A PICTURESQUE SETTING; LUSH GARDENS, SANDY BEACH, WORLD-CLASS AMENITIES AND A WARM FRIENDLY WELCOME, THE RITZ-CARLTON DUBAI IS LUXURY PACKED INTO A WATERFRONT DESTINATION. WITH 294 ROOMS AND SUITES, IT’S A SLICE OF PARADISE AWAY FROM THE NOISE OF THE CITY. FACT CHECKS IN…
There’s something magical about being in the heart of a busy Dubai district like JBR, surrounded by tourist bustle and plenty of great shops and restaurants, whilst sinking into a comfy chair on your balcony to take in the uninterrupted sea views – away from any noise and distractions. If you’re wondering where it’s possible to do this, listen up. The sprawling Ritz-Carlton Dubai hugs the shores of its own privatebeach, just steps away from the famous Walk at JBR, but a world away from the high-rise rush of the city. We couldn’t think of a better place to get our staycation on than this beautiful luxury resort, inspired by the low-rise buildings of the Mediterranean. With its sea-facing guest rooms and suites, a dedicated Club Lounge, a wealth of culinary experiences, leisure facilities, Ritz Kids Club and a spa, one thing is for sure – there’s no need to leave this place right until it’s time for you to check out.
If space, views and amenities are at the top of your list, this is the resort that ticks all the boxes. The King Deluxe Room is comfortable and huge – one of the best accommodation types that we’ve stayed in, in Dubai. The word plush comes to mind; everything is lavish in the most serene way. The lovely sitting area is the perfect place to kick back and out your feet up for everything from reading a book to having an afternoon nap, or even lounging for some screen time. Talking of screens, there’s an LCD 47-inch HDTV, desk with integrated media and entertainment connectivity console for laptops and iPods, DVD library for the inroom player and our favourite mod-con, a portable control pad for the lighting and other services in the room.
One of the best parts of this room is the spacious walk-in wardrobe – there’s no limit on luggage for small families or even couples who are guilty of over packing for the weekend! The bathroom is an epitome of luxury with marble finishings; double vanities, a shaving/make-up mirror and hair dryer; plush terry bathrobes and slippers; separate oversized rain showers and a separate toilet with bidet, all make up a beautiful resort bathroom.
Let’s talk about sleep. The Ritz-Carlton signature linens and featherbeds are a dream. After a day spent on the beach or exploring the grounds and facilities, tucking into this bed was just what the doctor ordered. We had some of the best night’s sleep here. Top top that off all rooms are oriented towards the sea and feature private terrace or patio complete with coffee table for two. Our sea view was just flawless. The balcony overlooked the lush green grounds and winding pool. Think postcard perfect, right here on the shores of Dubai.
If there’s one thing that The Ritz-Carlton Dubai knows how to do well, it’s food. Nine restaurants, bars and lounges offer a journey through global flavours, exploring culinary traditions and cultures from the Middle East and beyond. There’s distinct experiences including beach-side dining, al fresco terraces, a lively Friday brunch, Afternoon Tea and themed dinners. We had the pleasure of dining at a real gem: Blue Jade. Serving up pan-Asian cuisine, it was great to see this cosy, welcoming restaurant packed with other gastronomes who were enjoying plates of exotic flavours and good company. Here, Chef Ta Van deftly composes dishes that honour the flavours of his native Vietnam as well as those of Thailand, Singapore, Japan and China.
As our journey through the East begins, we read more on the menu and learn that the stone, Blue Jade, also known as the ultimate “Dream Stone”, is a talisman of peace and serenity. It calms and restores, like a veil of slow moving clouds covering the moon. It is widely used to temper emotional upheaval and to restore equilibrium. A nice back story to get us into the food groove!
Highlights for us included the Spicy Tuna Maki which was fresh and tasty, the Papaya Salad with a hint of spice was a tantalising combination of soft shell crab, tomato, and tamarind fish dressing, and the Mixed Dim Sum – chicken siu mai, prawn har gow and vegetable dumplings. All of which were packed with the most generous fillings.
For our mains, Lemongrass Chicken and Black Pepper Beef made the cut. The first was exquisite dipped in chilli fish sauce whilst the latter was coated in the most lip-licking Singaporean black pepper sauce – exactly what we wanted. A side of Vietnamese fried rice and we were happy campers!
Dessert was a huge surprise – in the most pleasant way. Asian desserts are usually hit or miss – these were definitely a big YES. The Roasted Banana with passion fruit sauce and coconut ice cream is our recommendation – just the right amalgamation of flavours to end the meal. Service is top notch, the presentation is insta-worthy, and the entire evening is above our expectations.
There’s international cuisine, Italian, Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean and everything in between; food is something to be enjoyed and relished at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai.
At a resort of this magnitude, we’d expect nothing but a labyrinth of a wellness area, and The Ritz-Carlton Spa definitely doesn’t disappoint.
The treatments are healing, relaxing, cleansing and energising with a careful blend of Eastern traditions and European techniques. Offering the luxury of pampering and the ability to hold time at a standstill, the hotel spa features 12 treatments rooms (three private rooms each have their own terrace), ladies’ and gentlemen’s relaxation lounges, eucalyptus-infused steam-rooms, an outdoor lap pool, hot and cold plunge pools and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The hotel’s fitness centre is one of the best we’ve worked out in at any 5-star hotel. This season, book any treatment of 60 minutes or more and get complimentary access to our resort pools and private beach. With plenty of equipment, great staff and space to work on your physical wellbeing, the gym’s full range of amenities was just what we needed to perk up. Plus, there are not one but six swimming pools to dip in afterwards!
For some true pampering, the 60-minute Nourished Glow will have you balanced from head to toe!Reveal your smoothest, softest skin ever with this body exfoliation, finishing with a deeply nourishing oil application and personalised back massage. Our therapist is professional yet personable, checking about pressure and comfort throughout the treatment whilst being firm with the scrub and massage – we feel unbelievably relaxed as we leave. The ideal skin and body combo therapy!
Location is key when deciding where to book your next staycation, and we can’t think of anywhere better than the heart of JBR. Just a short drive from the new Bluewaters Dubai and many other attractions, so if you fancy a trip out and about, you have a whole host of options.
If you’re staying with little ones, The Ritz Kids programme educates and engages young guests with creative activities to expose them to Dubai’s environment and culture.
There are many reasons why The Ritz-Carlton Dubai is as revered as it is; reliable, classy, inviting and a true resort feeling is what this place is all about. ✤
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