The contemporary elegance of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, is inspired by the whimsical sea waves, dazzling stars, and vivid sunsets of its location on the world’s largest man-made island, The Palm Jumeirah. The rich architecture by ARENCO and the timeless chic interiors created by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) weave bold geometric designs with traditional craftsmanship and reflect various Arabian and Indian influences.
The six-storey resort is spread over 48,000 square meters, featuring 325 rooms and suites with private balconies, 322 underground parking spaces, seven food and beverage outlets, a spa, a kid’s club, a game room, a 70-metre pool, a private beach, a tennis court, and a mini-putting green. With iconic views of Dubai’s glittering Dubai skylines, and all sunset-facing rooms, this urban resort provides a sense of escape from the city whilst integrating elements of its environment to create a sense of place.
By maximising the use of space through architecture, the property is optimised for privacy yet provides an open, light and airy feel and large outdoor areas. The square u-shaped design of the resort envelops a large sea-facing courtyard dotted with comfortable seating around a flowing fountain. The courtyard extends all the way to the large pool area and private beach.
The grand porte cochere welcomes guests with twinkling crystal stars on the ceiling. On entering the lobby, guests are enchanted by sunlight flooding through the curved skylight ceiling, reflecting light and openness across its entire space. At night, the 11,000 crystal pieces of the Signature Design Diamond Flow Chandelier by Preciosa make the lobby sparkle. A product of more than 3,000 hours of traditional expert craftsmanship, it inspires the design tone for the entire resort.
The clean lines of the lobby are accented by an eclectic mix of soothing colors, unusual textures, and organic shapes, creating a luxurious ambience. A stunning infinity loop glass sculpture symbolises the rich diversity of marine life, while the marble floors, with its herringbone pattern, contrast the warmth of the wooden walls. The striking ocean-hued carpet brings the space alive, evoking hidden treasures of the deep sea.
The rooms and suites at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai are beautifully appointed, with fine linens, exquisite furnishings, bathrooms with standalone bathtubs and walk-in showers, and private balconies. Inspired by modern Arabian lifestyle design and the essence of Dubai, the rooms and suites reflect the blue and gold hues of the Arabian Sea and exude elegance with bright and airy spaces and soothing colour schemes.
The resort’s largest suites range in size from 165 to 500 square metres and feature spacious living areas and private outdoor Jacuzzis. The Presidential Four-Bedroom Suite Sea View on the fifth floor offers the resort’s most exclusive accommodations. This sprawling suite features a combination of two kings and two twin bedrooms and provides 500 sqm of sophisticated luxury with a spacious living area, a dining room with kitchenette, and balconies overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Stunning design concepts also extend to the resort’s seven distinctive food and beverage venues, where they blend with global to create unrivalled sensory experiences.
Varq is a finely crafted gold or silver leaf used to garnish gourmet dishes—a worthy symbol of royalty—and the inspiration behind our contemporary Indian fine-dining restaurant. The elegant design is inspired by the Silk Road, which passed through 40 countries and takes an abstract, contemporary interpretation of many foreign commodities such as tea, spices, metals, and stones. Varq evokes rich, cultural exchange through its materials and patterns, its tea leaf-inspired chandelier and clever artistic touches throughout. It also features chic bar seating and a gorgeous show kitchen, where enticing presentations are created.
Raia Rooftop Bar & Lounge provides panoramic views of the Palm’s horizon and Dubai’s iconic skyline. Contemporary Arabic cuisine is served in a distinctively Arabesque atmosphere infused with a touch of Moroccan and Andalusian aesthetics. Raia features rustic textures and bohemian patterns reinterpreted in an elegant and glamourous way. Eccentric wall hangings add colours and playfulness, while the bull skulls evoke images of the desert.
The Roaring Rabbit is a remarkable mix of eclectic modern interiors and a classic British gastropub. A fun-filled, quirky rabbit makes cameo appearances on the menu and in the décor. A whimsical ceiling feature and a hat chandelier completes the look. A strong red colour palette is balanced with rich browns and black, giving the space a moody yet cheerful feel.
Palm Kitchen offers a bright and airy setting for breakfast but transforms into a lively atmosphere by night. The restaurant’s interiors are inspired by Mediterranean culture and fresh market produce. Black and white floor patterns, wooden ceilings, and fresh lime trees complement Italian-influenced touches and furniture, making this all-day dining room an exceptional venue.
Lime Pool Bar features two swim-up bars on either side of the longest pool on the Palm, measuring 70-metre. Both bars also offer comfortable, shaded lounge seating for those who prefer to stay on land. The Coast, adjacent to the beach, is a relaxed al fresco shoreline bistro, designed for lazy days under the sun and vibrant weekends to the rhythm of the waves. At the heart of the resort, the Emperor’s Lounge offers a tranquil yet invigorating atmosphere in chic surroundings with natural lighting.
The Taj Club Lounge is the perfect venue to relax or work in a bright and airy space. Two boardrooms equipped with the latest technology can seat up to 6–12 persons each. Drawing inspiration from the ocean, the crystal glass chandelier glamourizes the central space of the lounge, while subtle references to underwater habitats, along with contemporary artworks, create a joyful experience for guests.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai also boasts distinctive event spaces with two large ballrooms and eight meeting rooms. The pre-function areas have natural daylight and encapsulate the rolling motion of ocean waves, creating a feeling of movement that spans the impressive length of the space. The meeting rooms are decorated in neutral tones inspired by sandy beaches and named for various shades of blue, such as indigo, tiffany, sapphire, and aqua, representing the hues of the ocean’s various depths.
The Popsicle Kids Club draws inspiration from what kids from all over the world perceive as a treat and something that emotes fun, playfulness, and joy. Popsicle is housed in a round building with brightly coloured soft play and relaxation areas surrounded by a green outdoor activity space. The Games Room, a recreation centre for teenage guests, is designed to relax and unwind in, with little nooks and corners built for one to sit and read in as well.
Contemporary elegance and the underwater world inspired the vision behind the design of Taj Exotica, The Palm, Dubai. Subtle ocean elements can be found in shapes, colours, and textures throughout the property, representing the calmness and peace, as well as the vitality and dramatic energy of the sea.
“The unmatched architecture and design of the hotel represent our core mission to offer guests the grandeur of our hospitality while enhancing the beauty of the stunning surroundings of our location here on The Palm,” added Ranjit Phillipose, Area Director – Middle East & General Manager-Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai.