The One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel
Area: Al Sufouh, Dubai
The aptly named The One & Only Royal Mirage is traditional Moroccan architecture at its palatial best. There are fountains, flowers, pots, mosaic floors, beautiful carpets, camel saddlebags adorning the walls, intricate arches, golden domes, hidden courtyards – the One & Only Royal Mirage embodies the very best elements of Arabian hospitality.
Its many restaurants and bars feature winding staircases, glowing, multi-coloured lanterns and fluttering curtains, combined with panoramic views of the beautiful Dubai coastline. The One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel is often cited as Dubai’s nearest rival to the Burj al Arab Hotel, but that is a little unfair to the Mirage: its elegance is more restrained and the whole experience is quite different. The hidden gardens, picturesque canals and beautiful terraces arguably put it in a class apart and make it a deservedly popular wedding venue.
The The One & Only Royal Mirage features high on any list of ‘things to do in Dubai’. Afternoon tea is an absolute delight here, extraordinarily reasonably priced and as good as you will get anywhere. The Rooftop Terrace cannot be beaten as an open-air evening drinks venue for a special occasion, and near its popular Kasbar nightclub is a fabulous little courtyard filled with majlis-style tents for shisha lovers.
Price rating: $$$