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 14 restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars catering to your every whim. Even its gardens are majestic, with 85 hectares promising tranquil strolls, yoga 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 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: 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.

  • 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 Around 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 (light meals and Afternoon tea), Caviar Bar (champagne, caviar and live music), Breeze Lounge (Spanish and Middle Eastern light bites and bar). 2 swimming pools (West Wing Adventure Pool with lazy river, waterfalls, water flumes, and activities; East Wing Pool with a large Jacuzzi, 2 bubble pools and a swim-up bar for adults). Emirates Palace Spa* (with 7 treatment rooms and 2 hammam rooms). 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.

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Jul 19, 2019 Fiona R Belfast, United Kingdom

Just a spectacular place - I didn't stay at the hotel but was extremely impressed during my day visit to Le Cafe which involved a stroll around the hotel. Hopefully when I return to Abu Dhabi I will get an opportunity to stay at the Palace.
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Jul 19, 2019 551marian

Went with my friend for lunch and to experience the famous 24k gold coffee. The staff are very friendly & helpful. The building is beautiful our lunch was delicious. The 24k gold coffee was a good experience. Would go back again.
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Jul 17, 2019 Ibz88 London, United Kingdom

I've stayed at a lot of hotels in the world but this is one of the best, if not the best. This was my second visit. The hotel is so grand that no photographs can do it justice. The place just won't fit in a phones camera lens. The service is what sets The Emirates Palace apart from other places. The people who work here are great at their job and… Read more
I've stayed at a lot of hotels in the world but this is one of the best, if not the best. This was my second visit. The hotel is so grand that no photographs can do it justice. The place just won't fit in a phones camera lens. The service is what sets The Emirates Palace apart from other places. The people who work here are great at their job and genuinely just seem like lovely people. You get a butler on call 24 hours a day at this is just great to have if you are someone who is just spontaneous and demanding like myself. You get over 1km of private beach. I know we visited during the extreme heat of the summer but still, it was perfect and very very quiet. There was hardly anyone here. Two swimming pools in either wing. You can choose to bicycle to the other wing or you can take a buggy. The west wing pool is aimed more towards children. It has a lazy river and two small water slides. The east wing pool is aimed at the adults and has a swim up bar. The beach is a whole stretch of white sand right next to the presidential Palace and it is empty. Nice and tranquil. You get your choice of noodle floats there's plenty around. The pool is quite empty. Both times I have stayed at this hotel I have enjoyed the fact that you feel like you're one of the few people staying here. There are water sports available. (No jet skis) Kayaking and paddle boarding is totally free of charge. The guy who worked here was brilliant. Do not take your phone in the sea even if its water proof. Its very very salty. You get some great views of the hotel and the Etihad towers from the sea. You can also get a great view of the presidential Palace. Theres a camel riding service, but I wasn't too impressed with it. Maybe it was due to the temperature which was about 38 degrees celcius. But the guy who took us on the camel ride literally took us on a journey of less than one minute. Restaurants We had the half board, which provides you with a vouchers of 270AED per person to use once a day on either lunch or dinner. The value can only be used for food and not drinks. It was worth it. If you plan to eat out a few days I would say you don't need the half board. There are loads of different restaurants within the hotel, all offering different cuisine. Indian I was in love with the Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff were very informative and precise with their descriptions and recommendations. Lebanese Mawal was also rather scrumptious. The food was delicious and the service was second to none. We ate and had shisha here which was also really nice. We had asked for a recommendation of a flavour to smoke and what we were given was really on point. Chinese Hakkasan is Hakkasan, if you've been before you know exactly what you're going to get. Pool restaurant We ate Cascades for lunch nearly everyday. It's by the east wing pool and provides a variety of different food. I usually had the club sandwich, keeping it simple in the heat. My partner had a seafood paella but it had no taste so she had to change it. Sea food Sayad the was the one restaurant I did not enjoy as much as the others. But I'm not a sea food fan so my opinion on this is rather biased and not reliable. Breakfast was provided on the lower floor and there was a variety of different things on offer that you would expect from any establishment . If you wanted anything in particular you could ask the waiters and they would go out of their way to obtain it for you. Special mentions The service was impeccable right throughout the hotel. Norbu who works at concierge, epitomises the quality of service on offer to anyone who visits the hotel. He is courteous as you would expect but he truly goes above and beyond what he needs to do. I cannot thank him enough for his hospitality and service during my stay. This is the second time I've stayed here and he has been the constant. Special mentions have to be for Rohit at guest check in. He is a great guy. He was helpful, informative, concise and always there to help with any queries or anything else I may have asked. As you can imagine from this post I'm not the easiest guest. Irshad at Bellhop was so friendly and really made our stay easy about getting a taxi or a hotel buggy to a different area to the hotel. He was prompt and informative. Yoweri was the same as and always so friendly and courteous. I cannot forget to mention Maurice as well who along with these two was just amazing at his job and customer services. People like this make your stay what it is and genuinely make you feel the warmth of the place (apart from the weather). My butlers Jomy and Muktar were a god send. Tremendous at their job but also made you feel like they weren't doing a job and were part of the family. They provided anything we needed and also beyond what we asked. The nicest people you will ever meet. I also have a few other people to mention but unfortunately I cannot remember their names. For Friday prayer I joined the Fleet manager who's name I think was Ayub. (sorry if it isnt) but he was great along with everyone else who had the kindness to take me to the Mosque for prayer. Read less
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Jul 16, 2019 nevwharton Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Well if you are going to do Afternoon Tea, this is the place to do it in Abu Dhabi. The hotel itself is stunning. Opulent inside and out. Manicured grounds, private beach and a real sense of grandeur and calm in this bustling city. Afternoon Tea was served by Marshall and Surinder. Their service was impeccable. The food was superb; melt in the… Read more
Well if you are going to do Afternoon Tea, this is the place to do it in Abu Dhabi. The hotel itself is stunning. Opulent inside and out. Manicured grounds, private beach and a real sense of grandeur and calm in this bustling city. Afternoon Tea was served by Marshall and Surinder. Their service was impeccable. The food was superb; melt in the mouth sandwiches, selection of beautifully light scones, cream and preserves plus fabulous cakes. Lovely tea and coffee selection. Unhurried. Decadent and by comparison to some high end U.K/London offerings, great value. Read less
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Jul 15, 2019 richardbL3453VL Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Stopped here for a week can’t fault it at all food service etc all A1 fantastic grounds pools and beach. If I could make one criticism the music at the swim up bar was inappropriate at times