Those looking for a celebrity getaway need look no further than W Dubai, positioned so far on the Palm’s West Crescent it feels wonderfully remote, despite only being just 25 minutes from Downtown.
With all the hallmarks of the world-famous W group, the hot new outpost doesn’t disappoint with its contemporary design and cool crowd: Step forward, Rita Ora, Gucci Mane and soccer star Paul Pogba.
Boasting 350 rock-star-style rooms and suites – think black mosaic tiles, sumptuous beds, sleek bathrooms with vanity area plus rain shower, freestanding bath (there are no bathroom doors, so choose your plus-one carefully!) and an in-room bar. Unique design touches include Arabic ‘calligraffiti’ with romantic song lyrics inscribed on bedroom walls and the impressive 640-piece glass installation that represents a sound wave in the lobby. Like a playground for the rich and famous, the Wet Deck is a patchwork of turquoise pools scattered with water beds, cosy cabanas and an adults-only pool, complete with a swimup bar. It’s the sort of scene reminiscent of Mykonos, with its white wicker tepees, beautiful people lounging in the sunshine, and a DJ spinning crowd-pleasers.
It’s not uncommon to clock a footballer striding through the lobby or US rapper Wiz Khalifa and his entourage enjoying the lively beats from a cabana, as spotted by Grazia during our stay.
Akira Back sets the bar high, with the pro-snowboarder-turned-Michelin-starred chef bringing a mix of Japanese and Korean cuisine to his eponymous spot. Excellent fare includes the signature tuna pizza generously drizzled in white truffle oil, and the melt-in-the-mouth black cod. And those with a sweet tooth should definitely leave room for dessert as the butter mochi is exceptional. Meanwhile, Torno Subito is only the second eatery outside of Italy by acclaimed restaurateur Massimo Bottura. The fun and colourful interiors transport you to the Italian Riviera, while SoBe, the glamorous Latino-Miami-inspired rooftop is perfect for sundowners and 360-degree views.
• Rooms at W Hotel The Palm start from Dhs800 per night during low season, with breakfast included, visit marriott.com/ hotels/travel/dxbtp-w-dubai-the-palm