It’s named after one of fashion’s flashiest brands, with its figurehead known for her opulent style.
So it’s no wonder that the £500 million neoclassical Versace hotel in Dubai – aptly named ‘Palazzo Versace’ – is nothing less than astounding.
Boasting 215 suites and 169 private exclusive condominiums on the Dubai Creek, every detail from the branded crockery to the air vents in the palatial hotel were personally designed by Donatella Versace herself.
Indeed, so popular is the hotel with the A-list, that Jennifer Lopez has stayed there on multiple occasions, most recently in the Imperial suite with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez in November – a sumptuous suite sprawled over two floors complete with double lifts, two suites, a Michelin star chef on hand and a private roof terrace with a pool.
The £500 million neoclassical Versace hotel in Dubai- aptly named ‘Palazzo Versace’, is nothing less than astounding (pictured – the £15,000 a night suite Jennifer Lopez stayed in)
Boasting 215 suites and 169 private exclusive condominiums on the Dubai creek, every detail from the branded crockery to the air vents in the palatial hotel were personally designed by the brand’s head Donatella Versace herself
The private apartments often play host to royals, celebrities and millionaire footballers and rapper 50 Cent – and while staff are sworn to secrecy when it comes to their well-heeled clientele, some guests just can’t resist sharing snaps of their lavish suites online.
Modelled with architecture reminiscent of a sixteenth-century Italian palace, the first glimpse upon entering the grand lobby is a three-tonne hand-blown bohemian glass chandelier.
A marble mosaic made up of 1.5 million pieces by Fantini Mosaici, a fourth-generation Italian firm which worked on most of Gianni’s homes, boasts the brand’s famous Medusa head logo as you head through the lavish lobby.
The entrance is adorned with specially bred orchids, flown over from Holland every six weeks, and an abundance of branded plush sofas adorn the lobby area.
A marble mosaic made up of 1.5 million pieces by Fantini Mosaici, a fourth-generation Italian firm which worked on most of Gianni’s homes, boasts the brand’s famous Medusa head logo as you head through the lavish lobby
In November 2017 J Lo shared a taster with her fans as she enjoyed the £15,000 a night suite, dressed in the brand’s Vogue print dress gifted to her by Donatella ( seen in the suite)
Pictured: The private pool in the suite which saw Jennifer Lopez throw a pool party for her dancers
Various royal family members are rumoured to own residences there, and the building- which houses two wings and nine floors, is sprinkled with paintings of celebrities including Rihanna and Gigi Hadid clad in Versace.
The suite is a favourite with celebrities, hosting the likes of Donatella Versace herself, as well as Fifty Cent, Busta Rhymes and Toni Braxton as previous residents.
The Saturdays singer Vanessa White is also a fan, as is British singer Alesha Dixon.
The establishment’s success is phenomenal, especially considering the hotel only celebrated its official opening just over a year ago.
Hosted by Donatella herself in November 2016, the hotel’s grand celebration saw the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio, Helena Christensen attending the lavish, star-studded bash.
Jennifer Lopez (left) has stayed there on multiple occasions, most recently in the Imperial suite with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez in November- a sumptuous suite over two floors complete with two lifts, two suites, a Michelin star chef on hand and a private roof terrace with a pool, and Toni Braxton (right) has stayed in the same suite
Hosted by Donatella herself in November 2016, the hotel’s grand celebration saw the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio, Helena Christensen attending the lavish, star-studded bash (L-R: Trevor Signorino;Alessandra Ambrosio;Vadim Ivanov;Natasha Poly;Tarik Lakehal;Donatella Versace;Helena Christensen)
And it has quickly become a favourite among the A-list; in November 2017 J Lo shared a taster with her fans as she enjoyed the £15,000 a night suite, dressed in the brand’s Vogue print dress gifted to her by Donatella.
According to reports the ‘polite’ singer enjoyed a low-key stay, keen to spend private time with her former professional baseball player boyfriend.
They then enjoyed a roof top pool party with her dancer entourage, shared to one of her crew’s Instagram stories.
And the hotel is indeed in part a tribute to her, with the Giardino restaurant decorated in the green-and-white jungle print that featured on J Lo’s infamously low-cut dress at the Grammy’s in 2000.
Natasha Poly, Alessandra Ambrosio and Helena Christensen during the grand opening in 2016
The hotel is sprinkled with paintings of celebrities including Rihanna (left) and Gigi Hadid (right) clad in Versace
Meanwhile at the luxury Italian restaurant Vanitas every piece of pasta is hand made, and it boasts a Michelin star chef.
Everything from the smallest piece of cutlery to the air vents boasts the logo carefully picked by the design team, and the smoke extraction system in the hotel’s ‘Q Bar’ cigar lounge- which was launched by Michael Jackson’s producer Quincy Jones, is alone is worth $1m.
As well as a picture signed by the King of pop himself adorning the wall, the lounge boasts residences by Quincy’s proteges.
Currently American Idol 2015 runner-up Clark Beckham is enjoying a six week stint at the hotel, wowing guests with his nightly jazz performances in the dimly lit all black bar.
Speaking to Femail, the 25-year-old Nashville-born singer- who signed to Quincy’s record label in September 2017, admitted he has loved his time there.
‘The band and I really love it here,’ he said. ‘The weather is fantastic being in the winter time, the people here are so friendly and of course Dubai itself is an amazing, beautiful place to be.’
