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W Dubai - The Palm (image: Marriott International Hotel)

W opens on world’s biggest manmade island

W Dubai – The Palm is the first W Escape in the Middle East, a “lavishly luxe playground” with skyline views.

“The desert just got hotter”, says Marriott International. The hotel giant’s W Hotels Worldwide has announced the opening of W Dubai – The Palm, located on the Palm Jumeirah, the biggest manmade island in the world.

The sprawling property is the newest W Escape, the W brand’s “playful spin on the traditional resort experience”, with an “electrifying style, evocative design and eclectic destination restaurants led by world-class chefs” such as Massimo Bottura and Akira Back.

All 350 guest rooms and suites have “uninterrupted views and dreamy amenities”, and their curved walls are designed with modern graffiti featuring lyrics in Arabic from a song by the Lebanese singer Fairouz.

Amenities include multiple pools in a wave-like pattern, facing a beach with views of the Dubai skyline. There, in typical W style, guests “can swim, soak up the sun and enjoy signature beverages while listening to live DJ performances”. The nearby spa has ten treatment rooms, saunas, experiential showers, a hammam and a couples’ suite.

Visual beats
A five-storey atrium envelopes the welcome desk, and also in the entrance is The Soundwave, a six-tonne, 30-metre-long visual vector with 640 glass pieces that puts on a show by illuminating in alternating intensities and colours to reflect the beats of the DJ in the neighbouring W Lounge.

“Much like W has redefined modern luxury, Dubai is a city that is firmly in charge of writing its own narrative, fearlessly embracing the future through design, technology and global culture,” proclaims Anthony Ingham, W Hotels Worldwide global brand leader.

“The energy and marvel of this incredible city make it the perfect destination for a W Escape – our unique take on a resort holiday – where the bold style, iconic service and signature scene of a W come to play.”

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