One of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai sits on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf. Uniquely framed by golden desert dunes and tranquil coastline, as well as the Hajar Mountains along the border with Oman, Dubai's natural landscape is as majestic as the manmade wonders it has become renowned for.
Two of these magnificent wonders are One&Only Royal Mirage The Palace or One&Only The Palm. You will be treated like royalty the moment you arrive at these little slices of pure seclusion and renowned award-winning hospitality.
These sumptuous havens of opulence and style really hit the bullseye when it comes to providing luxurious bases for setting out to discover the wonders of this spellbinding metropolis.
We’ve decided to turn the spotlight on the enchanting 5-star getaways to reveal to you why each of them is capable of delivering an unforgettable holiday adventure in the sun-drenched Arabian Gulf.
Both resorts are ideally located for exploring Dubai, a City of Superlatives which is renowned for its towering skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, unique attractions, and round-the-clock entertainment.
You cannot fail to be wowed by the magnificent modern architecture all around you, the multitude of dining venues delivering gastronomic delights and the glorious sandy beaches where there’s no shortage of thrilling water sports action.
One&Only Royal Mirage is actually 3 wonderful sanctuaries set in a 65 acre oasis of lavishly landscaped gardens, which offers jaw-dropping views of the Dubai skyline – the 3 sanctuaries are the Royal Mirage-Arabian Court, Royal Mirage-The Palace and Royal Mirage-Residence & Spa. The 65-acre complex is located near to the renowned landmarks making it the ideal base to explore.
One&Only The Palm is nestled on a beautiful private peninsula of Palm Island. It features enchanting, landscaped gardens, cascading fountains and has its own amazing beachfront marina.
Many of the city’s key attractions are within easy reach of both hotels – these include The Dubai Fountain, Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab hotel and Ski Dubai. The city is also home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
When you are not venturing outside your One&Only resort you’ll be given VIP treatment day and night, surrounded by a myriad of sensational facilities. You’ll stay in ultra-plush accommodation, dine in world-class restaurants and relax beside magnificent temperature-controlled swimming pools and pristine private beaches.
Both resorts go the extra mile to ensure you enjoy restful nights in complete comfort, surrounded by lavish furnishings and a range of marvellous facilities.
One&Only Royal Mirage boasts elegant rooms, suites and private villas featuring spacious living areas adorned with rich furnishings and plush fabrics, as well as enviable views of the captivating fountains and gardens.
The beach garden villas have their own private pool and an Arabesque majlis-style lounge in a fabulous setting just yards away from the white sands and sea.
The resort's suites are truly exquisite with a range of stylish amenities including Bedouin-style lounges, canopied king-size beds and luxurious bathrooms with TVs and walk-in showers.
You'll certainly be impressed with the chic suites, decadent rooms and incredible beachfront villas at One&Only The Palm. A plethora of features in the imposing beach suites includes private pools, furnished terraces, marble bathrooms and resplendent bedrooms.
You'll stay in pure luxury if you opt for a 2 bedroom beachfront villa which will come with a lush private garden, temperature-controlled pool, a terrace with a giant daybed, plus mesmerising views of the Dubai skyline and Arabian Gulf.
World-class dining will satisfy the most discerning palate at these two holiday hideaways – guests can savor the flavor of cuisines from around the globe in an array of outstanding restaurants.
No less than 16 restaurants, lounges and bars await at the One&Only Royal Mirage - among them is Celebrities, where the phenomenal talents of Michelin starred chef Mauro Colagreco are showcased.
Olives restaurant delivers mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes, Tagine Restaurant excels with its Moroccan delicacies and The Courtyards presents delicious Arabic mezze offerings in a charming open-air setting.
There’s also the beach club venue DRIFT which will tantalise your taste buds, Eauzone which delivers scrumptious Asian cuisine and The Dining Room which will impress you with its grand country house design.
There’s plenty to delight foodies at One&Only The Palm where gastronomic visionary Yannick Alléno co-ordinates the culinary operation.
STAY by Yannick Alléno is a fine dining restaurant where you'll encounter an amazing fusion of French flavours and 101 Dining Lounge & Bar is a sensational overwater venue where you'll be treated to seafood specialities, wonderful cocktails and fine champagne.
There's also Zest, a Moorish-inspired dining room beside a palm lined pool which presents flavoursome European, Asian and Middle Eastern fare.
You’re spoilt for choice for sports and leisure amenities at these two retreats in the pulsating city of Dubai.
They both have cutting edge gyms, packed with all the latest cardio and resistance equipment, and there are even personal trainers on hand to help you keep in shape.
When you crave some head to toe pampering you can indulge yourself with a rejuvenating spa experience. A huge Health and Beauty Institute at One&Only Royal Mirage provides an extensive choice of services and treatments to help revive your mind, body and soul. Saunas, plunge pools and an Oriental Hamman will all play a part in your holistic spa journey.
The Guerlain Spa at One&Only The Palm is a wonderful ‘haven for beauty, grooming and wellbeing’ where Thai massage, reflexology, active facials and stress-relieving spa rituals are among the superb services available.
The stunning long private beach at One&Only Royal Mirage is lauded as a ‘playground for all ages’, with a range of activities on the sands including beach volleyball, pétanque and football. A putting green and floodlit courts for tennis and padel are among the other great facilities.
One&Only The Palm also has plenty to keep you active outdoors including tennis and invigorating yoga sessions on the beach.
Both resorts provide the opportunity for you to indulge in an array of exciting water activities on the inviting Arabian Gulf including paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, Hobie Cats, scuba diving and snorkelling.
There’s also the chance to head off on an exciting desert adventure – the options available include a dune-bashing trip in a 4x4 vehicle, a hot air balloon ride high above the desert, a barbecue under the stars in a Bedouin camp and a nature-loving safari which includes a visit to a camel farm and falcon displays.
Both resorts strive to ensure the little ones are kept fully entertained throughout their holiday.
KidsOnly is the exclusive club which delivers a feast of fun at One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm.
A bumper programme of activities is held daily which includes talent shows, arts and crafts, games, movie nights, sand sculpting, workshops, camel riding and henna painting sessions. A secure daycare programme is in operation to give parents peace of mind that their children are in safe hands.
There’s also the wonderful swimming pools and long private beaches at the two resorts to provide a splashing time and fun in the sand for energetic young boys and girls.