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Pictured: Dubai’s amazing ‘floating palace’ resort with villas that can sail off into the sunset

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Pictured: The amazing floating five-star hotel in Dubai with motorised luxury villas attached by pontoons that can chug off to new locations (and each has its own private infinity pool)

  • The Kempinski Floating Palace will be anchored next to Jumeirah Beach in Dubai when it opens in 2023 
  • Twelve villas will encircle the resort’s hotel, and each can sail independently at jogging speed
  • The villas – described as ‘luxury houseboats’ by Swiss hotelier Kempinski – will be steered by private skippers 

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Here’s a hotel that might float your boat – one that will actually float.

New renderings showcase the Kempinski Floating Palace, a novel five-star resort ‘positioned as one of its kind’ with superyacht berths that will be anchored next to Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach when it opens in 2023.

Not only does the uber-luxurious resort float, but the 12 villas that encircle it will be able to detach from the main hotel and travel under their own power at jogging speed to a different location.

The above rendering shows the Kempinski Floating Palace, a five-star resort that's set to open in 2023

The above rendering shows the Kempinski Floating Palace, a five-star resort that’s set to open in 2023

Described as ‘luxury houseboats’ by Swiss hotelier Kempinski, these villas will be connected to the central 156-room hotel by pontoons.  

They will have a flat hull, feature a small cabin for crew accommodation and have a built-in engine. Guests can employ their own skipper to steer the villa or use one provided by the hotel. 

Conditions will dictate whether the villas will be able to anchor further afield – calm waters are required for setting sail. They cannot travel offshore and are not intended to be permanently anchored elsewhere.

The villas will be two-storey structures with between one and four bedrooms, as well as a private roof terrace and infinity pool.

They’ll also come equipped with ‘large panoramic windows and all the technical features of a smart home’. 

According to a statement, the villas have been designed to be environmentally friendly and will feature solar panels. Each property will be available for sale or for rent for those with cash to burn. 

This rendering shows one of 12 villas - having detached from the main building - sailing independently at night

This rendering shows one of 12 villas – having detached from the main building – sailing independently at night

Conditions will dictate whether the villas will be able to anchor further afield - calm waters are required for setting sail

Conditions will dictate whether the villas will be able to anchor further afield – calm waters are required for setting sail 

Guests will be able to arrive at the resort – which will be built by Seagate Shipyard – by speedboats, or alternatively can pull up in their own yacht. 

There’s a parking deck that will accommodate up to 16 boats, and larger yachts, according to a statement from Kempinski, will sail in and out of the main hotel through a central passageway. 

If this isn’t fancy enough, a floating helipad will be connected to the resort, so guests can make their arrival by air.

Renderings show that the main hotel will be divided into four parts, all joined together at the centre by a glass pyramid.

This building will house ‘every luxury of a five-star hotel, from exclusive gourmet restaurants, bars, spa and pools to boutiques and banquet areas’.

Those staying in the villas can avail themselves of each of these amenities.

Guests will be able to arrive at the resort by yacht - there will be a parking deck that will accommodate up to 16 boats

Guests will be able to arrive at the resort by yacht – there will be a parking deck that will accommodate up to 16 boats 

Discussing the new resort, Bernold Schroeder, CEO of Kempinski Group and Chairman of the Management Board of Kempinski AG, says: ‘We are delighted to be able to offer our guests in Dubai such a first experience from 2023 onwards, combining the destination’s reputation as a high-tech city with the timeless European elegance of Kempinski Hotels.

‘The highly innovative project by Seagate Shipyard convinces not only by its high-end technology but also through impeccable style and design.’

Mr Mohamed El Bahrawy, CEO and founder of Seagate Shipyard, adds: ‘It is thrilling to see, that for the first time a brand of the calibre of Kempinski will manage a floating hotel of such magnitude, and we are confident that our hotel will soon be one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai.’

Prices and the official opening date of the new resort have yet to be confirmed.

For more information visit kempinski.com.  

This building will house ¿every luxury of a five-star hotel, from exclusive gourmet restaurants, bars, spa and pools to boutiques and banquet areas¿

This building will house ‘every luxury of a five-star hotel, from exclusive gourmet restaurants, bars, spa and pools to boutiques and banquet areas’ 

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