New and already getting rave reviews for its departure from the usual Dubai five-star, Desert Palm is a true original. Just 15 minutes from the airport, this boutique retreat resides within 150 acres of gardens and polo fields of a private estate, reminiscent of an exclusive country club. For those looking for a total chillout with quiet privacy, exceptional cuisine, caring staff, a superb organic spa and stunning suites and pool villas, then Desert Palm is perfect. No stone is left unturned with pre-programmed iPods (7,000 songs to choose from), espresso makers, dvd players and a ‘maxi bar’. The atmosphere is serene and relaxed – guests can watch the polo chukkas, stroll through the palm groves, laze in the huge swimming pool that runs the length of the terrace, enjoy the treatments of the Lime Spa, or linger over a delicious breakfast cooked to order (not a buffet in sight). What really sets Desert Palm apart is its attitude. There’s a quiet attention to detail resonating throughout, with guests receiving exceptionally high levels of personal service. From the moment you walk in you are treated like a special friend and indulged accordingly.