One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
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We took the children out this morning for a visit to Lbn Battuta Mall. It's styled on a man Battuta's travel journey through foreign lands.It consists of six courts, each of whose designs are inspired by some of the countries visited by the great Moroccan Berber explorer, Ibn Battuta: Egypt Court India Court China Court Andalusia Court Persia Court …
... Nandos is just as expensive here as it is in Australia haha!!
That was pretty much all we did on our first day - as my calf muscles blew out on the flight, so we came back to our hotel for a nap (intended to have a gym sesh, swim in the rooftop pool and then dinner) but woke up 12 hours later - Opps!! Must have switched the alarm off in our sleep :-).
Catch ya later peeps :-)
... to music and accompanied by timed lighting was simply mesmorising. It might sound like a stretch, but it was like the movement of a ballet. The beauty of the fountains together with the power (some blasts of water were up to 150 meters into the air), were really a work of art. Had a late dinner at a Lebanese restaurant nearby, bought some Lebanese pastries and then headed home for bed.
... room. The hotel is really nice. We went out to explore after we dropped all our luggage off. We caught the metro to Berjaya Square and walked to the Abra Docks. The Abra is an old traditional boat made of wood that they use to ferry people across the Dubai Creek. We rode the Abra across the creek to the Textile Souk to look around. They all wanted us to buy pashmina scarves. They called Alexa and Eva "Baby" all the time and Paul, "Big Boss". We thought it was ...
The weather has been nice too, about 23 degrees I think. Our hotel has a pool on the roof but we haven't done any swimming yet. We're moving on again at 12:50 tomorrow when we fly to Mumbai. The next part of our adventure is about to begin...pretty much a whole month in India. It should be fun and hopefully it'll generate some more stories/ memories!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOne&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Towers of salmon sandwich, puff pastries, layered gateaux, crisp coconut biscuits and the most divine Moroccan mint tea.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
On stop over en route to Australia and New Zealand.
This hotel though obviously recently built, manages a charm and appeal beyond the norm.
We stayed two nights, and within a few hours, all the staff knew our names. Staff at all times were exemplary, breakfasts excellent.
Bedroom couldn't be faulted. It was my partner's birthday, and a cake was waiting for us when we arrived, strewn with orchid flowers.
We took a quick visit to the two largest malls. They. Have just the same merchandise as one can buy in Europe, and are generally more expensive. Thronging with all sizes, shapes and religions, shopping was clearly a popular pastime for many.
Watching people ski through the glass in one mall was bizarre!
The other much newer mall came complete with huge aquarium, great to see for a minute.
We much much preferred a trip we took into the desert, for dinner.....
We were crowded onto a mini bus with five others, and treated to a really bumpy ride for one and. Half hours, first on 7 lane motorways, then ordinary roads, giving way to dusty tracks. transferred to an open top jeep, and wearing Arab headgear, we ventured off into the desert, entering a state owned conservation park.
Sunset in the desert was enhanced by a falconry display, and then, sitting Bedouin style, we ate typical fare, including really slow cooked lamb, which was done for a whole day, wrapped in foil, and then cooked covered over with earth. Options included a camel ride, holding the falcon. We did watch Arabian dancing, which was romantic as the night descended.
We wouldn't have gone to the desert our selves, so this is worth the bumpy ride, and very fast driver!
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Historical Traveler Reviews One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Who is this fool!!
I had the pleasure of staying at the Arabian Court last week and i'd forgotten service could be that good. Take a look at what we've got in the UK and then re-write this.......... The whole place will knock you for six. So what if they encourage you to join in the pool activities, you don't have to and i'd say more participated in the event than didn't. I didn't hear you mention the iced water/fruit/cold towels/ and sunglasses service they offer. Service in the restaurants was leisurely but the food was well worth the wait. Rooms fab, buildings magnificent (shame my photos didn't match!), staff superb. I'm running out of superlatives. Wake up. I for one will be returning to this hotel or are you one these people who are never satisfied.
Great Design, shame about everything else!!!!
The "One & Only" Royal Mirage, well this hotel has to be the most disappointing hotel i have stayed at in Dubai.
The one thing you cannot fault is the design of the hotel, grand is an understatement. However, that is the where the supurlatives end.
For a start, would you expect a 5 star hotel to have their staff walking round the pool asking people to join in the pool basket-ball games or doing water aerobics???
All the restaurants had a 2 hour waiting list and during our 3 night stay, 2 of the restaurants were closed for private party bookings.
Mina a Salam is a newer and better version of this hotel... The best service in dubai is the Royal Meridiene, so far......
