Palm Island

February 20, 2010

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to go to a party at a villa on the Jumeirah Palm Island. Our friends Lara and Terry are on a one year adventure they are calling GranTourismo. They’ve combined their career as travel writers with HomeAway Holiday Rentals and are traveling around the world this year spending two weeks in each destination. Their first stop was in Dubai on the Palm, then to London, then to Marrakesh, then ???? If you like good pictures, good food, and good travel advice, you should follow their blog.

First let me say, our twitter friend Grace did a better job of documenting this party on her blog (than I am about to do). So, I recommend that you click here and read what she said and check out her pictures. Also, there is an entry by Terry detailing the food served and you can click here to read that. Extra points for those of you find us in the pictures on both the blogs.

Here are my pictures:

villa on the Palm IslandThis is the villa on Frond E. It is a five bedroom home with a lovely kitchen, dining room, living room and den. (Five and a half bathrooms, by the way.)

beachThis is the view toward the stem of the Palm.


beachThis is the view toward the end of the fronds. It was atypically stormy. It didn’t actually rain, but was cool, cloudy and breezy.

cell tower disquised as a palm treeThere was a nearby cell phone tower disguised as a palm tree. Notice the fake dates hanging in the fake tree.

close up of fake palmIt was a beautiful evening with (in our opinion) perfect weather, good friends, and good food. We may never have another reason to go out onto the Palm, but at least we can say we’ve been there.


  1. Hi! Thanks for linking my post. 🙂
    It was a lovely party isn’t it! You’re right, now I can say I’ve checked out a villa in the Palm!

  2. Very cool. I loved that in the 3rd picture the sky is the same color as the sand, not the water. Truly telling of the weather. How do I get a writing job like theirs? I’m free to travel (if someone will pay for it 😉

  3. Just saw this! Thanks for writing about our party. And thanks for coming. I can’t believe the trip is now over. Phew. Thanks for being a part of it!
    (P.S. I love those mobile towers disguised as palm trees)

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