Emirates Palace

Abu Dhabi, Middle East

The hotel

Every bit as palatial as the name suggests, Emirates Palace is fit for royalty. Its private beach, marina and bay give an air of intimate seclusion, while the location, on the Corniche in the heart of Abu Dhabi, says otherwise. Under 114 ornate domes, each 18 metres high, this regal retreat hosts elegant guest rooms, a truly indulgent spa (we’re talking gold and caviar body and beauty treatments), and 15 restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars catering to your every whim. Even its gardens are majestic, with 85 hectares promising tranquil strolls, yoga and wildlife watching – and two swimming pools: one for relaxation and the other for fun. The crown of Emirates Palace is its dining, from the Emirati dishes and décor at Mezlai to the award-winning Mezzaluna Italian restaurant. All after starting your evening in style at the caviar and champagne bar.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Children’s Playground
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Tennis
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Water Skiing

Where is it

On the Corniche in the centre of Abu Dhabi, with its own private 1 mile beach and a private marina. Transfer time from Abu Dhabi International Airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

394 rooms and suites. All with 24-hour Butler service, air-conditioning, balcony or terrace with garden views, flatscreen TV and in-room multimedia entertainment system, personal iPad control, WiFi access, mini-bar*, safe, choice of pillows and a daily newspaper. Coral Rooms with garden views, sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Half Board option (until 31 Oct '19): includes breakfast and lunch or dinner. Breakfast is available from the buffet selection at Le Vendôme Brasserie or alternative venues, from 6:30am–11:00am. Lunch or dinner is available from buffet at Le Vendôme or Table d’Hote menus in Sayad, Mezzaluna and Mezlai. Includes food only. All drinks will be charged as per consumption.

Half Board option (from 1 Nov '19): guests will be entitled to utilise Half Board by the following two options;

a) Lunch or dinner in Le Vendôme (free Half Board offer)

b) Dine Around Half Board Allowance (amount subject to change) can be used in any hotel’s restaurants except Palace Ceremony.

  • Dine Around is not applicable on free Half Board promotions
  • Guests will not be refunded and/or accumulated for any unconsumed allowance(s) from the Dine Around Half Board
  • Should the total bill for a consumed meal (lunch or dinner) be below the allowance amount, no refund will be credited to the guest
  • Should the total bill for a consumed meal (lunch or dinner) be above the allowance amount, the difference will be charged to the guest accordingly
  • Beverages cannot be redeemed from the allowance and will be charged as per consumption
  • Dine Eround allowance cannot be split between lunch and dinner, the allowance can be utilised only one time a day for lunch or dinner.

Pearl Rooms pool with partial sea views, sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 teenager (up to 15 years).

Diamond Rooms with Arabian Sea views, sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 teenager (up to 15 years).

Khaleej Suites feature sea views and a separate lounge, Jacuzzi and bedroom, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults.

Enjoy 180-degree scenic views in the Deluxe Khaleej Suite, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Le Vendome (International buffet), Mezzaluna (Italian cuisine), Sayad (seafood), Mezlai (authentic Emirati dishes), BBQ Al Qasr (beachside grill), Hakkasan (contemporary Chinese), Cascades (International family restaurant), Las Brisas (salads and grills), Mawal (Lebanese cuisine), Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi (contemporary classic’ Indian menu), Havana Club (lounge bar), Le Café (European and Arabic high teas), Caviar Bar (champagne, caviar and live music), Breeze Lounge (Spanish and Middle Eastern light bites and bar). 2 swimming pools (Cascade Adventure Pool with lazy river, waterfalls, water flumes, and activities; Las Brisas Pool with a large Jacuzzi, 2 bubble pools and a swim-up bar for adults). Emirates Palace Spa* (with Hammam, 2 Jacuzzis, 2 steam rooms, and an ice room). 24-hour fitness centre. Private marina (with yachting* and water sports*). Tennis courts. Yoga classes*. Bike rental*. Emirates Palace kids' club*. Luxury shops. Concierge.

