisfying.

While I didn’t have a spa booking, the hotel extends spa facility access to all guests. The herbal steam room, with its intoxicating aroma, was a personal favourite, while the relaxation area with waterbeds provided a unique sense of serenity. The sauna, generously sized and infused with a woody aroma, added to the ultimate relaxation experience. A dip in the Jacuzzi was the perfect way to conclude my spa journey.

The hotel’s commitment to family-friendly amenities was evident in its well-equipped kids’ club. The outdoor play area, shaded for comfort, was complemented by a vast indoor space that featured a ball pit, play kitchens, a reading room, a games room, an air hockey table, and an assortment of toys, ensuring there was something for children of all ages.

In conclusion, my staycation at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah was a regal retreat. Every aspect of the experience, from the lavish room to the exceptional dining options and impeccable service, left me feeling pampered and rejuvenated. The attention to detail and family-friendly amenities make it a destination that caters to both couples seeking romance and families in search of a luxurious getaway. 

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