Sat at the end of Jumeirah Beach road next to the imposing Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is in prime position for holidaymakers, with the beach on one side, Wild Wadi Water park on another and the Mall of the Emirates just a five minute taxi ride inland. A taxi to the airport will take around 20-25 minutes.
All of the JBH’s 617 rooms, suites and villas are ocean-facing, a nice factor when you’ve got the vast Arabian Gulf to one side. At the lower end, the standard Ocean Deluxe Room offers a comfortable 50 square metres, with the usual amenities, including a rather colourful bedspread and carpet. For something slightly different, there are the idyllic Beit Al Bahar ‘villas by the sea’, complete with private garden, pool and grand Bedouin-style bedroom.
Like the bedrooms, the vast lobby is a rather vibrant and colourful affair, with a café towards the back often soundtracked by a piano. Outside towards the beach, there is a huge network of pathways connecting various pools, bars, restaurants and even a little marina. Like most Dubai resorts, a fleet of chauffeured elongated golf buggies are at hand to help you get around.
Eating and drinking
At the end of a lengthy pier off the back of the hotel, 360 is undoubtedly Dubai’s most iconic bar, a small island in the Gulf that gets extremely lively at the weekends to the sounds of international DJs. Among the 16 other eating and drinking joints, the Argentinean steaks of Le Parrilla are definitely worth a mention, as are the South-East Asian delights (and panoramic views of the beach) from Beachcombers. There's even an 'English' themed pub, the Dhow and Anchor, which I would't particularly recommend unless you're feeling overly homesick (and only a rubbishy British pub will do).
Sports and leisure is really where the Jumeirah Beach Hotel comes into its own. Aside from it’s own immaculate stretch of beach, there are enough watery activities to keep even Jacques Cousteau entertained, with a dedicated PADI-approved dive centre and a manmade coral reef just off shore, alongside waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking and yacht cruises. Then there’s a tennis centre, squash courts, a climbing wall and even Segway tours, alongside a dedicated Sports Club by the marina. The Spa is equipped with two saunas, two massage rooms and three hot tubs. For children, the Sinbad Kid’s Club is a spacious and supervised centre that offers activities such as facepainting and creativity in the sand. Last but by no means least, Wild Wadi Water Park – located just next door – is a day’s adventure in itself, a huge area of slides and pools. Access to Wild Wadi and the Kid’s Club is usually complementary for guests.
Extremely helpful and friendly, but there might be short delays checking in or out if there's a large group.
Who stays there
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is extremely popular with European tourists, especially families and tour groups.
The price for a standard Ocean Deluxe room doesn't include the 10 per cent municipality fees and 10 per cent service charge. Two children below the age of 12 can stay for free. The price does include free access to Wild Wadi Water Park, gym and Sinbad's Kids Club but not breakfast. However, there are often food and beverage offers for guests across the Jumeirah Group's extended range of restaurants.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Excellent leisure facilities
- Wide variety of eating and dining options
- Slightly dated
- Quite busy