There is no doubt that the UAE is home to some spectacular properties. From penthouse apartments to luxurious villas with sprawling gardens and incredible swimming pools, this is a real estate paradise.
Every week, The National showcases some of the finest homes on offer in his property of the week. Here we take a closer look at a Bentley Palace villa on the World Islands of Dubai.
The key details
This seven bedroom mansion is part of The Heart of Europe development at The World Islands off Dubai. It is one of nine villas on the island of Sweden, eight of which are sold. The villa has eight bathrooms, has a constructed area of 25,000 square feet and sits on 34,500 square feet of land. It is marketed by Luxhabitat Sotheby’s International Realty at 125 million dirhams (34 million dollars).
What is the story?
There are luxury homes and there is Bentley Palace.
Aside from Abu Dhabi’s Nurai Island, it’s probably as close as you’ll be living on a tropical island in the UAE.
And it’s hard to decide which feature of this property is the most appealing. There is privacy to begin with – being three miles from the Dubai coast and having neighbors made up of regional royalty.
Then there is the private beach and the outdoor area. You can pick up all your friends and family in a helicopter (or boat) and use the expansive roof terrace until the sun comes up, or just enjoy the peace and quiet of life at sea. If you need a break from the water and the sand, there is a private rainforest made up of 80 species of trees and thousands of plants.
As for the interior of the property, it includes Bentley-branded furniture, Scandinavian hardwood floors, two kitchens, a master bedroom with his and her changing rooms, and stunning bathrooms.
Why buy a penthouse or a spacious community villa when you can live on an island with an almost endless list of benefits?
What the broker says …
Does anyone live full time on the island of Sweden?
Not yet, the certificate of surrender will be issued in December. The main reason for this is that the developer wants to ensure a perfect experience for residents in terms of transportation to and from the island, as well as access to the amenities of the Hotel Monaco which will open next door by the end of this year.
Neighbors must approve the new owner… What do you need to pass the test?
Yes correct, the main reason being that the neighbors are all VVIP (including royalties). The rule has been put in place that the new buyer must first be approved by the authorities and then approved by all neighbors on the island of Sweden in order to be allowed to buy, much like a housing co-op seen in major cities around the world. . Even though the island of Sweden is a private island, it is still part of the Heart of Europe vacation destination. Swedish residents therefore have full access to all other islands and its hotels, but no one except Swedish residents has access to the Swedish islands.
How is the Heart of Europe evolving?
It is in full swing and is coming to an end. The developer made sure to use time during the pandemic to advance construction progress. The first hotels are ready and will open during Expo 2020 Dubai. The island of Germany, the island of Sweden and the island of the honeymoon as well as a set of floating seahorses will be handed over by the end of 2021. If we visited the islands today , they wouldn’t believe their eyes.
Is the Bentley Palace different from other villas?
Yes indeed, Villa 1 is on a corner lot which is a lot larger than the others, and it faces west, enjoying stunning sunset views. In the entertainment room, which has a glass roof, you have a 300-degree view of all the islands and all of Dubai’s most famous buildings, such as Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and Atlantis, The Palm, for to name a few.
How convenient is it to live on the islands with necessities such as food etc.
Hotels in the heart of Europe will offer à la carte services to all residents of the island of Sweden, including 24-hour room service. Grocery stores are located in hotels which are also easily accessible by residents. Butler service is also available to meet all residents’ needs. Imagine living in your private beach palace, but with five-star hotel service at your fingertips.
Is this the most extraordinary property in Dubai?
Owning a palace on an island, with a la carte services at five star hotels, your private beach, and a tropical forest surrounding it, is like a dream come true for someone who can afford it. Extraordinary is just an understatement.
– Stephan Hirzel, Senior Global Property Consultant at Luxhabitat Sotheby’s International Realty
Update: October 6, 2021, 4:22 a.m.