3 nights between 31 Dec–1 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (3548)
  • Very good (595)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Iftar buffet

May 26, 2019 Tajwer J

Only one word.... OUTSTANDING..!!!! Food and ambiance both perfect with the usual hospitality. Price for buffet is 295 AED pp. Must book in advance The combination of Arabic, Japanese, Indian, Chinese cuisines along with yummy selection of desserts including ice cream
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May 26, 2019 Nina A

My mom and I booked for the Golden coffee Experience and were served by Marshall who was very helpful and attentive. Knew the tourist destinations very well and told us the story of the Emirates Palace. This experience was the most favourite from all the places my mom visited in Abu Dhabi.
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May 25, 2019 abhayjain Raichur, Karnataka, India

One of the best Suite i had stayed till date,the Khaleej Suite,the only issue was the Vegetarian Food at the hotel other all facilities are amazing,went for Water Sports it was amazing,again a one time really worth stay experience.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Another outstanding stay at Emirates Palace!

May 24, 2019 EscapadesGourmandes Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We've live in the Emirates for 9 years and have stayed in top end hotels all over the country and all over the world and Emirates Palace is hands down our favourite. From arrival to departure the service is top notch. You are made to feel welcome from the moment you step through the door and this feeling doesn't end until you sadly drive away.… Read more
We've live in the Emirates for 9 years and have stayed in top end hotels all over the country and all over the world and Emirates Palace is hands down our favourite. From arrival to departure the service is top notch. You are made to feel welcome from the moment you step through the door and this feeling doesn't end until you sadly drive away. Every time we have gone we have requested early check in and late check out (the day of) and it has been honoured. The property, like it's title, is palatial. Despite it's incredible luxury and opulence it has a very approachable, relaxing and homey feeling. The rooms have all the luxuries one would expect of a hotel of this calibre; great toiletries, snug bathrobes and slippers, a snooze inducing bed and pillows, a well stocked Nespresso machine and tea selection and a lovely balcony with gorgeous views. All this said, the real reason we go is for the grounds and services. Emirates Palace sits on a beautiful 2 km white sand beach with crystal clear waters. All water sports are free of charge to guests as well as camel rides along the beach. For the pool peeps, there are huge grounds beautifully landscaped with shady flowering trees where you can camp out on your lounge chair barely aware that anyone else is staying at the hotel. There are two pools to choose from: a huge one with swim up pool bar, massage jets and in pool hammocks and another with waterfalls, a lazy river to float down and water slides (for the kid in all of us!). All lounge areas come with a bell system for ordering drinks and food to your slugging destination of choice. And they've even continued this service throughout the day during Ramadan!!! Unlike most hotels where water ends up costing a bomb to order, you never seem to run out here because it is always getting replenished. We've even been treated to sorbet and fresh fruit brought to our lounge chairs during peak hot times. Back inside there is a variety of dining choices and a fabulous cocktail and cigar lounge, Havana Club where on thursdays they have a mojito happy hour which we used to drive 30 minutes to get to on a regular basis. The beautiful breakfast buffet is served with breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea. Anywhere else in the world this hotel would be totally out of our price range but at certain times of the year they provide promotions and we don't hesitate to make the journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. If we could afford it, and they allowed it, we'd move in!! If you've never been to Emirates Palace, go! Yallah now! Shokrun Jazeelan to all who work there for always making our stay there memorable and nothing short of superb. Read less
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May 24, 2019 EsqAhmedKhan

Undoubtedly the Palace is gorgeous. The sweeping gardens set amongst the beautiful pools provides ample opportunity to marvel at the magnificence of the Arab mentality - dare to be brilliant. However the hotel is let down by falling at the most basic of concepts ; a lack of quality to cost ratio. Let me explain - whilst booking here, i’m sure… Read more
Undoubtedly the Palace is gorgeous. The sweeping gardens set amongst the beautiful pools provides ample opportunity to marvel at the magnificence of the Arab mentality - dare to be brilliant. However the hotel is let down by falling at the most basic of concepts ; a lack of quality to cost ratio. Let me explain - whilst booking here, i’m sure value for money will not feature high on the shopping list because any place that charges £7 for a can of coke will not be short of affluent individuals. However there is a principle. If the hotel intends to charge upwards of £15 for a milkshake, then I’m sure we can all agree, that it better be the best darn milkshake in the world. Unfortunately it falls far short of what you would expect - watered down milkshakes, sloppy food and arrogant customer service. In fact a guard told my two year old daughter to “sh” as she played in reception. Food isn’t allowed from outside due to security concerns - this includes bringing in your favourite snack to enjoy over a movie. I asked reception to explain this but all I received was “it’s due to security reasons”. Complete bollocks. Yes the grandeur is superb but scratch beneath the surface and the quality and indeed the humanity is missing. Read less