This hotel does not disappoint as one of Jumeirah's newest hotels. With its recent appearance in Mission Impossible as a palace in Mumbai, you could be forgiven in thinking it could be a bit ostentatious. This is not the case. The striking decor in the main area of the hotel, with its Ottoman inspired design feels more cosy than it first implies. Have a Morrocan mint tea and some mini scones in the Sultan's Lounge in the lobby and you'll soon settle in. The service is exemplary, with welcoming staff and a smooth check-in and out.
The rooms are large and comfortable, with balconies perfect for a late evening drink to watch the sunset or an early morning coffee before breakfast. The only criticism is that the bath is far too big to fill, despite our best efforts! The breakfast is stunning, with everything you can think of and more besides. Our requests for buffalo mozzarella were met within minutes as a waiter whisked off to the kitchen. We only ate in the Indian restaurant which offered a tasting menu, allowing us to sample as many dishes and as much of them as we wished. This is pricey, but well presented and very tasty.
The pool area is lovely, with views across the sea towards the Dubai marina skyline, seeming strangely quiet from such a distance.
The highlight of the visit was the spa - allegedly the largest in the middle east. We tried the aromatherapy massage, with the therapist helping us to select the oils we wanted to use before the treatment. The rest of the spa facilities are amazing, with a lovely peaceful jacuzzi and steam area and a large hammam.
Overall, a lovely weekend in a lovely hotel. Well worth a visit and lives up to the good name of Jumeirah.
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