Sitting regally amidst the manicured foliage of a 160 acre polo estate, Desert Palm’s Per Aquum is just a 15 minute drive from Downtown Dubai. Initially created for owner Ali Albwardy’s personal love of the game, it includes four polo fields, a riding school, stabling facilities for over 300 horses and 90 luxury residential villas.
Ceremoniously opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, this exclusive resort also features 38 guest rooms and suites, a signature spa (Lime) and pool, a European Grill restaurant, brassiere, lounge and an outdoor Polo bar over-looking the magnificent grounds.
For the world’s most elite travellers, Desert Palm, Per Aquum has just unveiled a secret new presidential villa on the estate called Layali, engulfed by swaying desert palms and picturesque views. With its sumptuous interiors designed by Miaja Designs of Singapore, this super exclusive three bedroom walled haven captures the essence of the Arabian landscape with an avant-garde flair, making it the perfect private getaway.
Privileged guests arrive via a personal access that ambles across a Jordanian stone walkway as they enter the restricted tall gates of the villa gardens. Reposing regally amidst cooling fountains and waterfalls, Layali is designed around a central courtyard. Mashrabiya screens shield you not only from the sun, but cast intricate shadows onto the blue mosaic pool and the courtyard’s white tiled expanse, while lanterns and outdoor music add to the magical atmosphere.
Across the courtyard, the glass enclosed Great Room boasts of solid oak floors, a private palm enclave and a raised terrace (during Dubai’s polo season this becomes an exclusive VIP viewing platform). The stylish dining area is dominated by an oval marble table, while the adjoining high-end kitchen comes generously equipped with its own wine fridge, a chic breakfast bar and even a private chef!
Natural light streams through all three bedrooms, which overlook lush gardens of pretty fragrant bougainvillea. Guests can relax in plump cosy beds dressed in sumptuous linens with a lavish pillow menu, while the spa-like bathrooms with freestanding stone tubs, indoor and outdoor rain showers and twin stone basins add to the pampering.
Patterns and textures, from minimalist Arabian designs to bold geometrics and classic marble add to the rich ambience, while soothing elixirs and a bath-salt menu enhance this decadent experience. Besides their own private buggy and butler service, Layali guests are also spoiled with any personalised luxuries or special on-request indulgences they desire.
Desert Palm is one of Dubai’s better kept secrets perfectly echoing Per Aquum’s philosophy, where the architecture and design of each project is inspired by the beauty of the country and culture it is in, based on principles of realism, sustainability and responsibility.
Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj
Photographs Courtesy The Resort