Desert Palm Per Aquum – Dubai

Horses in the open field of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses in the open field of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses running and playing at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses running and playing at Desert Palm Per Aquum
The second entrace to our Pool Residence Villa at Desert Palm Per Aquum
The second entrace to our Pool Residence Villa at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Me petting the horse
Me petting the horse

Every year we spent a few staycations away from home but this would be a special one. Simply because we were spending a joyful staycation in a 528 sqm designer luxury villa hidden inside a 160 acre estate of Desert Palm Per Aquum consisting of unbelievable lush green fields, Horse farms, Polo fields, lawns, stables, Horses, Palm trees, villa residences and activities that set a perfect stage for a gateway like no other. You would want to live inside this man made Arabian heaven forever.

Posing on a hot day at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Posing on a hot day at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Checking in at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Checking in at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Wooden art at Desert Palm reception
Wooden art at Desert Palm reception
Desert Palm Per Aquum reception
Desert Palm Per Aquum reception

We landed at Desert Palm Per Aquum Estate in the afternoon on a hot day which was only a 20 mins drive from Deira, Dubai. At the reception of the hotel you find a horse sculpture purely depicting that the whole estate is revolving around horses and surely can be called a polo estate. As you can see in the above picture, the climate was so hot that I just couldn’t pose long enough sitting on the fancy rocking chair as those seats were burning hot. Nevertheless we got inside and like as if they heard us we were immediately invited inside the hotel with a nice tasting fresh juice and wet towels. It was also during  this time they found out that it was my Birthday on this day as I handed over my Emirates ID during checkin, and they as a kind gesture planned a special delivery for me in our private villa at the estate.

Desert Palm Per Aquum lobby
Desert Palm Per Aquum lobby
Desert Palm Per Aquum reception Lounge
Desert Palm Per Aquum reception Lounge
Watch Polo matches here having your afternoon tea
Watch Polo matches here having your afternoon tea
Watch Polo matches here having your afternoon tea
Watch Polo matches here having your afternoon tea
Sheesha space at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Sheesha space at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses are an integral part of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses are an integral part of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Desert Palm Inaugurated by the wife of the Ruler of Dubai
Desert Palm Inaugurated by the wife of the Ruler of Dubai

The Desert Palm was inaugurated by her Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain(wife of his Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai) in 2008. Funny for 8 years I didn’t realize this estate ever existed. It surely is a hidden gem in the desert. The main reception is also connected to one of the main Polo fields where most of you will end up watching a polo game if you were to avail their afternoon tea package which currently is not available for the summer.

From the entrace of our Pool Residence villa at Desert Palm per Aquum
From the entrace of our Pool Residence villa at Desert Palm per Aquum
Our car parked in the private parking of our Pool Residence villa
Our car parked in the private parking of our Pool Residence villa
Our Pool Residence villa entrance at night
Our Pool Residence villa entrance at night
8-metre private swimming pool with sundeck, gazebo and rainshower at Pool Residence villa , Desert Palm Per Aquum
8-metre private swimming pool with sundeck, gazebo and rainshower at Pool Residence villa , Desert Palm Per Aquum

After a successful check-in at the reception we were then taken to our Private Pool residence villa. Ofcourse, we had no clue where to find our villa inside the 160 acre estate and so surely we were driven in a buggy to our new staycation villa which also had a private parking that could accommodate 2 cars. Talking about private, the villa also came with a private pool as well as a private garden with 2 Entrances from either sides of the villa.

Welcome delight found as we entered our Pool residence villa on the first day at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Welcome delight found as we entered our Pool residence villa on the first day at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Welcome delight found as we entered our Pool residence villa on the first day at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Welcome delight found as we entered our Pool residence villa on the first day at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Surprise birthday cake delivered at our Pool Residence villa
Surprise birthday cake delivered at our Pool Residence villa

In the living room was our surprise waiting. A long platter of colorful desserts from little muffins, eclairs, tarts, pastries. There was also a treasure box next to it filled with Turkish delights. As we were rejoicing the scrumptious treat in comes a door bell and it turned out to be a generous surprise birthday cake presented to us by the Hotel. It was an opera cake surrounded by Macaroons and candle ready to light. It was an overwhelming warm welcome into our stay and we were just enjoying every bit of our moment.

