Thursday, October 20, 2011

HOTEL CHECK DUBAI, part 1, One&Only Royal Mirage






DUBAI. The city that reaches for the sky - always bigger and better, full of fantasy and excitement. But still a place to relax in the sun. We paid a visit to the Big Apple of the Middle East to check out our favourite properties and keep in touch with our special contacts at the hotels. Our first stop was our top seller One&Only Royal Mirage.

O&O Royal Mirage

With its Arabian Nights touches of arches, domes and courtyards, this hotel is a contrast to the skyscrapers of Dubai - it is low rise and extends through huge gardens, lush lawns and immaculate flower beds. It is a large resort consisting of 3 hotels, The Palace, Residence & Spa, Arabian Court.

We stayed in the Palace. We had a Superior Suite which is the second room category - a generous size and perfect for a couple who wants more space and a separate living room. Definitely to be recommended.

A new jetty and lounge have opened which is the best place for a sundowner drink, with a trendy atmosphere, music, fire and so on. From this jetty there is also a boat shuttle to One&Only The Palm which leaves a few times a day.


Who should stay
We recommend The Palace or Arabian Court for families and The Residence for couples. The atmosphere both in The Palace and Arabian Court is exuberant, with people and children enjoying themselves. This was most apparent around the pool and in the breakfast restaurants. Obviously this is really relaxing for families, who don't have to feel their kids are an intrusion.

Location
On the water just by the bridge leading to The Palm. 20 minutes by car to Dubai Mall, 10 minutes to Mall of the Emirates, 10 minutes to Atlantis The Palm, 10 minutes to The Walk.

Facilities
Nice outdoor pool area with green lawns, lots of palm trees. Spa, fitness centre, 4 swimming pools, tennis courts, Kids Club, watersports.

You should know
No WIFI in the hotel. For guests staying at The Palace - you can use the gym in The Residence which is bigger than the one at The Palace.


Wrap-up
A big 5 star resort perfect for families. The fantastic thing is that all Select clients get a very special treatment. The sales department personally checks all the rooms prior to arrival for our guests to make sure there is a welcome card and so on.



Pool and bar area


Superior suite in the Palace


The Residence


Courtyard

Note: Pictures are informal snaphots by Select Collection during our stay

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