Palace of the Royal Mirage Hotel

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Palace of the Royal Mirage Hotel

, Dubai
5 star

Rooms: 246

Jumeirah Beach Road - Dubai - null - United Arab Emirates 4 399 99 99
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10/10
Great hotel
Submitted by: nan in 24/03/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
Great hotel. Rooms were good size. The service is second to none, the staff could not have been more helpful.couldn't find any fault with the hotel.
10/10
Amazing
Submitted by: Marc in 16/08/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Simply the best place to go. Been 5 times and cant wait to go back.

See you there
10/10
Attention to Detail
Submitted by: Wilma in 31/08/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
Great deal for this type of hotel. Nice room, but staff were exceptional and couldn't do enough for you. They pre-empted your requirements and if you did ask anything, the answer would be yes then they'd work out how to achieve it. Food was excellent in all locations we tried.
10/10
Royal Mirage in Dubai
Submitted by: Linda in 11/05/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
The most luxurious hotel we have ever stayed in. Fantastic decor, rooms beautiful, we did not want for anything from the moment we stepped out of the transfer car to the hotel. Serice was 2nd to none, fantastic waiters and far better than the Sail!!!! choice of restuarants was amazing! Its a dream holiday resort and its a must do in your life experience.
10/10
Understated luxury
Submitted by: Brian in 26/01/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Stayed at the Palace (Gold Club Room) for 3 weeks in July. The service is second to none, the staff could not have been more helpful and the surroundings are beautiful.

If you want to be pampered, have your sunglasses cleaned, be constantly supplied with ice cold water and receive a selection of fresh fruit on a silver tray at the pool every day then this is the place for you.

The restaurants are all excellent, the lounge with free tea, coffee, cold drinks, sandwiches and strawberry tarts is a welcome haven from the summer heat.

The beach is cleaned all day long to ensure that you don't see any rubbish or stand on any stones or do anything else which may spoil your stay.

Like your previous reviewer we found no noise from the development at the Palm as it is a mile or so out to sea.

Cannot recommend this too highly we are going back again this year.
10/10
Residendence & spa
Submitted by: Tahera Khan in 03/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Excellent service given to my husband and l.Best place to visit if you want to completely relax. Facilities are excellent one of my best holiday destination.
10/10
'The One and Only Royal Mirage Dubai' an Exceptional Resort
Submitted by: Samantha Cole in 18/07/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
This resort is an excellent place to stay if you want to feel extra special. This resort has three choices of accommodation, The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa. The facilities are amazing with nine restaurants and bars and various very good health and beauty spa options. If you stay in the Residence & Spa there are some added benefits like private beach & pool and a private dining room that serves meals all day and the Library bar offers devine afternoon tea. We prefer to book direct with the hotel as the reservations process is always more personal than the package deal option. I have stayed at The Palace which is excellent but have to say that when we stayed at the Residence & Spa in a prestige room we did feel very special even having a butler to look after us. The staff are the most efficient and polite I have ever experienced. The resort is set in 60 acres of landscaped gardens and 1 kilometre of private coastline. This resort in my view is as the title suggests the 'One & Only', and I would stay here again and again. If you want to find out more about this resort there website www.oneandonlyresorts.com is very good and the Emirates Tours UK brochure has great info and pictures. We stayed there in January 2005 and although 'The Palm' is being developed out into the sea quite close to the resort this had no negative effect on our holiday.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Palace of the Royal Mirage Hotel

fantastic birthday celebrations

from monsterdog
We have to agree with all the other reviews on how wonderful the Royal Mirage is! Needles to repeat all the other brilliant comments, which are all of course; accurate!
We went there to celebrate my 31st birthday and weren't let down at all! The service and attention to detail was outstanding, the gardens and grounds were immaculately maintained and even all scrubs are treated for minimum nuisance of insects, in fact we saw none at all! It simply oozes romance and gives a new meaning to "arabian nights"!
The restaurants were fantastic too and “The Residence Spa” is well worth some pampering too.
The room was lovely albeit a little small, next time we will try the gold floor rooms.
The staff was genuinely friendly, kind and nothing was too much trouble. The morning of my birthday , a beautiful bouquet with 12 red grand prix roses was delivered to the room (in fact I thought they were from my husband!) only to find out they were from the hotel director accompanied with a handwritten birthday card! I was most impressed! Later that evening a bottle of champagne was sent to the room too compliments of the hotel to celebrate my birthday in style! The pool area was fantastic too and yes there is an overwhelming amount of construction going on but it really didn't affect us too much.
The only negative we can say is because it is such a wonderful place, the hotel was fully booked and we had some difficulty booking the restaurants of our choice and had to decide the day we arrived where we would be eating every night to ensure an available table, but we hadn't seen any of the restaurants yet so it was a little difficult to decide; simply because you are spoilt for choice! I think next time we might pre-book them before we leave. We then moved on to the “Burj Al Arab” for a further 2 nights which was awesome and an experience in itself (a must-do if you can strech the budget!), however the Palace would definitely be the place where we will go back to in the future because of the beautiful tropical gardens and vast space!
We would thoroughly recommend Dubai and this hotel to anyone wanting to escape the wet winter months for some guaranteed sun, sand and lots of fantastic service and excellent value for money!

