Walking into the large Jumeirah Zabeelm Saray Hotel in the United Arab Emirates means a walk into an untold world of luxury. The main inspiration behind the façade and design of the hotel exterior is the city of Istanbul itself. The designs inspiration came from the Doma Baha palace (pronounced Dolma Bakhsha) in Istanbul.
The exterior was designed by a team of 45 Turkish interior designers who completed the masterpiece within six months. For hotel management, the vision was to celebrate a return to the golden age of the Ottoman Empire.
At the grand entrance is the Tughra, a symbol of Ottoman power used by the Sultan as an imperial signature for government documents while the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier hangs in the central hall. It is a gift from Queen Victoria with 750 lamps and weighs 4.5 tonnes.
Also at the entrance that leads to the lobby is a water fountain designed in the shape of an Islamic star and is a popular photography point for tourists and visitors to the resort. The floor design within the lobby means stepping into a world of luxury as the design consists of white and black marble from Turkey with 13 turquoise Ottoman stars, a dominant feature in Ottoman art.
The opulent ottoman surroundings of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray include silk chandeliers, Swarovski Crystal chandeliers as well as Islamic stars and pointed arches in the design with with many features inspired by the Dolmabahce Saray and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is the most luxurious resort on Palm Jumeirah offering an extensive list of five exclusive amenities and facilities including the Talise Ottoman Spa; one of the largest and most luxurious spas in the Middle East spanning 8,000m² with forty-two treatment rooms and three traditional hammam’s and home to thirty-eight private luxurious Royal Residences. The Royal Residences capture the spirit of the Ottoman Empire, elegantly combining high levels of service, opulence and privacy, these are home to many VIP’s and favourite among celebrity guests.
The designs of the 405 rooms are a combination of European and Arabic style, with an Ottoman representation. The bed covers are made of a traditional Ottoman fabric called Kemha and all the resort rooms come with spectacular sea views or views of the iconic Palm Jumeirah.
In addition, all guest bathrooms feature unique deep sunken marble bathtubs with hand-painted domes on the ceiling. The size of the bathtubs are 106 x 198 x 49.5 cm. Within the resorts grand imperial suite lies the golden imperial bath tub which measures: 2.68m², can fit approximately 20 people inside and hold 2000 litres of water.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is home to a private cinema the seats up to 30 people. Throughout the day, movies are played for in-house guests and the venue can be hired for unique events.
The newest addition to the resorts restaurant portfolio is The Rib Room, which exclusively features mouth-watering selection of finest steaks and different meat cuts in Dubai, including John Stone dry- aged grass fed Irish beef, Australian 1824 grain fed beef and Master Kobe Wagyu pure breed cuts. The menu represents the Best of British Isles and sources a selection of their meat from the Lord New borough estate in Wales, UK, producing many organic and sustainable raised meats.
The hotel also offers a unique and exciting culinary and nightlife destination with bespoke nightlife venues on the Palm Jumeirah (Voda Bar and MusicHall) with eight award winning dining destinations offering a range of cuisines from Indian, Turkish and Japanese, to Lebanese, Italian, British and International.
A family friendly destination, the resort offers several activities which enhance the family holiday experience without compromise to its luxuriousness. This includes a new 1,885 square meter development, Sinbads Kids Club which compliments the existing ‘Secrets of the Saray’ interactive tours, indoor cinema, water sports, bicycle rides, giant chess court and Pétanque court, shuttle bus services to main land attractions including new Jetty and Shuttle boat to Dubai Marina, water sports and cooking classes from the resorts signature restaurants.
So what’s more? Why not plan a family holiday in summer to the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray?