The Ritz Carlton Dubai is one of the ‘Grande Dames’ of luxury hotels on Jumeirah Beach; a resort I have enjoyed frequenting for many years. And while over the years newer and arguably glitzier hotels have opened, the Ritz Carlton has, since day one, remained an oasis of calm elegance in the midst of what can be a maddeningly frantic city.
Surrounded by tall buildings and hemmed in by other resorts, the Ritz Carlton sits majestically in the middle of 35,000 square metres of beautifully landscaped gardens, and fringed by 350 meters of perfect white beach. With beautiful walkways, bubbling fountains, two swimming pools (one for adults only) and a myriad of colours with flowers everywhere, this hotel is something quite special.
And we are not talking small. A recent, new wing almost doubled the size of the property but in no way does it feel crowded or impersonal. Everything is, in fact, on a very human scale. Spaces are neither overwhelming nor vast (quite the opposite of many Dubai hotels) and there is a calmness that permeates the entire property; something generally achieved by equal measures of good design and good management.
I think it’s fair to say that in days gone by, Ritz Carlton hotels were never considered to be leading the charge on contemporary hotel dining. Rather it was all rather old-fashioned and bordering on plain boring. But things have changed dramatically and the Ritz Carlton Dubai is at the forefront of the group’s move to offering highly innovative and contemporary dining concepts. The hotel has some of the best, if not the best, food to be found anywhere on Jumeirah beach.
Intelligent and refined service is a hallmark of Ritz Carlton but in Dubai as a whole, this can be a challenge to deliver on a consistent basis. Kudos must be given to the management team (and more importantly the staff) for the near flawless service guests receive at the hotel.
Every so often you find a hotel that just has that ‘something special ‘. It’s not one thing, but rather a combination of many that simply deliver that rare but extraordinary feel-good factor. Most importantly though it’s the desire to return again and again. Like me, I am sure you will too.