Mandarin Oriental rebrands iconic resort

The beachfront palace boasts renovated rooms, innovative dining experiences

Emirates Palace Hotel has completed its rebranding as Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi.

The beachfront palace boasts renovated rooms, innovative dining experiences, and brand-new spa and sports facilities, each elevated by Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service.

The reimagined accommodation will include the region’s very first vegan rooms with compassionate design, sustainable bedding, plant based in-room dining options and cruelty-free bath amenities. The hotel’s new signature suites offer a haven of sophistication and style, complete with priority access to the resort’s facilities, whilst The EP Club comprises 660 square metres of elevated living, dining, and relaxing areas exclusively for members and suite guests.

Crown Your Love at the Palace by Chaumet represents a highlight of the resort’s grand wedding offering, providing a luxury addition for guests celebrating their special day within the grandiose palace grounds.

Amongst the enhanced dining options, the one-Michelin-starred Talea by Antonio Guida is a celebration of authentic Cucina di Famiglia, served in a vibrant atmosphere both indoors and outdoors.

Elsewhere, the all-new culinary destination Episodes – comprising a tea apothecary, a deli, a cake shop and a gelateria – promises an exploratory journey into both contemporary and classic favourites.

In addition to the serene sanctuary offered by The Hideaway, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental will pioneer self-care practices by world-renowned practitioners and launch a new range of skincare products by Tata Harper and Oto. The new spa will also be home to an exclusive Acqua di Parma Barbiere services and retail products.   




The accommodation and food services sector in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi achieved a growth rate of 20.2 per cent in the first nine months of 2022, a report said.

In Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector, hotel occupancy rates, amongst other key indicators, have reached a two-year high. In 2022, Abu Dhabi hosted a total of 4.1 million overnight hotel guests, an increase of 24 per cent on the previous year. Hotel occupancy rates reached 70 per cent, well above the Middle East average of 63.6 per cent, which makes Abu Dhabi among top tourism destinations in the region in 2022.

The robust growth is being driven by increased awareness across international and domestic markets of Abu Dhabi’s offering of entertainment and sporting events, cultural and heritage experiences, and leading international partnerships.