One&Only Royal Mirage - Arabian Court

A regal stop along Dubai's Palm Island Bay
Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star One&Only Royal Mirage resembles an Arabian palace. Nestled among 65 acres of palm-tree-filled gardens and sparkling pools, the Jumeirah Beach resort enchants with touches like ornamental arches and Moroccan lanterns.

Those details make for a photogenic backdrop. Snap photos of the flower-lined, narrow pool at the Residence & Spa Esplanade fronting a building with scalloped windows, or in The Palace lobby to capture the vibrantly hued domed ceiling and the towering palms underneath.

If you simply want a mesmerizing view, head to your room’s private balcony to see the Arabian Gulf’s blue staring back at you. The 452 rooms and suites hold a classic appeal, styled with custom furniture, rich fabrics and terracotta tiling.

Everywhere you turn at this resort, from the cozy wood-slatted cabanas atThe Beach Bar & Grill to the Esplanade Bar give you stunning visual.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Dubai hotel delivers a gourmet setting for every mood and taste. From authentic Moroccan dishes served in an Old World ambience at Tagine, to a meal in a classic, brightly lit atrium at The Dining Room or Middle Eastern cuisine from a show kitchen at The Rotisserie, the dining choices are diverse.
  • Spend a lazy day at the chic Drift Beach Dubai, home to a picture-perfect infinity pool overlooking the resort’s beach, the city’s stunning skyline and Palm Island Bay. Enjoy Provencal dishes and sip cocktails by award-winning mixologist Eric Ballard at the club’s onsite restaurant.
  • For Arabian-inspired pampering, try a traditional hammam treatment at the spa. It’s delivered by masseurs from Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey in the marble hammam complete with a dome roof, tiled walls and Arabesque lamps.
  • A three-quarter-mile-long private beach allows you to partake in an array of water sports in the gulf without setting foot off the Dubai hotel. Try your hand at kayaking, sailing, windsurfing or waterskiing with a certified instructor, or just lounge at one of the city’s top beaches.
  • The fun here isn’t just for grown-ups; the KidsOnly club organizes daily supervised programs for little ones that include sand sculpting, henna painting, camping adventures and more. Two playgrounds provide plenty of opportunities for kids to burn off extra energy. 

Things to Know

  • There are four temperature-controlled pools within the landscaped grounds of the property, including an adults-only option for those looking for a little extra quiet time.
  • Accommodations are spread across three distinct buildings at this property: the contemporary Palace, the ornate Arabian Court and the secluded Residence & Spa.
  • Upgrade to a Gold Room to get access to a lounge that serves complimentary tea and cocktails.

The Rooms

  • Though contemporary in style, the accommodations in The Palace evoke a sense of Old World Arabia with opulent furnishings in hues of cream and gold, and accents of turquoise, olive, rust and ochre. Carved arches, vibrant mosaics, ornate mirrors, dark wood finishes and Arabesque lamps add a sense of place to the homey spaces.
  • Featuring a more neutral color palette and earthy materials, the 172 rooms and suites in the Arabian Court offer carved wooden headboards, colorful mosaics and dramatic artwork.
  • The most exclusive of the Dubai resort’s accommodations, the Residence & Spa’s 48 rooms and suites start at a spacious 624 square feet and include dedicated staff and use of a private hotel pool, dotted with picture-perfect gazebos.
  • Luxurious bathrooms feature twin vanities, walk-in showers and separate soaking tubs.
  • No matter which room category you book, you’ll enjoy one prime perk: a sea-facing, furnished balcony overlooking the resort’s lush manicured lawns.

The Restaurants

  • For casual dining, visit Mediterranean restaurant Olives for offerings such as pizza frutti di mare and other seafood specialties in the bougainvillea-covered terrace overlooking the pool.
  • Dinner and a show can be had The Rotisserie, where you can watch as chefs prepare flavorful Middle Eastern and northern European dishes right before your eyes. Dine in the atmospheric restaurant with its high ceilings, copper chimneys and cast-iron ovens, or alfresco in the courtyard peering out at the gardens.
  • Almost any craving can be satiated at this luxury hotel — nosh on Indian fare with a contemporary twist at Nina, enjoy beachfront dining with an Asian flair at Eauzone, feast on Moroccan classics at Tagine and indulge in a regal fine-dining affair at the elegant Celebrities, complete with palatial views of the esplanade.
  • When you’re craving a cocktail, head to the beachfront Jetty Lounge to kick back with sundowners, light snacks and lounge music with great skyline vistas. Or visit the plush Rooftop Terrace & Sports Lounge to relax with tipples and mezze or to simply watch sports under the stars.

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Getting There
Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
DXB ((20-25 min))  
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