The Ritz Carlton Dubai, a Marriott Bonvoy property, modern yet beaming with old world charm. Friendly faces greeted us when we arrived in the middle of the night under the carport. They took the luggage to our room while we checked in at the desk.
As we walked into the lobby, we saw a beautiful fountain filled with rose petals. In-ground fuchsia lights surrounded the fountain resembling glistening pomegranate seeds.
In front of the fountain facing the beach is a round table with vases and fresh flowers. Two staircases anchored on either side of the table led down to the ground level.
A sitting area called a “Majlis” is a place to welcome family and friends. The Ritz Carlton has incorporated this idea to an area of the lobby.
We were upgraded to a gorgeous ground floor room. It was a spacious room with a king size bed, two night stands, couch, sitting chair, desk and chair, armoire and large television. Since we were on the ground floor, we had glass sliding doors that led to the grounds, pools and beach.
On the coffee table we found a fruit bowl with fresh fruit and a hand-written note from the hotel management welcoming us to the Ritz Carlton Dubai. It was a very nice touch. Every night after turn down service, we found chocolates on the bed and slippers on the floor.
The bathroom was beautiful with mostly marble surfaces and wooden details. Double doors led to a closet and a safe to put away our valuables and passports. We also received a pressing service of two pieces of clothing a day free of charge. That came in handy after a long flight. The bathtub was also marble, long and deep. The toilet room included a bidet.
Two robes hung in the bathroom for our use and toiletries were laid out between the two sinks. The shower had the best rain-shower head!
The rear of the Ritz Carlton is a direct pathway to pools, lounging areas and the Persian Gulf beachside. The grounds are well kempt and manicured. Grassy areas sprinkled with cabanas, lounges and palm trees lead the way to the Gulf Lawn, Palm Grill and the La Baie Lounge to mention a few areas on the property.
We spent most of our day in the city so we didn’t take advantage of the beach scene. Although, we did take a walk to the beach several times because the days were clear and warm. There’s even a “Beach Library” if you are looking for some reading material while you relax on the beach.
Across the way at Bluewater’s Island is the Ain Dubai, “Dubai Eye” (which resembles the London Eye). It’s the world’s tallest observation wheel. It will be opening this year before the 2020 Expo in October.
The Ritz Carlton has many nooks and crannies to sit at and have a drink or just take in the beautiful Arabian Middle Eastern architecture.
It’s a beautiful hotel with excellent accommodations. We would not hesitate to recommend the Ritz Carlton Dubai or return on a future stay to Dubai. The staff was helpful and very attentive that our stay was a pleasurable one. The same friendly faces that greeted us late into the night when we arrived, lined up under the carport as we left and waved goodbye…touching.