Hotel Review: Have you ever stayed at a hotel that completely blew your mind? Although you enter with set expectations you exit with unimaginable experiences. I witnessed the same at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. Here’s my review of staying at one of the best 5-star hotels in Dubai.
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Dubai is Luxury. The largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the world’s most expensive, lavish and fashionable city. Its central location on the world map makes it an ideal city-break destination. You can enjoy an all-action day out in the desert, shop till you drop in the designer malls, get an adrenaline rush at Skydive Dubai, relish the old Dubai charm at Al Bastakiya Quarter or simply stroll on the Jumeirah Beach. While doing all this, don’t miss out on staying at one of the best 5-star hotels in Dubai.
During my last few visits, I have stayed at all kinds of 5-star hotels in Dubai – iconic landmark hotels, beachfront retreats with authentic Arabian architecture and buzzing spots with experimental restaurants and bars right in the heart of the action. While all hotels had something unique to offer, my experience at the Mövenpick Hotel was totally unexpected.
In a city where loud luxury is a norm, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach comes across as a breath of fresh air. Like the country of its origin, the hotel appreciates the understated and quality of living. It creates an unforgettable holiday experience by pairing the exceptional luxury, contemporary design, and high-end service. This 5-star hotel is second to none in any department – the location, service, food, views and above all – a sense of belonging.
Here are my reasons to choose Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach over other 5-star hotels in Dubai.
WHY choose Movenpick Dubai?
Imagine waking up to a view of endless blue horizon hugging an emerald green Arabian Sea. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach is ideally situated in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence close to the Arabian Gulf. Located on ‘The Walk’, it is only a few steps away from the prime beachfront mall known as ‘The Beach’ mall, which features beachfront shops, restaurants, and the UAE’s first outdoor cinema. And, in case you want to shop more, just walk for 10 minutes to reach Dubai Marina Mall or drive for 25 minutes to the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall.
You won’t even have to worry about missing your flight as it is just 30 minutes’ drive away from Dubai International Airport and 20 minutes from Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport. The commute is never a problem at Movenpick with 24-hour taxi service right at the doorstep and the nearest Tram station is just 500m away.
And, as you step out of your hotel you can enjoy the bustling yet relaxed resort vibes of the idyllic beachside with a contemporary Arabian touch, which is coincidentally named as the BEACH. The golden sand beach can give Boracay’s White Beach run for its money when it comes to the powdery smoothness of the sand. There’s plenty to do – from a wide selection of beachside dining and shopping to water sports such as parasailing and wakeboarding. There’s also banana boat rides and even a train for the kids to enjoy. If you’d prefer to keep your feet dry, you can take a camel ride along the beach – and all with the iconic city landscape in the background.
Award-Winning Dining Options
The four dining options at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach combine taste, variety and vibrant atmospheres.
1. The Talk Restaurant
For me, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Mövenpick knows how to delight its customers. Fresh food, elaborate buffet, interactive live cooking stations and world flavours blended in to give me an ideal kind of start I wish for my mornings. The most touching part happened when one day I woke up after the breakfast hours. However, the staff was so sweet and helpful that despite me being late, they prepared a fresh breakfast and didn’t even charge me extra. Now, aren’t these small things make a big impact on customer loyalty?
The restaurant is famous for having theme-night dinner buffets (where the theme changes daily from an Italian night to a BBQ night and many more) and the award-winning Talk & Soul Friday brunch (featuring specialty food and drinks from different countries every week). The all-day dining restaurant has an open kitchen and offers indoor and outdoor terrace seating.
2. Soul Restaurant and Bar
Being a New York lover, this stylish New York restaurant became one of my favourite during my stay at the hotel. Relishing the vibrant flavours here made me undertake a culinary journey through the finest “foodie” neighbourhoods of Manhattan. The food that I had here sounded common but was finger-licking good in taste. I am not a fan of tomato soup but I couldn’t stop gulping when I sampled the one made here with roasted tomatoes, brown onions, tomatoes juice, basil pesto, salt, and pepper.
The crab salad made with Jumbo lump crab, Australian avocado, ripe mango and sweet melon dressed in passion fruit dressing still brings back delish memories. My friend who enjoyed Short Ribs said he never had better ribs before than here. My exquisite meal was complimented with Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon red wine.
Thanks to Chef Valerie, Restaurant and Lounge Manager Nadia Moujahid and the restaurant Captain Laxmi, I had a great evening dining at the al fresco poolside of the Soul Restaurant and Bar. It is a place I would recommend to anyone who loves good food and great ambiance.
3. Layali Sisha Pool Lounge
This seductive and sizzling outdoor lounge comes with over 30 different shisha flavours, an a la carte mezze menu, live charcoal BBQ and Saj bread stations, complimented with oriental tunes. The contemporary poolside cabanas make the setting even more romantic at night.
4. West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge
If you are a sports fan like me and don’t want to miss the game of your favourite team or player, head to West Beach Bistro and Sports Lounge, one of Dubai’s favourite sports bar. The multiple screens, the longest Happy Hour on the Walk and a pool table for entertainment will keep you hooked for the night. The bar is open seven days a week and is on first come first serve basis.
