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The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

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  • A perfectly located hotel on a delightful stretch of Jumeirah beach
  • Elegant and refined; some of the best service in Dubai
  • Restaurants feature innovative and exceptionally good food
  • A little oasis of elegance and calm in frantically-paced Dubai
Arrival experience

Arrival was slick, with plenty of staff on hand to take care of my luggage. I was escorted to the majilis area and offered chilled towels and a welcome beverage. Check-in formalities were handled quickly and I was escorted to my room.

The lobby is open and spacious with the adjoining lounge featuring a beautifully carved, wooden ceiling. There is a sense of calm throughout and even when busy, it never feels overcrowded or rushed.

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Rooms and suites

The Executive suites are quite lovely. And they are a perfect size at 108 m² with loads of room to spread out and enjoy the surroundings. My suite featured a marble-floored lobby, with chocolate brown wooden walls leading into a bright lounge area with a large sofa bed, armchairs and a work desk. This all flowed out onto a large balcony overlooking the resort and beach beyond.

The entertainment system includes a 46″ HD TV and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Through a delightful wood paneled doorway is a large bedroom featuring a chaise longue along with a pop-up TV located in a unit at the foot of the bed. There is a dressing area behind the bed which leads into a very spacious bathroom. The bedroom also opened out onto a balcony with wonderful views of the gardens, pools and the Arabian Gulf below.

Decor at the Ritz-Carlton is always refined and elegant and the Jumeirah Beach property is no exception. Chocolate brown woods, sandy hued carpeting and wonderful accents of lemon creates a beautiful environment. The decor is stylish and restrained, and makes for a very comfortable and relaxing haven.

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The bathroom

Featuring lots of light green marble and ceramic tiles, a huge soaking tub and a beautiful feature wall of metallic finished tiles, this bathroom is designed to make everyone who enters feel suitably glamorous.

A long twin basin vanity has acres of space for all one’s products and the lighting is excellent. There is a separate WC with bidet. But the star of the show has to be the massive walk-in shower: a huge rain-head along with two wall-mounted shower heads and eight body-jets.

Toiletries are Asprey.

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Dining

The Palm Grill is a new concept that has just been launched at the hotel. Think laid back, barefoot beach style barbeque with Ritz-Carlton’s style and panache. Located right on the beach, I dined with some work colleagues and we all settled into a wonderful evening very quickly. The concept here is primarily seafood, served in large buckets of crushed ice (chilled lobster tails, shrimp, Alaskan crab and fresh oysters in our case) along with perfectly barbequed meats and fish. It was delicious and the relaxing ambiance and beach chic atmosphere offers seaside dining at its best.

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Other restaurant options

The overall dining scene at the Ritz-Carlton is exceptionally good. You will find many great options with standards that have been maintained throughout the hotel’s seventeen-year history. Along with the Palm Grill, there are a number of other venues including the Blue Jade restaurant (featuring Vietnamese and Chinese fusion food) and the Italian restaurant, Splendido, which offer exceptional fare. If you plan to stay a few nights, this is one destination worth working your way through the dining options; no need to venture elsewhere.

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Spa and wellness

I went for a sixty-minute Swedish massage. The general spa environment was pleasant enough, but nothing super-special. One thing that is unique, however, is the outdoor relaxation deck along with an adult-only swimming pool. Treatment rooms were perfectly lit and very relaxing. My therapist got everything just right and I emerged feeling perfectly relaxed and ready for a busy evening ahead.

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Pool and beach

There are two pools within the resort, well three, if you include the one at the spa. The large one in the gardens is located in front of the new wing and perfect for families and those wanting to see and be seen. Service is fast, polite and downright pleasant. In front of the original wing of the hotel is the very cool La Baie Lounge, with its laid back vibe, chilled out music, and wonderfully-shaded, double-size day-beds. This all surrounds a private, adult-only pool. It’s hip, it’s cool, and it’s the greatest place to hang out for the day.

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Staff and service

Almost without exception, the service is excellent at this hotel. It’s slick and unlike many other luxury Dubai hotels, not delivered in a rote fashion. Staff seem to notice the little things, they communicate well and are completely focused on guests’ needs.

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Departure experience

My luggage was quickly collected from my suite, and the next time I saw it was in the trunk of the car, waiting to head off to Dubai airport. Checkout was professional and friendly. I really didn’t want to leave.

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General information

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    How to get here

    35 minutes by car from Dubai Airport

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    Accommodation

    148 Rooms & Suites

Amenities

  • Wi-fi

    Wi-fi

  • Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

  • Spa

    Spa

  • Gym

    Gym

  • Restaurants

    Restaurants

  • Beach

    Beach

  • Tennis

    Tennis

  • Watersports

    Watersports

  • Dive centre

    Dive centre

  • Kids club

    Kids club

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