The Ritz-Carlton sits pride of place by the beach in the centre of The Walk, a pedestrianised strip of cafés and restaurants at the base of the popular Jumeirah Beach Residences towers (commonly known as JBR). However, despite this name, it’s not in Jumeirah (about 20 minutes drive away), but in the Dubai Marina, a mass of mainly residential tower blocks. The Burj Al Arab is about 10 minutes drive away and the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall about 15 minutes further. A ride to the airport will take about 25-30 minutes.
The rooms are in keeping with the classical European styling of the exterior, carpeted and with a yellow theme across the walls and curtains (which are ever-so-slightly chintzy, truth be told). Each comes with its own private balcony or patio, with pool and garden views. If possible, get a corner Deluxe Sea-view room, as it’s two windows offer a somewhat impressive view of the Gulf.
The marble lobby is grand and impressive, with huge windows looking out across the water. Up on the top floor, the Club Lounge has comfy sofas and chairs, with great views of the Gulf. Outside, there is a huge expanse of landscaped gardens.
Eating and drinking
Despite the European and classical themes throughout the hotel, it does offer a tip of the hat to its host via the Amaseena Lounge, where guests can enjoy an Arabic buffet under the stars or a Bedouin-style tent. Meanwhile inside, Splendido heads back to Italy (via New York, perhaps), with pastas and deli items served in a cool contemporary setting.
Despite the incredible 350-metre beach, there are three swimming pools, including an ‘adults only’ option should you want to stay away from any splashing (unless it’s of the flirtatious sort). There’s also a fitness centre, four flood-lit tennis courts, two squash courts and small golf putting green. The Ritz-Kids club has daily activities to keep the little ones entertained, ideal if you want to relax in the in-house spa, which offers both Arabic and Asian-fused treatments.
Who stays there
The European styles appeal to European guests, as does its proximity to the café-lined The Walk (which has been likened to Cannes).
Prices for the standard Deluxe Room are at their lowest during summer (June 1 – September 10) and are for two adults, not including 10 per cent municipality charge and 10 per cent service tax. There is also a three nights for the price of two offer. This offer doesn't include breakfast.
Pros & Cons
- Great beach
- Slightly overpriced