design et al are delighted to announce shortlist success for the Sofitel The Palm Dubai Resort & Spa. The resort will compete for the Beach Hotel Award (Global) in the fifth annual International Hotel and Property Awards 2015.
Located on the prestigious Palm Jumeirah, Sofitel The Palm is a Polynesian themed resort, comprising 361 rooms and suites and 182 serviced apartments.
Totalling more than 100,000 square meters, Sofitel The Palm Dubai’s distinct French luxury offering is embraced by rich and iconic elements of Polynesian culture and civilisation. With an abundance of stunning organic architecture and lush vertical gardens, the resort reflects a timeless spirit and tropical allure.
Sofitel The Palm, Dubai has been modelled on a Polynesian village, fresh with green foliage, cabana-style fittings, and flowing water features that greet guests as soon as they step inside. The lobby itself is set below a traditional, natural wood cabana, complete with tranquil water elements that complement guest relaxation areas.
A special feature of the ground floor is a ‘living wall’ vertical garden planted by renowned botanist Patrick Blanc. The garden seemingly stretches for miles before the eyes as guests’ first venture into the hotel, and provides a wonderful ‘outdoors indoors’ experience. In addition, corridors and smaller spaces have been specially designed to evoke the fresh feeling of a green village, with plenty of American ash, bamboo, and earthy-toned surroundings. Taking a stroll through the hotel is in fact like walking through the woods, with dappled sunlight peeking through the treetops.
The resort is a place of rediscovery and enchantment. As such, the design draws upon the style of the French Polynesian islands through a modern interpretation and translation of culture. The positive message each carries with it reinforces the overall purpose of the resort itself.