By Lubna Hamdan
Think of this as Donatella Versace’s guest house
When Donatella Versace asked her brother and fashion brand founder Gianni Versace why he chose the Medusa emblem for his Italian trademark, he replied: “Whoever falls in love with Medusa can’t flee from her.”
We had a similar feeling walking into the Palazzo Versace, which is located along the shores of the Dubai Creek.
There she was – a Medusa, in the form of a grand mosaic, staring at us from the glossy surface of the spacious hotel lobby. We were in love already.
The Palazzo is inspired by a 16th century Italian palace and is built with extravagance, details and grandeur in mind. We’re talking high ceilings hand painted in gold, landscaped gardens with flowing fountains and rich furnishings lined with Milan-imported Versace fabrics.
The hallways leading up to our room were just as glamorous, designed with rich purple carpets and frames of original Versace silk scarves and garb sketches.
Our Deluxe Creek View Room was designed with soft wooden floor and pastel pink Versace print upholstery, giving the large room a cosy vibe. It’s safe to say, it was the most luxurious room we had ever been to – even the bathtub featured a mosaic. We especially loved the attention to detail in the room, such as the Versace Medusa head embroidery on the towels, robes, and even the water glasses.
As we headed for dinner, we tried one of the hotel’s eight restaurants, seafood venue Vanitas, also decked out in red and blue Versace printed furniture and culinary. We started our meal with the softest Burrata alongside scrumptious grilled focaccia bread. This was followed by light homemade tortelli with ricotta – cooked just right for our taste – and coral lobster chitarra which was well cooked yet juicy. Our favourite part was the desert: the Affogato – a ball of coffee espresso that melts at the touch of chocolate sauce to reveal vanilla ice cream inside.
The next morning, we had our breakfast at the executive lounge: designed with large windows, dark wood, and warm red and yellow tones of Versace furniture.
Reluctantly leaving the executive lounge, we headed to one of the three outdoor pools, also decorated with mosaic tiles. It made for a pleasant swim, surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the Dubai Creek.
So our final verdict? We could feel Donatella’s touch in every aspect of the hotel. We could very much imagine her having breakfast in that very same executive lounge or having a drink under the shade by the pool. Whether you are fan of Versace or not, you ought to visit the Palazzo. Its pure art with excellent service and a feeling that’s simply out of this world.