No matter how many times one gazes out over the man-made peninsula of Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, the sight never ceases to draw out a well-deserved "wow." A modern day Atlantis, it challenges convention on what humans can accomplish.
On this wonder, an old empire has drawn fresh breath in the form of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. This beachfront tribute to the Turks of yesterday boasts a whopping 363 rooms and 41 opulent suites, each mixing Ottoman tradition with modern accompaniments. Views over the Gulf are standard, as are LCD TVs and linens soft enough to lull the most sleep adverse guests off to dreamland.
Murals and artwork dot the property, adding delight to every turn. An enormous theatre and event space holds up to 750 guests, and a 29-seat screening room caters to more intimate affairs. An infinity pool and two Jacuzzis make for a great way to relax after a rousing tennis match, and the two-floor Talise Ottoman Spa awaits those with a greater desire to unwind.
Dine at no less than eight restaurants, ranging from the all-day Imperium and the beachside Plaj, to the authentic Indian Amala and the elegant Vietnamese Voi.