An Inside Look At The Exquisite New Raffles The Palm Dubai – Forbes

From plush private villas to personal 24-hour butler service, this palatial paradise opens to the public October 1.
Raffles The Palm Dubai, the palatial luxury beachfront resort on the Palm Jumeirah’s West Crescent … [+] will officially welcome guests starting October 1.
Dubai has a long and storied history of building over-the-top hotels and resorts, and starting October 1st, Raffles The Palm Dubai will serve as the shiny new jewel in the U.A.E’s crown.
Spread across 25-acres of prime beachfront real estate along Palm Jumeirah Island — the world’s largest manmade island and archipelago — the new Raffles resort will join in the five-star ranks of Atlantis and The St. Regis who also call this stretch of sand home.
“It’s with pride that we announce the official opening of Raffles The Palm Dubai, Raffles’ newest luxury resort in the U.A.E,” Managing Director of Raffles The Palm Dubai, Ayman Gharib said.
With a total of 389-rooms, the smallest of which still hovers around 700-square feet, between the elegant accommodations, over-the-top dining experiences and lavish amenities including a private beach and award-winning Parisian Cinq Mondes Spa, this will mark Raffles first resort in the Middle East.
“The five-star property invites guests to discover one of the world’s most exciting destinations through the gracious lens of a Raffles resort,” Gharib said. “Raffles The Palm Dubai will ensure that every stay is exceptional with everyone arriving as a guest, leaving as a friend and returning as family.”
Here’s a look inside at some of the resorts most sumptuous details.
The Grand Foyer at Raffles The Palm Dubai
Crafted to showcase its classic furnishings including some 70,000 pieces of furniture from the traditional Italian ateliers of Francesco Molon, guests will be dazzled by more than 6,000 Swarovski Crystal chandeliers.
Using gold and silver leaf, highly skilled artisans applied the finishing touches to each of the 389-guest rooms while stonemasons shaped the imported Portuguese marble. The resort’s collection of fine furnishings is tended to by a highly trained in-house ‘furniture master’ who works around the clock to ensure every detail is perfect, polished and shining at all times, according to a press release around the opening.
The resort’s 389 rooms include Deluxe and Premier Ocean Rooms, Premium Club Palm and Premium Club … [+] Terrace Rooms, range in size from 657 square feet to 2,185 square feet.
While every guest room and suite comes adorned with antique furniture along with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf or the Dubai Skyline, the resort is also home to a collection of villas ranging from 10,225 square feet to 11,302 square feet. For the utmost privacy, four-bedroom villas are located along the shoreline and offer access to a their own private beach and gardens, as well as offer a built-in spa and private swimming pool.
Elegantly styled rooms and spacious suites feature stunning antique furnishings along with a balcony … [+] or terrace with uninterrupted views.
Of course, every guest that checks into Raffles will be welcomed as a VIP and will enjoy the access to the hotel’s famous 24-hour butler service. Butler here also serve as resident experts in the best Dubai has to offer.
The award-winning Parisian Cinq Mondes Spa features 23 treatment rooms, two private spa suites and … [+] an indoor swimming pool.
Over at the award-winning Parisian Cinq Mondes Spa, guests can indulge in one of the 23-treatment rooms or spa suites. A sanctuary of all things wellness, the spa also features an indoor swimming pool along with a selection of beauty treatments, massages, hammams, yoga studio and a fully equipped gym.
Raffles The Palm Dubai, the palatial luxury beachfront resort on the Palm Jumeirah’s West Crescent, … [+] will officially welcome guests on October 1.
There’s no shortage of dining outlets on property, starting with Le Jardin which will serve as the all-day restaurant overlooking the property’s lush gardens and the Palm Jumeirah. At Matagi, a team of expertly trained chefs will prepare a menu of contemporary Japanese and Italian fusion. 
Over at SOLA, music lovers can unwind over food and drinks, while watching acclaimed artists perform live jazz throughout the week. Of course, no Raffles experience would be complete without Raffles Patisserie that will continue to serve high-end and classic French and Italian pastries.
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California born, Jersey City based, Michelle Gross moved to New York to pursue a career in journalism in 2006 and hasn’t looked back since. Having lived, worked and

California born, Jersey City based, Michelle Gross moved to New York to pursue a career in journalism in 2006 and hasn’t looked back since. Having lived, worked and reported from cities around the world, she graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY with a Masters degree in International Reporting. Currently, she exclusively covers trends in travel, food and lifestyle for variety of publications. Her work and photographs have appeared in Playboy, Robb Report, Travel + Leisure, Vogue, Men’s Journal, Food&Wine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Thrillist and BBC Travel.


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