From Manila to Manhattan, we check out where to check in
DESIGN NOTES: The lobby recalls the entrance to a Moroccan riad, with acres of gleaming white marble and accents of color, including a fountain perpetually filled with fresh rose petals.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: The rococo Royal Suite boasts freestanding marble tubs with gold-hued faucets and commanding views of the beach, sea and skyline of the man-made peninsula Palm Jumeirah, as well as the lush greenery of the hotel grounds.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: At one end, there’s the turquoise Persian Gulf and the looming Palm Islands development; at the other, Mall of the Emirates, home of the famous indoor ski slope.
HOT PLATE: Go for the moist, flavorsome sweet-and-savory pigeon pastilla at Moroccan restaurant Tagine.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: Either of the two glorious swimming pools, lined by swaying palms and served by a parade of staffers offering ice water, tropical fruit kebabs and, of course, a sunglasses-polishing service.