Hotel Review: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
On walking into the lobby of Zabeel Saray, first impressions are that it could be a film set – and it was. The makers of Mission: Impossible chose the location to represent an Indian palace in the latest instalment of the franchise, Ghost Protocol.
The word ‘saray’ actually means palace in Turkish and the decor throughout is a homage to the Ottoman dynasty. Think red, gold and turquoise with three times more gold leaf than in the Burj Al Arab: fact!
After dining at Voi, this beautiful French-Vietnamese restaurant went straight into our ‘top five places to eat in Dubai’ list. Lalezar is the hotel’s Turkish restaurant. We recommend Dana Kulbasti, a dish of tenderloin strips with layered potato and spinach cake in the perfect jus.
At 800sq m, the hotel’s Talise Ottoman spa is the biggest in the UAE. There are some intriguing therapy devices such as the dry floatation water/air bed that heats up and moves beneath you and a bathtub fitted with disco-like lights and a sound system.
Spread across the sixth floor of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, the Grand Imperial Suite is beyond opulent. Expect traditional decor echoing the hotel’s Turkish theme, velvet sultan-style slippers, and the biggest hotel bathtubs we’ve ever seen. You’ll also be getting in with your own private key and enjoying your own check-in service. And yes, the suite features spacious living and dining areas and state-of-the-art entertainment systems.
RATE / NIGHT: Dhs11,000++