Pool Residence Villa interiors
Pool Residence Villa interiors
An open-plan living and dining room
An open-plan living and dining room
An open-plan living and dining room
An open-plan living and dining room
An open-plan living and dining room
An open-plan living and dining room

The pool residence villa at Desert Palm is a 2 bedroom villa with an additional study room which could also be converted to a third bedroom, there was a private pool, private garden, a fully fitted kitchen, ensuite bathroom, Living and dining room.  A boutique 528sqm villa with modern luxury amenities and a high tech experience. So much that we just loved from the first minute we stepped in and never wanted to step out of this luxury.

46” flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player and Bang & Olufsen surround sound
46” flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player and Bang & Olufsen surround sound
46” flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player and Bang & Olufsen surround sound
46” flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player and Bang & Olufsen surround sound
Bang & Olufsen surround sound system and entertainment set
Bang & Olufsen surround sound system and entertainment set
Bang & Olufsen phone system fitten throughout the Pool Residence Vila, Desert Palm per Aquum
Bang & Olufsen phone system fitten throughout the Pool Residence Vila, Desert Palm per Aquum

It’s amazing to see they’ve not compromised on quality and have purchased the best possible brands for their villas. The villa had phones in every room including all the bathrooms and all of them were Bang & Olufsen. Their sound system and multimedia players such as DVD were all Bang & Olufsen. This was a proof of their commitment to serving the best quality products, service and a true class to luxury with no compromise. The dish washer, fridge and the oven were all from a reputed brand.

Fully fitted kitchen and bar at Pool Residence Villa, Desert Palm Per Aquum
Fully fitted kitchen and bar at Pool Residence Villa, Desert Palm Per Aquum
Complimentary coffee
Complimentary coffee
Fully loaded Fridge with all you need - Additionally charged
Fully loaded Fridge with all you need – Additionally charged
Complimentary coffee
Complimentary coffee

The kitchen was fully loaded which included a fridge, dish washer, cooking range, coffee machine with complimentary capsules good enough to last for many days. They had plenty of glasses and plates in the cabinets. The Fridge was loaded with all kinds of drinks and the non alcoholic drinks were absolutely free as a party of daily refreshments.

Master Bed - Super king and leather
Master Bed – Super king and leather
Twin room with ensuite bathroom
Twin room with ensuite bathroom
Master bedroom interiors, Pool Residence villa
Master bedroom interiors, Pool Residence villa
Master bedroom - interiors, Pool Residence Villa - Desert Palm Per Aquum
Master bedroom – interiors, Pool Residence Villa – Desert Palm Per Aquum
Study room which can also be converted to a third bedroom
Study room which can also be converted to a third bedroom
Study room which can also be converted to a third bedroom
Study room which can also be converted to a third bedroom
scrolling through the Dine-in menu at the Pool Residence Villa
scrolling through the Dine-in menu at the Pool Residence Villa

The master bed was as luxurious as possible, a super king and a leather bed. The quilt was really thick and comfy that we just found it too comfortable to come out of it in the morning. The carpet around the bed was the only carpet found inside the villa to sooth your bare feet from the cold marble flooring. There was a SONY LCD for you to watch entertainment from the master bed. All rooms had balconies which was connected to the garden, so you open the balcony and you land in your private garden. Dine in menu is available. You can order anything and they deliver to your doorstep.

8-metre private swimming pool with sundeck, gazebo and rainshower at Pool Residence villa , Desert Palm Per Aquum
8-metre private swimming pool with sundeck, gazebo and rainshower at Pool Residence villa , Desert Palm Per Aquum

Swimming in your private pool was special. You could have your own privacy and the best part was it had everything which included a sundeck, rainshower, gazebo. The hotel was kind enough to provide us swimming tubes of all shapes and sizes and kids loved them. One point I’d like to highlight that it wasn’t kids friendly swimming pool. This wasn’t a public swimming pool so there wasn’t any life guard either and you had to be the lifeguard for your family 🙂 In the night the pool is well lit to enjoy a swim.

