Arriving at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is rather an emotional experience; it was one of the first hotels that really demonstrated to the world Dubai’s intention on becoming a world-class vacation destination. My first arrival here was only three weeks after it’s soft opening, and it still holds a special place in my memories. The white coated staff rushing to open your door and welcome you back, the senior member of staff waiting outside to shake your hand and escort you to the Club Executive lounge and the beautiful scent in the lobby all make Jumeirah Beach Hotel a great resort hotel experience. Guests staying in a Club Executive (or Premium Leisure for families) guest room or above quality for a free transfer from the airport in a 7 series BMW or a Escalade 4×4.
The Royal Suite is the most impressive suite in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Whilst the Presidential Suite on the opposite side of the building offers stunning duplex living; the opulence of decor really does make the Royal Suite stand out. Upon entering the suite the sumptuous decor is instantly defined by the thick patterned carpets and fabric lined walls. A beautiful flower display greets as you pass through to the master bedroom suite.
As you walk into the master bedroom you are instantly drawn to a floor to ceiling window looking over the Burj Al Arab and sea. Large wardrobes and dressing table with mirror, including hairdryer complete the dressing area. To the left is the master bathroom. A lavish area with circular jacuzzi tub, complete with gold bathware and panoramic views out to sea. His and her sinks with a dazzling array of toiletries and vanity items are provided, with Bvlgari White Tea being the brand of choice. A separate marble shower with multi-jets and rain options complete the facilities of the bathroom. A special mention to the beautiful mosaic tiles on the floor of the bathroom really lead to the feeling of Burj Al Arab quality decor; rather than the usual quirky modern Jumeirah Beach Hotel style.
To the left of the dressing area is the master bedroom. A large red velvet wall really adds a feeling of richness to the area, balancing the light and airy feeling given by the floor to ceiling windows out to sea. The bed and linens were of expected fantastic quality and size. An interactive TV, desk and sofa area complete the stunning bedroom area.
As you pass through the main corridor of the room the next door is a guest bathroom, in the same green and white marble with gold bathware finish of the master bath. Again full toiletries are provided for use in this area, as well as beautiful towels and hand flannels for guests.
Upon entering the main lounge area there is a small desk on the left hand size, overlooked by a full bar area. The bar is stocked with full size spirits and a standard mini bar items; all items chargeable as expected. The main living space has a magnificent dining table with chandelier above. To the left is a TV area with bench sofa, including a magnificent display of coloured cushions – all perfectly plumped and placed. A B&O cordless telephone in obligatory gold is provided for guest use.
On the right hand side is a meeting sofa area, two lounge chairs and a sofa with coffee table in the middle. The whole room is lit by a huge glass wall with views out to the city; including Burj Khalifa in the distance. You will pass a large velvet chaise lounge on your way out to the huge terrace; furnished with a table and chairs and two loungers. Beach towels are provided for use in this area.
Housekeeping throughout the stay were courteous, efficient and very rarely seen – in a perfect manner. The room was serviced twice daily and all items restocked – including correct of all cushions on the TV area sofa.
This suite is special; offering all the glitz of the Burj Al Arab with the added bonus of a views over the Burj Al Arab – a very unique proposition. The decor might not be everyones choice for their homes but for two weeks of escapism and pure luxury the suite will not disappoint.
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a family oriented resort. A comprehensive childrens’ club under the Sinbad’s brand is open daily and free of charge. There are three pools, with various features of children including fountains and jets.
Breakfast is served in three locations, in addition to included in-room dining which is free of charge in a suite or club executive room, the first and most comprehensive is Latitude. Latitude is on the ground floor and has indoor and outdoor areas, and a lavish international selection of breakfast items from around the world. A bakery station serves an amazing array of pastries, cakes and muffins – all warm and fresh. The second breakfast option is on the beach opposite the main pool called Beachcombers. This offers a smaller selection of items but compensates with breathtaking indoor and outdoor seating with a view of the Burj Al Arab and the beach.
If you are guest in a suite or club executive member you can choose to have breakfast in the executive lounge, on a high floor of the hotel. This is a child free area with continental breakfast, afternoon tea and evening complimentary alcoholic drinks and canapés for two hours – as well as soft drinks throughout the day. If you have children with you a separate lounge has been created for you on the ground floor; with childrens’ play areas and the same hours of service as club executive.
In addition to these lounges you’ll also benefit from access to the Club Executive Pool & Private Beach. Click the link to read more about this pool area. All guests of the hotels can also access Wild Wadi Water Park through a private entrance and free of charge at any time during their stay.
Golf style buggies also transport guests between the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah – this creates opportunity to access hundreds of dining options and shopping opportunities between the two resorts.