FIVE Palm Jumeirah is a dare-to-be-different hotel that captures the glamour and vibe of Dubai. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the beach and Dubai Marina skyline, FACT checks in to experience luxury on Palm Jumeirah.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah has carved out quite the reputation since opening three years ago and has immediately cemented itself as one of the must-visit lifestyle hotels in Dubai and it’s a destination in its own right.
Located on the trunk of the man-made marvel that is Palm Jumeriah, the five-star property is a remarkable glass structure with a facade that is just as striking as the upmarket interiors that lie within. Pulling up at the valet, we cannot help but marvel as the lobby comes into view! A striking glass atrium filled with bowing wooden beams that feel almost forest-like in their intricate placement. These represent one of the many Instagrammable design touches from FIVE’s interior designers that have been thoughtfully planned and executed throughout the property. Glimpses of the elongated swimming pool are fleeting as we are led to the check-in desks. Situated in another area characterised by the chic decor, we are wowed by the gold tiling and plush low-slung sofas that make us want to reach for our phones and immediately snap an image captioned #InteriorGoals.
THE LUXE LIFE:
This attention to detail and sense of modern beach chic carries effortlessly from the communal spaces and up to our seventh floor Luxe Sea View room. Despite any pre-conceived opinions you may have regarding FIVE Palm Jumeirah, one thing is for sure, and that is the undeniable fact that the rooms are stunning. Bathrooms are tiled in a funky cuboid design that makes us feel as though we are living our best lives inside an abstract painting. A deep egg-shaped bath is positioned to encourage long bubble baths, while a separate rainfall shower with golden taps and Rituals amenities completes the luxe picture from which the name of the room category derives.
At 38 m2, rooms are generously sized and designed for a luxurious getaway and feature a king-size bed or two queens. Exquisite design elements garner our complete attention, with hexagonal floor tiles bringing a pleasing sense of geometry to a room that is backed in light wood and finished with decadent gold trim. It’s a room defined by textures and it’s easy to find a sensory comfort in the space, from the overlapping panels on the wardrobes giving the impression of the skin of a mythical dragon, to the interwoven lightwood panels that hang proudly over the headboards. Dangling light fittings and a vibrant turquoise desk provide a pop of colour to the room. Sliding the desk open reveals both the minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. Two elements that add comfort to a haven that already features the modern convenience of a 55″ Smart Television and high-speed internet connection.
As impressive as the room itself may be, the balconies are the pièce de résistance and provide beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf, Marina and the Ain Dubai. The balcony would be our favoured place to relax, and this is made so much easier thanks to a comfortable day bed, providing us with a great vantage point from which to watch the world go by.
If there has even been a hotel designed for Instagram, then the FIVE Palm Jumeirah is it! Whether it be relaxing beside the palm flanked swimming pool or soaking in one of the in-water loungers, the poolside experience is enviable. Living up to its reputation as the epitome of all things cool, the hotel has different swimming pools waiting to be discovered, whether that be in the form of one of the private suites, penthouses, townhouses or the glass-lined pool on the beach. The beach is the ideal place to soak up the sun or take a refreshing dip in the ocean. Set against the backdrop of Dubai Marina, the shoreline offers not only an abundance of loungers and food and beverage options but yet another Insta- worthy location – you’d better keep that phone charged!
An onsite REFIVE Spa ensures the senses are reinvigorated, and energy levels are rebalanced. There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness centre equipped with Techno Gym’s Artis range of cardio, strength and functional equipment. So there’s no excuse not to get in that daily work out!
FUNKY FOOD AND BEVERAGES:
FIVE Palm Jumeirah may have garnered a reputation as a party hotel, but the food and beverage offerings shouldn’t be overlooked. The hotel’s dining repertoire includes Chinese restaurant Maiden Shanghai, the Mediterranean tapas stylings of Praia and The Penthouse. Another Instagram essential due to the sunset views and exciting mixology.
During our stay we dined at the chic and extravagant Cinque, an Italian restaurant whose name translates as ‘Five.’ It’s rather apt, and the appealing pink interiors create a genial warmth that is matched by the front of house team who are knowledgeable and excited when it comes to the menu of re-invented Italian cuisine. The ristorante entices diners with family-style dishes that are inspired by the flavours of Italy’s Amalfi Coast and we can’t help but embrace the charm of the dining experience.
Beginning with Fin de Claire oysters topped with yuzu and lemon sorbet, we truly appreciate the decadence of the meal and the premium ingredients showcased. This notion takes precedence with the arrival of the Gold Burrata which tops the creamy Italian cheese with 22-karat gold and encourages us to take yet another snap for the Gram. We move through course after course of Italian favourites that include Linguine Alla Nerano and Branzino, delightful pan-seared sea bass served with potato lemon purée, artichoke and breadcrumbed green asparagus. If you have room for dessert, ensure you provide 25 minutes notice for the gold- dusted Nutella Soufflé with vanilla ice cream. It’s well worth the wait!
A stay at Five Palm Jumeriah is all about showcasing your best life amidst luxurious surroundings, and it’s easy to see how the hotel has become an increasingly popular lifestyle destination in its own right.
Pack your phone, grab a drink and secure a spot by the pool!