A world class resort
Stayed for a week at the Arabian Court and my expectations were more than surpassed. The standards of service are excellent in every way. The multi-national staff of over 1,000 is superb. The facilities, the architecture, the gardens, the restaurants, the total ambience will take your breath away. Book now and be prepared to be delighted.
Arabian Court is one third of the whole Royal Mirage resort. The hotel is decorated in arabian style and is quieter than The Palace. Food is great and of a wide variety. The hotel looks out on to the beach and then on to the construction of The Palm offshore. They were working 24hours when we were there in late August, but the only inconvenience was the spoilt sea view. Eating out of the hotel and in more public areas is cheap in comparison. The City Centre Shopping Centre is very large and has many restaurants to suit all. The taxi's are very cheap compared to in the UK. Everywhere inside is air conditioned which is needed as the outside temperatures can be very hot and humid. There is alot on construction works going on everywhere in Dubai, but as this resort is right on the beach they are of no significance. We visited the Jumareih Beach Hotel one evening and this is the total opposite of Royal Mirage in the way it is far more geared up for many family's and doesn't have the same arabian feel. Overall our stay was wonderful and the perfet place to just relax and get away from it all. Only going for four nights was no problem.
Made to feel like Royalty!
From the moment you arrive at the airport, the experience begins. We were greeted by concierge at the airport, the smartest looking of all and promptly taken to our awaiting private car, offered a bottle of ice cold water from the built in refrigerator and begun our 25 minute journey to the hotel.
The car pulled up at barrier, with a wave form the security guard we were on our approach to the building. In front of us was this magnificent building with waterfalls to the front. Our door was opened and we were greeted by 4 members of their team. Within the 1st 30 seconds of our arrival, a metal drum was bonged......we had arrived. This notified the reception of the arrival of new guests. Instead of going to the desk, you are seated in the lounge area and the receptionist comes to you to check you in.
The hotel is nothing but breath taking. It is remarkably clean and oozes Grandeur. Marble sparkling and gleaming in the sun light.
There is access to 2 rooms of a small lobby, therefore completely private. The rooms were large with a king size bed, desk and chairs. There was a separate dressing area that opened up to the bathroom. The bathroom had a separate toilet, large separate shower cubicle and bath, with a mosaic tiled walls. The balcony over looked the Arabian Sea. The only slightly disappointing thing was that you could see the construction work in the distance, but we were aware of this and the splendour of the hotel overrode it!
Outside you had the main swimming pool which was quiet and peaceful. In the mornings there were activities to join in with if you wanted to. If not, you could choose a shady or sunny area. You are escorted to your sun bed, the towels are laid down for you and all you had to do was lie back and soak the Arabian rays. If you wanted cocktails or simply water, then no problem. Your water glass would be refilled often, free of charge. If your sun glasses needed cleaning then cleaned they would be by the pool boys. At the same time every day fresh fruit would be brought to you, melon, Pineapple etc.
If lounging at the pool isn't for you, then a stroll down Jumeriah beach is right outside. White sands with the warm Arabian Sea awaits. A sure way to get the deepest of tans.
We experienced many of the restaurants in the Court and Palace and all were of an exceptional standard. Our favourite was "Nina" a mixture of Indo European food. The atmosphere was lively and I definitely recommend the chefs tasters. Beautiful food in a beautiful restaurant, also proved to be very good value for money.
Our favourite experience of all had to the "Roof Top Bar". You slink your way about the staircase with small candles and josticks burning. The centre of the bar is dominated by a large dome with seated cushions around the edge. There are various alcoves with tradition Arab seating, but best of all is that you are outside under the Arabian sky with the stars and moon glowing. The played chill out music and you find yourself drifting off into a far away place. It is remarkable and amazing experience.
There is an outside courtyard with twinkling lit palm trees. The traditional "Shisha" is offered and all you have to do is to pick your flavour. Bahrain apple is a favourite. You can smell the sweet scent around you while you sit under your private Gazebo.
There is a night club called Kasbah, where on a Thursday night is heaving with Dubai's elite party people. The music is a mixture of Arabic and British music. One night in the Kasbah is a must while you are at the hotel.
It was our honeymoon and The Royal Mirage excelled all of our expectations. We came back from dinner and entered our room. The bed was sprinkled with rose petals with a bouquet of red roses on the side. We noticed the bathroom light was on, slid open the door and the bath were filled with bubbles and petals. For the morning a honeymoon breakfast was ordered and it was a feast fit for a king, it could have fed a family of 10 and still had food left over!!!!
On the last day we were greeted with a gift, all gift wrapped. It was a large leather Arabian photo frame courtesy of the Arabian Court.
You may think that I have gone on with my review, but to be honest I haven't even scratched the service.