4 nights of luxury

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I spent the most fabulous 4 nights at The Palace. We could not fault the service, food and cleanliness of the hotel. We were on the special "Half Board" basis and were pleasantly surprised at the options available on the menu; but unfortunatley, did not have enough time to sample more of the restaurants. Absolutely loved the roof top bar at the Arabian Court (especially the Happy Hour). Unfortunately, 4 nights were definitely not enough and we plan to go back next year!

Amazing honeymoon!

from misterhanky
We just returned from our honeymoon at the Palace a few days ago. I had thought that Dubai might be too hot in July, and it was hot (45C) and humid, but quite bearable especially in the magnificent surroundings of the Royal Mirage. Everything good that people have said about this hotel is true. It's a great Arabian experience...I'm really glad we chose this rather than a regular international 5 star.
The arrival was wonderful. The bed and bathroom were decorated with fresh red rose petals and there were fresh flowers in the room. We were also given a complimentary breakfast in bed as honeymooners. The room was attended to 3 times a day at least, with a bowl of a variety of fresh fruit being renewed daily and the covers being turned down each night. There is a very large pool which wasn't ovecrowded, but there is also a small pool with only around a dozen loungers. We chose to go there as it was reserved for adults only, ideal when on honeymoon! There were rarely more that half a dozen people there, and when we chose to swim we were mostly the only people in the pool.

The beach was idyllic, being combed daily, and the staff all beautifully turned out and impossibly friendly.

We got the free HB upgrade, and yes, this doesn't cover you to dine a la carte, but the set menus are a selection from the a la carte menu and everything we had was excellent. Eauzone was our favourite - you have to cross a decking bridge across the swimming pool to get there! The food was wonderful. We both had rare lamb with five spice as part if the set menu - it was perfect. Wine from 120 dirhams for a bottle (about 20 pounds). Even the cheapest wines available were good though.

The only slightly naff experience we had was outside of the hotel. We went on a dhow cruise, andI must say I wouldn't recommend it. The buffet was made up of tinned potato salad and frozen potato wedges among other things. We were charged 180 dirhams for the worst of cheap supermarket wines. Honestly, this was poor. There wasn't that much to see on the creek at night anyway and there were a lot of smokers on board who smoked all the way through the meal. If you don't mind all that, it was fine. I love being on water, but it seemed a shame that we had missed a night of wonderful luxury for that.

Other reviews have given the impression that the more expensive Arabian Court and Residence & Spa are more desirable. Yes, they're probably a little quieter, and perhaps the rooms are bigger (having stayed frequently in France and Italy the rooms here are large in comparison anyway) but the Palace is the most impressive in terms of sheer Arabian over-the-top-ness (gold camels, marble, size, palm trees etc.).

Breakfast was a great treat. My husband loved the freshly made waffles with the huge variety of toppings and I got stuck in to the cooked breakfast with a choice of pork or turkey bacon. Most impressed that baked beans were on offer too, as in my opinion a cooked breakfast is somewhat naked without beans!

We know the Burj has seven stars, but honestly, when we come back to Dubai as we surely will, we wouldn't want to stay anywhere other than the Palace.

Enjoyed it very much

from A TripAdvisor Member
After staying previously in the Jumeirah Beach Club for many times, we wondered how our stay in the Palace (10 nights) would be. The four of us (man, wive and two grown up sons) unamiously loved it. Spent most of our time at the beach, in the pool and at evenings we tried various restaurants. Our favorites became the Beach and Eauzone. Breakfast in Celebreties. No complaints what so ever, so who knows next year!

