Like most of Dubai’s resorts, Le Royal Meridien sits down by the Dubai Marina area with it’s own private (and sizeable) patch of sand. It’s at the other end of town from the airport, which is about 30 minutes away by taxi, and about 10 minutes from the Mall of the Emirates.
Accommodation is split into the main hotel and the stand-alone Tower and Club Tower complexes, all with sea views. The standard rooms, in the main hotel, are large and comfy, decorated in cool pastel greens (including the carpet, which is a questionable decision) and with their own private balcony. The Club and Tower options offer more opulent furnishings, alongside extras such as airport pick up and access to the Club Lounge.
At the back of the hotel is a sprawling mass of pools, lawns, palm trees, cafés and restaurants, connected by winding pathways, and leading down towards the beach. It’s big enough that you’ll need one of the many golf buggies to get around (and you’ll feel like you’re in James Bond film in the process, especially if you get them to chase each other).
Eating and drinking
Of the 14 bars and restaurants jostling for your culinary attention in Le Royal Meridien, Maya definitely deserves a special mention, serving modern Mexican dishes with a twist, as does its cool rooftop bar. Outdoors, the charming Al Khaima is the hotel’s regional cuisine outpost, with a good selection of Arabic mezzehs, grills and shishas. Gary Rhodes has recently brought his second Dubai restaurant, twenty10, to Le Royal Meridien. Rather resplendently laid out in plush furnishing, this spot specialises in all things meat and isn't at all cheap.
Amid the palm trees and landscape greenery at the back of the hotel there are three temperature-controlled swimming pools and plentiful sunbeds. Utilising the Arabian Gulf a little more, there are merry jaunts such as water skiing, wind surfing and kayaking available. There’s also a well-equipped fitness centre, squash court and Roman-themed spa for all your pampering needs. And, should the kids be getting on your nerves, the Penguin Club will keep them occupied.
Excellent - extremely attentive and helpful. A large bowl of chocolates at the reception desk is a nice touch.
Who stays there
It's very popular with Western families and sun-worshippers, plus the occasional tour group. Oh, and Premiership footballers.
The lowest price for a standard Deluxe Room doesn't include breakfast. I would recommend paying extra for a Royal Club room as rates include a buffet breakfast and access to the Club Lounge.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Incredible beach
- Popular with Premiership footballers
- Dated design