Master bathroom with see through arrangement to bedroom from tub
Master bathroom with see through arrangement to bedroom from tub
Master bathroom with see through arrangement to bedroom
Master bathroom with see through arrangement to bedroom
Master bathroom - Natural light pouring in from top
Master bathroom – Natural light pouring in from top
Master bathroom
Master bathroom
Guest bathroom
Guest bathroom
Ensuite bathroom of Twin room
Ensuite bathroom of Twin room

The bathrooms were as elegant as it can get. The attached bathroom inside the Master bedroom even though it was glass wall had covered curtains for privacy when needed. The rain shower inside the master bathroom was also pretty cool with a very high ceiling where natural light pours in the morning from top of the shower room. The wash basins in the guest and secondary room were really fancy. There were lot of ready to use towels already arranged in the bathrooms.

Private owners riding their horses at Desert Palm per Aquum
Private owners riding their horses at Desert Palm per Aquum
Horses in the open field of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses in the open field of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Touring the Desert Palm estate
Touring the Desert Palm estate
One of the many stables at Desert Palm Per Aquum
One of the many stables at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Our Guest relations Manager taking us out for a tour inside Desert Palm Per Aquum
Guest relations Manager taking us out for a tour inside Desert Palm Per Aquum

In the evening around 05:00pm a buggy came to pick us up at our villa to give us a show around of the estate. By the way, we traveled from our villa to anywhere in the estate with the help of buggy service. Every time we needed to go anywhere we would call the reception and the buggy would be sent to transport us. When you are in an estate filled with trees, horses, peacocks an open ride such as a buggy is always enjoyable. So the buggy ride was a fun ride for us and the kids.

Horses let out in the open fields of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses let out in the open fields of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses running and playing at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses running and playing at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horse Farm at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horse Farm at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses owned by Private owners at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses owned by Private owners at Desert Palm Per Aquum

The Desert Palm has five to six massive polo fields. Lot of watering is required. I could see these green fields being watered religiously during the night as well. During the summer, the horses are let out in open fields after 04:00pm only for them to run around and flex their muscles. Polo games are currently not happening this season due to the souring heat. It’s good time to be here after the summers when horses spent more time outside.

Our tour guide encouraging the little one
Our tour guide encouraging the little one
Even kids enjoy at the Desert Palm Per Aquum Horse stables
Even kids enjoy at the Desert Palm Per Aquum Horse stables
Horse getting groomed in their stables
Horse getting groomed in their stables
Horses in their stables
Horses in their stables
Horse trailer used to transport horses
Horse trailer used to transport horses
Cooling the horses
Cooling the horses
Horses hate flies
Horses hate flies

If the horses are not in the green fields then they should be in their stables. They were plenty of stables inside the estate belonging to different groups. Some of their stables also had air condition for cooling. Some of the fans blowing to the horses had water connected to them which blow out cool air to the horses. They do everything to take good care of the horses. Flies are one of the biggest irritation to the horses when in their stables especially when they stick next to their eyes. Hence to overcome this some horses were seen wearing a netted mask. Horses in their stables could be seen getting groomed, fed etc. We also had the opportunity to pat the horses and for additional 20 dhs you also get to ride the horses.

Private owners riding their horses at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Private owners riding their horses at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Touch and feel horses at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Touch and feel horses at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses taken out for a walk at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Horses taken out for a walk at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Private owners and their horses
Private owners and their horses
Private owners riding their horses at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Private owners riding their horses at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Private horse riding classes
Private horse riding classes

By the way, this resort is also home to residences. Many villas are residence villas who live here all year and some of them have their own horses. Not all horses you see belong to the resort. Some of them are owned by private owners. We found many private owners lazing around the estate with their horses. It should be fantastic to be on a horse here. Many top Polo players also bring their own horses and have their special stables and preparation for the sport. This is an ideal destination for those who own a horse or even love a horse. They also have their own Polo riding school which gives you private lessons on world class horses by world class trainers. You can read more about the Desert Palm Riding school here.

