Ottoman-inspired Opulence at the iconic Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

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Words by Yvonne C Mtengwa

A perfect staycation destination for families looking to enjoy the Persian Gulf’s calming waters, soak up the sun under striking blue skies and immerse themselves in the flavours and textures of perfectly curated menus. An invitation to this iconic Dubai luxury hotel’s premises took us to what felt like entering a portal to a luxurious Ottoman fairytale. The sprawling resort, reminiscent of a palatial estate, unfolds with breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf, offering a symphony of opulence, impeccable service, and experiences that linger long after your stay. 

Rooms Fit for Royalty

When traveling with teenagers, and in my case, a boy, and a girl with completely opposing preferences, it is always a longwinded debate about the room selection they should anticipate and how much space will be awarded for them to comfortably settle in. Our journey began with a seamless check in, before being led to our rooms, theirs of which was a remarkably spacious twin room with a balcony overlooking Ain Dubai and neighbouring JBR districts. After grabbing quick bites from their overflowing tray of welcome sweets and fresh fruits, and taking their room tour, the teens were well nestled into their weekend abode, and I ready to see my room.

A Deluxe Sea View Room fit for royalty, and where every detail whispers grandeur, I was up for my weekend fill of rich textures, gold accents, and plush furnishings which evoked Ottoman charm, coupled with the cosy balcony unveiling the turquoise expanse of the sea, views of the Palm Jumeirah and the hive of activity from the glistening pool areas and beach club below. My bathroom, a haven, boasted a freestanding bathtub, inviting indulgence with a glass of bubbly for those with a need to slow things down with a little drama. Drapes, wood, and marble finishings, with the entertainment station seamlessly blending technology with the regal theme, from the mood-setting lighting to showcasing what to get up to at the resort, we were collectively guaranteed all the comforts of a perfectly indulgent weekend staycation at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.

Casual dining, beach vibes and more

The resort’s culinary scene was a tapestry of diverse flavours, catering to every whim. For us though, we opted for breakfast and dinner servings from Imperium, quite striking with its imposing marble finishes, gilded pillars, high ceilings with dangling glittering chandeliers. Indoor dining areas as well as the outdoor grand patio overlooking the resort’s sprawling, tree shaded lawns and beach a few steps away, set the tone for relaxed, casual dining in an opulent setting.

We savoured the flavours that came from our delightful brunch experience at Zenzi Beach, a beachside boho-chic dining outlet that boasted freshly prepared servings of South American inspired cuisine, delightfully combined with live entertainment and views of the beach, to give a feet-in-the-sand sort of vibe.

Jumeirah Zabeel’s private beach, with its pristine sand and gentle waves, was my haven for relaxation. Winter months in Dubai are unlike no place else, awarding beachgoers the decompressing opportunity to sit under the blue skies, enjoy a cool ocean breeze with the sun to kiss your skin. After brunch at Zenzi Beach, it only made sense to watch the sunset from the plush loungers before retreating our rooms, where nearby attentive staff ensured every need was met, including that of keeping our mocktail glasses full. For the children, a dip in the infinity pool, seemingly blending with the horizon, offered them a cool afternoon hanging and chatting with mom, a much-needed break from the busyness of the week before.

A special treat at the Talise Ottoman Spa

Best described as a sanctuary for ultimate tranquillity, I had heard plenty about the Talise Ottoman Spa, a haven of serenity inspired by ancient Turkish bathing rituals. As one with a penchant for opportunities to luxuriate in spa settings, I took my first afternoon in to book the opulent hammam experience. My mind was blown, and senses awakened by the cleansing experience, characterised by traditional treatments and a sensory overload that transported me to a world of pure relaxation. A highly skilled therapist pampered me with a personalized massage, restoring me with a sense of balance and wellness that left me feeling revitalized.

A wonderous escape from the everyday reality

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray still holds court among Palm Jumeirah’s luxurious resorts, and so a stay for my little family added to the many memories we carry as residents of one of the world’s most compelling destinations. As with any high-end destination in Dubai, we left the resort with not just memories of opulent accommodation and impeccable service, but a sense of having experienced a true haven of luxury and cultural immersion embedded in the property’s rich history, an ode to Turkish-inspired hospitality in this case, uniquely designed spaces to match. While our experience surpassed expectations by offering a haven where every detail was meticulously crafted to create an unforgettable escape, I couldn’t help but feel the need to look up more of Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts portfolio to see which one about the city, could be our next destination for a Dubai staycation…

Yvonne C Mtengwa is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Travel Essence Magazine, a Communications Strategist by profession, with an avid passion for discovering Africa and the Middle East’s iconic landscapes through her travels. Connect with and follow her travel, tourism, and lifestyle experiences on: IG @Quintessentially_yvonne.



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