I stayed for 5 days as a treat for my youngest son (aged 12) at the start of the Easter holidays. Had to come without my husband who couldnt get away from work, and my eldest son was on a rugby tour. Travelled with Emirates and all went very smoothly with prompt pick up from the airport and the Kuoni rep to meet us. Even though it was late (2am) the staff on reception were fabulous and we were offered a refreshing glass of juice whilst checking in. The twin room we had on the 4th floor was more than acceptable and they are a really decent size!! Fab bathroom too, with a huge shower and bath. Great views of the Burj and the hotel grounds/Wild Wadi from the windows. The hotel is huge from the outside but very easy to get around, with frequent lifts.
The pool was large with more than enough sunloungers - those of you with small kids would probably want to use the family pool with beach/slide etc - but the larger pool was really safe and I counted 5 Lifeguards on duty around it at one time! Unbelievable!
Breakfasts were amazing too, quite the best I have had - and I have stayed in some gorgeous 5* hotels in my time in Bangkok, Singapore, Phuket, New York etc. Latitude was a little spread out for my taste, but the buffet choices were amazing particularly the pastries. Thats open until 11am but expect to queue at weekends and busy times after about 10.15. We went most of the time at Beachcombers for breakfast (open later until 11.30am!) because it was less frenetic and on the sands with outdoor terrace right by the Burj.
Spent most of our time being very lazy and using the pool and the Wild Wadi which is complimentary and just great to pop in and out of for the odd hour when you're bored!
We ate in Go West which was quite expensive for what it was, but huge portions which we couldnt finish. Great band though... We also had a nice pizza in La Verandah one evening after a late night shopping spree at the new Dubai Mall (Aquarium is well worth a look) and that was wonderful to watch the lights changing on the Burj. Otherwise we ate at the Madinat Jumeirah at The Meat Co and the Indian restaurant ? Usnar. Take the complimentary buggys up the beach and also visit the souk there before you eat. The restaurants there are pricey but really lovely to sit on the waterfront and watch the water taxis ply up and down. Theres a Trader Vics there too but for all those restaurants, best to book before you go. We went on the Arabian Adventures Dune adventure too - fun and my son really enjoyed it. Great to get out of the city.......!
On the negative side, yes it is expensive, so be prepared for it., although its still a shock when you get there!! We just filled up on breakfast and took muffins/pastries and fruit/water to the pool and skipped lunch! Around the pool the guys give you cucumber and oranges and fruit lollies as well as cold towels which is a nice touch.
The other thing that did annoy me was that there is nowhere in the hotel where you can go in the evening for a little nightcap with your child - there are some great bars which are all for over 21s. So what tends to happen is that all the parents with kids gather at the Palm Court in the lobby for a drink. It gets very busy, with lots of kids running around and frankly it is just a bit boring for them too!! I appreciate the comments from another reviewer about the children, and I think this is probably why they are quite so visible in the evenings? But at least the adults had a choice of where to drink!! Much better if the hotel had an internet or games room to give the teenagers something to do at night?
In retrospect, I would have paid more and gone to the Premium Leisure Club (which we had a look around when checking out) as it had a nice lounge with stuff for the kids to do, like Interenet and PS, and a terrace for afternoon tea and a bar open until 2am with kids allowed!!
Generally though I really loved the Jumeirah Beach and will go back. The staff are second to none and the food of a really good standard. I can take or leave the City of Dubai though as frankly its just a building site and some of those skyscrapers look like they will never get finished....!! Believe me the best way to see Dubai is at a distance from a 5* hotel!
- 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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