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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Fantastic location

    Super chef

    Tastefully bling decor

  • Kids will love

    Kids club

    Tennis courts

    Swimming pool

  • Don’t expect

    A budget stay

    The beach to yourself

    A boutique retreat


The family-friendly One & Only The Palm resort, stretched out over the Persian Gulf on the fronds of Dubai's tree-shaped Palm Jumeirah archipelago, has all the indulgent service, spa treats and top-class dining you'd expect from a luxury UAE hotspot, topped off with a free kids club, a swimming pool by the sea and daily acitivites for little Smiths.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking One&Only The Palm with us:

$50 credit for Zest or 101 Dining Lounge and Bar restaurants

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at One&Only The Palm

15% off 20% Off Stays of Five Nights or more


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including One&Only The Palm – has been selected and approved by parents.


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One & Only The Palm hotel – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Need To Know


94, of which 22 are suites.


Noon; earliest check-in, 2pm (both flexible, according to availability).


Double rooms from £954.02 (AED4,284), including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of AED20.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast. Children Under-12s stay free in extra beds or cots in their parents' rooms (AED550 a night for over-12s).


All public areas are wheelchair (and pushchair) accessible, as is one specially adapted Manor House Premier room.

At the hotel

Three restaurants, a bar, beach, tennis courts, spa, gym, library, WiFi (free for limited use; from AED100 a day if you need more bandwidth).

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD and CD player, iPod dock, WiFi, Exvoto toiletries. Free water, tea and coffee is available in every room.

Our favourite rooms

Although all rooms here are bit by Dubai's already generous standards, booking a Junior Suite will get you extra space and a private terrace. Rooms with gardens or terraces (some suites even have their own small private pools) might be ill-advised for unsteady toddlers, but could also be ideal for older kids who need extra room to let off steam. Most rooms have space for a cot or an extra bed.


The heated outdoor pool – with a dramatic red-and-black bottom – is family-friendly and supervised by a lifeguard from 9am to 6pm. It's surrounded by ultra-luxurious cabanas and overlooks the waters of the Persian Gulf.


The One & Only Private Spa is overseen by Espa and offers customised treats amid a tranquil complex of courtyards and fountains – each of the nine treatment rooms has its own small garden. Alternatively, get a massage in the seclusion of your room.


The hotel has its own prams and pushchairs to borrow.

Book ahead

Book babysitting at least two days in advance.

Food and drink

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Three, all overseen by acclaimed French chef Yannick Alléno. 101 Dining Lounge and Bar serves up tapas and Mediterranean-inspired meals by the resort's private marina; it's a definite see-and-be-seen hotpot, with DJs on most evenings. French fine-dining restaurant Stay by Yannick Alléno, decorated in dark reds, has a unique 'pastry library' that showcases some truly Instagram-worth desserts, as well as a sharing table for dining as a group. There's also the outdoor Zest restaurant, which is the most laid-back (and perhaps the most comfortable for boisterious kids).

Family fare

Kids are welcome all the time in the outdoor Zest restaurant: during school holidays, there's an early dinner for children. Over-9s are welcome in Stay by Yannick Alléno for dinner, and in 101 Dining Lounge and Bar kids of any age can have lunch or dinner; there are highchairs at hand in every restaurant, as well as crayons and coulouring books. The kids menu has a considered selection of healthy dishes (steamed salmon and vegetables, vegetable soup and fruit skewers), alongside crowd pleasers, including burgers, Croque Monsieur and home-made lollipops for dessert. Dishes can be adapted for fussy eaters too.

Hotel Bar

Next to the lobby, you can sip cocktails, enjoy sweet and savoury snacks or take afternoon tea at the Lounge. Children are welcome.

Last orders

Breakfast is served in Zest from 7am to 11am every morning. In 101Dining Lounge and Bar, lunch is served 12.30pm–3.30pm, and dinner from 7pm–11pm. In Stay by Yannick Alléno, dinner is served 7pm–11pm. The Lounge is open for drinks and snacks from 9am–1am.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    In 101, grab a shady spot on the terrace for lunch, or a table inside by the windows if you want to keep the view but escape the heat.

  • Room service

    Have snacks, drinks or full meals (from steak to seared tiger prawns) delivered to your room whenever you like. Children's favourites on the menu include mozzarella sticks, chicken nuggets, ice cream and brownies.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including One&Only The Palm – has been selected and approved by parents.

Kids Club

Guests aged 4–11 are welcome in the free KidsOnly playroom; there are organised activities from 10am–12.30pm, 2.30pm–5pm and 6.30pm–10pm. Under-4s are welcome but must be supervised by a parent at all times.


