If you are looking sun, sand and shopping then Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, the beating heart of the outstanding Madinat Jumeirah complex, is for you. A stunning hotel with welcoming spacious rooms, first-class service and a choice of great dining
Situated a stone’s throw from the iconic Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is a part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex – and ideal location for sun, sea and sand, a little shopping and relaxation; but perhaps a little bit of ride for Downtown or Dubai Creek during the day
Completely refurbished in 2015, this charismatic boutique style hotel has beautifully furnished spacious rooms, with private balconies overlooking the Arabian Gulf; the distinctly Arabian Architecture offers a modern take on Dubai’s Old Quarter. Designed as an homage to Dubai’s sea-faring past, waterways and walkways reach out to all parts of the resort which includes nine restaurants and bars, the award-winning Talise Spa and the traditional-style Souk Madinat Jumeirah with its 40+ world-class restaurants. With its pristine beaches, pools, and complimentary access to Sinbad’s Kids Club and Wild Wadi Waterparks; Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is undoubtedly an ideal family destination
The elegant rooms are all spacious and comfortable regardless of price bracket. The Arabian theme is continued with the stylish décor throughout; the rooms are adorned with dark wooden furniture, eastern carpets, and accents of purple, and the spacious balconies have views of the stunning Dubai skyline or the Arabian sea. Arabian Premium Leisure Rooms have access to the Premium Leisure Lounge which includes daily breakfast, airport transfers, daily refreshments, pre-dinner drinks and canapés.
In addition to the hotel’s own selection of dining and watering-holes, you can choose from an incredible array of over 40 award-winning restaurants bars and lounges in Madinat Jumeirah; from Mediterranean and Arabic to Chines and Thai there is something to suit every palate.
Zheng He’s – a dining dynasty
Overlooking the stunning historic inspired Arabian architecture of Madinat Jumeirah, set beside the enchanting canals that gently meander through the lush tropical gardens sits Zheng He’s restaurant; one of Dubai’s most renowned and exciting Chinese restaurants.
Zheng He’s modern interpretation on traditional Chinese cuisine and sumptuous décor, combine to provide a refined atmosphere; the sophisticated overtones of the West in perfect balance with ethereal elegance of the Orient. Whether you sit inside the beautifully crafted Chinese-inspired dining room, with its warm tones of dark wood and rich lustrous colours or dine on the terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf and iconic backdrop of the Burj al Arab, watching the dhows gently plying their trade, carrying an eclectic mix of people along the myriad of waterways that thread themselves through the gardens and imposing architectural marvels of Madinat Jumeirah.
Zheng He’s leaves you in no doubt that you should be prepared for something special, as staff, in tasteful Chinese dress, make you feel genuinely welcome. We ordered a medley of dishes from the wide range of exquisitely inventive choices available. For those not familiar with Zheng He’s why not opt for one of the easy-to-pick tasting menus; feeling more adventurous then delve into the treasures of the main a la carte menu.
Be sure to start your gastronomic affair at Zheng He’s with their golden prawns. Moist and plump prawns fried until crispy, basted in a sweet and spicy mustard coating and served with a light mango salsa that will gently dance a rumba on your palate, setting the scene for a memorable feast. Try the signature Roast Beijing duck; the rich flavours of the perfectly crisp skin and moist silky smooth meat sitting expectantly below, served in slivers, is accompanied by shreds of cucumber and spring onion and the rich unctuous flavour of hoi sin sauce, wrapped in a light Chinese pancake that will provide an extravagant treat for your taste-buds as different sensations slowly unfold, layer by layer, revealing a depth and complexity of intense flavours.
Whatever you choose at Zheng He’s you are in for a memorable evening of gourmet indulgences and outstanding service.
Value for money
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam offers an excellent level of luxury and comfort, combined with access to the entire Madinat Jumeirah complex, that makes for an ideal destination; all-in-all a first-rate destination and excellent value money. www.jumeirah.com
WORDS: FRANCESCA JACKSON