I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Andaz Dubai The Palm Hotel, a lifestyle boutique hotel by Hyatt, and it was nothing short of a relaxing holiday experience.
Our decision to take a short trip to Dubai during the autumn break this year was rather impromptu. On a Friday afternoon, we quickly booked our plane tickets, and by Saturday morning, we had secured our last-minute hotel.
We’ve been to Dubai several times before, mainly for its sunny weather and lack of time difference with the Netherlands. It is an ideal destination for short vacations with our son 7-year-old and guaranteed swimming pool fun.
With no high expectations, as last-minute hotel searches often lead to fully booked accommodations, we decided to go with Andaz Dubai. However, upon arrival after a somewhat sleepless overnight flight from Amsterdam, we were greeted by a stunning lobby adorned with colorful, designer furniture. I became an instant fan of the vibe.
The room was beautifully spacious, and the same design style of vibrant colors and playfulness continued from the lobby. A large blue double bed with fine linens and soft pillows, a yellow chair, art on the walls, human friendly lightning and a Mondrian-esque glass partition separated the bathroom from the bedroom.
The room’s view was so inviting that, upon our arrival, we immediately felt the urge to put on our swimsuits and head to the pool. Despite being quite disoriented from the overnight flight during which I barely managed to get any sleep, my son, sprawled comfortably across me, had fortunately slept well. We made our way to the pool for a refreshing dip.
On our way to the pool, we quickly stopped at the restaurant to grab a bite, and it wasn’t long before we realized that the food was exceptionally delicious. The service, the quality, the flavors, and the ambiance of the breakfast area were all top-notch – something I’ve rarely encountered elsewhere.
What truly sets this hotel apart, though, is the exceptional service provided by the staff. The Andaz Dubai The Palm team goes above and beyond to ensure that every guest feels welcome and valued. Their warm smiles and willingness to assist with any request made my stay more enjoyable. They take great pride in delivering top-notch hospitality, whether it’s in the lobby or the restaurants.
The hotel features a pool and a private beach. The seawater is pleasantly warm, at around 31.9°C / 89.4°F during this time of the year, making spending the entire day in the salty water delightful. On the other hand, the pool is a bit cooler, so during our relaxing beach days, we frequently switch between the sea and the pool to enjoy the best of both worlds.
From the lobby to the pool/beach, it’s just a short walk through an inner courtyard where there are also two large sections with apartments belonging to locals. While the hotel may not win the exterior beauty prize in this regard, it certainly deserves a passing grade.
Since we booked our room with breakfast and dinner included, we choose to have lunch by the pool at our own expense. To put it mildly, Dubai is not a budget-friendly destination, but it’s well worth it to indulge and treat yourself. Hotel guests are truly pampered and lack nothing during their stay.
In conclusion, our stay at the Andaz Dubai The Palm Hotel by Hyatt was a memorable and highly enjoyable experience. The beautiful design, friendly service, and amazing food all contributed to a truly exceptional holiday. I can’t wait to return to this remarkable hotel in the future.
Yes, Dubai is generally considered woman-friendly and safe for female travelers. The city has made significant efforts to ensure the safety and comfort of women, and there are plenty of facilities and services designed to cater to their needs. However, it’s essential to be mindful of local customs and dress modestly in public places, as Dubai is a conservative city with a diverse cultural mix. Respecting local traditions and adhering to the guidelines will contribute to a positive and enjoyable experience for female travelers in Dubai.
Is Dubai a country?
No, Dubai is not a country. It is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is a sovereign nation located in the Middle East.
Is Dubai safe for tourists?
Dubai is generally considered a safe destination for tourists. It has a low crime rate, and the local authorities take security seriously. However, travelers should exercise common-sense precautions, as they would in any major city.
What is the best time to visit Dubai?
The best time to visit Dubai is typically during the cooler months, which are from November to April. This period offers pleasant weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities and exploring the city.
Can I drink alcohol in Dubai?
Yes, you can consume alcohol in Dubai, but it is subject to certain regulations. Alcohol is generally only served in licensed hotels, bars, and clubs. It is illegal to drink alcohol in public places or to be publicly intoxicated.
What are the must-visit attractions in Dubai?
Dubai offers a wide range of attractions, including the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), the Dubai Mall, the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Fountain, and the historic district of Al Fahidi. Desert safaris, indoor skiing at Ski Dubai, and water parks like Atlantis Aquaventure are also popular.