Fairmont Goes To The Palm Dubai
October 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM
Remember The Palm and The World, the two giant land reclamation projects off the coast of Dubai? While The World remains mostly empty except for a single show home (and by some accounts, is sinking back into the sea), The Palm is adding another hotel to its list this fall: Fairmont The Palm Dubai.
Slightly more subdued in architecture, and admittedly, smaller, than its fellow Palm-resident Atlantis, this is still large-scale luxury. We’d wonder whether the current economy (in Dubai and elsewhere) could really support another big, expensive hotel, but then the upcoming opening of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (1,608-rooms and the world’s tallest hotel) begs to differ.
Let’s look at the numbers for the Fairmont shall we? 381 guestrooms and seven restaurants, including pan-Chinese and Brazilian options, and the now seemingly ubiquitous cigar room with walk-in humidor. Four pools, a private beach, and a giant Willow Stream spa with 13 treatment rooms. A dedicated floor for Fairmont Gold, the group’s concierge level. Over 3,000 square meters of meeting and conference space, including a ballroom capable of holding 600+ people.
Reservations can be made from December 15 onwards; we found a Fairmont King for AED1,699 ($463) a night on a bed & breakfast basis. A pre-opening offer shaves AED200 (US$54) off, throwing in an upgrade to a Deluxe Sea View, late check-out, and AED400 ($109) resort credit. That’s still a whole lotta money we think. But how does it compare to other hotels?
Atlantis is offering an Autumn Romance Nobu package at AED1,965 ($535) a night, which includes breakfast for two, a 2-for-1 spa voucher, and AED1,000 dining credit at Nobu. Bookable until October 11 for later this year, there’s various blackout dates and fine print to go through, and any additional nights will be on best available rates. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, another resort located on The Palm, has Deluxe King Rooms from AED1,200 ($327) on a room-only basis, which isn’t that far off.
If you’d prefer to stay in the Fairmont family, the original Fairmont Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road has redesigned its 394 rooms to the tune of nearly 10 million dollars. Adding a stop in this 34-story city hotel, modeled after an Arabic wind tower, isn't going to be much easier on your wallet either AED1,199 ($327) a night.
[Photos: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts]