For our final few days in Dubai we decided to treat ourselves to a little luxury staycation. After the hassle of completing the leaving Dubai checklist we decided we were in a need of a little R & R before the move back to the UK. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic there were plenty of deals on staycations in Dubai. After spending hours looking over at least a dozen hotels in Dubai we opted for one of the Jumeirah hotels located by the Burj al Arab. We actually booked the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, however, less than 24 hours before check in we received a call to say our reservation had been moved to the Jumeriah al Naseem. I would actually call that an upgrade… the reason was Jumeriah Beach Hotel was still closed.
Our Stay was for the three nights in early July 2020, during this time COVID-19 cases were around 500 new cases per a day in the UAE and mask were mandatory to wear. Most parts of the hotel were open as normal during the weekend but some of the pools were closed during the weekdays. Sun loungers were spread out in pairs to enable social distancing and people were also mindful to keep 2m apart in the pool. We also found that some restaurants/bars were still shut as well as the Burj al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, hence the change to our hotel booking. Our breakfast was also a sit down menu option instead of a buffet. Throughout our whole stay we felt everything was sanitised to a high standard and we felt safe.
Staying at Jumeirah al Naseem
As soon as we arrived we were wowed by the hotel, the staff had amazing attention to detail especially with facial recognition and the whole check in procedure was an easy experience. We had a standard room which faced the resort but also had a small sea view. Our room was located at one of the far ends of the hotel meaning we were perfectly located for the pools, beach and breakfast restaurants.
Even though we had only booked a standard room we were amazed from the moment we stepped into it. We even declared it might be the nicest hotel room we’ve ever stayed in beating both Marina Bay Sands and our Water Bungalow in the Maldives. I’ll let the photos do the talking but the room was equipped with a huge king size bed, an amazing walk in bathroom complete with double vanity and bath, a balcony over looking the pool and what felt like a huge amount of space.
The hotel had 4 different pools, an enormous beach with picture perfect views of the Burj al Arab and a huge array of restaurants to choose from.
The pools were spread across the resort and all had heaps of sun loungers around the outside. We enjoyed spending quite a bit of time in the adults only pool as this was quieter but also harder to get a decent shady sun lounger. The main pool had a huge appeal because of its views of the Burj al Arab and vast amount of sun loungers and umbrellas. As each pool was temperature controlled it was perfect for chilling from the hot weather. All of the pools had the same menu which had plenty of options for a pool side lunch.
The beach was perfect except for the fact we were visiting in July when the sun is blisteringly hot and the ocean feels like a warm bath. That being said it was perfect for an early morning dip before the sun got up too high and melted you. From the beach you had picture perfect views of the Burj al Arab and sunset every evening.
The best part of Jumeirah al Naseem though is the vast range of restaurants that they have on site. As well as the hotel restaurants the hotel is also home to the Turtle Lagoon restaurants including my favourite The Flamingo Rooms. If none of these take your fancy then there’s a golf buggy on hand to take you to another spot within the whole Jumeirah complex like Pai Thai or Pierchic.
Throughout the whole of our stay we really felt like we were on a tropical holiday. The staff went out of their way to ensure you had a wonderful stay and were well looked after with personal touches. The facilities were fabulous and there was plenty of choice for pools and restaurants. The whole resort had an authentic feel to it with the buildings designed and decorated in a traditional way. The layout of the resort also meant that you felt closed off from the rest of the city and in your own little holiday bubble. For us, Jumeirah al Naseem was the perfect place for a little R & R.