Mina A'Salam

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Address: Po Box 75157, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, , United Arab Emirates

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4

Dubai's Arabian fairytale with one truly awesome beach.

Part of the sprawling beachside Madinat Jumeirah complex, which incorporates two other hotels along with an Arabian-style souk (with less Arabian-style outlets - Costa Coffee?), and all linked by gondolas on charming manmade waterways, the Mina A'Salam is sight to behold. Inside it's laid out like an Arabian fairytale, while outside there's an immaculate 2km-long beach. It's easy to see why the hotel has become a firm Dubai favourite with visitors. During cooler climes, I particularly enjoy the stroll down from the hotel down towards the restaurants that line the waterfront.  

Location
4.2
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.2
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
3.6
90%

Location

Facing the coast and with a near perfect private beach, the hotel is just a pleasant walk from the Arabian-style souk of the Madinat Jumeirah. The Mall of the Emirates is only a couple of minutes taxi ride up the road, while the airport is about 25 minutes away.

Bedrooms

Grand Arabian styles flow throughout the rooms, with large imposing wooden-framed beds, ornate furnishings and traditional arches. The Deluxe Room comes with its own balcony, either facing inland or towards the water.

Public areas

The dimly lit lobby is resplendent with Arabian designs, including a quaint water feature in the centre. The rooms, spread over several floors and various winding corridors lined with artworks, can sometimes take a good few minutes to reach. 

Eating and drinking

Connected to the Madinat Jumeirah, a huge selection of popular drinking and dining options are just a hop and skip away. Closer to the hotel, the outstanding Zhang-He’s serves award-winning Chinese, including brilliant dim sums, by the waterside. There's also an good beach bar ideal for a few sundowners, although last time I checked they seemed to serve their beer in plastic glasses, which ruins the experience a little.  

Leisure facilities

Out the back of the hotel, the 2km private beach (for use by all guests staying the Madinat Jumeirah resort) is incredible, and generously laid out with deck chairs. If you get bored with lounging in the sun, there are games such as table tennis available, plus more energetic activities like windsurfing, waterskiing and kayaking. For those in need of pampering, there's the Madinat’s Talise Spa, while the exercisers out there will appreciate the Quay Healthclub's extensive gym and 25-metre indoor pool.

Service

Excellent, attentive service, both in the hotel and outside by the beaches and bars. 

Who stays there

It's popular with both Western and Arabic holidaymakers. 

Price advice

The price for a standard Arabian Deluxe (for two adults and two children under 12) doesn't include the 10 per cent service tax and 10 per cent municipality fees (or breakfast) but does give free access to Wild Wadi Water Park to all guests. Alternatively, there is the Jumeirah Summer Half Board rate for the Arabian Deluxe (not including 10 per cent municipality fees or 10 per cent service tax) which accommodates two adults and two children under 16, with breakfast and lunch available across 32 restaurants (beverages are excluded). 

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation

Pros & Cons

  • 2km private beach
  • Long corridors to rooms
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