by Nina Catt
  • 2 minute read
  • July 23, 2023
Villa 88 Travels | Jumeirah Zabeel Saray: The Ottoman-Inspired Hotel That Should Be On Your Radar

A grandiose resort that transports guests to a palatial palace, Editor Nina Catt discovers the old-world charm of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray...

Perched at water’s edge on the west crescent of Dubai’s legendary Palm Jumeirah, those with a penchant for Ottoman opulence will find themselves in paradise at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray – a palatial hotel home to the Middle East’s largest spa.

Set in a tropical-landscaped oasis cosseted by the glistening Arabian Gulf, five-star glamour presents itself upon arrival into the main lobby, with its black and white marble floor and impressive water fountain designed in the shape of an Islamic star – a space that was used for filming scenes for the movie, Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol.

Quickly ushered to my suite, the weight of the Ottoman-influenced design became apparent as I was informed the hotel’s façade was inspired by the city of Istanbul and in particular, the Doma Baha Palace. The Tughra, a symbol of Ottoman power used by the Sultan as an imperial signature, can be found on the face of the elaborate building.

Decorative nods to the illustrious style of Istanbul are evident at every turn, with lavash silk and velvet furnishings and awe-inspiring artworks that epitomise the theme. But perhaps most impressive, and somewhat of a popular photography spot, is the world’s largest crystal chandelier which hangs in the central hall with 750 lamps, weighing a total of 4.5 tonnes.

The opulent aesthetic continues in each and every one of the hotel’s rooms and suites, paying homage to the regal golden era though architectural design features and meticulously hand-picked ornaments. Elegantly refined with spectacular ocean views, all rooms boast an incredible spa-like bathroom with an oversized marble tub – so big it could be mistaken for a plunge pool. A rain shower, plush robes and an abundance of luxurious Amouage amenities further add to the uber-luxe feel.  

Speaking of spas, the jewel in the hotel’s crown, Talise Ottoman Spa is the largest and one of the most luxurious award-winning spas in the Middle East. Covering 8,200sqm spanning two floors, a visit here is the ultimate indulgence. Offering an impressive selection of wellness treatments, Hammam rituals and results-driven facials, be sure to set some time aside to enjoy the spa’s facilities which include thalassotherapy salt-water pools, steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzis and even a snow room.

Elsewhere around the sprawling hotel, nine dining destinations sit within Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s culinary portfolio. Highlights include Al Nafoorah, an elegant dining room where authentic Lebanese cuisine takes centre stage, and Amala, a sensory experience of classic North Indian Mughlai dishes, bringing the region’s essence to life via exquisite flavour combinations and impeccable presentation.

For more laid-back moments, Zenzi Beach, a chic boho-inspired toes-in-the-sand outpost serves a colourful array of South American-influenced dishes.

Days will peacefully drift by lazing on the beach, floating around the huge swimming pool, or watching a movie in the hotel’s private cinema. For the more adventurous adrenaline-seekers, rocketing around the Palm Jumeirah on water skis or a banana boat is the ultimate fantasy realised.

Indisputably designed for a clientele who appreciate high-end service, fine dining and luxury boutiques, The Jumeirah Group has created an upscale haven that both locals and visitors will adore.

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Packing essentials…

Nina Catt editor's picks
Dress, La DoubleJ. Bag, Rabanne. Sandals, Nomadic State of Mind. Rose Hermès Rosy Lip Enhancer, Hermès. Bracelet, Boucheron. Sunglasses, Isabel Marant Eyewear. Earrings, Jennifer Behr. Spring Flower EDP, Creed.

Resort images courtesy of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

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