We first visited JBH on our honeymoon in 2007. The service then was exemplary (they remembered how my wife liked her tea in the morning...made her happy!) and the food was of a very high standard irrespective of whether you used the fine dining or the buffets. The front reception desk was well informed and answered any questions we had promptly and politely.
We returned earlier this year with our 18 month old son, primarily choosing this hotel for its family friendly traits and recommendations from other people that had travelled their with young children.
The 6-7 hour flight from the UK was probably the absolute limit as this was the first time we were travelling with our child. We had considered staying at the Atlantis but it seemed more geared to older children to make the most of what was on offer. After having dinner their one evening we were glad we chose JBH as we found Atlantis very busy and impersonal, reflecting the views of many others on this forum.
The room was clean and well maintained (the décor hadn't changed). We requested a cot which was promptly delivered with a few toys...nice touch! After remembering how well we were treated on our first visit, we found service on our return a little less personal. You tend to notice this more when you have a child, whereas if it was just the two of us it's easier to let things pass. Perhaps I'm being a little picky here.
The food again was a of a very high standard: Of the three nights we had dinner in Latitude the food was themed and never boring. It didn't feel like food had just been thrown together to feed the masses which is often the case with buffets. We once opted to have an lunch at La Varanda but finished the remainder of the meal in our room as we were all suffering from the heat. The food was delivered promptly as soon as it had been cooked so it was fresh and hot.
We also soon came to appreciate the benefit of child minders available in the kids club. I was insistent we should all eat together, despite our little one kicking off once he was bored of the high chair, but this soon became a case of one of us keeping him entertained while the other ate and then switching roles...not fun. We paid for an hour of child minding at dinner time on the last three nights which allowed mummy and daddy to eat in peace. We would initially be seated at the restaurant and the child minder would collect and return our son there to ensure we maximised whatever time we had. We had the same minder for the first two nights who was fantastic, but on the third night our son was returned 20min early for no particular reason. Suffice to say I spoke to the duty manager the following morning and had the fee removed for that evening.
Each evening, we asked one of the buggy drivers to take us around the Madinat...this was a real highlight for my son and we got to see the entire resort.
My overall impression of JBH is that it remains a great place to stay whether you travel as a family or as a couple.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jumeirah Beach Hotel is located directly at the Arabian shores. All rooms and suites feature seaviews, the latest technology and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests receive unlimited complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark and Sinbad's Kids Club. Talise Fitness with its tennis courts, watersports, gym, climbing wall and Spa offers an exceptional leisure experience for all the family. 21 restaurants, bars and lounges are renowned for genuine, true hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jumeirah Beach Resort
- Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai
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