“They are so beautiful that they would grace the entrance to Paradise.” Michelangelo said about Ghiberti’s doors for the Florence Baptistery.
Grand entrances do make a lasting impression. It is the first impression of a venue which lays the way to the whole experience, like a glorious wrapping paper with an equally enchanting gift inside or an original book dust jacket for a first edition book. The rarity and care for presentation makes a world of difference and the entrance speaks volumes at FIVE the Palm Dubai Hotel.
We walked into a gigantic rectangular floor-to-ceiling 15 metre by 15 metre glass cube which encases a hand-made wood carving sculptor in the shape of a DNA double helix within the lobby. Nothing is as ginormous as a Dubai building as proved by the Burj Khalifa at a staggering 828-meter height and The FIVE’s height and futuristic architectural uniqueness leaves guests awe-struck.
The perfectly positioned outward facing balconies all accrued to the view of the private beach and long 60-metre pool peppered with palm trees and lounge beds is a design feat. Inspired by the grand openness of amphitheaters, the transparent glass windows and angled terraces are one-of-a-kind and gives FIVE the cutting edge it deserves. Every minute detail was planned out by the sophisticated architects and interior designers Yabu Pushelberg and NAO Taniyama and Associates.
A staggering size and spacious feeling with the enormous ceiling height and transparent glass throughout, FIVE compromises of 477 guest rooms and suites which all boast Greek and Italian marble balconies, bronze rainfall showers, a full teal coloured playful bar with refreshments, tea, coffee, cocktail making and delicious snacks like gummy bears, an in-room smart device controlling temperature and lighting, a 55 inch LED smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, full service concierge and valet parking. The rooms feel spacious and chic with the modernity of comfort, the unique warm design details and retro teal and bronze coolers.
When we entered the FIVE, we were greeted by numerous helpful staff who took charge of our luggage whilst customised Range Rovers and Ferraris breezed in to the valet. We were swiftly checked in with smiles and given hot Arabic tea in delicate tea cups and dates. The view through the entrance glass onto the elongated pool in the warm Spring weather was a drastic change from the blustery snow chill of London. Upon entering our bedroom on the sixth floor, the bronze touches amongst the teal and white room gave it a kitsch and cool feeling with a plush almond shaped sunken bathtub accompanied by sandalwood smelling bath products thanks to Salvatore Ferragamo. What made it most memorable was the view of the sunset on our balcony onto the sparkling pool.
Across onto the right side of the pool, one can see the delicate cut out origami patterns upon the white wall exterior of the bespoke spa; one of those refined touches which make FIVE stand out in a class of its own. With a quieter private rooftop pool and ornamental tiling across the interior, the spa is a quiet oasis where one can relax and unwind. It hosts 12 white rooms offering holistic treatments like massages, bespoke facials and scrubs. One can even dine afterwards on healthy cuisine at the Spa Café, relax in the Hamman, or take a nap in one of the four outside cabanas by the spa pool.
Five eating areas are accessible which include the double-Michelin starred Quattro Passi from southern Italy, Praia which serves Portuguese food and shisha poolside for alfresco dining and on the beach, BLVD in which we dined at for their delicious 5-star brunches complete with the most delicious homemade doughnuts, full English breakfast items as well as Indian curries, a delicate gelaterie and cake café called Delisserie by the residences (yes, you can live there) and Maiden Shanghai – the sumptuous and healthy dim sum Chinese style restaurant led by former Hutong at the Shard chef Luo Bing.
The first night we decided to try Maiden Shanghai. Upon entering a red and black encased bar, we were led outside on a terrace to enjoy Chinese delicacies under the night’s warm breeze. Peking duck with hoisin pancakes and an assortment of steamed buns filled with scallops and prawns stood out as my favourites. These delicious dishes are also free of MSG which makes eating heavily feel a little bit lighter.
After dinner, we traversed to the Penthouse which has the most incredible views of the Dubai Marina and cityscape to listen to British deep house DJ duo CamelPhat. With a high energy atmosphere, incredible parties and DJ’s performing at The Penthouse on a regular basis, FIVE is the “IT” place to be. The rooftop was packed with international revellers as well as young locals. The next day when I met with the Candypants fashion team after their shoot, the party spot had become a peaceful oasis with a view with lounge beds, bright yellow towels, cool lounge music and the unique glass rectangular pool where pink flamingo floatables were perched atop the water with bikini-clad beauties.
Stylish, chic and an architectural beauty, FIVE The Palm is a special 5-star experience for anyone.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah
No. 1 Palm Jumeira
United Arab Emirates