Myself and my fiancee decided we needed a spring break in the sun. She had always wanted to go to Dubai and I guess it was one of those places that I was just inquisitive about. So we did our research (mainly here) and compared the costs. For us on paper this hotel looked the best option and so we booked up 10 days.
I could tell you lots and lots about this place, but I will just give you the headlines. Check in is not until 1pm. We turned up at 9am (due to flight times). We expected to drop the luggage and go explore for a few hours. But no. They gave us drinks, danish pastries and asked us to wait for 40 minutes whilst they got the room ready. An hour and a half later, a very appologetic member of reception told us that he was so embarrassed about the delay that they had upgraded our room! This is still 1.5 hours before we were meant to be checking in anyway!!!
This sets the tone for the kind of service you can expect. Genuine nice people. They appreciate the tips, yet never expect or hint in any way for them. They do what ever they can to help. English is widely spoken, but of course to varying levels. I was amazed watching the conciege speak Russian, then Arabic on the phone, then English to me and I believe Japanese (could have been Chinese for all I know) to the next guest as I left the desk. Just AMAZING!
Pools are nice. The infinity pool for you perfectionists, is not an infinity pool, just a pool where water runs over the edge, but none the less they are all very well maintained (there are two others) and have excellent life guards on duty at all times. There was an elderly gentlemen who I found out had limited movement and had lost a leg to diabetis. The lifeguards literally spent hours with him each day helping him into the pool, ensuring that bouyancy aids were in place and giving him intense one on one assitance in an incredibly respectful way. The care given by these strangers to a guest was of such a level that I can feel emotion just thinking about it whilst typing this!
Rooms, nice, clean, comfortable, functional, air con a little irratic but nothing terrible. Guest services helpful but there was a varying level of knowledge depending on who you spoke with. Tip, if you dont get the info you want from one of them, go back a little later and try again. Please dont think that this was bad service, I simply got the impression that some of guest services were local / lived in Dubai, whilst others for all intents and purposes lived in the hotel and only knew about the rest of the city because of what they read in the leaflets.
Resturants. Maya (Mexican), the staff are just simply the best resturant staff ever! The food is interesting and full of flavour, probably not always what Brits would know to be Mex from our chain restaurants but I would say it was a lot better tasting!! Live band every night and they are good! Fusion, great tasting asian food, Rhodes 20/10 OMG you want steak? You got to go here, it is a great looking venue with fantastic food. Brasserie, this is your bulk standard buffett but the selection is wide and varied accomodating all folk including veggies, Muslims, sushi lovers, Europeans and good old fashioned British food as well. Any Americans reading this - sorry there was no burgers! lol For a Burger try the sports bar which shows Footie, Rugby, F1, UFC. Food here not so great compared to the others, kind of basic burger and chips but a very,very relaxed environment. There was one restaurant that we hated, so much cant even remember the name of it. Probably purely because it was not our style. It was fish based, you had to go to a counter like at Tesco's, choose the fish you wanted or the live fish in the tanks behind, then this would be weighed, you then have to work out how and with what ingredients you want it to be cooked in, how it should be cooked, what should accompany it and then you get your price. It just felt like a major ball ache, the food was ony ok and the service levels where no where near as good as at ANY of the others (including buffett) although I guess we may have just been spoilt!
You could spend your whole stay in the hotel compound if you wanted. There is everything you need there. The beach is fantastic! There are bars subtly located all around the grounds, you will never have an excuse to be thirsty other than due to the prices! Basic rule of thumb, you want a basic alcholic drink, its going to cost you around £10, you want a soft drink its around £5.
There are also some sporting events and you have the likes of Trevor Sinclair and Carlton Palmer doing football coaching there one afternoon a week.
This is somewhere were the celebs go although there were no paparatzi that we noticed. The 10 days we were there ended with the Dubai world cup. Our last night saw a big function hosted by Peter Andre (private unfortunatly lol) and my fiancee became all star struck and had to have a picture taken with Amy Childs when she suddenly realised she was sun bathing practically next to her.
The inhouse night club (bar below) is really only what you could refer to as a two floor lounge bar. You want wild, you go to Club XL in the next door hotel, you want busy go to Club 44 at this hotels sister the Grosvenor, you want to have fun in a small group, Bar Below is the place. Incredible staff who will dance and be playful with you and a very entertaining DJ who is just good fun!
MAKE SURE YOU USE THE STEAM ROOMS AND HEMMA POOLS (upstairs above the Spa) you dont pay extra and are perfect to get ready for a lazy day by the pool - oh, the Gym, totally kitted out with everything you need, so no excuses!! :)
If you do plan to go off site, make sure you do preplan, avoid relying on motorised transport between 6 and 9 pm, this part of Dubai just becomes a huge traffic jam at those times, remember Thursday night is even worse as it is the locals equivalent of a 'Friday night' and everyone seems to be out to play!!
All in all, trips are always what YOU make of it, but this place is a perfect opportunity to make it a very relaxed and enjoyable break!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai is situated on a pristine stretch of private beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf and with 500 rooms, caters to every type of traveler. With 14 international restaurants and bars, the hotel offers guests the world on a plate. Caracalla, the hotel’s Spa & Health Club, is the ideal retreat for mind and body. The pool and beach facilities are heaven for sunbathers and joggers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Royal Meridien Dubai
- Royal Meridien Dubai
- Meridien Dubai
- Royal Meridian Dubai
- Royal Meridian Hotel Dubai
- Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort Dubai
- Royal Meridien Hotel Dubai
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