One&Only Royal Mirage, the calmest and most elegant of Dubai’s mainland beach resorts, consists of three Arabian-styled palace hotels set amid a lush, 65-acre palm garden fronted by a three-quarter-mile white-sand beach. The Palace, the oldest and largest hotel, still has the feeling of an intimate escape despite the past decade’s frenetic high-rise construction along the coastal highway. The Arabian Court draws local couples and, in winter, sheikhs who take trained falcons to tea in the lobby. The most exclusive joint, the Residence, is closest to the spa where guests indulge in massage-themed vacation weeks. All rooms share a French Moroccan decor and courteous staff who continually offer fruit skewers, cold towels, drinks, and sunglass-spritzing around three of the emirate’s most beautiful outdoor pools.
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The hotel is a five-minute taxi ride to Dubai Marina, where restaurants and shisha bars surround a mega-yacht harbor, and to the Walk at JBR, a mile-long strip of boutiques, outdoor booths, and weekend activities including recycled art exhibits, street painting, and craft fairs. The One&Only Royal Mirage offers free bus shuttles to the Mall of the Emirates and to Palm Jumeirah Island’s water parks and dolphin shows.
Need to Know
Rooms: 439 rooms; from $302 (1,105 AED). Check-in: 2 p.m.; check out: noon. Dining options: Eight bars and restaurants draw local couples for romantic nights, especially the rooftop shisha bar; Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant; and Nine, serving Indian cuisine. Book ahead to secure a table. Gym and spa details: Gym with Technogym, Kinesis stations, and Power Plate machines; spa with eight treatment rooms and an oriental hammam; three pools in all, of which the largest, adults-only pool was just refurbished; three tennis courts and a 9-hole putting green.
Who’s it for: Privacy-seeking couples who want a calm beach for sun lounging as well as a kids' club (ages 4–11 years) to babysit little ones. Our favorite rooms: Gold Club rooms in the Palace include breakfast, high tea, and evening cocktails at a private lounge. Rooms in all three hotels are garden-facing with higher floors looking over treetops to the sea. Suites come with a guarantee of a shaded pool gazebo. Package or agent-booked reservations often include half or full board gratis. Drinks at sundown: For a breezy cocktail hour and dramatic architectural skyline views, take the private hotel water taxi to 101 Dining Lounge, the jetty bar of the sister One&Only The Palm resort on Dubai’s palm tree–shaped artificial Palm Jumeirah Island.
Celebrities - classic fine dining; Olives - Mediterranean-inspired food with indoor and outdoor seating; Tagine - Moroccan cuisine; The Beach Bar & Grill - Fresh seafood and beach views; The Rotisserie - Show kitchen of Middle Eastern and North European dishes; Nina - Indo-European dining; Eauzone - Beachfront dining with an Asian twist; The Dining Room - Exclusive dining for Residence & Spa guests
Bars and Lounges
The Jetty Lounge - Elegant beachside lounge with cocktails and light fare; The Rooftop Terrace and Sport Lounge - dramatic outdoor venue atop the Arabian Court; The Samovar Lounge - Customary Middle Eastern design, serves high tea; Lobby Lounge - Intimate lounge with tea and light fare located in The Palace; The Courtyards - Authentic "Majilis" style seating and traditional oriental mezzahs; Kasbar - multi-level, ultra-chic late night venue
One&Only Spa - holistic, tailored spa treatments; Traditional Oriental Hamman; Salon services
Two separate fitness centers in Residence & Spa and The Palace offer cardio and strength training equipment along with private training
Pools and Beach
Four pools located on property; private kilometre long beach
The Palace - Superior Deluxe Room
Superior Deluxe Rooms reflect a chic, contemporary elegance with an Arabian twist. These rooms offer the latest in modern technology and comfort. All are sea-facing, overlooking the landscaped gardens with private balcony or patio, and feature a King-size bed, sitting chair and writing table with chairs. The bathroom has walk-in overhead shower with separate bath and a twin vanity.
The Palace - Superior Gold Club Room
Superior Gold Club Rooms feature a private entrance, a King-size bed, sitting chair, writing table with two chairs, and a private balcony or patio overlooking landscaped gardens. Bathrooms feature an overhead shower with separate bath tub and twin vanity sinks. These welcoming spaces provide guests with access to the Gold Club, a private lounge and reception area on the third floor of The Palace offering a complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktail hour and beverages.
