Saturday 4 May 2024

Dubai Day 5: W Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah

We had a really good sleep last night and woke up relatively late for breakfast at the Horizon Club Lounge (more details in my previous post). Food was good! We will miss the lounge and staff when we leave! 😞


After a sumptuous breakfast, we checked out Union Coop Hypermart, which was only a 5-minute walk from our hotel.


We wished we had visited this hypermart earlier instead of Shareen Supermarket as it was bigger! After buying more souvenirs and snacks, we returned to Shangri-La Dubai for a final swim before check-out.

We decided to swim in both the main pool at Level 4 and the Horizon Club pool at Level 42


I will miss this view! I've spent quite a lot of time admiring it from the Horizon Club pool!

It was a good thing that Shangri-La offered us complimentary late check-out at 2pm instead of 12pm because the Littlest Girl needed a nap after all that swimming! 😅

She was so tired that she woke up briefly as we left the hotel via a taxi, but fell asleep again in the taxi! We were headed to The Palm Jumeirah, a group of manmade islands shaped like a palm tree when viewed from the sky. The islands' main economy is tourism, which is pretty much the larger and shinier cousin of Sentosa! 😄

We chose to stay at W Dubai, The Palm as it looked very chill and cool. Note that there was another W Hotel situated on the mainland near The Palm so make sure your taxi is informed of the correct hotel!


We checked in on arrival and discovered that our room was still not yet ready even though it was almost 3pm. The hotel was very gracious and gave us 2 complimentary glasses of mocktails at the lobby bar while we waited. I thought that was very nice of them and definitely what one would expect from a 5-star hotel 😊


After waiting for about 45 minutes, we were informed that our room was ready! We had booked the Wonderful Room with 2 Double, Partial Ocean View at $537.50 per room per night (inclusive of breakfast). It was our most expensive hotel of the trip! 😅

The moment we entered the room, we were greeted with a huge bathroom with separate cubicles for the toilet and shower, a central bathtub, huge wardrobe and a dressing table. 



The large 2-way wardrobe also housed all the amenities we need such as a coffee machine, bathrobes, water, iron, etc. 

Another highlight besides the large bathroom was the 2 queen beds! No need to squeeze!

The room was very spacious, with an interestingly shaped sofa and bar area.




The balcony was also spacious and inviting! The Hubby spent a lot of time outside admiring the view.


We probably gave up a full ocean view in exchange for a bigger room, but it was absolutely the right decision! The partial ocean view was pretty acceptable to me! 

We could even see the iconic Atlantis The Palm and Atlantis The Royal from our balcony!

It was my first choice to stay at Atlantis The Palm as each room came with complimentary access to Atlantis water park. However, the Littlest was too short for many of the rides, hence we decided instead to stay at Atlantis on our next trip when the Littlest is older and her siblings can join us.

Once we were unpacked, we changed into our swimwear and headed straight for the water. After all, the private beach and beautiful pools were the reason we chose this hotel! 😎

The staff informed us that we could not enter the adult-only wet deck pool, but we weren't disappointed as it was small.

The staff directed us to an even smaller but sheltered kids pool instead. We didn't spend any time there as it was so underwhelming!

Unlike Hard Rock Bali, Westin Resort Bali, Golden Sands Resort Penang & Shangri-La Cebu, the kid's pool did not have any slides or fountains to entertain kids!

We decided to head straight to the beach! ⛱️ 

There were barriers in the sea and lifeguards stationed nearby to ensure the safety of guests. If you look carefully, you can spot the famous Burj Al Arab in the photo below.

The Hubby had to engage his favourite hobby whenever we were at the beach: catching crabs! 🦀

After spending a lot of time at the beach, we returned to the main pool before it closed at 7pm.

Consisting of many sections that line up to form the shape of waves, the main pool was designed to match the hotel building that looked just like a cruise ship!

Credit: Marriott.com

It was a very cool design that fit perfectly in The Palm! We loved hanging out in the pool!




We were famished by now and realised that we could order food via Careem, the UAE's version of Grab. We ordered beef and salmon from Krave and it was delivered within 45 minutes (so convenient)! 😃 

The Hubby also ordered additional Mediterranean food via in-room dining (gotta have hummus everyday remember)! 😜 



We tucked into our food as soon as we received it as we were so hungry! It was delicious! 😋 

I was so tired that I fell asleep while making the Littlest sleep! Didn't get to enjoy the wonderful night a little longer as I had planned... 🤭

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P.S: Read about our experiences with Marriott Bonvoy around the world:

Continue to >> Dubai Day 6: Nakheel Mall, Palm Monorail & More Swimming
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