Madinat Jumeirah Mina A'Salam Hotel, Dubai
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Madinat Jumeirah Mina A'Salam Hotel
goodfrom A TripAdvisor Member
A fantastic place to be 50 !!!from RUSSELLSBRIDGNORTHUK
Everything about our stay was absolutely faultless and all the previous reveiws have picked on aspects of the place that we too encountered and enjoyed to the full.
It is not cheap - but as the saying goes , "you get what you pay for " - this haven of peace and tranquility is a pure joy and really cant recommend it highly enough - we will be back!!
sheer decadence!from Tinga
The hotel, from the moment you entered the lobby, was sheer opulence..the smell of the incense, the beautiful roses, that you had to get close up too, to see if they really were real(and they were!) prior to that, we were fast tracked thru customs, and shown to our fab BMW with leather seats, and a very welcome iced vanilla almond scented towel!..
The room was not ready for a while, but we were given breakfast, and drinks, and had a bimble around the pool..(Hint; if its an overnight flight, take swim stuff in your hand luggage, as your cases will be taken from you, and then appear in the room!) you dont need beach towels, they are provided.. we had a premium leisure room,and i need not have taken any shampoo,conditioner,mouthwash,soaps.. it was all there, and wonderfully presented!
the room itself was nice, not overly big, but well maintained, and very clean, and the sheets were crisp white egyptian cotton.. divine!
We also had a beautiful basket of flowers in our room, as it was our anniversary celebration too.
fresh fruit was left everyday..as was the morning paper..
breakfast was awesome! 3 places to choose from, Al Muhna, The Wharf, and the premiuim leisure lounge.. all 3 are good, but we liked the wharf! Fab juices,amazing fruit, and try the meusili,with a few strawberries on top.. yum yum!(pancakes, waffles, mushrooms, bacon, sausages,hoummous, tomato salad, bagels, salmon,mango milk, strawberry milk... its an endless list, cakes, muffins,croissants of all varieties... etc etc)
If you get a premium leisure room, you also get afternoon tea, and pre dinner canpes.. well, food has never looked so good. Im a veggie, and one day there was little veggie options available, so they made me a cheese and cucmber toasted sarni..with panache!
The champagne flowed like water between 6pm & 8pm (veuve clicquot? moet -chandon..).. you could have mostly any drink there too..johnnie walker black label.. well, you have to try it, dont you..??
They bring you iced vanilla flannels to cool you down,and evian face cooler too, if you want it, as you sit by the pool/beach, also fruit skewers, which were heavenly.. closely followed by thin slces of cucmber(iced of course) 'for the eyes!'.. clearly the guy thought i was going to eat them!!
and if that just wasnt enough,fresh fruit slush..
This kind of treatment is what every woman dreams of, but unfortunately, keanu reeves was unable to be by my side to finish off that perfect dream.. but saying that, i think my other half was feeling pampered too.. in a blokey kinda way!
The beaches are beautiful, and the Burj at night, is stunning!
This hotel is by far 'The Best'...
any moans?? nope.. cant think of any, other than signing that final bill.. but believe me..'You're worth it!'
We stayed for 4 nights in May, and had a room overlooking the sea and the Burj - pretty impressive whilst having a drink on your balcony! The staff were attentive but not intrusive - they all stop to wish you good morning/good evening when they pass you and generally make you feel like royalty. They also seem to genuinely care that you enjoy your stay, and do all they can to make sure you do.
The restaurants are fantastic - definitely take advantage of the booking system in the hotels, as you get much better tables, and you'll get in when they're busy! Shimmers at the Mina is a beautiful restaurant - right on the beach, lit with fire sticks, and serving fantastic bbq type food (but fairly upmarket obviously!!). Shoo Fee Ma Fee is a Moroccan in the souk, I could live in this restaurant as it's decorated so well!! Our favourite though was PaiThai - great Thai food, and a romantic setting on the water.
Pool is beautiful, very attentive waiters (most comfortable loungers ever!). The pool at Al Qasr is absolutely amazing though - spend time here if you can. Book into the Burj for cocktails if you want to be nosy but can't afford dinner - you'll get fabulous views of the Palm and the World, plus the Madinat, and if you can stretch out your £10 cocktail for a while it's well worth it!
Rooms are fabulous, toiletries smell unbelievable, even the music they pipe into the rooms is beautiful. Finally - what could be better - there's even a turtle sanctuary! A great way to spend your breakfast watching them paddling about. Can I make it any clearer - this is a wonderful hotel, worth every penny, we're already planning our next trip!
Great time at the Mina!from A TripAdvisor Member
We went on a Dessert Safari which was an experience not to be missed and to Wild Wadi. The pool at the Mina is small but you can use the pools anywhere but we used the beach mostly. Golf buggies run up and down regularly all free like the abras. The hotel provide free shuttle buses into the major shopping malls and the City although taxis are very cheap.
