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Arabian Court at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Ranked #11 of 546 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Scotland
1 review
“Best Hotel I have ever visited.”
Reviewed 7 October 2009

This is the best hotel I have stayed at in 20 years of visiting Dubai. Everything that could be done to ensure you enjoyed your holiday was done without question. All staff members were absolutely fantastic and could not have been more helpful.
We certainly intend to return.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 October 2009

On arrival at the hotel the reception staff were friendly and efficient and as we'd driven from Abu Dhabi to Dubai our car was valet parked for us. The hotel is built in traditional arabic style with lots of marble, archways, candles, cushions, camels and traditional arabic furniture. This is a refreshing change from the usual 5* hotels that are all modern but lacking that uniqueness.
Our room was huge with a lovely balcony overlooking the very mature gardens which are maintained to a very high standard. All the usual things were available, flat screen TV, hairdrier, mini bar etc. etc. But no tea and coffee making facilities, so take your travel kettle!
The Arabian Court is on a complex which includes the Arabian Palace and the Residences and you are able to eat at any of the many restaurants. Booking is advisable though as they are very popular. All of them were great, and the food fantastic. Lunch at the Eau Zone overlooking the beach is just perfect. Of course the drinks are very expensive, starting at £7 for a glass of dry white wine or a glass of beer, and it doesn't get cheaper buying a bottle. If you eat in the Beach Bar and Grill or the Morrocan restaurants in the Palace and select a mezzeh to start, one is sufficent for two persons, don't order two!
The pool area is lovely with attention to detail; sunglasses cleaned, constant iced drinking water, fresh fruit and cool towels for wiping faces. Although the hotel was full we always managed to get a sunbed. There is also an adults only area with Gazebos next to the pool, which is very quiet.
Don't forget to visit the new Dubai Mall, particularly after 6.00 pm to see the fountain displays that operate every half hour - they are breathtaking.
We did a speed cruiser trip for 50 minutes that left from the hotel water sports. It was just over £100 but if you get a few people to share its obviously cheaper. You are taken around the Palm to see the Atlantic Hotel and the villas and then over to the Marina and through the Marina area which is now fully open - a great trip at high speed!
We've previously stayed in the Jumiera Beach Hotel and the Atlantic Palm Hotel and to be honest the Royal Mirage beats them on all levels - you can't get any better recommendation that someone wanting to return to a hotel - and that's exactly what we intend to do.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 5 October 2009

Having been over 10 years since I was last in Dubai there are a lot more choices when it comes to hotels. We were looking for a week of guaranteed sunshine and the least amount of holiday hassle possible. We considered a few hotels and had recommendations for The One and Only, Mina A' Salam and The Atlantis. We opted for the One and Only but did however visit both the other hotels during our stay and were very happy that we decided not to stay at either of them. They were both very big hotels with a lot of people bustling about, trying to get away from the London hussle and bussle it seemed like The Atlantis and Mina A' Salam were big Disney style resorts very "themed".

Back to our stay, we caught an overnight flight so arrived at the hotel for around 09:00 they checked us in ushered us to a room we were able to have breakfast (tea, cakes and fruit) while our room was made ready. We had booked to stay on a half board basis so not sure if everyone gets this. After this we were taken to our room, all the rooms seem to look out towards the sea, it's relatively low hotel by comparison only 4 floors so from our 2nd floor room we mostly saw palm trees. The rooms are a good size all with balconies, separate bath and shower and a plus for me was enough towels for when your partner snags the 2 big ones for her hair and body and you end up with the hand towel, I presume there were 3 or 4 large towels. I am informed that the hair shampoo and conditioner were very good as well as the moisturiser (I have no idea about these things).

The hotel is split into 3 so there is the Arabian Court, The Spa and Residence and The Palace, from walking around the hotel The Palace seems to be the biggest of these, all have access to their own pool / pools and area of the beach. We had access to use all of the facilities with the exception of The Palace pool. Around the pools there were also Adult Only areas as our stay wasn't during a school holiday there were only a few very young children about.

We found the staff to be very friendly and would help out were they could the pool attendant booked us the Tennis Courts (complementary) They frequently brought around iced water and fresh fruit to keep you hydrated throughout the day. We also used the Spa but didn't have any big treatments so couldn't comment on how good they are. But we freely used the Steam Room and Gym (they did also have a power plate not sure if there is a charge for this).

As we stayed on a half board basis we had both Breakfast and Dinner included, we didn't enquire if we could eat breakfast in other parts of the hotel but it is just a buffet so I suspect the food is the same. It's pretty comprehensive you can also request omelette’s fried, poached eggs in addition to anything that is out. The evening meals can be eaten in any of the hotels Restaurants as we stayed just over a week we had a chance to eat in almost all of them. 2 are buffet style which is good if you want to stack your plate up, but we found the food in the other Restaurants to be of a higher standard (I think this is because you can eat in the others if you are not a resident of the hotel). In the other Restaurants you have the option of the half board menu which is 3 courses and generally you have a choice amongst those. If you stray from the menu you have a 135Dhms per person for food. Our personal favourite of the restaurants was Tangine (North African style).