Give at least two days notice if you'd like a babysitter; they're available for AED35 an hour (minimum: three hours) and AED70 an hour after 11pm.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Changing mat • Playpen • Soft toys • Outdoor toys • Crayons and paints • Pushchairs

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Changing mat • Playpen • Soft toys • Outdoor toys • Crayons and paints • Pushchairs

For older children

• Craft materials


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Things to do

Lounging in the spa or by the pool (while the children are enjoying supervised kids club fun) are obvious winners for grown-up guests but if you fancy being more active you can have a hit on the tennis courts or take to the water with the hotel's sea-side activities

Hotel activities

Swimming and tennis lessons can be arranged, and the gardens are ideal for running amok. The hotel can organise water sports (sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiiing and the like) at its sister property, One & Only Royal Mirage. If you're a fishing fan, the gulf waters are rich with tuna, kingfish and more, and One & Only can organise a deep-sea fishing excursion to remember.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Even if you're only slightly into skiing, the opportunity to do it in the desert shouldn't be passed up. At Ski Dubai, skiing and snowboarding lessons are available for all levels, from adults down to three year olds.

Don't miss…

Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is a must-visit (as long as you're not afraid of heights). Book ahead for AED125 (AED95 for under-13s; under-3s go free) or get immediate entry for AED400.

Dubai is a top choice for sun seekers, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere attracts a world-class array of chefs to local restaurants. And, the desert heat combined with human ingenuity means you can do almost any outdoor pursuit imaginable, from water skiing to… normal skiiing.

Super shoppers, the Mall of the Emirates is your heaven. From Harvey Nichols and Audemars Piguet to H&M and Forever 21, it's all here. If you need to be kid-free to get down to some serious shopping, leave the little ones at Peekaboo, the mall's creche for the under-6s. Or, explore Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai's modern take on the traditional souks. It has meandering alleys, lantern-lit passages and plenty of antiques and trinkets to buy. It's also packed with restaurants and cafés.

The impressive array of choreographed water of the Dubai Fountain in the vast, man-made Burj Khalifa Lake was designed by the same people responsible for the Bellagio's famous fountains in Las Vegas, and uses more than 6,500 lights in its show. The water shoots up to 500ft into the air; if you'd like a particularly great view, book a terrace table at the Bice Mare restaurant.

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One&Only The Palm
West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 114843
Hotel setting

Private palm-shaped paradise

Getting There

One of the top locations in the Dubai’s cosmopolitan metropolis is the man-made Palm Island archipelago.


The most convenient airport is Dubai International (, about 45 minutes by car from the hotel. It’s served by more than 6,000 flights a week, bringing in passengers from more than 220 destinations.


If you’re arriving by car, you’ll find free valet parking awaiting you.


If you’re arriving by helicopter, the nearest helipad is at the nearby Atlantis The Palm hotel, a five-minute drive from One&Only.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including One&Only the Palm – has been selected and approved by parents.

From its dazzling-white grand lobby to the sea-view swimming pool, the Andalucia-inspired One & Only the Palm is slick and glamorous, but very tastefully so. Eschewing the big buildings and bling for which Dubai is simultaneously renowned and ridiculed, this resort is one of the smallest in town with just 125 rooms and suites – practically a B&B by Emirati standards – but those rooms are some of the city's most spacious and family-friendly. They aren't scrimping on the luxury, though: for an utterly shameless VIP experience, rent a cabana by the striking red-and-black-floored swimming pool for the day to ensure your own private poolside seating, shower and air-conditioning. And while the mini Smiths are enjoying the daily programme of organised activities in the KidsOnly club, grown-ups get to thide out in the small but luxurious spa, a soothingly child-free haven of shaded courtyards and refreshing fourtains where each of the nine treatment rooms has its own little garden.

Perhaps the best thing about One & Only The Palm (aside from its nothing's-too-much-trouble service) is where it is: its exclusive location at the tip of one of the Jumeirah Palm islands' fronds gives it uninterrupted city views. You'd be hard pressed to find another spot that offers such family-friendly seaside luxury so close to the centre of the city.

Smith & Family

Babies, let’s face it, aren’t really going to appreciate the finer points of such a haute-luxe lifestyle, but they sure enjoy splashing about at the shallow steps of the beautiful pool when it’s winter in London. A manageable flight and time difference, plus year-round sunshine, only amplify Dubai’s family appeal.

One&Only The Palm is the Dubai hotel for people that don’t want to go to Dubai. Cuddling up, en famille, in our own daybed-shaped kingdom, complete with mountains of king-size fluffy towels, with only the very tips of skyscrapers were visible beyond the fronds. It was from this vantage point next to the beautiful palm-flanked pool that we’d gaze, transfixed, at a tiny dot of a plane 13,000 feet up dispatch a handful of thrill-seeking parachutists who then looked for all the world as if they’d splash down next to us.

In a destination known for its super-sized approach to, well, everything, One&Only The Palm was a private, pampered and privileged haven. The activity schedule is out of this world for kids aged over four, and during school holidays they go to town: free water-skiing, one-to-one swimming lessons and tennis coaching from a professional. Otis, 4, and Lula Bee, 1, have a lot to look forward to.

Anonymously reviewed by Amber Spencer-Holmes, Smith Hotels

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