The Best Hotels and Resorts in the World

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-10-18T16:40:19Z

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7. One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Middle East

Readers' Choice Rating: 98.1

Rooms: 100

Service: 96.3

Food: 100

Location: 92.6

Design: 100

Activities: 100

This resort compound of modern, sea-facing mansions (each holding six to nine guest rooms), private villas, and a restaurant wing (called the Manor, with additional accommodations) backed by a beautiful pool garden occupies the best position on the man-made Palm Jumeirah island. The 103 rooms come with calming beige and dark-wood decor, freestanding tubs, excellent South African wine in the minibar, and thoughtful, not just token, high-tech fixtures such as bedside headphone jacks so insomniacs can watch TV without disturbing a partner. At the tip of the outer breakwater, the beach feels authentic, with starfish and swaying palms, yet also with arresting scenes of Dubai's coastal skyscrapers.

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