More than an Five Star

from jackieHLondonEngland
My daughter and I stayed at the Palace for five nights from 9-14 July 2005. It was Our third visit to Dubai having previously stayed at the Royal Meridien Resort and Spa in the tower rooms in 2002 & 2003. The Palace compares very favourably to the Meridien even though we had standard deluxe rooms. They were slightly smaller but beautifully furnished as you would expect for this class of hotel. The service was superb and the quality of food in all the restuarants except for 'Olives' was very good. Only problem was having to wait for a table a breakfast if you got there any later than 9am, but you could always get yourself a glass of juice whilst you were waiting. The pool side service was brilliant the cold water and fresh fruit were a welcome treat in the 40 degree heat. We had some treatments in the spa which were excellent and quite good value for money compared to what you might pay in England. Dont miss the weekly cocktail party lovely cool coktails and nibbles set you up nicely for dinner! Dubai itself is one large building site. But once your in the hotel you wouldn't notice it was going on. Would return to this hotel any time. Highly recommended.

Still very classy

from Jupiter
My husband and I spent 4 nights here from 3rd July 2005.

We stayed here before in September 2003 and whilst the hotel is still wonderful, we did notice some changes since our last visit - noticeably that the resort has been overtaken with Brits! I suppose it's inevitable considering all the promotion that Dubai has had as a tourist resort, but if I could have halved the number of fellow Brits in the resort it would have felt more like a foreign holiday! It seems that people who previously have holidayed in the Med are now de-camping to Dubai - consequently there were lots of loud people asking for chips with everything and bagging sunbeds early in the morning then going off and leaving them. I'm sure this is now the case in all the Dubai hotels, it's not a criticism of this resort at all.

Despite this, the hotel is still beautiful and there is nowhere in Dubai I would rather have stayed (although the O&O Residence & Spa was quieter so perhaps would consider another time).

Beware of the half board option - it covers you for a buffet dinner in 2 of the restaurants, but only food up to the value of AED 110 (about GBP 18) each in the other restaurants.

The staff are friendly and helpful, although appeared a little more stretched than our last visit, probably due to the resort being busier. However, we hd no complaints, it's just an observation. It was my husband's birthday during our holiday and they sent a birthday cake and card to the room free of charge which was a lovely surprise.

The work on the Palm is obvious but not at all noisy. It would be more distracting at the Arabian Court, although it wouldn't prevent me staying there. There are a lot of tall buildings which have sprung up behind the Palace since our last visit which unfortunately spoils the skyline a bit but you don't get the feeling you're overlooked.

The restaurants are lovely, particularly Nina's and Eau Zone and the staff were very accommodating with my vegetarian needs.

All in all, a lovely hotel but let's hope it doesn't get any busier!

is it really 5 star

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here from 17th -26th June, Found the hotel rooms to be on the small side (compared to others in Dubai) Upgraded to gold lounge but again this was slightly dissapointing compared to upgrades in Jebel Ali or Royal Meridien. Would advise anyone staying here to check the bar bill as whenever any other company joined the tables whoever asked for the bill seemed to be getting everyones bill included. Very slight noise from surrounding construction but nothing of any significance. Meals were excellent, poolside the same Poolside team constantly refilling your water glass and even getting the sunglasses cleaned. No hassle but always asked if we would like to join in poolside games and was very much a relaxing hotel.

Absolutely fantastic hotel

from bobbyp
We stayed at The Palace from 25/5 to 1/6 on a 5-night half board package through Beat @ Travel. It was our first time in Dubai and we decided upon the hotel because of the favourable reviews and the meal plan.

The Palace can only be described as magnificent in every way, and fully justifies it's 5 star rating. Commencing with the 'gong' to announce your arrival, then to the trouble free check in as we sipped a complimentary drink of tea in the lounge, this was just the start. All the staff were so friendly and curteous, to the point where you didn't have to think for yourself because there was always someone on hand to take care of your every need. So if it's relaxation you're after, The Palace is an ideal choice.

The deluxe room was quite large and very well furnished, with a seperate dressing area, and a bathroom with a wonderful shower. Fresh flowers and figs were provided, along with water every evening when the beds were turned down and a complimentary newspaper every morning.
All the restaurants we tried were superb; namely Olives (for breakfast also), Nina, Tagine, Rotisserie and Beach Bar & Grill. The quality of food was very high indeed. We had no problems with making table reservations either the night before or in the morning. We did have one problem in Tagine when we had to wait for a table for around an hour, but complimentary drinks at the bar and wine with the delicious meal, along with an apology / explanation from the Restaurant Manager more than made up for this slight inconvenience.

