There are many hotels that are the epitome of luxury, comfort and feature this little bit extra. But there are only a few, eleven to be precise, hotels around the world that deserve the name “one and only”. I had the pleasure of residing in one of these havens recently: The “One&Only Royal Mirage” in Dubai – an exquisite retreat with culinary discoveries, magical interludes. A place, where you feel settled and never want to leave again.
When driving up the entry towards the main building, the narrow path lined with palm trees, you have already started your journey through this majestic luxury. Human-tall, golden Camel figures and its riders greet you when arriving at the main building, the butler rings the bell when setting your first foot into the lobby and when entering with your eyes wondering around and up to the magnificent golden dome, you already know this is something special.
The “One&Only Royal Mirage” is a Resort with three combined areas. I live in The Palace, but there is also the Residence & Spa, for couples and VIPs who are looking for this extra secluded feeling and the Arabian Court. All three are right next to each other and in walking-distance with a wide selection of Shopping, Fitness and Free-time activities as well as exquisite restaurants – so you would never have to leave here again.
The Superior Deluxe Rooms reflect a chic, contemporary elegance with an Arabian twist. Featuring enhanced open space on 45m², with calming neutral tones interspersed with rich, vibrant shades, these rooms offer the latest in modern technology and comfort. I can only recommend the hotel´s own line of bathroom essentials ranging from Shampoo to Bath Wash, scenting the body and mind in oriental flavours and care for the skin.
On a kilometre of private beachfront overlooking the amazing landscape of The Palm Island Bay, the One&Only Royal Mirage commands a regal presence amidst 65 acres’ oasis of lavishly landscaped gardens, just minutes away from Dubai Marina. The pool bar is the perfect place to the end of a sun-kissed day: with a stunning view across the sea, towards the sunset, and with the right sundowner and snack, what more can you ask for?
Breakfast is served in the Olives and Celebrities. The Olives offers a wide range of contemporary and traditional food. The Celebrities, however, features a smaller buffet but with selected specialities, such as a Detox bar. With no babies and children under the age of 16 allowed, this place echoes a calm serenity which allows the feeling of sitting on your very own private terrace.
The service throughout the hotel is without equal. Whether it´s the cleaning of the sunglasses, the constant supply of cool water, the small fruit plate, the man standing by the lift to push the button. Every small detail has been thought through to make your stay this extra mile more special.
If you have been to Dubai as often as I have, you will dwell upon a completely new experience when living at the “One&Only”. Switch off, next to skyscrapers reaching into sky. Enjoy, where the sand is fine and the sea is clear. Forget, that very soon you have to leave this place and the “City of Gold” to go back to your home. But not too long and you will be back. Once “One and Only”, always “One and Only”.
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