Nestled away in Al Awir, is a stunning equestrian and polo estate called Desert Palm Per Aquum. This resort is one like no other in Dubai. If you ever want to escape the desert life, this seems like the right place to start.
F.C. and I were whisked away to this wonderful resort and were stunned by the sheer lush green polo fields. It was a rainy afternoon as our taxi pulled in and we were stunned by how gargantuan this estate really is! We later come to know that Sheikh Hamdan also owns a shed here. The estate is divided into private residences as well as the main hotel which we stayed at.
We came to know that Desert Palm Per Aquum is owned by Mr. Ali Al Bawardi, who is actually a very prominent entrepreneur here in Dubai! Our estates tour led us on to the stables and witness a polo match first hand.
This place would truly be gorgeous for a wedding! Here’s what we mean:
You’ll also get to see a lot of beautiful olive trees around. Apparently they’ve been imported here. This place is truly for the creme de la creme.
We then visited the stables where there were a few horses that I could pet. I love animals, so I was so excited for this! We also saw the training school. Horses are truly some of the most wonderful animals I’ve come across.
We then took a tour of the rooms. We got a Palm Deluxe room which was pretty sweet, but there’s nothing like the private villas they have there with their own private pools as well as the polo facing rooms (If you’re a fan of polo). Definitely something worth experiencing.
The interiors are very simple, which I like. What I love about it is that the rooms are extremely spacious.
The hotel’s pool is also quite nice. I wanted to take a dip, but since it was one of those unusual rainy days in Dubai, I had to forgo it.
There are a couple of options available: the Red bar that particularly caught my eye. It has a very gentlemanly vibe that I love. Another one of note is RARE – a lovely steakhouse with Brazilian meat specialist Chef Joanna Portella joining the team recently. F.C. loved his 450 day aged rib eye and I dug into some succulent BBQ ribs as well. There was another outlet called Epicure, but the food is just average and service a little slow.
The next day I also went to the spa, but I have a review coming up on that soon. Stay tuned! Overall, we really loved our stay at this very unique property which really doesn’t make you feel like you are in Dubai and is a lovely break from all the beach-side resorts we have here. A lovely experience overall.
DISCLOSURE: Was offered a complimentary stay in exchange for the review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.