Kempinski to open world’s first Floating Palace Resort

Project includes 12 luxury floating villas that can detach from the core resort

Kempinski Hotels will launch what it says is the world’s first “Floating Sea Palace Resort” in Dubai.

Kempinski Floating Palace will be a floating structure comprised of the 156-room and suite hotel, connected to which are 12 floating luxury villas. Each villa has the ability to sail independently to other anchorage points.

Anchored next to Jumeirah Beach Road, guests arrive to the hotel or villas by speed boat, or arrive directly with their own boats. There is also a connected floating helipad next to a 16-berth yacht parking deck allowing discerning guests to arrive in style.

A render of the scope of the Kempinski Floating Palace Resort, including the dozen Floating Villas (c) Kempinski Hotels

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Reflecting contemporary lifestyle in the UAE, the new Kempinski Floating Palace will be another breakthrough for the already spectacular tourism industry of the country.

The main building of the floating palace, structured in four parts, is connected in the middle by a glass pyramid and offers exclusive gourmet restaurants, bars, spa, pools to boutiques, banquet areas and the possibility for even larger yachts to sail in and out at the centre of the hotel.

The 12 luxury villas, connected by pontoons, feature a roof terrace and infinity pool, each with two, three or four bedrooms, crew and staff rooms. What are effectively glamourous houseboats, the villas offer indoor and outdoor living rooms with large panoramic windows, and all the modern cons of a smart home. They can sail at a maximum speed of 6 nautical miles, and come equipped with solar panels and are designed to be environmentally friendly.

Kempinski Floating Palace Villa (C) Kempinski Hotels

“We are delighted to be able to offer our guests in Dubai such a first experience from 2023 onwards, combining the destination’s reputation as a high-tech city with the timeless European elegance of Kempinski Hotels,” said Bernold Schroeder, CEO of Kempinski Group and Chairman of the Management Board of Kempinski AG.

Designed by Seagate Shipyard, CEO Mohamed El Bahrawy said: “It is thrilling to see, that for the first time a brand of the calibre of Kempinski will manage a floating hotel of such magnitude, and we are confident that our hotel will soon be one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai. It will undoubtedly occupy an iconic position among floating hotels all over the world.”

Kempinski Floating Palace Resort is slated to open in 2023.

Image credit: © Kempinski Hotels

Kempinski Floating Palace, Dubai (c) Kempinski Hotels
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