One & Only Royal Mirage


“Dubai can be pretty intense, so it's nice to know that there's somewhere to relax in amongst all of the traffic, high-rises and heat... Set on one kilometre of private coastline with 60 acres of shady gardens, this is the place to chill out. Arabian Palace style on the outside, traditional Arabian interiors on the inside. Step in and lose yourself in an Aladdin's Cave of activities, spa treatments and relaxation.”
- Suzanne (Date Experienced: March 2009)

Great for
Traditional decor with excellent service and style; a resort on the water with private beach.

With whom
Wonderful with the kids, as a couple or on business (NB: see room options pending who with)

Memorable moment
Working on my laptop literally on top of the pool (thick Lucite bridges) at their wonderful restaurant. Nice office!

Best time to go
November to March when it’s cool enough to be outside

Be aware
As you may have gotten from the above, Dubai (in my opinion) doesn’t win beauty or good infrastructure contests; traffic can be a nightmare, as can the heat, as can the locals who are mostly incredibly warm and friendly until they are not...

Room options
There are four different buildings: the Palace, the Arabian court (my favorite), the Residence and spa (with its own restaurant and library reserved for guests) or the private, two-bedroom Garden Villa.

Service & vibe
Very polished service; friendly and elegant vibe

Plenty of restaurants to suit any taste. Tagine offers superb Moroccan dishes.

From $374 to $8,812

Costs less to go
May to September, but it is hot, hot, hot!

To Do & See
In the central Jumeirah beach district – so head out and explore Dubai.

Sport & Activity
So much! Land and water sports, excursions, tennis and golf.

To Eat
Perfectly cooked, fresh seafood on the pier at Pierchic (Al Qsar Hotel, Madinat Jumeira; +971 4 366 8888), see-and-be-seen sushi at Zuma (Gate Village 06, DIFC; +971 4 425 5660; be aware: good food, but not much local style) or tasty veggie fare from XVA Cafe (Bastakiya; +971 4 353 5383), one of Gordon Ramsey's favorites.

To Buy
Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates are the places for designer, but a bit 'same-old', for more interesting head to Aladdin (gorgeous sequinned slippers; Dubai Old Souk, Bastakiya) or S*uce (stylish clothes, kaftans and jewelery from local and international designers; Shop #29, The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road)

Super Services
To help you navigate the souks in style, call in Kelly Lundberg and her team at Divine (+971 50 396 2296;

Itinerary Idea
Get out of the city by combining your Dubai stay with a few nights at Al Maha Desert Resort and spa, a luxe, Bedoin-style camp 45 minutes outside the city (

Helpful Source
Luxe guide to Dubai ( Bite-sized snippets of the hippest hangouts and most stylish souks. Handily handbag or blazer pocket-sized.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

+971 4 399 9999
GM: Olivier Louis

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