Thursday, 30 April 2015

The One & Only Royal Mirage - Dubai

During a recent trip to Dubai the almost hubby and I stayed for four nights at The One & Only Royal Mirage. Check in was quick and easy, it took less than 10 mins whilst seated in a comfy lobby chair. We were also shown to our room before 10am, I would consider that VERY early check in! The room was large and clean but most importantly up to the luxurious Dubai standards. Every product and size of towel was available in the bathroom as well as robes and slippers, the balcony had a nice table and chairs, plenty of channels in English on the TV, a huge comfy bed, a perfect view over the pool and the beach, nice crisp and cold air con as well as a good room service menu!

The pool area was large and spotless. It was very calm and relaxing and whilst children are allowed here it was mainly adults seated around the pool. The loungers were perfectly spaced out and water was constantly topped up along with fresh fruit, sunglasses cleaning, cold face spray and frozen flannels. There was also a full poolside drinks service, however, you could not eat by the pool, which is a shame as I love this part of lazy holidaying. The pool side cafe was good but with limited options so after day one we chose to have a break from the sunshine and retire to our room for an hour of air con and some good room service grub, which was always with us within 30 mins.

Whilst staying here we checked out the Beach Bar & Grill and Nina's (in the adjacent hotel - a lovely walk through the grounds) for dinner. Nina's provides high end Indian cuisine with some fantastic a-la-carte options. Service is efficient and presentation is excellent. The atmosphere is dark and moody. The Beach Bar & Grill provides inside and outside dining over looking the private stretch of beach. We ordered T-Bone steak and jumbo prawns, both were great and with one starter to share, a dessert to share, two soft drinks, a bottle of water and glass of wine the bill was just over £100, which isn't bad these days for Dubai and for what we had you cannot complain too much!

This hotel is in a good location. It has it's own large stretch of private beach and is a short drive from the Palm. They do also provide a boat service to a sister hotel on the Palm. Our room came with free tickets to Aquaventure Dubai and they also provide as expected a full concierge service. We never waited longer than 5 mins for a taxi ordered from the hotel and could be at Emirates Towers, The Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall within a short and relatively cheap journey.

As a final note the hotel gave us late check out until 2pm and also enabled us to shower in the spa before our flight!