Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
If you believe in first impressions, then you'll be blown away by the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira. The hotel's lobby is dominated by the Forest of Lights, a dazzling avenue of bronze-cast trees covered in leaf-shaped bulbs lit up like fireflies. They enticingly lead you out to the beach, where they're replaced by rows of tall palm trees flanking one of the resort's five pools. The Mandarin Oriental's entrance only sets the tone for the rest of the hotel, where marble is decadently used throughout and floor-to-ceiling windows mean your eyes are always drawn to the glittering sea.
As you'd expect in a Mandarin Oriental, the service from the blue fedora-wearing staff is impeccable and the attention to detail razor sharp but, like the hotel's lavish design, never overbearing. It even seems to get its seafront location spot on, fronting a private cashmere-soft beach and sitting within a 20-minute drive of modern attractions like the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall and the historic neighbourhoods which flank the Dubai Creek area. No stone has been left unturned.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira
Every room in the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira carries an understated decadence, with luxury features drawn from some of the finest elements found along the Silk Road. The floor is made from Persian travertine tiles, the rugs woven in Morocco and the mother-in-pearl inlays in the armchairs and minibar sourced from Lebanon. The elegance continues in the bathroom, which is dressed in Statuario marble and stocked with Natura Bissé toiletries. The light colours used throughout create a contemporary feel, while the bright burnt orange and teal furnishings add a vibrant and tasteful splash of colour.
Rooms also come with a balcony or terrace angled towards either Dubai's stunning skyline or the shimmering Persian Gulf, with floor-to-ceiling windows ensuring you don't even need to leave your bed to spy on Dubai's glorious views.
One thing's for sure at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira: you won't go hungry, as there are five restaurants and bars for you to choose from. The headliner is Tasca, the brainchild of renowned chef José Avillez, who has brought some of his most acclaimed dishes to Dubai from his Michelin-starred restaurants back home in Portugal. Some of our favourites include the Algarve prawns ceviche and Josper-roasted lamb shank, while José even delivers a Portuguese twist on the classic Dubai brunch, with the likes of grilled veal chorizo and pasteis de nata washed down with a glass of sangria.
Tasca is just the start. Netsu is a Japanese steakhouse fuelled by the creations of chef Ross Shonhan, including tantalising sushi and sashimi platters and plenty of plates showcasing the traditional Japanese straw fire cooking technique of warayaki. The Bay is a beachside brasserie akin to dining on a Mediterranean seafront, where you can eat pizza, sumptuous seafood and fresh salads on the outside terrace. The Noor Lounge specialises in a relaxing afternoon tea under the gorgeous Forest of Lights, while Sun Vibe serves a selection of nutritious lighter bites and cocktails beside the pool. If you want something truly exclusive, Beluga is Dubai's only dedicated caviar lounge.
Celebrating a special occasion while you're away? The Mandarin Oriental's very own cake shop will help you mark the event in sweet style with its selection of artisan treats and cakes which make its creators seem more like pastry artists.
The resort boasts five pools you can lounge by or have a leisurely dip in, while its state-of-the-art gym features plenty of world-class equipment – handy to know when there's so much tempting ice cream at The Bay's breakfast buffet. There are also complimentary water sports you can enjoy from the hotel's private beach, including kayaking, wakeboarding and stand-up paddleboarding.
The Mandarin Oriental's convenient location encourages you to explore Dubai's drawcards, whether it's standing on the roof of the Arabian Gulf at the top of the Burj Khalifa or wandering the antiquated streets of the Al Fahidi neighbourhood.
Younger travellers will love the resort's Little Nomads Kids' Club, with its indoor treehouse and outdoor children's pool and climbing wall. Budding artists will use eco-friendly art supplies while complimentary meals are included for kids aged up to four years old.
The spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira is excellent. The comfortable treatment rooms are havens for the fine roster of treatments on offer which all draw on Dubai's Asian and Arabian heritage. The signature is its Nomadic Sensory Journey, which features Emirati drumming and cutting-edge technology combined with Asian beauty techniques. Private outdoor pods mean you can further relax in the sunshine after your treatment, while the spa also features a Hammam suite, whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms.
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