Yasser Al Breakan (Riyadh Daily)

Resting on a kilometre of private coast overlooking The Palm and nestled within 65 acres of lush landscaped gardens, One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai is a legendary beachfront oasis celebrating the splendour and opulence of Arabia. Arranged into three distinct environments - The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa, each complementing each other in a celebration of Arabic design, heritage and warm hospitality. The resort conjures the legends of old Arabia juxtaposed with the modern backdrop of the spectacular Dubai Marina skyline, effortlessly encompassing the traditional with the contemporary.

Drawing on the rich traditions of the region, One&Only Royal Mirage brings to life the myths of old Arabia through its architecture and design - a melody of intricate arches, domes and towers interspersed by courtyards and rich green lawns. The name ‘Royal Mirage’ comes from the age-old Arabic fable of an expedition to find the remains of the famed Palace of the Royal Mirage beneath the shifting sands of ancient Dubai. History tells the tale of a group of young Bedouins and their herd of camels, who took shelter from a fierce sandstorm for three days in a spectacular fortress, which was then lost in the desert. It was believed that one day, the fortress would rise again from the sands in all its glory, and once again travellers would arrive at its mighty gates.

A retreat resting just minutes from the buzzing city, the resort offers guests the perfect base to discover Dubai, from bespoke sunrise hot air balloon trips across the desert to boat trips chartering unseen stretches of the Arabian Gulf. Amidst lush gardens, One&Only Royal Mirage offers a range of luxury accommodation, eight restaurants including two overseen by famed chef Mauro Colagreco, The Health & Beauty Institute including the One&Only Spa, traditional Oriental Hammam, Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez and Zouari hair salon, four swimming pools including an adults-only pool, three floodlit tennis courts and a kilometre of private beach.  

The Palace 

Celebrating the grandeur and mystique of Old Arabia, the vast curved arches and lofty corridors of The Palace provide an effortless escape. The 221 guest rooms at The Palace offer a chic, contemporary elegance with an Arabian twist and calming neutral tones interspersed with rich, vibrant shades. The 43 suites offer expansive living space with separate lounge and dining areas, with access 

to The Gold Club, an exclusive lounge with a dedicated private reception. The two Royal Suites both offer a sumptuous living space with two individually decorated bedrooms featuring a grand master bedroom with a dramatic, draped four-poster bed and deluxe en suite bathrooms. The opulent living and dining room are linked to a large balcony with spectacular views the coastline just steps away.

Arabian Court 

Arabian Court celebrates the dramatic architecture of the Orient, flanked by a landscape of fountains and lush gardens. Welcoming guests, a reflective pool draws the eye to the horizon and an enticing glimpse of the sea beyond. Within its walkways, guests will find a series of long winding corridors, domes, arches and mosaics, flourishing with bespoke lanterns, custom-made carved wooden furniture and richly embroidered fabrics. The 167 guest rooms and suites face the ocean and are set in an enchanting landscape of courtyards and fountains. Beautifully appointed, guest rooms are decorated in soothing desert hues with pops of vibrant colour, vivid mosaics and rich artwork, and embellished with furnishings detailed with intricate patterns The 11 suites encompass an elegant entrance foyer, discreet dining area and separate guest bathrooms. Located on the top floor, the two magnificent Prince Suites boast impressive outdoor terraces with Majlis-style seating, large dining tables and sun-loungers. Luxurious bathrooms are adorned with wood, marble and slate and feature a wet area with overhead and handheld showers, double sink vanity and a large bathtub. 

Residence & Spa 

The most intimate of the three One&Only Royal Mirage experiences with just 48 guest rooms and suites and two-bedroom Beach Garden Villa, the Residence & Spa offers an exclusive hideaway, where luxury meets the comforts of an upscale home. Opulent guest rooms afford views across the Arabian Gulf from outdoor balconies, scented by the gardens below. Within the grounds, graceful white gazebos adorn the pool decks, allowing guests to lose themselves in a private paradise for total seclusion. Each guest room features intricately designed fabrics and wooden King-size beds, leading down to living areas with Majlis-style seating. The four Executive Suites deliver resplendent luxury designed with the finest detailing with separate entrance foyers, dining areas, separate guest bathroom, and traditional dining area set for entertaining. 

