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Jumeirah Mina A’Salam began life as an Arabian beauty, a family-style resort that’s superbly located ten minutes from the Mall of the Emirates and on one of the most amazing beaches in town. The hotel has access to the resort’s fabulous Talise Spa and health centre, and the entire property is linked to others in the Madinat Jumeirah by walkways and a Venitian-style waterway with floating abras (boat taxis). The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab can be seen from most of the rooms. At night, the Burj is bathed in revolving lights that change colours every few minutes – something to admire from your balcony.
As the first hotel in the Madinat Jumeirah complex with 292 rooms and suites, several dining outlets, pools, kids’ club and beach access, the beacon has faded somewhat. This may be because the new additions to the resort at large (the latest being Jumeirah Al Naseem) outshine this property. But whatever the reason, Mina A’Salam has failed to keep its crown polished.
As a family holiday destination, this hotel is a good choice. Rooms at the hotel face the water or the gardens, and two kids can stay free in with their parents. If you need more space, interconnecting options are available. Buy access to the Club Lounge if you want breakfast included (for all) and a sundowner or two every day. From 7 PM to closing, it’s an adult-only zone, something you may be ready to embrace after a day here at the hotel.
Rooms are nicely decorated, with wooden furniture and comfortable beds that face the outdoors. Blackout shades are useful, as the sun rises early here in The Gulf. Behind the bed is the dressing area, with ample space and a large built-in luggage rack. A well-stocked minibar and a Nespresso machine come standard, and welcome amenities are added as your stay progresses: eye masks, spec cleaners, bookmarks…
There are several places to eat here, the most fun being the Greek restaurant Shimmers, located beachside. It’s overlooked by the Burj Al Arab, the perfect backdrop for a selfie or two. There’s a Chinese restaurant, and a Mexican, Tortuga, that’s a throwback to what Mexican restaurants were in the 90s. A margarita or two here won’t go amiss, otherwise, head to the Bahri Bar for a quiet cocktail in a more refined setting. Friday brunch is a huge affair at Hanaaya when locals (ex-pats mostly) come out to play.
How to get here
30 minutes by road from Dubai International Airport
292 rooms and suites