Just a quick progress report on the One and only Arabian court, arrived on Monday morning, beautiful location with lush green gardens, fab beach and wonderful rooms (no coffee or tea makers) not an issue really though for me as just go straight down to breakfast where the coffee is superb.
The rooms are large with lovely roomy balconys overlooking the gardens etc, bathrooms are massive with lovely toiletries etc.
We have eaten in four iof the restaurants and they were very nice although rather expensive but this isn't a cheap destination, about £12 for a beer and lunch sets us back about £80 with a couple of drinks and that's only one course.
My partner stays here about twice a year but in the palace which he prefers but they are renovating at the moment there so that's why we are here.
One thing that will stop me coming back though is that I have seen a number of tiny scrawny little cats wondering around the complex, their cries are pityful and when we ate at the beach bar and grill on Monday evening there was a little cat on the beach crying it's heart out begging for food, I gave it all of my prime Australian filet as did my partner, we did the same the following night after sneaking out the very expensive kebabs we had ordered from the morrocan restaurant Tagine...if the cat/kitten issue doesn't bother you the you will love it here...me on the other hand cannot handle it so will not be returning, ok, the place is not overrun with stray starving cats, I've seen 4 but that's 4 more than I wanted too, my partner said he has never seen any here and would never have bought me if he knew about them.
The staff say they sometimes take them away whatever that means, but on asking two more staff members one said he'd never seen any cats and one said that the hotel doesn't "take them away"
Talking of the staff...I must say that they are brilliant, acknowledging you all the time and nothing is too much trouble for them, they are delightful.
If you can afford the one and only royal mirage, please try it...but if a potty animal lover that gets upset by seeing things that they wouldn't normally see then maybe this isn't for you....we have another 10 days left so no eating outside here again for me having the hear those cries in the dark :(