We would definitely recommend the Roof Top Bar at the Arabian Court. Fantastic surroundings from where to watch the sun set while sipping a cocktail or two.

There is an efficient shuttle bus service provided by the hotel four times a day which we used to get to the Gold Souk in Old Deira and the Creek area.

The complex grounds, with lush gardens, and swimming pool areas are also superb, although we chose to relax on the beach because there was a lovely breeze from the sea which made sunbathing more comfortable in the 40 degree heat.

Finally, you have to see the scale of contruction work in Dubai to believe it. There is work taking place almost everywhere.

Unfortunately for the One & Only Resort it is pretty much in the middle of the Jumeira Palm development on the Arabian Court side and out to sea, and the Marina development behind. Having said that, it's not something the hotel is neither responsible for or can control and you wouldn't know it existed while you're in the hotel complex itself.

But if you the sort of person who likes their views uninterrupted by evidence of construction, then you may be disappointed.

As for us, we'd go back to The Palace anytime. Truly memorable.

royal mirage hotel v jumeriah beach hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have stayed at jumeriah beach hotel 4 times since 1999 but decided that this year due to increased rates at j.b.h. we would try somewhere different. We had a gold club room at the Palace @ Royal Mirage and had a fab time. Very different from j.b.h. but equally high standards. Food in most restaurants excellent especially 'Celebrities'!!!! Pool area/beds excellent. Very romantic especially at night (lots of candles). Staff very attentive. Would def be returning but maybe upgrade to arabian court or residence (both looked EVEN nicer than palace????) if thats possible or maybe a suite at the palace (you get reserved gazebo's with sunbeds!!!). Had a quick peek inside a royal suite - WOW!! Need lottery win - please!!!!

Heavenly

from Baby74
We just returned from the Royal Mirage Palace and regretted having to get on the plane to return. Our stay was perfect from start to finish. We arrived in Dubai and our car service was waiting for us at the arrivals area and we were whisked off to the hotel in no time at all. Upon arrival at the Palace, we were lead to a seating area and they took our details for check-in while we were given cool towels and tea.

Our room was beautiful, everything was looked after with such care. The room was made up everyday and the turn down service was prompt every evening. The gentleman who worked on our room was incredibly friendly and nothing was too much trouble for him. If we asked for extra towels we were given them everyday without asking. The beds were very comfortable and the whole room tastefully appointed.

The pool area was great. We ended up getting out there in good time everyday as it was a busier week while we were there but the mornings were so peaceful and beautiful it was worth it. The staff at the pool were always present and brought you cold face towels, fruit in the afternoon, drinks, anything you wished for, really. The pool was perfect for dipping in and out of and the kids who were there seemed to be in there all day long.

The beach was nice for walks and quick dips but we preferred to stay at the pool due to the view on to the Palm Island development which was ongoing 24-hours everyday. It was a little unsightly but you truly could not hear any of the noises from the pool or beach. You could, however, hear some banging from the buildings that were being built behind the resort. It wasn't overly unpleasant but instrusive at times when you weren't expecting it. That might be me being too picky and it is certainly nothing that the resort can do about it.

The restaurants were terrific! The breakfasts always had lots of choice and delicious options. My husband had an omlette made for him every morning, which he really enjoyed. The lunches were great too. Generally we ate on the beach at the Beach Bar which had lots of healthy salads and entrees on the menu and other days we ate at the pool where you had a selection of sandwiches and salads which were always delicious. We tried pretty much every restaurant at the resort and our favourite was Celebrities. The food was divine and a nice touch at the end of the evening was the chef coming around to all the tables to ask how everyone had liked their meal and would stay and chat for a few minutes. Very nice touch - he is quite accomplished too, having worked under Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc. His menu was inspired and everything looked delicious. Another restaurant that we really enjoyed was the Beach Bar and Grill. We sat outside on a beautiful evening and enjoyed the excellent food. Service at this restaurant was not as impeccible as the others but the food made it worthwhile. Definitely worth a visit is EauZone - very neat set up of tables set in pods over a pool of water. It was another excellent place to dine - lots of choice on the menu and some interesting twists in the food they serve. Tagine was interesting, not my husband's favourite but worth a visit. Additionally, make sure to visit the Roof Top Terrace. The music and ambience was terrific, as were the drinks.

We would definitely visit again, and will also keep the One & Only resorts in mind when we book further travels;

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  • Address: Jumeirah Beach Road - Dubai - null - United Arab Emirates
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