Dubai is definately somewhere to visit again.
blown awayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
as other reviews state it is actually 3 different 'hotels' within the overall resort which translates as the city of jumeirah. you have access to it all - via abras (boats), buggies or walking. plus you can walk or ride along the promenade to burj al arab, jumeirah beach and the water park. to see it, esp at night, has to be believed. you will love this place - it is stunning, spotlessly clean, luxurious, unique and very stylish. although huge (c1km end to end and c3000 guests) it never feels busy or crowded and the c4000 staff provide an exceptional service). the views at burj al arab at night are incredible as are the views of the resort itself - esp from the many roof top and upper level bars e.g. kouba bar in the al qasr hotel.
we (couple - male 40's, female 30's) flew in from the uk for a six day break first week in may. landed at the airport, met by a personal guide who fast tracked us thru customs, collected luggage and escorted us to our chaufeur driven beemer (pre booked for c?30 each way - bargain) for the 20 mins trip to hotel. we flew overnight landing at 7.00am local time so this great service really helps.
at the resort itself we were staying in the summer houses (dar al masyaf) so we had a private check in area and our room was available immediately so we were able to shower and have a quick sleep. i had requested an early check in and i don't know if this was typical but they said even if the room had not been available they would have given us a temporary room to change / sleep etc but being able to get straight to our room really helped.
up to this point everything had been top notch and trouble free and from then on it just got better.
the villas are huge - we had villa 5, room 5 which i reckon is about the best of the lot - facing the beach, views of burj al arab and closest to the pool. don't go for the non beach villas as they are not much cheaper and whilst they each have a small pool shared between about 11 rooms the settings (whilst still fantastic) are not as good as the beach facing ones. i would recommend the villas as again they are the same price bracket as the hotel rooms but you don't feel like you are in a hotel at all. they also have complementary drinks (beer, wine, champagne, cocktails) for villa guests from 6pm - 8pm each night. we paid c?390 per night all in inc taxes which included breakfast and evening drinks and whilst this is alot of money, for what you get in terms of the room, the resort and the freebies it is incredible value for money - cheap at twice the price and i don't think you could better it anywhere in the gulf or similar winter sun destinations e.g. caribbean, med, seychelles etc
the restaurants cover every price range and style you could want - pisces, nappa and the wharf were all excellent. wharf was probably best value at under ?100 for a great meal - other two were c?130 and also great but perhaps not worth the extra dosh. there are loads of quality cheaper places to eat if you have blown your budget on the room / flight etc!
a few other points:
thought it might be uncomfortably hot but it wasn't, even with temps in the 30's breeze helps - in fact on a couple of days it was too windy (in my view) to be on the beach though the pool was fine
early may = russian holidays so the place was full of very stylish russians!
try the spa - the massages are great
we never ventured off the resort even though i really wanted to see some bits of the city etc. there was so much to do we never made it out! next time.
nearly stayed at burj al arab and really glad i didn't - this is the only place to stay and is the best up market holiday experience i have ever had. i cannot imagine bettering this place if you are looking for luxury, sun and a little culture etc.
will definitely be back - probably for 2 nights at the burj (just to see it) and 5 / 6 nights here. and we'll make it into the city next time!
can't recommend this place enough
An amazing experiencefrom dervish
For food we tried Shimmers (Grill restaurent on the beach), and AlHambra (Spanish) at Al Qasr. Shimmers was excellent, Alhambra was average at best.
Club executive allows you access to the exec room, with breakfast, afternoon tea and happy hour. Nice touch plus you get complimentary airport transfers.
A few negatives: 1)Concierge not as helpful/friendly as other hotels. 2) you go to the Souk area you have to prove you are a resident to get back to the hotel. a bit tiresome. 3) If you are of Asian (indian/pakistani) descent some staff seem to think you are a visitor and not a resident. You can put them straight immediately - abit of harshness in such cases does wonders.
Two nice touches: upon check in since our onward flight was at night we were immediately given late checkout without having to ask. The driver dropping us off at the airport (in a brand new 7series bmw) waited until we had gone through security before leaving.
Nice resort hotel, but .....from A TripAdvisor Member
Madinat Resortfrom helmutschlurper
the resort is excellent. all three hotels are outstanding. people who stay at jumeraih beach ALWAYS regret they didn't stay at the madinat resort. jumeraih beach resort is very coach tour in feel. madinat is more arabic and feels like a holiday place. service excellent, lots to do, great shopping eating area. good for kids too. very romantic as well. this resort is eveything for everybody who goes to dubai on holiday.
have stayed in all the major hotels in dubai and this is my favourite.
fortunate enough to stay this time in dar al masyaf ocean suites which are fantastic. on the beach, low rise, quiet, yet in the middle of the resort. ocean suites are far superior to the similarly priced rooms in burj al arab.
(note; arabic suites are the same rooms but are not on beach, a liittle away from action but this may suit certain people.)
al qasr is my second favourite and mina my third in dubai (but it is very close between all three) ; genuine arabic feel to these hotels.
in summary all are fantastic but budget will depend which one you should stay at. all facilities are open to guests at all the three hotels - no differentiaion.
looking forward to going back and frankly don't care which hotel i stay at. just want to be in the madinat resort.
p.s. when i left for dubai, burj was top hotel on tripadvisor , jumeraih beach was second. couldn't believe this. must have been the weight of numbers going there. thing about dubai is wherever you stay the standard is very high and everyone loves it, so they always give 5 stars.
Top Local Tips for Dubai
Fly Silverjet Fab value luxury flight from Luton. No need to go to Heathrow for Business Class.
a roof with a view have a drink at the uptown bar in the Jumeria Beach Hotel and then a meal at the Argentinian restaurant above. Fantastic!
Temperature We went in Febuary, the temperature is really good 20-26 degrees. do not go in summer unless you enjoy temperatures ranging from 45-55 degrees!!!!
Other names for Madinat Jumeirah Mina A'Salam Hotel
- mina salam hotel
- mina salam dubai
- mina salam
- mina al salam
- mina a salam
- Address: Dubai, - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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