Beach Garden Villa

Accessed through a dedicated drive and a hidden garden, the Beach Garden Villa offers the ultimate exclusive retreat. Offering exquisite living, just steps from the sands of the Arabian Gulf, the 300m2 private residence boasts two master bedrooms each with a master bath, with its own hammam steam room and temperature-controlled swimming pool. Air-conditioned terraces can be adapted for each individual guests’ desires – from a cardio studio equipped with treadmills and weights, to a children’s play den. At its heart lies an Arabian style Majlis lounge and adjourning dining area and kitchen, ideal for hosting intimate dinners or celebrations.  


One&Only Royal Mirage has partnered with Chef Mauro Colagreco, one of France’s most celebrated and renowned culinary talents, to create a world-class dining experience for guests. Chef Patron of three-Michelin star Mirazur, voted number one in the world at The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2019, Chef Mauro oversees two of the resort’s signature restaurants, fine dining Celebrities by Mauro Colagreco and feet-in-the-sand Beach Bar & Grill by Mauro Colagreco overlooking the Arabian Gulf. 

Executive Chef Laurent Michel directs the resort’s eight restaurants – presenting a variety of cuisine and distinct dining experiences. The Palace offers regional Mediterranean flavours and al fresco dining at Olives, the authentic taste of Morocco in dramatic surroundings at Tagine. At Arabian Court, guests can dive into the vibrant flavours of India at Nina, savour traditional recipes from the Middle East and northern Europe at The Rotisserie or enjoy Asian cuisine on a floating Majlis overlooking the Arabian Gulf at Eauzone. Exclusive to guests at Residence & Spa, The Dining Room serves exceptionally prepared cuisine in a light-filled elegant atrium. 

The Jetty Lounge is an elegant beachside lounge with spectacular sunsets, skyline views and laid-back lounge music, where guests are able to sink their feet in the sand enjoy a selection of selection of mezze, tapas and Asian-inspired platters. At DRIFT beach club, luxe pool-side chic meets beachfront simplicity with clean white, neutral and blue tones, elegant cabana beds and a laid-back ambience. A magnificent infinity pool overlooks one kilometre of prime beachfront and the iconic Dubai skyline. Under the artful direction of Chef de Cuisine Sylvain Noël, DRIFT Restaurant showcases an innovative take on classic Provençal cuisine.


Tucked away amidst grand palms and shimmering pools, the Health & Beauty Institute houses the award-winning One&Only Spa – a haven of serenity offering a range of holistic and tailored experiences. Down a winding staircase, the traditional Oriental Hammam is an oasis of tranquillity, warmth and comfort. The Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez offers signature treatments from France’s ‘foot virtuoso’, while another master of his trade, hair-stylist Alexandre Zouari curated the highly creative Zouari Hair Salon. 


For guests that choose to venture beyond the resorts lush surroundings to explore the UAE, One&Only Royal Mirage has curated a series of experiences, tailored to each individual guest’s preferences. Guests can discover Dubai with family outings to the city’s premier waterparks to culture-rich evenings spent listening to world-class opera. Sports fans can book a round of golf at the nearby 18-hole PGA course or try their hand at windsurfing or sailing on the warm Gulf waters. Thrilling desert safaris and moonlit dhow dinner cruises in Old Dubai are just some of the options for guests wanting to explore Arabian culture.  


There is an array of activities at One&Only Royal Mirage to keep all ages entertained. The KidsOnly programme, complimentary for resort guests, offers adventures and events for kids aged 4 – 11. Daily fun itineraries are tailored to different age groups, and memorable activities for little ones includes camel riding, henna painting, evening Arabian camping and team sports. Al Koufa Fort, open in festive season and school holidays, is a hub of engaging events and things to do, with a stage area, toddlers’ splash pool and adjacent garden for family games and sports. The resort offers tailored family packages that include complimentary access to Aquaventure Waterpark, at the nearby Atlantis, The Palm. 

For reservations or more information, please visit oneandonlyresorts.com

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