When it comes to choosing a hotel in Dubai, we were given the best advice. “Get one with a nice swimming pool. You’re going to need it.” Although I rarely use a hotel pool during a city stay, the dry desert heat of Dubai needs a cool respite after a day of shopping and sightseeing.
Taking the advice on board, we went a step further. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is a resort-style hotel located along the prestigious Jumeirah strip, just 35 minutes from Dubai airport. In addition to a swimming pool, it has a private sandy beach.
The grand hotel lobby with thick columns rising towards the ceiling has mood lighting that changes according to the time of the day.
Check in desk
Step inside, and you experience the warm hospitality from the doorman to the reception desk. Our 7 am check-in is handled so swiftly that we are show to our room in no time.
View from Our Sea View Room
Our sea view room faces the calm jade waters of the Persian Gulf. From the balcony, we can see Atlantis the Palm in Palm Jumeirah directly ahead. To the right, the 7 star luxury Burj al Arab hotel rises from the sea.
Royal Club Sea View Room
Modern elegance and spaciousness make up the Royal Club Sea View Room. The king size bed occupies one section with ample space to move around. A sofa and table near the window can have you lazing with a book while occasionally glancing at the view outside.
Sofa and Table
A writing desk and mirror complement the décor. Internet access is available through a cable which is supplied in the room.
The coffee and tea making facilities with signature Le Meridien cups sit above a concealed mini bar. There is a wardrobe and a storage area for suitcases which are conveniently out of sight of the bedroom.
Coffee and Tea Making Facilities
The bathroom is spacious with separate shower facing the basin with three way mirrors and Cinq Modes toiletries. There’s an oval bathtub in the corner, large enough for two and a bottle of Champagne. A toilet and bidet occupy the other side.
Cinq Modes Toiletries
For our stay, we chose the Royal Club package. For a reasonably priced supplement, we had a private check-in area with personal assistance, a range of complimentary facilities such airport transfers in a chauffeured car, breakfast in the Royal Club Lounge, high speed internet in the rooms, afternoon tea and a happy hour daily.
Breakfast is served in the Royal Club Lounge which is exclusive to its members. The dining room is quiet and intimate and faces the sea. The range of breakfast food available is world class with an international flavour. Here, traditional Middle-eastern breakfast of labneh, olives, cheese and hommus sit side by side with continental pastries including flaky croissants, pain au chocolat, even zaatar croissants. If you prefer a full English breakfast, the lightly whipped scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, sausages and mushrooms will satisfy the morning cravings. A selection of cold meats and smoked salmon complements the breakfast bar.
For the health conscious, the fresh fruit packs flavour and the bircher muesli and cheese platter will have you returning for more. The range of smoothies served in shot glasses changes daily and with fresh flavour so watermelon and basil, banana and chilli, you want to try them all. Service is very efficient and discreet. No sooner that you turn away with your plate that everything is replenished at the blink of an eye.
Afternoon tea is served daily with a selection of delicious cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches and fresh fruit on Villeroy and Boch tableware. A range of exotic teas is available such as the refreshing Date Tea and the Sweet Honeybrush.
Happy Hour Drinks
At Happy Hour, guests converge for a drinks and nibbles served in the comfort of the Royal Club Lounge or on the terrace overlooking the sea. The selection of canapés changes daily and has an international flavour from cold soups to Asian spices and amuse-bouches.
Happy Hour Canapés
We stayed at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina on a 4 night stopover in Dubai on the way to Europe. The hotel facilities, the level of service and hospitality were all exemplary.
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