Sheer opulence is the hallmark of the Emirates Palace. This hugely impressive hotel, managed by Kempinski, is a vast national landmark, basking in acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The glistening blue waves of the Arabian Gulf break gently onto the Palace’s private stretch of white sands where both East and West Wings have their own beach access. Family fun is best enjoyed around the West Wing’s adventure pool with its rock-lined lazy river, cascading waterfalls and flumes, while for peace and tranquillity, the East Wing pool is perfect with submerged hammocks, a large gazebo Jacuzzi and a swim-up pool bar. Exceptional rooms and suites offer guests every indulgence. Fine gold-leaf décor and cool marble flooring create the perfect atmosphere for relaxation with touch-of-a-button room controls, high-tech entertainment systems and sumptuous bathrooms cocooning guests in unhampered luxury. Higher category rooms also offer access to the elite Palace Lounge where VIP extras include a daily buffet breakfast and all-day drinks and snacks. There’s everything in the way of dining, from authentic Emirati cuisine and delectable seafood to an idyllic beachside barbecue with aromatic Arabian shisha and live music.