Arabian Court at One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
At first glimpse, the Arabian Court is illusive and mysterious, an ancient dwelling that is disguised behind a sheltered oasis, protecting the inner beauty. The property is crafted in the spirit of the orient with dramatic architecture creating symmetry, amidst a landscape of fountains, walkways and lush gardens. The Arabian Court unravels before each guest, linked by intimate courtyards that lead from water to stone, from granite to wood and from the palm trees to the sea.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a reflecting pool, a water-filled courtyard, that draws the eye to the horizon and offers glimpses of the sea beyond. The subtly angled entrance leads guests to the impressive grand gallery, the vertebrae of the hotel that links the two wings of the property and guides guests to the 162 charismatic guest rooms and 10 elaborately styled suites, all of which face the sea, with private balcony or terrace.
The hotel looks upon a kilometre of private beachfront, where leisure activities are numerous: sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, water skiing, and fishing are all readily available. For more harmonious pursuits, the extensive gardens and pool deck promote a peaceful environment.
The Arabian Court also features Al Koufa, an Arabian Fortress, and a spectacular outdoor “amphitheatre” catering for up to 300 guests, ideal for special events, gala dinners, shows and product launches. The Banqueting & Conference facilities include the Peregrine Ballroom for up to 200 guests, two meeting rooms and a traditional ‘Majlis’ style meeting lounge.
The Arabian Court offers three stylish restaurants – The Rotisserie, Nina and Eauzone. The Rotisserie, a grand dining room, boasts an intimate courtyard terrace and open veranda overlooking the resort’s scented gardens and fountains. The distinctive show kitchen evokes a bygone era, with high vaulted ceilings, voluminous copper chimneys, enameled cast iron ovens and large wooden tables. Guests may interact with the chefs who will prepare the cuisine that is based on historical recipes from Europe and Arabia and presented with a contemporary approach.
Nina is a colourful Indo-European dining venue. As guests descend the staircase and enter this funky, lively and colourful backdrop, the sense of discovery and adventure is alluring. Flickering candles, cascading beads and vibrant music set the scene for an evening with Nina, the ‘Mistress of Spice’. The food enlivens the palate, with strength of flavour and seductive aromas creating a journey of exploration that unfolds many culinary treasures.
Bathed by the blue of the sky and sea, Eauzone is a place to contemplate the rhythm of ocean tides and the setting sun. Resting peacefully amidst palm trees, Eauzone features shaded wooden decks and floating ‘majlis’ that overlook Palm Island Bay and the translucent pool. The ambiance is casual by day and stylish after sunset. Once night transcends it evokes intimacy in a slick, refined restaurant complemented by modern food with an Asian twist.
The Rooftop Lounge & Terrace is the resort’s ultimate outdoor evening venue, adding variety and Arabian character to the dining experience. As guests enter the lounge they encounter a circular bar, sparkling with activity, where they can watch all major sporting events in style and comfort. The mood is chill-out, a laid back atmosphere that continues as guests climb the stairs to languish around the glowing central dome under the stars.
The Samovar Lounge is splendidly opulent with impressive high ceilings that complement the grand gallery of the hotel lobby. With its rich, hand-crafted furnishings, gold leaf domes and luxuriant balcony offering panoramas over the gardens, pool and Arabian Gulf, the Samovar Lounge features refreshments, high teas, specialty coffees and light snacks throughout the day and evening.