I have been fortunate enough to have stayed in several different types of 5* hotels. That being said- you do not know what luxury is until you have stayed in a 5* hotel in Dubai. I never knew there would be so many differences between 5* hotels over the world. Keep reading to find out why this hotel was so special!
When arriving at the Ritz Carlton, you are greeted by an incredible setting. The main entrance is actually located on the third floor of the resort, so when entering the hotel the first thing you see is the beach and the sea when overlooking the incredible flower filled fountain. On the left you are welcomed by the reception, and with a welcome drink you are invited to take place in the ‘majlis’ a traditional Arabic room used for welcoming friends and family.
We took the night flight from London Heathrow to Dubai, so we left at 10pm and arrived at 8.30 in the morning. Upon arrival, not all our rooms were ready yet, so we went down to the Caravan buffet restaurant for breakfast. Again, we were welcomed by an amazing flower decor, which we later found out changed every day with new fresh flowers.
The breakfast buffet offered plenty of options. For vegetarians there were pancakes, waffles, even falafels, eggs in any style, porridge and oats with milk or water (for the vegans!), different types of breads with fresh homemade jams, a large fresh fruit station and of course loads of pastries. For the non veggies there was a large section of different types of breakfast sausages and meats, as well as fish, bacon and meat pies. In short: plenty of options, so you can try out something different every day of your stay!
We stayed in a double ocean view room, the beds were large and super comfortable, and a small balcony offered a lovely view of the pools, beaches and on a clear day you could overlook the Palm and see the Atlantis Hotel. Via a small walk through closet you entered the bathroom, which had a large bath as well as two sinks and a shower. Housekeeping provided fresh bottles of water everyday and everything was very clean and tidy.
The hotel has several restaurants and bars. Beside the buffet restaurant where we had breakfast, our favorite was the Pool Bar, which had an extensive menu ranging from panini’s and salads to burgers, snacks and dips as well as loads of different desserts. There’s an Arab restaurant which we unfortunately missed, but the decor is lovely with tents and low sofa’s but we did have some typical Middle Eastern desserts there which were yum. On the beach you can find a grill, we didn’t try that one because it was not included into the half board options and everyone loved the Poolbar more, also because it had the biggest outside sofa’s which were super comfortable. Another restaurant we tried was the Japanese one, which had an amazing menu with sushi’s, noodles and other rice and vegetable dishes.
Ritz Carlton Dubai is located in the Marina on JBR walk, which is a very upcoming district. It has some cool wall art, a few hotels, loads of shops and restaurants and especially at night it is lively. This location is a lot better than staying on the Palm, as it takes ages before you are finally off the Palm, so it takes long to go to the center, restaurants and shopping malls from there.
While enjoying all the amazing food, I of course had to train it off as well. The hotel gym is located next to the spa. There’s plenty of machines and equipment as well as a studio where they organize classes or personal training sessions. You can easily do a good workout here before or after hitting the beach, and friendly trainers provide you with waters and towels. The spa looked like a Middle Eastern bath house straight from a movie scene, again with fresh flower peddles floating in fountains and vases.
With Dubai’s year round high temperatures, it was a perfect winter break with around 25 degrees each day. I choose beach over pool any day, and there was plenty of large comfortable beach beds as well as big cabanas. When you are moving your chair to face the sun, an employee will come sprinting towards you to do it for you; the staff will do anything to make sure you are properly relaxing!
What I loved about this hotel was the fact that they clearly go that extra mile to make your holiday special. From the design of the resort with incredible fountains, perfectly kept gardens as well as the interior design of the hotel and the service of the staff; it is all perfect. When on the beach you receive waters, fresh fruits and ice lolly’s and they have loads of suncreams which are free for anyone to use, as well as magazines and books. All the staff was extremely friendly, polite and nice to us and the decorations and fresh flowers just added that little touch of luxury in the hotel.
When it was time to leave, all the doormen and security staff came to wave us goodbye, how’s that for service?! Can’t wait to have more amazing experiences like these.