I've never written a review before, but after visiting this place I was compelled to share my thoughts.
Well well well, what can I say and where to begin? This place really is something else, simply put the staff here are awesome! There is nothing they will not do, to ensure your stay with them is truly a memorable experience and what's extra special is that they give off a genuine synergy, where every single member of staff we encountered was a "happy-chappy!" and will go out of the way to tend to your needs. I've not stayed at the Burj Al Arab (the famous 7 star), though for my next holiday I'm planning to merge a trip between this place (continue reading below to know why) and possibly the Burj, but it's gonna be interesting to compare the service, because I think this place should be acknowledged for having a 7 star service (note I'm not making reference necessarily to any other aspect, besides the service) because what constitutes "7 star, compared to "5 star"!? Anyway, kudos to the management for creating what I can only presume to be a training programme which emphasizes exceptional customer service and animating a memorable lifetime experience!
Being strict adhering vegetarians, I was unsure whether they would have the time to cater to our needs in the way we needed (we went half board by the way), what with hotels and resorts being so busy, and after visiting other hotels around the world I was left a bit skeptical - I needn't have worried, these guys not only met but, exceeded our expectations; cooking us virtually anything we could fathom!
We must give a shout out to some individuals who made this holiday extra special for me and my husband, Dejan, plus his team of well accomplished chef's namely: Vincent, Simon, Sunder and a few others whose names now escape me (also we must especially mention John...this guy was fabulous at accommodating our every gourmet need!)
I wont repeat what most other reviewers have said, except a few things which weren't covered in any reviews prior to our visit. It will cost exactly 100 AED to get a private taxi from the airport to the resort (these are all the same looking Toyota cars, except they have different colored hoods), that said on the last day it cost us the exact same price for a private hotel car (these are, from what I saw, always the Lexus cars and basically do the same thing as the standard taxis..except they are a bit more plush)
There is a spa and a gym which is on the other side of the main building, which I don't think many people know about, either that or it's not used very much - but its lovely. It comes as part of the price of the hotel booking, but it's seriously something I would pay for (it has a series of Hammam pools (the ones that go from hot to uber cold), jacuzzi, sauna and steam room). The gym is also pretty funky and kitted out with everything you need for a workout (dont forget your trainers if you plan on going the gym, as they have a rule about wearing trainers therein).
The grounds at the hotel are quite substantial, when you consider how populated Dubai is becoming and the price of real estate. It has 3 pools and a lovely green lawn split into sections, plus direct access to a private beach overlooking the sea and the eastern crescent of The Palm (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray can be seen not very clearly, although Atlantis is quite visible at night when it's lit up).
We had a family room, which I must say was very large, with it's own walk in wardrobe and two..yes two balconies - the longest I've ever seen. Our room was on the 6th floor and overlooked the city as opposed to the sea, which I kind of regretted because a lot of people say the sea view is better, but having caught a glimpse of the sea view, as beautiful as it is, I thought to myself that must get pretty boring after a few days. With the city view you will see the creation of Dubai unfold, with construction work taking place all around and a rainbow of cars below to view. Staying on the 6th floor we didn't have any issues with construction noise, though I know others have commented on that. The best thing about the balcony was that you are able to sit on it ALL day and I mean anytime, without the fear of spontaneously combusting in that killer heat (we went second week of June) because you get a lovely breeze (which I can only presume is a sea breeze because the tower blocks all around make it virtually impossible for wind to come through), either that or because we were so high up.
Food reviews have already been mentioned elsewhere, so I wont delve too much into that, suffice to say my compliments to all those chefs and cooks that went beyond preparing just meals..but pieces of art - simply sublime! Going half board means you get your breakfast and either lunch or dinner, which is hand in case you want to go out in the evening and not worry about making it back before any cut off times (these guys must have a back door directly into the rest of the world because they will seemingly cook you up ANYTHING you want..that's if its not already available!) We ate at Ossigeno every morning, but I understand most guests will eat at the Brasserie (as we didn't eat there for breakfast I cant comment on the outlay of food). The deal with half board is that you can switch your meals between lunch or dinner and either go for the buffets or a la carte (in which case you get a credit of roughly £25 to spend per person); one thing worth noting here is that drinks are never included (unless in the buffet i.e fruit juices, tea, coffee) and so these will sting you (£5 for a bottle of water..not sure about the booze because we are teetotal, though I reckon from what I've heard its pricey throughout Dubai); but to be honest you really don't mind because of the class and quality of food you get, backed up by solid dedicated service. They have 9 restaurants as mentioned by others (I think you can check out their reviews elsewhere here on Tripadvisor) of which we went to 5 (Pizzeria, Al Khaima (Lebanese), Maya (Mexican), Brasserie and Ossigeno), I must admit the Pizzeria was our favorite - delicious gourmet pizzas! NB: a big shout out to Harmeet Singh from the Pizzeria, seriously good food my good man! You can also travel and eat at their sister hotel Grosvenor (just down the road), however we didn't feel the need to because the range and quality here was impeccable, and would have been tough to beat by our standards.
The decor is unusual at this place, it is as some people have noticed somewhat dated, but does not feel "old"; I guess that's because when you compare it with all the pizzazz of Dubai these days it's set apart - however I reiterate that the service will make up for this and possibly any other shortcomings of the building and its fabric.
There's a free mini-kart/buggy service which is pretty neat, it takes you from the hotel to the beach and vice-versa, as well as around the hotel grounds. There's also a free shuttle bus which takes you to the Mall of Emirates and back to the hotel, we tried it just to try and alternative form of transport (besides the taxis, you aint walking very far in that heat!).
In conclusion, we will definitely return to this place. The hotel management has managed to (by design or unbeknown to them) create a model atmosphere, where, by the second day you totally feel home-from-home and by the last day you get sad you're leaving :( So because of that homely vibe (plus the super-duper service) they will attract new and existing clients to this resort year on year and continue to enjoy exceptional results and success; despite the fierce new lavish and glitzy competing hotels and resorts growing out of Dubai today.
The only thing I would suggest to management in terms of improving things (more so refining), is to reduce the paper "waste"
i.e letter confirmations slipped under the door for each restaurant reservation and also extend the "green towel service" beyond a couple of days (the hotel has an incentive system, whereby you are given a credit of 22AED (approx £4), should you not require towel changes every day because although we stayed for a week, the stack of towels (plus reserves) left on the first day are more than sufficient; whether you incentify or not I would opt for this; to reduce carbon footprint and all that (especially needed in Dubai I would say!) Wi-fi is also rather choppy and largely dependent on where about the area you are (it's a large resort and has multiple wi-fi zones dedicated to each area, hence signal strength is relative to distance from wi-fi hotspot). Also rather than so many small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, etc; consider refilling glass bottles (that much plastic, times by the number of guest, times number of rooms, equals a lot of plastic (though I should mention, I know no hotel that I know of really does this, so its a suggestion to the industry and not specifically this hotel). Finally, the free water and fresh fruit every day is a lovely touch (though dont be so generous, the first bowl we had on the first day lasted us the entire stay and beyond and as for the bottles water, larger bottles mean less plastic!)
Get booking and let these guys take care of the rest! :)
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- Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai is situated on a pristine stretch of private beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf and with 500 rooms, caters to every type of traveler. With 14 international restaurants and bars, the hotel offers guests the world on a plate. Caracalla, the hotel’s Spa & Health Club, is the ideal retreat for mind and body. The pool and beach facilities are heaven for sunbathers and joggers. ... more less
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