Horse carriage
Horse carriage
Watering one of the polo fields at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Swimming pool with a view of the Desert Palm green open fields
Swimming pool with a view of the Desert Palm green open fields
Peahen found at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Peahen found at Desert Palm Per Aquum

It’s interesting on our way we not just find horses but also peacocks and peahens. Sometimes lot of birds just stretched across their wide lush green fields. The plantation architect behind some of their plants is from India so naturally I saw many familiar trees grown in India.

Epicure - All day dining restaurant
Epicure – All day dining restaurant
Pool next to Epicure
Pool next to Epicure
Epicure - All day dining restaurant
Epicure – All day dining restaurant
Dinner at Epicture - interiors
Dinner at Epicture – interiors
Dinner at Epicture - interiors
Dinner at Epicture – interiors
Complimentary bread and dippers
Complimentary bread and dippers
Frappes(pistachio and Red velvet) - dhs 30 and fresh juice - dhs 20
Frappes(pistachio and Red velvet) – dhs 30 and fresh juice – dhs 20

By the time we were done given a show around of the estate we had passed sunset hungry for dinner. Epicure is their all day dining restaurant. Probably the master kitchen of Desert Palm. It’s international, they do have good set of dishes to offer. Infact we were very much impressed by the food offered at Epicure. The only one area they need to improve would be their smoothies, it was no where close to what we expected.

Model fan at Epicure
Model fan at Epicure
Epicure Mini Sliders Oriental spiced lamb burger with muhammara, crab burger with mango salsa, chicken burger, pickle, bbq sauce - dhs 45
Epicure Mini Sliders Oriental spiced lamb burger with muhammara, crab burger with mango salsa, chicken burger, pickle, bbq sauce – dhs 45
Selection of Hot Mezza - dhs 90 - Lamb sambousek, spinach fatayer, cheese rakakat, lamb kibbeh, falafel, cheese sambousek
Selection of Hot Mezza – dhs 90 – Lamb sambousek, spinach fatayer, cheese rakakat, lamb kibbeh, falafel, cheese sambousek
120 day aged Australian Beef Tenderloin - AED 220 with Rocket salad, pesto quinoa, tomatoes, mushroom sauce
120 day aged Australian Beef Tenderloin – AED 220 with Rocket salad, pesto quinoa, tomatoes, mushroom sauce
Pan Fried Salmon - AED 85
Pan Fried Salmon – AED 85
Arabic Mixed Grill - AED 150 (Lamb chops, kofta, beef & chicken kebab, garlic bread, biwazl bread)
Arabic Mixed Grill – AED 150 (Lamb chops, kofta, beef & chicken kebab, garlic bread, biwazl bread)

The dishes like you see in the picture has been mesmerizing. Kudos to Epicure for being able to be bring out the best flavours from all their different dishes. If you are at Epicure I highly recommend to try their homemade burgers. We tried the mini sliders and it was just mouth watering from the minute it was placed on our table beginning with the presentation and it was pure joy having each one of those different kind of mini burgers(crab, lamb, chicken). The fries were just thick and fresh like how we loved it. The pan fried salmon was yummy. From the hot arabic starters I just loved those hot mezzeh with stuffed cheese like the cheese rolls and cheese sambousek. The thick 120 day aged steak was juicy and irresistible. Kofta was the best from the Arabic mixed grill.

