We've just come back from a 2 week stay. We had booked half board so got an automatic upgrade to "All Yours Inclusive" for free - basically free breakfast/lunch/dinner, soft drinks all day, ice cream for kids all day, then free draught/bottled beer (Magners/ Kronenbourg/ Amstel / Guinness/Kilkenny/ Heineken to name a few - differs at each bar/restaurant) and wine (from a reasonable selection) between 6pm and 10pm (staff happy to point out you could order as much as you wanted to to stock up before cut off if you really wanted too- although a hangover in that heat not recommended!).
It took about 40 mins to get from the Airport to the hotel which wasn't too bad . We wanted a beach holiday, if we wanted the sights we would probably stay closer next time, but IBN Battuta Mall was only 20 mins by courtesy coach and another 15 mins for Mall of Emirates.
The main hotel with its 3 restaurants and a bar is closed until January but all the pools and leisure facilities remain open. All those that booked into Jebel were moved across to PTC, so although breakfast was a bit busy at times, never once did it feel over crowded, in fact quite the opposite, the number of spare sunbeds around the pools and beach and grounds was amazing.
For lunch you could eat in Fontana/Sports Cafe/Captains Bar and have anything off the menu. For the evenings most people seemed to eat in the Fontana buffet restaurant which had a different themed night each night. Food was generally ok there but as you got AED160 allowance per person for evening meals to eat elsewhere, we tended to eat in the Sports Cafe and Shooters which were far better, quieter and looked more upmarket as the Fontana had a "big cafe feel". A bit of a trek to each of these but there are free golf buggy rides available to the Cafe and a shuttle bus across to Shooters every 30 mins (5 min journey).
You still have to sign for meals even if on AYI - a Service charge of 10% is automaticllay included so tipping not generally expected but we did leave extra where really good and left money for room, kids club staff and caddies. AYI seemed to be very good value as on one meal alone for the 4 of us including one bottle of wine and a few beers it came to £150
PTC rooms are very spacious. We had a double double (so about 8ft wide), our eldest daughter a double sofa bed and youngest daughter a single bed (both up permanently), and still plenty of room.
Staff are fantastic, always smiling, always willing to help and very good with the kids.
We have an 8 yr old and 10yr old, both loved the kids club and decided to eat down there most nights whilst watching a film, we had to drag them away so we could get to spend some time with them ! (Rest of the day they lived in the Pool, surprised they haven't grown gills!!) The Peaco club appeared under used as on a number of times there would be just our kids there and 4 staff so they were well and truly spoilt for attention
Some good activities available for all - eldest went horse riding (1 hr for AED200) . This was a 121 trek around the desert area, thoroughly enjoyed. Banana boat rides were free, Scuba club just launched so we all got to have a go for free, Shooting Club (Pistol shooting (AED 95 for 25 rounds) - scary but good fun, nothing like as easy as it looks on tv ! There's a small gym, badminton, tennis, table tennis, air hockey, table football, squash. 9 hole golf for those keen in that heat. Spa facilities available too.
Due to youngest getting travel sick, excursions off site were curtailed. I had a half day trip to see a bit of the city, creek, souks, museums which only cost AED135 ie less than a one way taxi fare, a bargain with Arabian Adventures arranged in reception. Also had trip to Mall for supermarket stocks (Geant at Battuta and Carrefour at MoE)
Gold souk was scary - went to look for some ear rings for the wife, misread label to find out first starting price was AED24,000 ie £4000 !! One way to get the price down is to look stunned say you want something far cheaper ( I really do love my wife but £4k... !) and then cheaper still....the price eventually came down to £1250, so whilst I was pleased with my bartering skills decided to refer back to the other half first ! (Wife confirmed she would never have worn them at that price in case she lost one).
Heat - there's a lot of it. I hadn't truly realised how hot it would be. Within minutes of going out of the rooms we were pretty much drenched in sweat, so drank lots and lots and lots of water. To be honest I spent 90% of my time in the shade but the wife and kids ( bottles of Factor 50) loved it.
Overall - Would we go back - YES!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxurious Palm Tree Court & Spa is situated within the award-winning Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. A stunning palm-lined private beach and three swimming pools are just steps away from the suites and junior suites, surrounded by lush gardens, waterfalls and fish-filled streams. A championship 9-hole golf course, academy, spa, restaurants, bars, kids club, deep-sea fishing trips and horse riding can also be enjoyed. ... more less
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