I have staying in numerous hotels in Dubai and I dreamt of staying in the Arabian Court. It did not just meet all my expectation it was like living a dream when we were there. If you ever want the luxury, tranquillity and the most friendly and obliging service, then I highly recommend this remarkable hotel.
Great hotel, but the service could be better
Since I combined a business trip with a short vacation in Dubai, some of the problems are work related, so if you stay in the hotel for pleasure only, you may not even notice this. My problems were:
- No high speed internet connection in the room;
- No high speed internet connection in the business centre (only for the stationary hotel's desktops).
In terms of other issues, it was practically impossible to find a waiter at the beach. There were some waiters by the pool, but if you stay at the beach, you have to go all the way to the bar to get their attention. When they finally brought us some Perrier water, they said that they did not have any ice buskets, so obviously, in the 45C heat, the water became warm very quickly. Finally, when I booked one of the restaurants (in terms of food, I highly recommend Nina - but please book 2 to 3 days in advance), when we presented ourselves, they could not find the reservation and the only thing they could offer was to give us a slot 2.5 hours later. Other than apologies, nothing was offered (no drinks, no alternatives).
Dies ist wirklich eines der besten 5 Sterne Hotels, in dem ich jemals übernachtet habe. Das einzige Hotel, das besser war ist das Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand (da hat man seinen eigenen Luxus Pavillion und es kostet 330 Euro pro Nacht) und das einzige Hotel in dem ich mal war, das genauso gut ist, ist das Trump International Tower und Hotel mit Blick auf Central Park.
Das Arabian Court ist fabelhaft, der Service ist tadellos, der Swimmingpool und die Landschaft um den Pool wunderschön und die Angestellten stehen immer zur Stelle, um kalte Handtücher und Orangensaft (umsonst) zu bringen, während man in der Sonne liegt. Die Zimmer sind sehr luxuriös und die Badezimmer sind schön. Das Essen ist klasse. Der Strand ist ebenfalls schön, obwohl wir hauptsächlich am Pool waren.
Ich kann dieses Hotel nicht genug loben!
This is definitely one of the best 5 star Hotels that I have ever stayed at. The only Hotel that is better is Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand. (individual detached pavilions with every luxury imaginable and costs about $500+ a night) & the only Hotel that I have stayed at that is as good is the Trump International Tower & Hotel overlooking Central Park. The Hotel is fabulous, service impeccable, the swimming pool & pool area is beautiful, and the staff bring you round cold towels and complimentary orange juice or water whilst you sunbathe. The rooms are very luxurious and the bathrooms are lovely. Food is great. The beach is nice too- though we mainly stayed by the pool.
I cant praise this Hotel enough!
An Amazing Hotel Experience
I have stayed at this Hotel twice - words can not express the grandness and opulance of the Hotel or it's staff! The Hotel is amazing, its immaculate - the funny thing is though you never see anyone cleaning or bussing the marble floors?
We had a Deluxe Room which over looked the pool/beach, the room was very big and included a KingSize Bed which was very comfortable, the rooms have seperate dressing areas and the most impressive bathroom I have seen at any hotel, it has a huge bath and seperate walk in shower that you could fit about 20 people in. The decor throughout the hotel is all in keeping with the arabian theme and is truly magnificant.
The food in all of the 5/6 Restaurants was incredible and the service matched all expectations!
If you do visit this hotel you must have a massage in the Hammam,best I've ever had!!
If you ever have the oppertunity to stay at this wonderful hotel grab it with both hands - Enjoy!
Eine einzigartige Erfahrung in einem Hotel!
Ich war hier bereits 2x und ich kann kaum beschreiben, wie toll und opulent dieses Hotel und die Angestellten sind. Das Hotel ist erstklassig und makellos - witzigerweise sieht man nie jemanden sauber machen oder die Marmorböden polieren!
Wir hatten ein Deluxe Zimmer mit Blick auf den Pool/Strand. Das Zimmer war groß mit einem riesigen Doppelbett, das sehr bequem war. Es gab separate Ankleideräume, und das Badezimmer war sehr beeindruckend. Wahrscheinlich eines der grössten Badezimmer und Dusche, die ich je gesehen habe in einem Hotel. 20 Leute hätten da rein gepasst.
Das gesamte Hotel ist in einem arabischen Stil dekoriert und wirklich einmalig!
Das Essen in allen der 5 oder 6 Restaurants war klasse und der Service war immer wie erwartet! Falls ihr hier Urlaub macht, würde ich eine Massage in Hammam vorschlagen. Die beste Massage die ich jemals hatte.
Falls ihr die Chance habt hier zu übernachten, lasst es euch nicht entgehen! Geniesst es!