Epicure interiors
Epicure interiors
Eten Mess - AED 30 - Fresh strawberry and sauce, cream chantilly, baked meringue, strawberry ice cream
Eton Mess – AED 30 – Fresh strawberry and sauce, cream chantilly, baked meringue, strawberry ice cream
Hot chocolate fondant - AED 35 - Espresso chocolate sauce, twist butter tuille, vanilla ice cream
Hot chocolate fondant – AED 35 – Espresso chocolate sauce, twist butter tuille, vanilla ice cream

My wife insisted that we try their Eton Mess from the desserts menu. We haven’t come across Eton Mess very often. I am so glad we did and we fought for our share of the beautiful dessert. It was very pretty and deadly at the same time. The hot chocolate fondant was similar to other fondants we’ve eaten. It was good but nothing different. The usual combination of hot chocolate and cold ice cream can only win. Over all our dinner has been outstanding at Epicure, we definitely would come back to the resort just to have a bite once again. Click here to download their dinner menu.

Free bicycles for guests of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Free bicycles for guests of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Sporting facilites for guests and residences
Sporting facilites for guests and residences
Tread mill at STABLES FITNESS CENTRE
Tread mill at STABLES FITNESS CENTRE
Facilities at STABLES FITNESS CENTRE
Facilities at STABLES FITNESS CENTRE
How to videos to develop muscles
How to videos to develop muscles
Group exercises
Group exercises
Sauna and steam bath at the gym
Sauna and steam bath at the gym

In the morning, I took a buggy from our villa to the gym. They had a line up of complimentary bikes of different sizes. The only problem being the temperature as it was a little hot in the morning that I could not ride as much as I wanted. Although I enjoyed exploring the estate along with my son who was also given a helmet for safety, had to eventually come back to quickly to save ourselves from the heat. The bicycles were of good quality and enjoyed cycling them. The gymnasium faces the big green polo field with a stretch of Tread mills that also has entertainment like video/radio, LED with TV channels, ipod docking stations connected to the each equipment. They had an interesting equipment which would show what type of exercise needs to be done to develop a muscle at a particular area of your body. They also had group classes for 70 AED. One class in the morning and one class in the evening. Click here to know more about their fitness Center.

Olive Tree - space used for events and functions
Olive Tree – space used for events and functions
Open green fields of Desert Palm Per Aquum used for events and functions
Open green fields of Desert Palm Per Aquum used for events and functions
Special setup at Desert Palm Per Aquum used for functions and other events
Special setup at Desert Palm Per Aquum used for functions and other events

Besides horse activities, this would be an ideal place for that special occasion like a wedding or engagement party. They have all kinds of arrangement for such events, they have planned it so well that everything feels natural. You would never feel like you are spending your time in the desert. They have put an outstanding effort to convert the desert into a green nature to such an extent even by importing 300 year old Olive trees just to make the occasions feel special. Even though the climate doesn’t allow any olives to grow on them, it stays tall a living Olive tree. Click here to know more about Wedding and Meeting facilities.

Lime SPA - interiors
Lime SPA – interiors
Lime SPA - interiors
Lime SPA – interiors
Warm your body with great views of the Polo field
Warm your body with great views of the Polo field
Sorbet treat at the beginning of Massage at Lime Spa
Sorbet treat at the beginning of Massage at Lime Spa
Massage bed at Lime Spa at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Massage bed at Lime Spa at Desert Palm Per Aquum

Lime Spa is where you pamper yourself at Desert Palm Per Aquum. They have a long list of massages and other services. This was the first time I was given a gelato before the start of a massage.They prepped me really well with a nice feet massage even before the actual massage started. I remember salt and lime being used during my feet massage. I can’t forget the comfort and relaxation during my hour at Lime Spa. Lima spa customers have access to all their facilities which includes sauna, steam, an ice room etc. Click here to know more about Lime Spa.

Epicure restaurant at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Epicure restaurant at Desert Palm Per Aquum
Complimentary juice(awesome antioxidants-carrot, orange, pineapple, beetroot,ginger) of the day for breakfast guests
Complimentary juice(awesome antioxidants-carrot, orange, pineapple, beetroot,ginger) of the day for breakfast guests
Desert Palm Coffee (A part of AED 90 continental breakfast)
Desert Palm Coffee (A part of AED 90 continental breakfast)

We surely had a delightful breakfast at Desert Palm. The special complimentary drink which was from their menu called antioxidants – a mix punch of carrot, orange, pineapple, beetroot,ginger was so good that I had to ask for another glass. The Desert Palm coffee will have your eyes wide open the moment you see it on your table as it is one hell of a good looking coffee.

