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One&Only Royal Mirage, Residence & Spa

Dubai

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  • Romantic and grown-up, lively Dubai nights will not be found here

  • Book a suite, and you will have use of your own pool cabana during your stay

  • Enjoy complimentary afternoon tea, served daily in The Library 

  • Perfect for shopaholics: Mall of Emirates is a mere ten minutes away  

Arrival experience

It was late at night when after a frenetic transfer through the busy Dubai streets from the airport, I arrived and walked through the doors of The Residence. A wave of calm washed over me upon entering, and I knew I would be looked after very well here. The staff dealt with my check in swiftly, while I relaxed with a welcome drink and a cold towel.

The small, intimate reception area was elegant and homely with a country club feel to it, a distinct difference from some of the larger, busier Dubai hotels where I have stayed on other visits. Within a few minutes, I was on my way by buggy to my room, where after a brief explanation of the functions and facilities, I promptly fell asleep on the soft, cool bed.

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Rooms and suites

My Prestige Room was 60 m² (646 ft²), spacious and elegant with a traditional and homely feel to it. Décor was mostly cream, with some antique wooden pieces of furniture to break up the monotone canvas. In the corner of the room was a desk, and the TV was housed in a large cupboard along with a mini bar and a medium sized chest of drawers. There was even a wooden trouser press, something you hardly see anymore. This was all softened by modern Arabic vases and lamps that were dotted around. I loved the velvet, light green armchair and foot stool in the corner of the room: so inviting. Overall, the room was classic, understated and beautifully appointed. So, if you’re into sleek, modern design, this ain’t for you.

The patio doors lead out onto a small balcony which, though snug, had room for two sun loungers and a table.

The super king-sized bed dominated the room and was extremely comfortable; I sleep soundly during my stay. A full pillow and bedding menu was available as well. There was a separate walk-in wardrobe which had a lot of drawer and hanging space.

In keeping with the style of the room, the technology was traditional also, adequate at best. WiFi was complimentary, and a charger was provided for iPhone and android phones. There were ample light switches in all the right places: next to the bed, the desk and the mirror.

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The bathroom

Through sliding, wooden doors was an impressive and large bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub. A mirror ran the length of the wall, with ornate Arabian art pieces hanging over the mirror which was very attractive. The cream coloured, marble double sink vanity added to the luxurious and spacious feel. Lighting was excellent, and the stand-alone mirror was perfect for applying makeup. In keeping with the rest of the room, it felt luxurious in an understated way.

Molton Brown (100 ml) toiletries were replenished daily.

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Dining

There is only one restaurant at The Residence, The Dining Room, which is exclusive to residents only for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It’s a lovely spot to dine, filled with natural light during the day and becoming more intimate during the evening. Like everything in the hotel, it was charming and stylish. The elegant wicker furnishings and delicate floral patterns made a refreshing change to what often amounts to over-the-top Arabian styled dining areas.

Breakfast here was a delight. I am an early riser, and hence I was often the only (first even?) guest there in the mornings, where service was attentive, personal and very friendly. My eggs were cooked to perfection from the a la carte menu, and the cereal, bread, fruit and the honey selection from the self-service selection was extensive.

One evening I ordered room service, a simple steak sandwich which was delicious and which arrived in twenty minutes, presented in a professional and friendly manner.

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Other restaurant options

The Library area hosts a complimentary afternoon tea at 3 pm daily. It’s also a place where residents can relax, recoup and mingle in elegant surroundings, or of course, just relax with a good book.

As part of the One&Only Royal Mirage, you can dine in up to eight different restaurants ranging from Mediterranean, Indian and Italian.

The Jetty Lounge located at The Palace is a great spot to chill with a cocktail watching the sunset; a must for all Royal Mirage guests.

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Spa and wellness

The impressive, freestanding building housed the One&Only Spa. Designed in Old Arabia style, it offers a traditional Moroccan Hammam and twelve treatment suites.

The CARITA spa menu was vast, with a number of signature treatments to choose from. The Beauty Centre had a hair salon and a separate mani/pedi studio where an ultimate pamper package was available.

An excellent fitness centre, open from 7 am until 9 pm, was equipped with all the latest Technogym equipment, Kinesis systems, Power Plate and the BOSU balance programme.

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Pool and beach

The pool is the central point of the hotel, and it’s stunning, surrounded by palm trees, private cabanas and some of the comfiest sun loungers in Dubai. Pool boys are attentive, polite and efficient. They could have been more friendly, but given the temperatures when I was here in the month of May, I can only commend them for a job well executed (not to mention staying on their feet the whole day).

Directly in front of the hotel is the private beach which is one kilometre long and exclusive to Residence & Spa guests. There are numerous cabanas dotted along offering shade and, for us worshippers, sun loungers placed directly in the Arabian heat. Even though I did not partake, watersports and related equipment are available, including sailboats, kayaks, windsurfs and Hobie cats.

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Kids/teens facilities

The Residence & Spa does not have any children’s facilities. Kids will be bored here, and other guests will hate you if you bring anyone under twelve along. The other properties within Royal Mirage (The Palace & Arabian Court) are family-friendly and offer fully equipped kids’ clubs and plenty of action.

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Staff and service

The staff were professional, attentive and personable almost across the board. As mentioned earlier, the stand-offish pool boys may have been having a bad day.

The restaurant team were fantastic. Sensitive to a woman dining on her own, they ensured I was comfortable and offered me a newspaper or magazine, so I was occupied, a nice touch which I appreciated.

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Guest profile

There were a lot of Brits holidaying here, young and old alike, dynamics which changed slightly towards the weekend as locals arrived. There were a few French couples were also in residence, enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

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Departure experience

The bell boy collected me and my luggage swiftly and ensured I was at reception with plenty of time for check-out and to meet my pre-ordered taxi. Friendly, personable and efficient, it was everything I had come to expect from this hotel.

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General information

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    How to get there

    30 minutes by road transfer from Dubai International Airport

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    Accommodation

    48 Rooms & Suites

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi

    Wi-Fi

  • Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

  • Spa

    Spa

  • Gym

    Gym

  • Restaurant

    Restaurant

  • Beach

    Beach

  • Tennis

    Tennis

  • Water sports

    Water sports

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