Jumeirah Zabeel Saray *****

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About

Inspired by the imperial palaces of the Ottoman era, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is a five-star luxury hotel that delivers the utmost level of luxury service. From its exclusive location on the west crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah to the extravagant lobby entrance, every detail inspires awe and delight. The entire resort is made up of 379 decorous guest rooms, with 26 opulent suites and 38 Royal Residences offering unforgettable ocean views. The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray provides the most luxury of experiences with an idyllic atmosphere constructed in it’s ornamental space with traditional arabic design, this hotel conveys the palatial opulence of Arabia

Décor

Staying true to the inspirations of the Topkapi Saray and Dolmabahce Saray, two Ottoman palaces in the heart of Istanbul, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray displays artisanal murals and authentic materials that recreate the splendor of 15th century marvels, conjuring up a panoramic vista of ancient Istanbul.

When I first entered the hotel, it was apparent that the detailed design elements mirror those used by the ottomans in the décor of the ancient palaces. Stripped walls; the use of stars and the crescent indicate Ottoman’s worship of the sun, the moon and the sky; the use of Turquoise as a symbol of protection and the use of Tulips to represent affluence and wealth. The hotel’s desirable interiors, with most restaurants being unique to one another, have provided the perfect backdrop for the high profile filming of Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol and X Factor UK 2012 Judge’s Houses.

Highlights

The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray has the most incredible and spacious outdoor infinity pool, overlooking the Arabian Gulf. As a fitness fanatic I was extremely pleased with the world of treatments provided at the palatial Talise Ottoman Spa, home to 42 treatment rooms, eight hydrotherapy rooms, steam rooms, saunas, snow rooms and three Turkish hammams. The Talise Ottoman Spa is also the largest spa in the U.A.E.

I won’t lie, one of my favourite parts of staying here was having a soak in the enormous turkish marble bathtub. Heavenly. Another was my time actually sleeping, I need to find out where I can buy one of those matresses. I underwent a sound night’s sleep and woke early to work-out and lay by the pool. The Imperium Dining area is where I had breakfast, a buffet that boasted enough beautiful breakfast food for me to have two plates of savoury selections and one of sweet. Both of these including hash browns, an omelette station, pancakes, crèpes and waffles. For those who love a water-park, when staying at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, you are given complimentary entry to Wild Wadi Waterpark, which I also took great advantage of!

Restaurants

For all meat lovers, there’s The Rib Room, which I absolutely love – Perfect for couples, business or a friends night out. There’s The Sultan’s Lounge, which I sat and had a few drinks and snacks as I arrived. This was beautiful too but I’d only go for a snack and a chat with someone as it’s basically in the lobby. Plaj is perfect for drinks on the beach during the day and late afternoon. I have no complaints about the buffet breakfast, it was absolutely spectacular with such a great variety of food!

Cleanliness

The room was spotless – 10/10.

Service

Service was extraordinary, the staff were always extremely attentive.

Will I be back

I’ve already set a date for next year.

Info

A night’s stay in The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray starts at £250 (AED 1400) per night. See Jumeirah Zabeel Saray to guarantee the best available rate online.

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