Whether you want to escape for the weekend, long weekend or just take some time off on the weekdays to get away from your hectic life, Jumeirah Al Naseem is the place to be.
The fourth and final hotel to open at Madinat Jumeirah is centrally located, yet feels like a million miles away from the real world.
The important thing is that you are still close to the action. At Jumeirah Al Naseem you can walk (or take a buggy) to and from Wild Wadi, you’re a few steps away from some of the top restaurants in the city and you are literally on the shores of the famed Burj Al Arab hotel.
This Jumeirah hotel is different from its sister properties, as it stands out for its modern look, as opposed to the arabesque and gold-dipped interiors of the others in the Madinat. From the artwork to the decor, everything inside the resort is contemporary yet culturally connected.
There are 387 rooms and 43 suites at Jumeirah Al Naseem. If you are a beach lover like me, you’ll be excited to know that all rooms have sea-facing views. The hotel is located so close to the water that the sounds of the sea literally reach your room. The rooms range in size and configuration — from the 51 square metre Resort Deluxe Rooms and Ocean Deluxe Rooms to the 60 square metre Resort Club Superior Rooms and Ocean Superior Rooms. The bathrooms are also huge. I have a thing for beautifully built bathrooms and this one in particular offers a walk-in rain shower, bathtub and lots of space.
Moving on to the suites, if you’re a person who wants to take luxury up a notch, you can choose between the 12 Family Suites, 28 Ocean Suites, two Presidential Suites or the exclusive Royal Suite, which is the resort’s largest suite and can be found at its highest point on the seventh floor.
What to do
There is plenty to do at Jumeirah Al Naseem, as you would expect from a resort located along the city’s longest private beach. We had access to three private pools — including an adult-only pool — the beach with views of the Burj Al Arab, Talise Fitness, where we tried rock climbing, and of course we spent a couple of hours at Wild Wadi. Hotel guests also have access to Talise Spa and more than 60 restaurants at Madinat Jumeirah, just a short buggy or abra ride away.
Where to eat
The hotel alone is home to 11 restaurants and bars, four managed externally (Black Tap, anyone?) and seven managed by Jumeirah Group. You have plenty of culinary options. Highlights include: Al Mandhar Lounge, a bright and beautifully designed Moroccan-inspired lounge; Rockfish, an eclectic beach-front seafood restaurant offering Mediterranean classics with a taste of Arabia; The Palmery, which is the hotels main restaurant; and Ambar, a rooftop bar serving contemporary Arabic mezze with the Burj Al Arab as a backdrop. The four external restaurants, operated by international names, include Black Tap; Tuscan Il Borro by Salvatore Ferragamo; the Philippe Starck Japanese Katsuya; and Dubai-based brand Flamingos by Tasha’s.
What we recommend
Jumeirah Al Naseem is a good option for discerning guests, who love a little luxury in their lives. The hotel is central in the city, but also in a quiet place that’s peaceful enough for you to feel completely relaxed. So you really do get the best of both worlds.
Room rates vary, but begin at Dh3,500 during high season and D1,100 during low season.