We can’t all be Issac Newton I suppose (although, I must say, I do love his fig bars) but here is an equation so rudimentary that even I can grasp it. If a single One&Only Resort is magnificent, then ipso facto two One&Only Resorts are twice as delightful, right? Unless, that is, you insist on dragging out that confusing expression “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” in which case you have me totally lost.
Setting mathematics quickly aside for something I do understand, let’s talk a little travel. As I trust you have noticed, I have been writing lately about my latest junket, the first stop of which was Dubai. While I was there, it was my privilege to visit not one but two amazing gems of the Middle East.
ONE&ONLY THE PALM, DUBAI
To give you a feel for the opulence, the picture below is me standing in my bathroom in the Presidential Suite drawing my bath. Just kidding! This is actually the lobby but you do have to admit it is quite breathtaking. (In point of fact, the sumptuous bathrooms do feature oversized freestanding bathtubs as you will learn below.) If you need a sense of perspective, I am six feet six inches tall and exquisitely sculpted not unlike the iron lattice-work in the background.
Every square inch of this property oozes stylish luxury. This is especially true of the public areas such as the dining rooms and bars. The resort features a marina (of course) and one of my favorite spots is the 101 Dining Lounge and Bar pictured below with a panoramic view of the marina and the Dubai skyline. When they told me the dress code was “smart casual”, I was a little concerned about flunking the entrance exam but they graciously let me in with a provisional pass.
The other two elegant dining venues are called Stay and Zest. Said together they sound to me a little like a command you might issue to an over-exuberant puppy, “Stay, Zest! Down boy!”. Setting aside the bizarre way my mind works, these are two extraordinary restaurants. To cite their website, “Different seating arrangements including a sharing table area as well as a unique Pastry Library concept are key to the restaurant’s DNA.” That works out extremely well for me since it appears consuming pastries in obscene quantities is deeply imbedded in my personal DNA. Zest is the primary dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I particularly like the outdoor seating by the pool in the midst of beautiful Moorish style gardens.
This amazing resort offers you your choice of accommodations in three locales: the Manor House, Palm Beach Mansions and Beach Front Villas with various categories within each. I started this post with one of my lame little jokes about the lobby. Just to prove that I was indulging in only a slight exaggeration, here are pictures of The Grand Palm Suite with its sumptuous bathroom in the Mansion section.
Be sure and spend some quality time in the world-famous One&Only Private Spa featuring every amenity you can imagine and several you probably couldn’t! I will return shortly for the second part of this post that will describe the One&Only Royal Mirage.
Before I go, however, I would like to invite you to visit this site where I have posted over 300 pictures from my Golden Circle 2013 travels. There will not be a test at the end so don’t feel obliged to look at all of them. The first link in this paragraph will take you to the picture album and the second link to all the posts in this category in case you would like to catch up with my most devoted (some might say, demented) followers who slavishly read every word I write.