It was a place I have passed on many occasions, always hoping to enter the shaded tree lined path to see what lay beyond. One sunny morning in early May, I had the opportunity with my family to visit the lush landscapes of the Desert Palm Per Aquum Resort.

Tucked away behind a canopy of trees on the road to Academic City, is one of Dubai’s most extravagantly green resorts with 150 acres of open grounds, 4 polo fields, 38 rooms and suites, 90 residential villas and several scenic venues for weddings or parties.

Our spacious suite overlooked one of the polo fields and we were told that there would be a polo match later that afternoon. The infinity pool looked so inviting that we had to take a dip as the sun was setting over the horizon. This was bliss and we had to keep reminding ourselves that we were still in the UAE!

The pool is located next to the all-day dining restaurant and so it is very popular during weekend brunches when you can laze by the poolside and nibble on snacks served during the day.

Tucked away behind a canopy of trees on the road to Academic City, is one of Dubai’s most extravagantly green resorts.

The pool is located next to the all-day dining restaurant and so it is very popular during weekend brunches when you can laze by the poolside and nibble on snacks served during the day.

Come dinner time and the signature restaurant RARE serves up speciality grilled fish and meat for their guests. The really interesting thing is that a huge fire blazes in the kitchen lighting up a section of the restaurant. While outdoors, tables are set with candles as a gentle breeze sweeps over the landscaped gardens of the resort. The grilled spicy, tangy prawns with a coriander chutney were delicious and that was followed by the chargrilled chicken on skewers.

The next morning we took a tour of the grounds, visiting the stables and taking some lovely pictures around the venues of the property. As our guide passed a flower tunnel, we stopped to take a few pictures and thought that this would be perfect setting for romantic photos. I felt the need to visit the renowned Lime Spa for a much required massage. The scented entrance is very welcoming and the lounge beds, very comfortable. The deep, earthy tones of the spa create a sense of peace and tranquillity. The Lime Spa is popular with day visitors booking in for treatments on a regular basis so make sure to book ahead.

Overall we enjoyed our stay so much so we hope to be back soon….

Andrea Bailey

Andrea Bailey

Andrea Bailey is a Dubai based travel writer. She is also a travel consultant with Travel Counsellors and specializes in cruises, family holidays and honey moons. When she’s not out and about discovering destinations and different cuisines of the world, you would probably find her busy with her 3 daughters and her other passions involving art and music.

As a mosaic artist, she has travelled to Italy and studied ancient Roman techniques of the art form and as a jazz flautist she has had the opportunity of performing across various Dubai venues.