The endless sugar-soft sands of Jumeirah Beach boast more than their share of luxury hotels, all jostling for attention in one of Dubai’s most cosmopolitan and rewarding of settings. The Mandarin Oriental is one of the few that does not need to shout from the rooftops, its sophistication, timeless elegance and effortless service making it the prime address for those in the know.
From the moment you are ushered into the lobby by the impeccably presented staff, a sparkling centrepiece – the gleaming fronds of the ‘Forest of Lights’ – transports guests into new levels of splendour. None of this feels unnecessarily ostentatious, however – no mean feat in a city where opulence reigns supreme. An air of understated calm and serenity pervades the hotel, from the cocoon-like relaxation pods in the blissful spa to the ambient shades of sand and aquamarine in the spacious rooms and suites, reflecting the shimmer of the gulf waters on the horizon.
Outside spaces at the Mandarin Oriental are similarly soothing; enjoy the gentle ocean breezes from the shaded canopy of your beachfront cabana, or admire the uninterrupted views from the infinity pool on the Tasca terrace. Thoughtful touches such as Smeg mini-bars in the private cabanas of the beach-facing main swimming pool hint at the attention-to-detail prevalent throughout. Those seeking a slightly faster pace could adjourn to the Padel court or to the state-of-the-art Outrace gym, working up an appetite for a feast at one of the hotel’s seven acclaimed dining venues. Highlights include contemporary Portuguese cuisine overseen by Michelin-starred chef José Avillez at Tasca, delectable Warayaki (straw fire) Japanese cuisine at Netsu and caviar afternoon tea at the Beluga Lounge.
Those in search of serene sophistication
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Admire the turquoise hues of the Arabian Gulf from your private cabana on the beach or by one of the glittering pools
Get your morning sugar fix at the Mandarin Cake Shop
Allow a professional coach to put you through your paces on the skyline Padel court
Retreat to the expansive spa, where facilities include separate male and female heat and water zones, and a dazzling hammam suite
Enjoy classic afternoon tea in the Noor Lounge, or a caviar themed version at the Beluga Lounge
Work off the excesses in the Outrace gym, or take advantage of an array of fitness and yoga classes
Take in the spectacle, aromas and flavours of Ross Shonhan’s straw-fired Japanese cuisine at Netsu
Sip sunset cocktails on the terrace of La Tasca, and remain to sample chef José Avillez’ Michelin-starred Portuguese cuisine
Unwind during warm Arabian nights with beachside shisha at The Bay
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Take in the breathtaking vistas from The View at The Palm, or from the top of the glittering Burj Khalifa
Take an abra ride and browse the souks of the Dubai Creek
Sample the world-class shopping at the Mall of the Emirates
Marvel at the spectacular architecture and immersive exhibits at the Museum of the Future
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