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This penthouse with Burj Al Arab views is a serene escape from the city

Architectural Digest

Located on The Palm Jumeirah, the presidential penthouse at Serenia Residence is a private retreat at one of the most exclusive plots in Dubai

One of two living rooms, the floor-to-ceiling windows look out to the main entertainment terrace. The    furniture is from Meridiani, while the carpet is by Beirut-based Iwan Maktabi. Perched right on the Arabian Sea, this spectacular five bedroom penthouse in Dubai sits in the heart of the Palm Jumeriah in one of the most exclusive private residential properties, Serenia Residence. An enviable location – and conveniently for sale – the expansive four-bedroom apartment offers breath-taking 360 degree views of the Burj Al Arab across an open sea, and includes two kitchens, three terraces, full height windows and numerous building amenities such as a private gym and a 50-metre infinity pool.

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“It is probably the only penthouse in Dubai that you get views of the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, The Palm and the open seas all at once,” says Kareem Derbas, CEO and founder of Palma Holding, the developer behind Serenia Residence. At 15,000 square-feet, the presidential penthouse comprises the entirety of the ninth floor of one of the three buildings that make up Serenia Residence. It is also one of only three Presidential penthouses at the property. The main entertainment terrace alone comes at a staggering 5,000 square-feet and is able to accommodate nearly 100 people. But though the developers opted for an understated design aesthetic, the specifications were anything but. From the flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms, to the bedroom closets, everything was meticulously selected from the very best international brands. “

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“Everything in the unit was selected individually, one-by-one, because we wanted to make this apartment as distinct as possible. At the same time, it wasn’t about spending a large amount of money to make this the most luxurious penthouse,” Derbas explains. “It’s not the most luxurious. For us, it was more about building a serene space by selecting the right materials, colours and furniture, while accentuating the views as best we could,” he adds.

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Throughout the apartment, flooring finished in new white and grey veined marble accents the muted interior, with full floor-to-ceiling glass windows bringing in an abundance of natural light. Elsewhere, sky light and cove lighting are found in the cupboards and bathrooms, while book-matched cladded walls in more white marble accentuate the serene feel of the space. The unit was fully furnished by Italian brand Meridiani, with carpets by Beirut-based Iwan Maktabi. In the entertainment kitchen, Dada provided the white lacquer kitchens from Italy, found behind concealed kitchen doors by an elegant dining area.

In Pictures: The Presidential penthouse at Serenia Residence – The Palm Jumeirah

“Dada is probably the Rolls-Royce of kitchens, and it’s amazing what they have done with the open kitchen,” Derbas explains. “We also went with Molteni Gliss His & Hers walk-in closets for the bedrooms for their sleek glass and aluminium frames, which I think are so elegant and timeless. Overall, the open kitchen and the closets alone were over $100,000 as an investment, but the quality is worth the price tag.”

And what a hefty one at that. The penthouse is currently going for $15 million (AED55m), with a few VIP clients having already gotten a sneak peek at the apartment when it opened for viewing last month. With this price tag, however, VIP is an understatement. sereniathepalm.com