Currently American Idol 2015 runner-up Clark Beckham (left with Quincy Jones) is enjoying a six week stint at the hotel, wowing guests with his nightly jazz performances in the dimly lit all black bar
Even the non-celebrity suites boast sumptuous bedding and incredible interiors
Describing Quincy as ‘relaxed’, he continued: ‘I’m pretty early into my time signed to Quincy Jones Productions for management but in the short time I’ve been on board, everyone involved has been amazing. He has so many years of experience and influence it seems- Quincy is the man. Very down to earth, relaxed and loves people.’
But the one thing the young singer is missing is his other half, who he dedicates many of his songs to during his performances.
‘I wish I was able to fly her over,’ he admitted. ‘She’s finishing up her senior year at University back in the States so she’s busy with classes and exams. I certainly miss her a lot. It’s not ‘fun’ to be away from each other but it’s nice to know that you have someone that you enjoy life with more together than when you’re apart. We miss each other but that’s a good thing.’
The plush baths are adorned with hand-tiled mosaics and the most luxurious toiletries
And speaking about his experience with American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, he revealed: ‘Contestants weren’t allowed to have relationships with the judges in order to keep the process fair and not have favoritism come into play between the judges and contestants.
‘While I didn’t talk much to Jennifer, she always had a wonderful presence about her that personally made me relax and able to perform to the best of my ability.’
Despite being a rising star Clark isn’t immune to his plush surroundings, admitting: ‘The Versace hotel has been fantastic. Who wouldn’t want to stay here? The staff is very kind and helpful and it really has a family aspect to it. It sounds silly but the beds are so very comfortable here and the food at the restaurants is really really good. Haven’t had spa treatment quite yet but I want to!’
Retail therapy? The shop boasts dazzling emerald jewellery as well as the hotel’s incredible homeware
The Saturdays singer Vanessa White recovered in the hotel after her stay in the jungle in November
The hotel’s spa boasts an impressive menu, including a champagne treatment which involves getting your body is wrapped in mud infused with a glass of bubbly, before you are treated to a two hour exfoliating and moisturising massage.
So relaxing are the facilities, that The Saturday’s singer Vanessa White enjoyed a stint there in December after completing a gruelling stay in Australia’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Outta Here jungle.
And the spa offers a whole lifestyle package, allowing guests a full day of luxury for an eye-watering £935.
Aptly named the ‘Ultimate Package’, it begins the day with a pick-up by limousine, followed by a relaxing breakfast at Giardino restaurant which offers every morning cuisine from Iranian to Chinese and European.
It is then followed by a day of face, body, beauty treatments and finishes with a massage. The spa treatments are followed by a two-course lunch at the signature Italian restaurant Vanitas or the poolside restaurant Amalfi and departure by limousine.
FEMAIL writer Jessica Rach was lucky enough to spend a day living like a celebrity, and was bowled over by the taste of luxury she experienced.
In the sumptuous Giardino restaurant there is a Michelin star chef and a menu of hand-made pasta as well as branded crockery
Femail’s Jessica Rach was lucky enough to spent a day living like a celebrity, and was bowled over by the taste of luxury she experienced
After being collected from the airport by a chauffeur-driven car adorned with Versace cushions, she was ushered up to an sprawling suite bigger than our London flats.
Complete with two bathrooms, a walk in wardrobe, a huge sitting and dining room and spacious bedroom with silken branded sheets, a butler soon swept in with a selection of breakfast dishes.
After a brief but heavenly nap, Jessica was given a tour of the famous J Lo suite, before a Michelin star chef cooked her a luxurious three-course meal of his own special recipes – including mouth-watering caviar made from melon.
Next up was a luxurious two hour champagne massage and exfoliation, before Jessica was treated to a relaxing hour of yoga.
In-house butler services are on offer, and even the laundry bags, slippers and dressing gowns are branded
Every detail, including the toiletries is branded by the hotel with creative director Donatella Versace’s input
And although she couldn’t quite imagine any of the models enjoying this much food, another dinner of luxury awaited her – this time in the Italian Giardino restaurant.
With plates and cups adorned with the Medusa head, the female clientele were even given a separate satin mini chair for their designer bags.
Jessica ended the day in the atmospheric cigar lounge, being serenaded by the jazzy sounds of Clark Beckham, wishing we too could join the A-list.
And the hotel certainly has a knack of converting any guest to a lover of the designer.
Inspired by founder of the brand Gianni Versace, sister Donatella- who took over as artistic director of the brand following his murder, decided to give the hotel a less flamboyant vibe when designing the interiors.
And the spa offers a whole lifestyle package, allowing guests a full day of luxury for an eye-watering £935
The shop sells the toiletries found in the bathroom- which are exclusive to the hotel and not available elsewhere
Speaking about her role as ambassador, Donatella: said: ‘I am thrilled to attend the grand opening of Palazzo Versace Dubai. I visited the hotel prior to opening, and was amazed at its beauty.
‘This truly is a luxury destination second to none in the world. I’m also excited to bring our couture collection to Dubai for the first time ever. The United Arab Emirates is a very important market for Versace, and we have many brand loyalists living there. We’re so happy to be able to bring the Versace experience to the Middle East.’
Gianni was tragically murdered in July 1997 aged just 50, in Miami Beach, Florida, after the serial killer Andrew Cunanan, then 27, shot him on the steps of his mansion.
Inspired by founder of the brand Gianni Versace, sister Donatella- who took over as artistic director of the brand following his murder, decided to give the hotel a less flamboyant vibe when designing the interiors