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Review: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai

The stunning resort, which recently opened its doors on Palm Jumeirah, has all the makings of a truly ‘exotic’ getaway. Consider your summer staycation wishes answered!

What makes a hospitality experience one that genuinely stays with you forever? Is it the stunning setting, everyday comforts ensconced in pure luxury or the nuanced flavours of every dish you enjoyed? Perhaps the warm, welcoming staff left an indelible mark during your stay, or was it that feeling of just letting go of all your worries and simply living in the moment?

At Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, it’s not just one of these factors that made our recent stay at the property a truly memorable experience! In fact, it was all of these combined, wonderfully elevated, and tied together into one unforgettable retreat. Rest assured, your staycation wishes are granted!

Why Taj?

Well, why not Taj? The leading hotel brand famed for its iconic properties worldwide, from India to the Maldives and further afield, brings its unique brand of luxury hospitality to Dubai’s sunny shores with its third outing in the emirate. And, oh my, isn’t it the best yet? From the moment you step into the mesmerising lobby through to bidding goodbye – with the hope of returning soon – everything about this luxe retreat will set the bar high for future escapes.

The setting

It’s the grand, sun-drenched lobby that makes the first impression. What a fabulous concept! It pays homage to the sun, sand and sea, with the high glass ceiling filtering the sunlight, bringing the outdoors in, where several nods to the ocean can be found peppered throughout the expansive space. Even the carpets have been meticulously chosen as such to evoke waves lapping the shore. You will feel instantly transported by those exotic holiday vibes found at every corner – a feeling that’s only elevated once you step into your gorgeous room. Thanks to this stunning setting, unwinding comes naturally!

The rooms

Upon entering your room, you will feel instantly conflicted, battling between wanting to spend the rest of your stay in the comfort of this well-appointed space, where every corner evokes luxury, and the desire to explore everything else the property has to offer, from its serene spa and the expansive swimming pool to its array of dining venues. Our pro tip: book a longer stay to make the best of everything that Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai has to offer.

Through the selection of 258 rooms and 67 suites – with resort and sea-facing views – the coastal theme continues with elegant tones, fine furnishings and luxury amenities. But if you’re after the extraordinary, the Exotica Suite Sea View with Open Jacuzzi is where it’s at, as it offers the incredible opportunity to take in the gorgeous surroundings from the perfect vantage point: a private hot tub on the balcony. Who could say no to that?

The facilities

Fancy taking a dip in the longest pool on Palm Jumeirah? You’ve come to the right place! Spanning 70 metres, you can idle the hours at a cosy corner by this impressive swimming pool. With a swim-up bar and delicious bites served all day, you’d be tempted to linger until sunset, sipping on your favourite cocktail or catching up with your reading in between laps. A few metres from the pool, the hotel’s private stretch of beach beckons with cabanas lining the sandy shore.

For fitness enthusiasts, the hotel’s gym is open 24 hours, offering you the convenience of scheduling your workouts as you please. While for those who wish to use the time to recharge, the state-of-the-art Jiva Spa is the ideal space to soothe the senses. The treatment list highlights ancient healing rituals, which promise to destress the mind and body and energise the being – and your therapist will be glad to suggest the right course based on your requirements. Take the time to disconnect with the spa’s thermal facilities before and after your treatment as it gives you the opportunity to extend your downtown in this serene space.

The food

Catering to every taste, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai brings seven distinctive dining experiences to the shores of Palm Jumeirah. You’re sure to find your favourite spot with the tempting array of options on offer. Roaring Rabbit represents the best of English pub gastronomy, Raia brings Middle Eastern flavours to life at its rooftop lounge, The Coast and Lime Pool Bar keep you fuelled while enjoying the beach and pool and Palm Kitchen helps you start your day on the right note with a power-packed breakfast. And, hands down, the star of the culinary show is Varq, which presents the finest flavours from India in a truly remarkable setting. Elevating homecooked comfort food to new levels, Varq is here to raise the bar for all Indian restaurants in Dubai with a comprehensive menu of signature dishes.

Tying such a remarkable experience together, it’s the hotel’s staff that truly brings the iconic Taj hospitality to life. Whether it is simply offering a kind greeting every time you pass them by or anticipating your every need and executing your wishes with a smile, every detail is taken care of behind the scenes, allowing you to make wonderful memories, and leaving you with a fierce urgency to return!

For more information or to make a booking, visit Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai

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