We have family who live on Arabian Ranches and we wanted somewhere to stay that was close by their villa.
Arabian Ranches is a community a short distance from all parts of Dubai - 20 minutes by taxi [60Dhrs] from DXB airport, The Creek, Emirates Mall, Ibn Batutta Mall, Dubai Mall, Mirdif Mall, Dubai Marina and The Palm Jumeirah.
At the centre of Arabian Ranches is the Golf Club, an oasis within an oasis.
The Golf Club has a small number of guest rooms, a small golfing and golfing wear shop shop, a restaurant and bar and a pleasant terrace overlooking the course.
There is some infrastructure work going on outside the Golf Club at present, but it did not disturb us in any way.
The rooms are of good size, and well-appointed, with tea/coffee making, a mini bar, a safe, TV with lots of channels but none we could find that we wanted, and wired broadband. There's no WiFi, but the broadband is an acceptable speed for basic browsing - not fast.
We found the beds to be rock hard and they began to cause back problems after a couple of days. These were the only negative aspect of staying there. Perhaps other people like their beds so hard. We asked Reception if we could have a second comforter put underneath us, on top of the mattress. They did this immediately, and that improved things a little. Throughout, Reception was extremely helpful.
The view from our room - 110 - was of the golf course, looking across to the residences at Arabian Ranches. We could hear the dawn chorus, even through closed windows, and there is a variety of birds in the trees when sitting outside.
It isn't essential to play golf to stay at the Golf Club, but it certainly makes one want to! If one doesn't play, then there is not a lot to do there, and a car is recommended, especially in the heat of the day and in the summer season, even when restricting oneself to the Arabian Ranches community, and to Motor City just beyond.
Driving in Dubai is very similar to driving in the USA - in other words, a much nicer affair than driving in the UK these days. The roads do get frisky in town however, and the complex road system can be daunting.
In the absence of a car, taxis are available and quite inexpensive, and there is also a regular bus service from the Ranches to the Emirates Mall metro station, and the metro opens up the rest of Dubai, with the notable exception of Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis. Atlantis is served by a completely separate monorail system that doesn't conveniently link up.
It would be nice to have a pool of some sort at the Golf Club, but I appreciate that this would change the dynamic of the club. There are plenty of water parks and beaches within driving distance.
More critically, there is no real space for guests staying at the hotel to chill - besides the bar, and some seating in the reception area. The outside space really feels like a bar/restaurant area.
Speaking of the restaurant, the breakfasts are excellent. Full English for 48 Dhrs, and very good it is. The dinner menu is not extensive, but there is good variety. A two course meal for two people cost 300 Dhrs, with salmon and steak as our main courses, and loads of vegetables. at breakfast, Nancy's cheerful smile always started our day off well.
Staff without exception at the Golf Club are all very cheerful and helpful.
Each morning, a free local newspaper is attached to the door of the room. Complimentary water is supplied to the room each day, a small bottle per person, together with teabags and coffee.
As an aside, the Arabian Ranches has an excellent Health Centre and GP service that is within three minutes drive from the Club. Alongside that is the supermarket and a range of shops and small restaurants.
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