One&Only One Za'abeel

A chic urban resort in the heart of Dubai

As soon as you step into the elegant 25th-floor lobby of the One&Only One Za’abeel, you’re greeted with a warm “As-salaam-alaikum” under a captivating series of chandeliers inspired by gently shifting desert dunes. Floors covered in marble, wood and blue-and-white carpets feel like a nod to Dubai’s coastal location. Pristine white drapes create a sanctuary-like environment. All the while, the city’s skyline, bedecked with skyscrapers and the Burj Khalifa, makes for a remarkable view from floor-to-ceiling windows.

Housed within the One Za’abeel, a pair of towers linked by a 754-foot cantilever, this luxurious Dubai hotel was designed as an urban resort. It’s one of the first of its kind in the heart of the city to offer creatively curated experiences with a strong sense of place.

The resort’s expansive selection of upscale dining and nightlife will appeal to discerning travelers, while a holistic wellness hub, movement studio, two swimming pools and lifestyle destination The Link guarantee a highly enjoyable Dubai holiday, without ever leaving the resort.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Impeccably designed by Jean-Michel Gathy (who is also behind the resort’s overall feel), the spacious rooms and suites are dressed in calming sands and taupes with tasteful accents of ochre, blue and burnished brass. Freeform elements such as coffee tables and bathtubs heighten visual interest and remind of the sea, masterfully creating a contemporary sense of place. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the Dubai skyline, best enjoyed from luxurious daybeds. Bath amenities by Montroi are custom-made for the resort, with notes of rose, saffron, caramel and gurjum resin.
  • Spanning three levels, the luxury hotel's Longevity Hub by Clinique La Prairie goes above and beyond the usual spa offerings to include elevated services designed to focus on longevity, wellbeing and aesthetics. For guests interested in customized programs, the renowned Swiss brand’s Longevity Index makes a thorough assessment of metabolic health, energy, immunity, beauty and detoxification.
  • Treatments on the extensive spa menu include the Cellular Pigment Lightening Facial that addresses hyperpigmentation, a detoxifying massage used to improve oxygenation and the Royal Hammam, which consists of a black soap body scrub and honey and royal jelly body wrap.
  • An astounding architectural feature that appears to float at more than 300 feet, perched between One Za’abeel’s dual towers, The Link is the world’s longest cantilever. This upscale lifestyle destination spread over three floors houses exciting and diverse culinary concepts and 360-degree bar and nightlife venue Sphere, where Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson and Idris Elba performed for the resort’s launch party.
  • Also located at The Link is Arrazuna by renowned Turkish chef Mehmet Gürs, where you can stroll through a swanky Harrods-inspired food hall to eat your way around eight open kitchens serving contemporary regional cuisine. You can also buy gourmet products like dried figs, raw artisanal honey, organic spices and tea blends sourced from the Middle East and the Levant region.
  • At the glamorous rooftop adults-only pool club Tapasake at The Link, swim in the UAE’s longest suspended infinity pool with a spectacular skyline view as your backdrop, sunbathe on a cushioned pontoon, sip on cocktails and enjoy sushi, gyoza, ceviches and other Nikkei dishes.

Things to Know

  • This Dubai hotel is home to world-class dining experiences helmed by talented chefs from around the world. These include contemporary French restaurant La Dame De Pic from celebrated chef Anne-Sophie Pic, eco-gastronomy-centered Thai restaurant DuangDy By Bo.Lan from Bangkok husband-and-wife duo Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones, Andalusian-inspired Qabu from Spanish toque Paco Morales, modern Japanese restaurant Sagetsu by chef Tetsuya Wakuda and the avant-garde StreetXO by Spanish chef Dabiz Muñoz for a bold take on global street food.
  • At the Garden Pool Bar, families with children can soak up the sun at the Bali-inspired family-friendly swimming pool, kids’ pool and swim-up bar. Next door, Indonesian restaurant Andaliman reinforces the tropical island vibes with its carved wood furniture, coconut husk grill and authentic Indonesian fare.
  • At The Link, stroll along the Bridge of Love, a futuristic take on padlocked bridges, where guests can leave digital padlocks as a memory of their trip.
  • Signature Experiences at One&Only One Za’abeel range from a Levant-centered wine tasting and a coffee masterclass to a mixology session and a guided bike ride around Dubai.

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Getting There
Za'abeel 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
DXB (9-16 min)   DWC (35-50 min)  
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