28 February 2021
One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
Made up of three properties – the boutiquey Residence & Spa, the Moorish-inspired Palace and the opulent Arabian Court – One&Only Royal Mirage occupies a plum position on Jumeirah Beach beside the Palm Jumeirah, just down the road from the Dubai Marina. From its pools and kilometre-long beach you can enjoy views of the iconic cityscape, while the super-efficient concierges will organise all kinds of thrilling local pursuits including desert dune-bashing, sand-surfing and even skydiving over Palm Island and Jumeirah Beach. Across the resort’s 65 acres you’ll find 16 restaurants, bars and lounges. Dine ensconced on cushions beneath the star-speckled Arabian skies at The Courtyards with its moreish mezze and sweet-smelling shisha, feast on Asian fusion cuisine on floating decks at Eauzone, sample traditional Moroccan dishes at theatrical, immersive Tagine, and enjoy Mediterranean dishes at adult-only Drift Beach Dubai with its pool bar and DJ spinning Ibizan classics. You’ll have worked up an appetite taking part in sports such as snorkelling, kayaking, water-skiing, tennis and beach volleyball. Alternatively, the butlers can organise rounds of golf or tuition at world-class golf clubs nearby, or there’s complimentary access to the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm for stays of three nights or longer and activities such as henna-painting and sand-sculpting at the kids’ club.
The Health & Beauty Institute at the Royal Mirage
But it’s the resort’s wellness facilities that truly set it apart from the crowd. Located within the Residence & Spa, the resort’s Health and Beauty Institute is an inspiring sanctuary dedicated to relaxation, fitness, pampering and rejuvenation. It’s here that you’ll find the resort’s state-of-the-art gym, its resident fitness and wellness experts including personal trainers, and the One&One spa with its Arabesque treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas, plunge pools and hammam – the latter the setting for authentic Moroccan bathing rituals administered by hand-picked therapists from Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. Treatments are ceremonial in feel and take you to another world. The best is the One&Only Spa Experience, a bespoke signature journey devised for you in consultation with a therapist. Selecting from the spa’s Unwind, Restore and Elevate body rituals, the experience comprises body exfoliation, a total body wrap using marine mud, algae or Ayurvedic oshadi, a head massage and a full-body aromatherapy massage.
One&Only The Palm
Royal Mirage’s nearby sister hotel is a more intimate affair, albeit one that shares its outstanding service, fantastic facilities and majestic interiors. Where wellness lovers and spa mavens are concerned, it’s also home to the UAE’s only Guerlain Spa, hosting exclusive One&Only rituals blending nearly two centuries of Guerlain’s scientific research and product innovation with Arabian traditions; don’t miss the 4-Hand Imperial Massage. Guerlain Super Active facials are also a big hit, while there’s another hammam here, hosting three exclusive House of Guerlain experiences: the Désert d’Orient traditional bathing ritual, the Solar Evasion experience and the tension-relieving Dubai Harmony massage ceremony. The nine private treatment suites all have outdoor relaxation areas and there’s an adult-only pool beside which you can take a private yoga or Pilates class.
Good to Know
There are boat transfers between the two hotels. Both offer the ‘At One with Nature’ experience of a hot-air balloon ride over the Dubai desert, session with a falconer, guided wildlife drive in a vintage Range Rover and gourmet Arabian breakfast, which the hotels' concierge teams can arrange (charges apply).
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