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THE LOWDOWN Just across the water from Dubai, at the very tip of one of Jumeirah's man-made leaf-shaped fronds, One&Only The Palm feels like a tucked-away country club in contrast to the busy mainland. Inside, large Moorish-style rooms are light and bright with carved wooden furniture and tiles. Bathrooms have huge egg-shaped tubs and stacks of Acqua di Parma by the sinks.
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A far cry from Dubai’s archetypal macho towers competing to scrape the sky, One&Only The Palm is a sprawling low-rise island-style retreat. Ninety sandstone villas and mansions flutter their eyelids behind a swathe of golden sand, and the landscape throughout the resort is surprisingly green. A tangle of shaded paths lined with frangipani, lemon and tangerine trees, and avenues of tall palms give the place an atmosphere of a smart Arabian country club, and at night, when Dubai’s spectacular skyline is illuminated, the wow factor really ramps up.