Wylde World: Palazzo Versace, Dubia
It would be hard to imagine a more perfect pairing, and indeed, Italian fashion house Versace has opened a luxury hotel in the capitalist mecca of Dubai; the suitably titledPalazzo Versace.
The 5-star extravaganza, developed in a joint venture withEnshaa Group, will open this month after five years of delays.
Hailed as "the most luxurious hotel the Middle East has ever seen", artistic director Donatella Versace has exclusively designed the interiors and furniture for each of the 215 rooms.
Situated in the heart of the city, Palazzo Versace Dubai is at the centre of the new Culture Village, located on a prime waterfront plot with views of the Dubai Creek. Palazzo Versace Dubai will also be home to 169 residences, ranging from one to six bedrooms, each decorated and furnished in the Versace style.
“Versace is a renowned fashion, luxury and lifestyle company. Since the very beginning we’ve encompassed many product categories - from clothing to accessories, from luxury goods to the home collection - to convey the uniqueness and iconic style of the brand,” said Gian Giacomo Ferraris, CEO of Versace. “We are proud to bring the ultimate Versace lifestyle in Dubai with the new hotel. The fine and luxurious designs by Versace will be present in every detail of the living environment, and luxury will become a lifestyle."
Enshaa CEO, Raza Jafar, added: “This is a very exciting time for the Palazzo Versace chain, and we are thrilled to bring this iconic hotel to the exquisite, cosmopolitan city of Dubai.”
This is the second Palazzo. The first, on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, is the world’s first fashion branded hotel concept. Following the opening of Palazzo Versace Dubai, the next Palazzo will be built in Macau.
The grand lobby of the Dubai hotel features a 1,000 square metre marble mosaic floor (see above), with bespoke furniture and textiles decorated with peacocks, falcons and horses.
Dining options include the Giardino, which has marble flooring and columns and walls decorated in a special edition of the iconic Jungle print from Versace Wallpaper collection while the Vanitas restaurant is like a classical Italian palace, with handmade wall decorations featuring the Grottesche Italiane.
Palazzo Versace is set in the heart of the Culture Village.
15 minutes away from Dubai International Airport
8 minutes from Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai
8 minutes from Dubai International Financial Centre and the Dubai business district
3 minutes to the Dubai Metro Station
5 minutes to Dubai Festival City Mall and 8 minutes to Dubai Mall