The One and Only Palm, Dubai

Sol Kerzner’s latest addition to his ultra-lavish One & Only chainlet isn’t just anywhere in Dubai—it’s on the tree-shaped, manmade island known as the Palm Jumeirah, an emblem of the country’s glitzy heyday way back in 2006. Despite the subsequent economic… er, correction, the 100-room hotel is decorated in a louche, Moorish-ish style, with reassuringly over-the-top touches—Italian marble bathrooms, an almost 10,000-square-foot pool and a location next to the marina for maximum attention-grabbing, should you plan to arrive by yacht. Only the hoi polloi will opt for a room in the main Manor House: the freestanding three-bedroom beachfront villas are the real draw.

Opening in October; rooms from $780;

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