Need to know
94, including 25 suites and four beach-front villas.
Noon; earliest check-in, 2pm (both flexible, according to availability).
Double rooms from $925.65 (AED3,400), excluding tax at 25.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of AED20.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include buffet breakfast.
The One&Only Private Spa is overseen by Espa and offers customised treats amid a tranquil complex of courtyards and fountains – each of the nine treatment rooms has its own small patio. Or, get a massage in the seclusion of your room.
At the hotel
Beach, tennis court, spa, gym, personal trainers, fitness classes, hair salon, library, WiFi (free for limited use, from AED 100 if you need more bandwidth), concierge. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, Nespresso machine, WiFi, laptop safe, Exvoto toiletries. Free water, tea and coffee is available in every room.
Our favourite rooms
Standard king rooms here are so large they’d be junior suites at a lesser hotel; each has an array of cosy sofas in addition to the enormous bed, so you won’t lack places to flop after a hard day lounging in the sun. The vaguely Moorish-inspired decor in neutral tones is pleasingly relaxing, too. If you’d like a private terrace, too, opt for a junior suite.
Take a dip in the temperature-controlled outdoor pool, which overlooks the Persian Gulf. Expect your drinks to be whisked to your lounger instantaneously, and your sunglasses to be meticulously polished as soon as you set them down.
Bring your bling-iest bikini to fit in by the pool or man-made private beach.
All public areas are wheelchair accessible, as is one specially adapted Manor House Premier room.
All ages are welcome. Children aged 11 and under stay free in extra beds or cots in their parents’ rooms (AED550 a night for over-12s). A kids menu with healthy options (steamed salmon and vegetables) and tried and tested comfort food is served.
Most rooms have space for a cot or an extra bed. Rooms with gardens or terraces (some suites even have their own small private pools) might be ill-advised for unsteady toddlers, but could also be ideal if older kids who need extra room to let off steam.
There’s no crèche, but all little guests are welcome in the free KidsOnly kids club.
Waterskiing, swimming lessons and tennis can all be arranged, and the gardens are ideal for running amok.
The heated outdoor pool is family-friendly and supervised by a lifeguard.
Kids are welcome all the time in the outdoor Zest restaurant: during school holidays, there’s an early dinner for children. Over-9s are welcome in Stay by Yannick Alléno for dinner, and in 101 Dining Lounge and Bar, kids of any age can have lunch or dinner, and there are highchairs at hand. Children are welcome any time in the lobby lounge. Children’s menus – serving child- and parent-pleasing dishes, including mini salads, hot dogs and home-made ice cream – are available and dishes can be adapted for younger guests.
Give at least two days notice if you’d like a babysitter; they’re available for AED 75 an hour (minimum, three hours) for children aged three and above.
No need to pack
The hotel has its own prams and pushchairs to borrow.