Last December, to celebrate my mother Razia’s birthday, the family traveled to Dubai. While dad and mum stayed at my brother Aiyaz’s beautiful home, located on the trunk of the man-made Palm, Laveena and I checked into Fairmont The Palm.
When we arrived at the hotel, we were impressed with the tan coloured exterior which both Laveena and I felt, looked rich and luxurious. The lobby too had a rather elegant feel to it and a brightly lit christmas tree gave the place a festive and happy look. Wide arches surrounded by brass lanterns on pillars were seen lined across the reception area.
The mix of colours of beige and cream gave this beach front hotel property, a distinct Arabian feel to it, as we were checked in by a young lady named Oleksandra from Ukraine.
We were shown to our suite, # 709, which had a generous sized living room, a powder room for guests, a small pantry, a dining area and a well furnished master bedroom with a wrap around balcony with stunning views of the Dubai Marina skyline.
After a walk around the hotel, we headed to the executive lounge on the 9th floor, for breakfast. The lounge had a warm welcoming feel to it with wide panoramic views of the Dubai marina.
We enjoyed the generous buffet breakfast spread and when done, we headed out to shop at Mall of the Emirates. The doorman asked if we would like to use the free shuttle bus service to The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, however since we were in a hurry, we asked for the hotel limousine to drive us there.
My mother’s birthday celebrations were scheduled for the next day, so we chose to finish a few of our shopping errands. A few hours later, we returned to the hotel for our planned beach activities followed by dinner at Little Miss India.
We went up to our room and prepared for an afternoon of kayaking and paddle boarding, activities both Laveena and I enjoy, immensely.
We were told that we could choose to water ski or wake board, but we were quite happy with our choice of water experiences after which we spent some time enjoying the private white sand beach earmarked for hotel guests. The ongoing construction on the beach played spoilsport, but the other guests were seen enjoying the sun and the sea, oblivious of the work going on around them.
When we were done with paddle boarding, we headed to the North Residence Pool at the resort for our Aquaspin class. We had signed up for it when checking in and were excited about trying out this new fitness activity which promised to work magic on your overall health, using the buoyancy of the water. The stationary bicycles which were specially made for this sport involved them to be totally submerged underwater. Using the resistance of the water, for the next 30 minutes, we pedalled and pushed and got our heart rates up, in a class which was both fun and interactive. After working up a hectic sweat, we were famished. Laveena and I returned to our room and dressed for dinner, but before dinner at Little Miss India, we stopped by at the executive lounge for a sundowner.
In our fascinating world of rich and diverse culinary experiences, there are a few ‘fairytale’ restaurants that leave the diner with that ‘happily ever after’ feeling. Little Miss India far exceeded are expectations and what we experienced that evening was pure ‘Hindustani’ pleasure on a plate.
The Indian meal we feasted on, was one fit for royals and when we were done with this ‘once upon a time, story book of a meal experience, we left the restaurant with that ‘happily ever after’ feeling.
Read our experience: ‘Little Miss India – a restaurant worth taking a flight to eat at
Guests at Fairmont The Palm, are spoilt for restaurant choices. The luxury hotels offers guests 10 exquisite dining experiences, where one gets to celebrate the finest of flavours as they embark on a culinary journey through the lands of Arabia, India, Europe and even South America.
We stayed at Fairmont the Palm for 3 nights and enjoyed their high standards of service, the prime location of the hotel on the acclaimed Golden Mile on the Palm and the fact that they had an ample choice of activities for guests to enjoy their time at the hotel. We look forward to returning to this hotel property soon.
Fairmont The Palm (Dubai)
- Location: 9/10
- Food and Cuisine: 9/10
- Design: 9/10
- Rooms: 9/10
- Service: 9/10
- Overall experience: 9/10
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