Hotel One And Only Residence and Spa Hotel 5 star
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Jumeirah Beach Road Po Box 74147 Dubaï, United Arab Emirates -
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A member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World', the One & Only Royal Mirage 'Residence' is a boutique hotel located at the heart of a vast and beautiful geometric oasis, perfectly suited to couples in search of peaceful surroundings, privacy and sophisticated luxury and ideal for honeymooners, though probably not the best place to stay if you are holidaying as a family.

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      One And Only Residence and Spa   -   © EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 1.0 /10

    The hotel is situated on Jumeirah beach, 16 mi from the city centre and 19 mi from the airport, each around 30 minutes away.

    Accommodation 9.70 /10

    The 50 impeccable rooms are divided into three different categories, plus a villa, and all face the sea, although the heavy vegetation means that there are no sea views from the rooms. All have a balcony or a terrace and a floor area of 624 ft or 1270 ft respectively, with a beautiful tall wooden headboard dominating the cosy and sophisticated traditional Arabian surroundings. The very comprehensive amenities include individual air-conditioning, a free safe, a minibar, a flat-screen satellite television and a direct international telephone line. A set of wooden sliding doors leads through from the room to the bathroom, which includes a bathtub and shower, a hair-dryer, dressing gowns and a lovely selection of Molton Brown hospitality products, whilst the toilet is separate. Room service and a butler service are available 24-hours a day.

    Overview 9.70 /10

    The Residence opened in 2002 and consists of just two floors and 50 guest rooms, meaning that the staff here can provided a more personalised service in extremely peaceful surroundings. Extremely different from the resort's other two hotels, it provides plush, intimate, elegant and sophisticated surroundings adorned, but not overloaded, with decorative features. You will notice various coloured curvy marble features that sit side-by-side in perfect harmony, as well as armchairs inlaid with mother-of-pearl, whilst the corridors, with their rather low wooden ceilings, feature numerous arched openings, each offering a slightly different view of the resort and its vast geometric grounds. The Residence is also sheltered from the rest of the resort by its thick vegetation and slightly withdrawn location. A series of fountains, waterways enhanced by beautiful red flowers, lawned areas and rows of palm trees lead through to a large and beautiful geometric swimming pool (which is only open to guests staying at the Residence), before the curved pathway heads off through the sprawling gardens down to the beach. The beautiful gym features parquet flooring and boasts a large number of the latest machines, although less athletic guests may prefer the hot stones located at the centre of the very traditional spa. You might also be interested to know that whilst the spa has a total of 12 treatment rooms, the treatments offered here are never mixed, and as there are no separate areas for men and women, the latter are invited to book treatments in the morning, the former in the evening.

    Food and drink 9.70 /10

    Although there are no fewer than 8 restaurants at the One & Only Royal Mirage resort, the Residence is home to only one of them, meaning that it can offer its guests more peaceful surroundings. As if wandering through a grand stately home, you will go from the very comfortable library, where you can enjoy a complimentary English tea, as well as a selection of alcoholic beverages and cocktails, to the dining room, an extremely sophisticated setting with split-level high archways complete with long drapes and cosy chairs around well-spaced tables. There is also a terrace outside, for those who like to make the most of being outdoors. The menu here consists of a combination of both Middle-Eastern and international cuisine, though you could always sample the delicious cuisine at one of the 7 other restaurants at the resort, of course.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    Opposite the Jumeirah Palm, the extremely beautiful beach bordered with lawn stretches for over half a mile, with its fine, white sand cleaned on a daily basis. You can enjoy spectacular views of the Burj Al Arab from here, while you relax on a thick red-cushioned iron deckchair in the shade of a parasol, or even a palm tree. The fabric parasols are arranged in pairs around small tables: a waiter service is provided at your table and privacy is guaranteed. The clear turquoise water is just perfect - lovely and warm and really calm, though a little too shallow for swimming. You will need to go out a fair distance before it is deep enough to swim in, however the gentle slope into the water does make it perfect for children. A wide variety of water sports, including sailing, wind-surfing, water-skiing and deep-sea fishing, are also available for a supplement.

    To know

    The Palace was the first hotel to be built in the superb One & Only Royal Mirage resort, which now also includes another two - the Arabian Court and the Residence. Guests are welcome to move freely from one hotel to another via the gardens or the beach, which is shared by all three hotels, although each has its own specific area. Guests staying at the complex also share other facilities, such as the water sports club, the spa and the sports courts and pitches. The Royal Mirage is actually a resort in itself, with a wide variety of activities on offer. As a member of the One & Only luxury hotel group, it also offers guests a luxurious setting and high-quality service, with each hotel enjoying its own swimming pool, relaxation areas, bars and restaurants, the latter being open to local residents in Dubai as well as guests staying at the hotel.

    Accommodation tip:

    Since the Residence is only two floors high, none of the guest rooms (even those facing the bay) have a sea view, because of the palm trees which stand in the way. It is therefore a good idea to request a room on the ground floor so that you can walk straight onto the lawn from your terrace.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, football, beach volley, basketball, golf, sailing, kayak, canoe, badminton, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • A superb swimming pool
    • A very refined ambience
    • The decor
    • The quality of the service
    • The sprawling gardens
    • On the beach

    disadvantages

    • The different spa opening times for men and women
    • It could be a little too quiet for some

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Veronique A. Veronique A.  
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      • Package deals in avril 2012 Posted on 2014-05-25 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Magnifique Hôtel , avec une très belle situation en bord de mer. Hôtel Très propre, personnels très compétents et aimables. Grands choix en restaurants dans l hôtel.

      • Advantages

        le Plus en bord de plage Hôtel magnifique et très bien entretenu.

      • Disavantages

        L inconvénient de cet Hôtel , le prix élevé

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      • Overall Score 7.80/10
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