When the Royal Mirage first opened its doors, it was the place to stay; and now almost two decades later it still is!
The Royal Mirage is a tribute to the luxury of days gone by, an architectural showpiece that reflects the traditional warmth of its Arabic heritage, combined with the classical grace of European style; set amidst 65 acres of lush landscaped gardens and a kilometre of pristine white beach that is gently lapped by the turquoise waters of the Arabia Gulf. The hotel offers unabashed opulent luxury, yet still retains an understated elegance and exclusive charm.
Royal Mirage is one of Dubai’s most stylish beach resorts, offering first-class service and genuine luxury. The Royal Mirage resort consists of three distinct properties: The Palace, the Arabian Court and the Residence & Spa.
The hotel is conveniently situated close to Dubai Marina, with views of the Palm and only 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport and about 70 minutes from Abi Dhabi International Airport. Shopping at Mall of Emirates, the indoor ski slopes, The Atlantis and a rich array of restaurants and cafes are all just a short cab ride away.
The Palace conjures the magic of Arabia, where you can stroll in the verdant gardens, explore the meandering water features. The private beach offers a range of leisure facilities, including temperature-controlled swimming pools, water sports centre, tennis courts, golf putting green, children’s facilities an outstanding selection of dining choices, and, most importantly, a tranquil haven for rest and relaxation.
The Arabian Court features striking architecture amidst a landscape of fountains, walkways and lush gardens. The discreet entrance leads to the impressive grand gallery, the that links the two wings of the property and guides you towards the rooms and suites, all of which are facing the sea, and enjoy either a private balcony or garden patio. The three restaurants provide a culinary voyage through the kitchens of the world.
The Residence & Spa is a member of “Leading Hotels of the World”. The Arabian styled private residences each cared for by a specially selected, dedicated team, house a retreat of suites and Prestige rooms that are spacious, and stylish. This elegant haven has its own discreet reception, private restaurant and lounge.
“The hotel offers unabashed opulent luxury, yet still retains an understated elegance and exclusive charm”
A setting that offers romance and charm in equal measure. A luxury home from home; elegant furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl, Moroccan lanterns, serene gardens, bubbling fountains and an oriental hammam.
Staff training shines through; they are discrete and friendly, offering impeccable service, with a strong ethos of respecting guests’ privacy. Not to mention probably some of the best service of any restaurants in Dubai.
All the rooms in the resort boast balconies or private gardens, enjoying wonderful sea views. The accommodations are decorated in a palette of warm earthy hues, plush carpets, decorative features, large marble bathrooms with deep tubs and luxuriant furnishings.
“A setting that offers romance and charm in equal measure; a luxury home from home”
Eat & drink
The choice of dining at the Royal Mirage includes: all-day-dining in the casual surroundings of Olives, where you can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine set amidst whitewashed stucco walls, marble-topped tables, with stained glass, wrought iron chandeliers and vibrant crockery or dine on the bougainvillea-covered terrace that overlooks the palm-shaded pool.
Tagine is a truly Moroccan affair. The experience starts as soon as you enter the foyer. The furnishings, object d’arts, Tadlekt hand-polished walls and the terracotta tiled floors all come from the region creating an ambiance of an old Marrakech home.
A grand marble staircase takes you to Celebrities, which features exquisite European cuisine. A fountain gently trickles over hand-painted tiles, creating a welcoming atmosphere, further enhanced by romantic lighting from the crystal chandeliers and a multi-level interior that overlooks the lushly landscaped gardens; the perfect location for intimate evening.
Celebrities Bar is one of the most elegant venues in town. It boasts a sleek marble bar, lacquered table tops, and soft black leather and velvet lounge seating; and a picturesque outdoor lounge, setting the perfect mood for pre and post-dinner cocktails.
The Beach Bar & Grill is set by the golden sands at the edge of the lush gardens, with a backdrop of swaying palm. Informal by day as you sit on the shaded wooden terrace as you watch the waves roll in, whilst you enjoy platters of freshly grilled seafood and light salads. By night The Beach dresses up; from its intimate courtyard to the open deck, where candles flicker and the warm glow of the night abounds.
The Jetty Lounge is an elegant beachside lounge housed in chic Arabian architecture with contemporary interiors. Its tranquil beach setting, overlooking the pristine waters of Palm Island Bay; providing the perfect place to unwind. Indulge in a wide selection of grape, bubbly and cocktails which are perfectly complemented by delicious and light tapas.
If you are looking for something a little more lively then visit Kasbar. The multi-faceted evening venue contributes more than a touch of Arabian glamour to the resort. Low level seating, deep cushions, bars on every one of its three floors, a spectacular crystal chandelier, brightly coloured stucco walls, televisions in every recess and a spacious dance floor set to the tunes produced by the musical host provide the definitive Kasbar experience.
“The Royal Mirage offers a breath-taking setting, discrete friendly service, fine dining, and the beauty and privacy of its exclusive grounds.”
The Royal Mirage offers a breath-taking setting, a wide range of activities, discrete friendly service, and fine dining, combined with the beauty and privacy of its exclusive grounds; a destination in its own right – this is a must-visit hotel. www.oneandonlyresorts.com
WORDS: FRANCESCA JACKSON