The Palace - Superior Executive Suite
Located within the south wing of The Palace, the Superior Executive Suites offer expansive living space with separate lounge and dining area, complete with couch, dining table for four and guest restroom. The King-size bedroom includes a plush sitting chair and generous oversized bathroom with walk-in overhead shower and in-bathroom LCD television. All sea-facing, these suites overlook beautiful landscaped gardens from a private balcony or patio.
The Palace - Superior Gold Club Suite
Superior Gold Clube Suites feature a private entrance and elevator, and the generous spaces within include a separate living and dining area, with couch and dining table for four, and a King-size bedroom with oversized bathroom with walk-in overhead shower and in-bathroom LCD television. Designed with a contemporary Arabian flair, these beautiful sea-facing suites are enhanced with the services and amenities of the Gold Club, an exclusive lounge and reception area on the third floor of The Palace offering a complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktail hour and beverages.
Arabian Court - Deluxe Room
Inspired by the magic of Arabia, each room features carved arches, colourful mosaics and dramatic artwork. The bathrooms are adorned with wood, marble and slate and feature a wet area with overhead and handheld showers with a granite bench, separate toilet and bidet, vanity with under-shelf cupboards and separate bath with handheld shower.
Arabian Court - Executive Suite
Executive Suites feature an entrance foyer, dining area with a wooden table for four and credenza, ornate desk with business centre offering Internet, fax and printing capabilities, and guest restrooms. All include a spacious balcony or ground-floor patio. The separate bedroom features a King-size bed with decorative overhead canopy and the luxurious master bathroom features a wet area with overhead and handheld showers with a granite bench, separate toilet and bidet, individual double sink vanity and large bathtub with handheld shower. The Executive Suites are situated adjacent to a connecting double room offering the choice of a two bedroom accommodation, with one main entrance foyer.
Arabian Court - Prince Suite
These regal suites are spectacularly spacious with an expansive outdoor terrace offering "Majilis" style seating, a dining table for four people, two ottoman chairs and two sun-loungers for private sun bathing. Luxurious bathrooms feature a wet area with overhead and handheld showers with a granite bench, separate toilet and bidet, individual double sink vanity with under-shelf cupboards and large bathtub with handheld shower. The Prince suites are situated adjacent to a connecting double room offering the choice of a two-bedroom accommodation, with one main entrance foyer.
Residence & Spa - Prestige Room
Prestige Rooms feature a King-size bed and lavishly appointed bathrooms are adorned with wood and slate and feature a wet area with overhead and handheld showers, marble bench, separate toilet and bidet, individual vanity and bath with handheld shower. Room feature sea-facing views and intricate design.
Residence & Spa - Junior Suite
These suites feature an impressive wooden King-size bed on a raised platform that leads down to the living area with "Majilis" style seating. The suite also offers a separate dining table, which alternates as a desk. Batrhoom provides refreshing light with wet area with overhead and handheld showers, a marble bench, separate toilet and bidet, individual vanity and large bathtub with handheld shower. All Junior Suites may be connected with a Prestige Room, offering the choice of a two bedroom suite with one main entrance foyer.
Residence & Spa - Executive Suite
Reflecting the magic of the desert, these lavish suites feature an entrance foyer, dining area, separate guest toilet, and the traditional ‘majlis’ style seating (an Arabic term for a room in a private home used to entertain guests) for up to seven people. A separate bedroom features a King-size bed overlooking the garden and sea. An elegant and airy bathroom provides refreshing light and features a wet area with overhead and handheld shower, a marble bench, separate toilet and bidet, double vanity and large bathtub with handheld shower.
Beach Garden Villa
Nestled in a discreet location only steps away from the private beach, the two-bedroom Beach Garden Villa Residence reflects the acclaimed Arabian architecture and features a private driveway entrance, dedicated parking and its own temperature-controlled swimming pool. The spacious and well-appointed bedrooms face the sea and feature King-size beds. The rooms are separated by an Arabesque-styled lounge and dining area perfect for entertaining. The Beach Garden Villa Residence also features a kitchenette, ideal for hosting private dinners or gatherings.