- Mövenpick coffee and ice cream are served at the Falls Lobby Lounge & Terrace, ideal for a variety of light refreshments throughout the day.
- A comprehensive room service menu is also available 24 hours a day for those who prefer to dine in the privacy of their room or suite.
Awards, Ratings, and Reviews
Staying true to its brand promise of ‘making moments’, the hotel very well know that small gestures make a big difference to people. Their Swiss roots and brand philosophy of ‘doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way’ has brought them a lot of success and accolades. Year-on-year the highly rated hotel has been winning awards and customers love alike. Upon searching online I hardly came across any negative review about the property. Here are some of the awards they have won lately.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai won/nominated following awards:
- Country Winner 2016, 2017,
- Continental Winner 2017
- Middle East’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2018
- Dubai’s Leading Business Hotel for consecutive seven years since 2012
WHAT do you get?
As I walked into my Executive lounge on the eighteenth floor, I was greeted with sumptuous surroundings, mood lighting and exceptional views of Dubai seaside. There were 294 well equipped, and superbly comfortable rooms and suites with balconies and sea view. In the white, brown and golden tones, my room appeared very therapeutic in nature. I am a huge fan of service with an additional personal touch and I was delighted to find a welcome reception basket comprising of a beautifully hand-made Swiss chocolate basket, fresh fruit basket and a fruit wine. Along with this beautiful reception, I had an exclusive access to the Executive Lounge that came with benefits of breakfast, afternoon refreshments, evening drinks and canapés, newspapers, and business services. The lounge had an outside terrace with views of the Palm Jumeirah.
I had a very relaxing stay in my My 70 sqm suite that came with a king bed, a spacious living room and a private balcony in both the rooms. The best part about my suite was the en-suite bathroom that came with a separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Other in-room facilities included free high-speed internet, air-conditioning, a working desk, a safe, LCD TV, tea and espresso making facilities and the well-stocked minibar. A beach kit (a towel, an umbrella and a beach mat) was also available on request at the public beach counter.
Let me warn you beforehand – staying Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach is spoiling yourselves with the sophisticated Swiss luxury. The sense of belonging is so much here, you wouldn’t ever want to leave. While I have already discussed many of the Hotel facilities above, let me talk about few other things that stood out for me.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach cares not only for your wellbeing but for your kids too. That’s why besides an outdoor pool there’s a kid’s pool as well. You can grab a coffee at the café located in the main lobby or relish the world famous Mövenpick ice-creams. The property also has a nearby snack bar/deli. You can enjoy your drinks at any of the 2 hotel bars or at the poolside bar. Public areas are well equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi. You can use the business centre, a limo/town car service and a meeting room. Event of any scale can be organised in smaller conference rooms or in a 5920 square feet area. Here is a list of all the facilities available at the hotel:
- Free valet parking and a Free shopping centre shuttle
- Limo or Town Car service available
- Outdoor pool and a poolside bar
- Snack bar/deli and Coffee shop or café
- Rooftop terrace
- Gift shops and shopping on site
- Beach towels, pool umbrellas and sun loungers
- Billiards table
- Fitness facilities, steam, Sauna and Spa treatment
- 24-hour front desk
- Tours/ticket assistance, luggage storage and concierge services
- Children’s pool and Babysitting (on surcharge)
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Free Wi-Fi
- Conference and banqueting facilities
- Business centre and three stylish meeting rooms
- Multilingual staff
- Fee for full breakfast: AED100.00 per person (approximately)
- Fee for the in-room wired Internet: AED 100 per night (rates may vary)
- Airport shuttle fee: AED250 per vehicle (return)
- Rollaway bed fee: AED100.0 per day
- As a state rule, you are required to pay a Tourism fee of AED 20.00 per accommodation, per night.
- You cannot bring outside guests to your room.
The best part of Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach is its signature Swiss service. The staff remembers you by name and are genuinely warm, helpful and professional. Their personal touch is of a different class. Whether it was Louana who handled my booking or the front office staff who suggested me a cheaper way to commute than using a taxi, the servers at the restaurants who remembered my meal preferences or even the housekeeping staff who kept my room spic and span; everyone made me feel at home. Interacting with them was like interacting with a family.
HOW to book?
You can book directly on the hotel website Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach or you can also book through a third-party website like tripadvisor.com or booking.com
They have a lot of exciting offers to choose from like the Summer sunrise, Stay & Save, Your family summer stay, Your summer couple’s retreat, Go Weekend, All-inclusive Package, Romantic Retreat and Spa-rkling Escape amongst many more. Before booking, don’t forget to glance through those. The offers start at as low as 338AED and go up to 1700 AED.
Have you ever stayed at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach or any other best 5-star hotels in Dubai? If yes, I would love to hear from you.
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I was hosted by Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach in April 2017. However, as always, the views are solely mine and based on my personal experience. The pictures used were either clicked by me or provided by the hotel itself.