Part of Continental breakfast getting served
Part of Continental breakfast getting served
Continental Breakfast - Dhs 90 - (Selection of Cold Cuts & Cheese Fresh Sliced Fruits or Fresh Yoghurt & Granola Selection of Homemade Breads & Pastries Fresh Juice Desert Palm Coffee or JING Tea)
Continental Breakfast – Dhs 90 – (Selection of Cold Cuts & Cheese Fresh Sliced Fruits or Fresh Yoghurt & Granola Selection of Homemade Breads & Pastries Fresh Juice Desert Palm Coffee or JING Tea)
Croissants( a part of AED 90 continental breakfast )
Croissants( a part of AED 90 continental breakfast )
The adorable Granola ( a part of AED 90 continental breakfast )
The adorable Granola ( a part of AED 90 continental breakfast )
Smoothies and Blended Juices - dhs 28
Smoothies and Blended Juices – dhs 28
Waffles - dhs 45 - with Chocolate sauce | maple syrup | sweet cream | m acerate d strawberries
Waffles – dhs 45 – with Chocolate sauce | maple syrup | sweet cream | macerated strawberries
Sides 0 Hash Browns - dhs 10
Sides 0 Hash Browns – dhs 10
Epicure French Toast - AED 45
Epicure French Toast – AED 45
Enjoying our breakfast at Epicure
Enjoying our breakfast at Epicure
Eggs en Cocotte - AED 45 - Poached organic eggs, served in ramek ins with cheese, spinach leave s, smoked salmon, crispy bacon bits, toast & butter
Eggs en Cocotte – AED 45 – Poached organic eggs, served in ramek ins with cheese, spinach leave s, smoked salmon, crispy bacon bits, toast & butter
Waffles - dhs 45 - with Chocolate sauce | maple syrup | sweet cream | macerated strawberries
Waffles – dhs 45 – with Chocolate sauce | maple syrup | sweet cream | macerated strawberries
Eggs en Cocotte - AED 45 - Poached organic eggs, served in ramek ins with cheese, spinach leave s, smoked salmon, crispy bacon bits, toast & butter
Eggs en Cocotte – AED 45 – Poached organic eggs, served in ramek ins with cheese, spinach leave s, smoked salmon, crispy bacon bits, toast & butter

Desert Palm have some promising items on their breakfast menu. The Egg en cocotte was one of a kind, probably the best egg dish I’ve had for breakfast in a long time. Something really different and full of flavour. The second best favourite would be their mind blowing Granola that came along with their continental breakfast. The hash brown which was just a side was crispy, hot and tasted fresh from the oven. Although the french toast was the prettiest looking item for breakfast on our table, it didn’t have the bells and whistles to win over other breakfast dishes. On an honest note, I think they need to re look into their recipe for French toast. The homemade croissants were fresh, crispy, light and just perfect to give it an A+. Click here to download their breakfast menu.

Private museum of Desert Palm Per Aquum
Private museum of Desert Palm Per Aquum

I think I’ve written enough on our Desert Palm staycation experience. Maybe it’s time you have a first hand look at them. You can start by visiting their website. Click here to visit the official page of Desert Palm Per Aquum. Click pictures to see them in full screen view:

10 thoughts on “Desert Palm Per Aquum – Dubai”

  1. Well !! to be honest, it is the first time ever I have heard about this, and cant believe it is in my neighborhood. Really enthralled and excited and it seems to be one of the best staycation which will be available in the Country.

  2. The most amazing place I’ve had the pleasure of staying at… beautiful surroundings and fabulous staff.. I did not want to leave!

  3. Wow!! Such an awesome place. Never heard about it before and got to know about it only through your reviews. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to get an opportunity to celebrate my wedding anniversary which falls on the 25th of August here and give my husband who has stood with me through thick and thin an awesome surprise.

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