Our returning flight was also an overnight flight we opted not to book a room and had to vacate the room by 12:00. The hotel were more than happy for us to continue to use all of the facilities and gave us what they call a hospitality room to shower and change in when we pleased. (I presume this is a room that is empty during that day).

Overall we found it to be a very nice hotel, there is a mono rail station being built for the Palm next to the hotel, currently it's a bit of a concrete block but there was no noise and if you are following the sun it's never in your line of vision. The hotel is close to Palm island so from the Arabian Court beach you do notice all the buildings and Mono Rail but from visiting other hotels I think that it's difficult to find one that doesn't look out over something.

I would happily go back to this hotel again although I would be cautious about going during school holidays or peak season if you want a quiet holiday as I suspect it becomes very busy and there isn't separate pools for children.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Surrey
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

Just returned from my Honeymoon at the Arabian Court and we both loved it. First time we have been to Dubai for a proper holiday, normally just stop one night from Australia, so to actually spend some time there was excellent, it has so much to offer.

The hotel itself is great, low rise, not too busy, traditional, relaxed, you couldn't ask for more I reckon.

The beach is huge, the sea maybe a little on the boring side, snorkelling was quite pointless "oh there's some sand, oh there's some more, etc" But the pools more then make up for it all. We managed to get one of the towel guys to reserve us a great position every day, which was great.

All the restaraunts were excellent and the Rooftop bar is a great way to unwind after a heavy day bathing by the pool.

I would definitely recommend here for people looking to go to Dubai, but those wanting something understated.

As for any worrying about building works, we saw or heard none!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2009

booked to go to Turkey with my family, but after finding a brilliant deal on the Virgin site, we cancelled Turkey and went back to Dubai for the third year running. It was bed, breakfast and free evening meal. After arriving and feeling like royalty when they banged a gong as we entered , we were shown to our room at about 8.20 in the morning. We then went out exploring. Beautiful gardens extending the length of the 2 other sister hotels. The 3 pools were rarely more than half full. Sam and Michael would keep the children amused for hours before doing aqua aerobics and adult games later on. You could dine at any of the resturants for evening meal and each of them were 1st class, all of them catering for children. The location of the hotel was very good, close to everything. Each and everyone of the staff were great, the friendliest in Dubai. About the only complaint I can think of is the high price of alcohol but that can be said for virtually any hotel in Dubai.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2009

We used Dubai as a stop-over for two nights and we really couldn't have picked a better hotel. Great location, lovely room, a superb array of top-notch restaurants, helpful staff and plenty going on day and night. We were able to use all the facilities of the whole One and Only resort, not just those at Arabian Court. Wish we were there longer!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2009

After much deliberation and review reading on trip advisor I booked 10 nights for myself (single mum) and three children all boys age 11, 8 and 6. I was apprehensive as the reviews could fluctuate in their ratings and although having worked extensively in India, I was unsure how Dubai would suit our single parent family set up. I needn't have worried. We stayed at the Arabian Court, which we absolutely loved with its welcoming, Arabian and intimate feel. The staff were superb. The rooms wonderful and spacious. The dining superb. We were on the half board dine around programme which means you can eat in any of the restaurants, in the Rotisserie and Olives you just pay for drinks and in some of the other restaurants such as Eau Zone you receive credit to a certain value and pay the extra. Eau Zone was our favourite and as we were mainly ordering from the childrens menu, financially it worked out the cheapest. The food in Eau Zone is amazing and as good if not better than the best restaurants I have eaten in. The surroundings are lovely and I would definitely recommend it. Old Dubai, souks and creeks are a must see, take a break from the sky scrapers, and also try shopping in Kamala if you like to haggle and get a bargain. I thought Atlantis hotel was awful. A monstrous building but good to take a mono rail trip to see. The water park was ok but not comparable to florida according to my children. When I asked them what was their favourite thing, the 3 responses were the macaroni cheese ! the souks and the friendliest people in the world. Everyone made our stay delightful and I am already itching to book again for early next year. Having seen many of the other hotels I honestly think you won't do much better than this.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Arabian Court at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Address: One&Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court Al Sufouh Rd | Jumeirah Beach, PO Box 37252, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Dubai
#10 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#23 Family Hotel in Dubai
#27 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#80 Business Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Arabian Court at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai 5*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Arabian Court is crafted in the spirit of the orient with dramatic architecture creating symmetry, amidst a landscape of fountains, walkways and lush gardens. The subtly angled entrance leads to the impressive grand gallery, the vertebrae of the hotel that links the two wings of the property and guides guests towards the 162 charismatic guest rooms and 10 elaborately styled suites, all of which are facing the sea, with private balcony or garden patio. The three restaurants and their lounges thrive on individuality. These include a journey from the grand kitchens of the past, to a modern voyage through the eclectics and vibrancy of the Near East and beyond. ... more   less 
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