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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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Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Sail the Seine with Strictly’s Shirley Ballas










The latest series of Strictly Come Dancing is reaching its glittering climax – and if you’re wondering where you’ll get your next ballroom fix, this dance-themed French river cruise is the perfect remedy.

On our memorable eight-day trip, you’ll experience the romantic scenery of the River Seine while learning to dance with Strictly’s very own head judge, Shirley Ballas.

You’ll visit Normandy’s picturesque towns, including the beautiful and historic city of Rouen, famously the place where French national hero Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431, aged just 19.

Your unforgettable cruise includes two nights in Paris (above), known as the City of Light

Your unforgettable cruise includes two nights in Paris (above), known as the City of Light

OUR SPECIAL GUEST 

You will be joined by Shirley Ballas

You will be joined by Shirley Ballas 

Shirley Ballas is a professional ballroom dancer and has been serving as head judge on Strictly Come Dancing since 2017. She started competing in dance contests at the age of 15 and has won several championships in the International Latin division. She works as a dance coach and in 2020 published an autobiography entitled Behind The Sequins: My Life.

You’ll also travel to pretty Les Andelys and Caudebec-en-Caux, passing blossoming meadows and dense forests, and peaceful Vernon, where you can stroll through Claude Monet’s famous garden or wander in the lovely park at the Chateau de Bizy.

But the highlight of your trip is sure to be a dance masterclass and demonstration on board ship with Shirley, a world-renowned Latin dance champion.

She will show you how to fine-tune your own moves and will give an exclusive talk about her career, with plenty of behind- the-scenes secrets from Strictly.

The grand finale to your holiday will be two nights in Paris, known as the City of Light. You’ll have time to explore the capital’s iconic sights, elegant boulevards and classy cafes.

REASONS TO BOOK

Events with Shirley Ballas: You’ll get the inside track on Strictly from its head judge, Shirley Ballas, who will teach you some moves during an on-board dance class. She will also host a talk and Q&A session in which you’ll be able to ask her about her life and career and everyone’s favourite dance TV show.

Explore Paris: You’ll have two nights to discover all the romantic sights, cultural highlights and chic shopping streets of the French capital. Browse the famous Parisian boutiques, visit the Eiffel Tower, wander the Champs-Elysees… or just stop in a buzzing cafe to rest your feet and watch the world go by.

Fabulous food: Normandy is celebrated for its rich cuisine, from creamy cheeses and silky chocolate to the cider and calvados produced by its orchards. Rouen, the 2,000-year-old capital of Normandy, was recently named Unesco City of Gastronomy, and you will have an opportunity to try all these mouthwatering specialities while you’re there.

Historic Rouen: This fascinating Norman city on the banks of the Seine is packed with stunning architecture, including church towers and half-timbered buildings, and has many fine museums.

Sail in comfort: A-ROSA VIVA is a sleek, stylish river cruise ship featuring a spacious sun deck with comfortable recliners, an outdoor whirlpool, putting green and giant chess board, and an outdoor bar and dining area. On board the ship you’ll enjoy daily buffet meals of regional and seasonal specialities, with live cooking from the experienced chefs, as well as all drinks, including fabulous wines in the bar.

WHAT’S INCLUDED 

  • Seven-night cruise aboard A-ROSA VIVA. 
  • Return flights between London and Paris.
  • £50pp discount early- booking offer, valid until February 28, 2022.
  • Hour-long dance class and demonstration, plus talk with Shirley Ballas.
  • Premium all-inclusive dining and drinks served a la carte or buffet-style, plus live alfresco cookery on the sun deck.
  • More than 100 international and local wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, mocktails, speciality teas and coffees and soft drinks served free all day and evening, every day.
  • On-board entertainment.
  • Free use of on-board facilities such as sauna, fitness room and bikes.
  • 15 per cent discount on treatments in Spa-Rosa.
  • Services of an English- speaking cruise manager.
  • Port charges and shared overseas transfers.

YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Arrive in Paris DAYS 2 & 3 Rouen DAY 4 Caudebec-en-Caux DAY 5 Les Andelys – Vernon DAY 6 Paris DAY 7 Paris, dance class, talk and question-and-answer with Shirley Ballas DAY 8 Return to UK

HOW TO BOOK

The dates: June 2 to 9, 2022. The price: From £1,889pp*.

Call 01858 589 612 quoting MOS SHIRLEY SEINE. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/shirleyseine.

Terms and conditions: * Price is per person, based on two people sharing a Deck 1 Outer Cabin. Single supplement from £639 per person. Prices shown are subject to availability and change. Upgraded cabins available at a supplement. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/shirleyseine.

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