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Elisabath Rushton stays at Rixos The Palm Dubai , a luxury family friendly resort providing a plethora of activities and a spa complete with a fantastic Turkish hammam.

Rixos The Palm – Dubai’s luxury multi- concept resort

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Situated at the easternmost tip of The Palm Jumeirah’s crescent, Rixos The Palm Dubai is the UAE’s only luxury multi-concept resort. The hotel’ssecluded location confers numerous benefits; it affords fantastic 360°panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, a private beach, and offers a greatarray of motorised watersports that other hotels on the Palm are unable toprovide. Despite the fact that it is further by car from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dubai, there is a complimentary water taxi service to Dubai Marina
and a shuttle bus to Mall of the Emirates. A taxi to Downtown takes around 35-40 minutes, while Dubai International Airport is under an hour away. For keen sightseers, a hotel in central Dubai may be a better choice, but for thoseintent on relaxing and making the most of the resort, Rixos The Palm Dubai
offers a plethora of diversions.
Occupying two oblong, low-rise wings, architecturally the hotel lacks some of the pizzazz possessed by many of its glitzy neighbours on the Palm, but it more than makes up for this in other respects. Inside, the cavernous lobby is dotted with dark wood furniture and flooded with sunlight from a glass-paneled
ceiling. The real treat is to be found outdoors, however; the hotel is set amid lush mature gardens planted with palms overlooking the pools and beach.
Pool at Rixos the Palm, Dubai
Most of the 230 rooms and suites have a balcony with sea views. Glossy wood floors and furniture are accented with stone feature walls and gold and cream furnishings. Large marble bathrooms have shutters adjoining the bedroom, a freestanding bath, walk-in shower and Bulgari amenities. Those seeking seclusion should opt for one of the Wellness Rooms near the spa, with private plunge pool and direct access from the terrace to the wonderful adults-only semi-Olympic sized lap pool.
The facilities at Rixos are second to none; two outdoor pools, a separate kids’ pool, motorised and non-motorised water sports, basketball and tennis courts.
The Turkish hammam at Anjana Spa is not to be missed; decked out with soft
grey marble and blue mosaic tiles, it’s a luxuriously authentic experience.
Best Rixos spa
I enjoyed the 55 minute Anjana Signature Exclusive Royal Ritual. The treatment began with the application of traditional Moroccan black soap, followed by an intense exfoliation using a kesse glove. The therapist then applied a Ghassoul body mask, made from clay found in the Atlas Mountains. I felt entirely rejuvenated and purified by the experience, which is somewhat akin to going through a human car wash.
Kids Club Rixos The Palm, Dubai
Younger guests are supremely well catered for at this hotel, which is one ofthe most family friendly in Dubai. Rixy Club is a wonderful spot for kids aged four to 12, with a fenced playground with climbing frame, pool, indoor play area and full schedule of activities, which include the Rixy disco, treasure hunting and talent shows. Every child enrolled in the Club is eligible to win special prizes with their Rixy Club passport. Children under four are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the
large inflatable assault course in the cordoned off portion of sea in front of the resort, which is reminiscent of the set of the UK TV show ‘Total Wipeout’.
Rixos dining
Dining options are many, varied, and excellent. There are three restaurants and half a dozen bars and lounges, including a standalone beach club. The I-Chill beach bar is a top spot for sundowners, and Italian fine-dining restaurant, L’Olivo, is highly recommended, with as much emphasis on presentation as
ingredients and flavours. Standout dishes include the creamy mushroom risotto and juicy beef tenderloin with porcini sauce. Staff are friendly and attentive without being overbearing and the restaurant manager at L’Olivo is particularly charming. The breakfast and lunch buffets at the resort’s main restaurant, À La Turca, were both excellent – the wide selection of well-presented dishes and the pleasant outdoor terrace make it a notch above many standard buffets.
The ultra-all-inclusive package represents excellent value, providing guests with premium-brand drinks, motorised watersports and unlimited access to the kids’ club. This was my first experience at a Rixos property, but I was immensely impressed by the offering, and am keen to experience the chain’s
other hotel, Bab Al Bahr, a resort composed of giant Aztec-like temples located on Al Marjan Island in the UAE’s northernmost emirate, Ras al Khaimah.

Rixos The Palm Jumeirah
Plot C40 P.O. Box: 18652, Dubai UAE
http://thepalmdubai.rixos.com/
Doubles from AED 800 (£165) in low season; and from AED 1100 (£228)
in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

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