From time to time, one needs to break away from the routine and go someplace which makes you forget about your daily routine. While some people go away to different countries and cities, some aren’t as ls lucky due to time constraints, not too many holidays in the kitty and so many other factors. This is the time when a ‘Staycation’ comes into the picture. Some place close by, which doesn’t take hours to travel by flight, road or rails. A place close to home but would take your mind off from the daily mundane chores of life.
We decided we needed one of these and headed to Amwaj Rotana . Amwaj”, which means waves in Arabic is located so rightfully located along Dubai’s famous leisure and retail strip known as “The Walk”, Jumeirah Beach Residence or JBR as we all call it here in the UAE. This 5 star property is a high rise hotel which is a 5-minute walk from the closest beach, 13 km from the indoor skiing at Ski Dubai and 15 km from Mall of the Emirates and has a string of fancy restaurants in the vicinity and in the hotel itself. We reached the hotel in 20 minutes which such a relaxing thought to begin with.
Check-in: As we reached the hotel, the valet staff greeted us with the most welcoming smile and the bell boy took care of our luggage (well technically one bag). We were shown to the reception by the very friendly staff .The check in was very smooth, the receptionist explained all the facilities that the hotel entails and briefly explained us the cuisines that each restaurant specializes in and what we must try while in the property.
I was mesmerized by the huge, spacious, well lit, arty, yet extremely stylish reception.
The Room: The lovely lady called Sheila ushered us into our King Classic Room (AED 900++) overlooking the Arabian Sea. Kudos to the management team for keeping a fresh fruit basket for us, and a variety of candies for our 3 year old who jumped with glittery eyes as she spotted them and some great goodies along with Kidzania vouchers for my little one:)
I have to say that the room is very large and tastefully decorated with very modern furniture yet has a look and feel of something which is like home. The large, clean cosy bed with invited me to jump into it straight away, i didn’t give in, well not yet. I loved the colour decor of the room, it added a very positive vibe to the ambiance. I was very impressed as there was a baby cot arranged for us since I had earlier decided to take my infant as well. These thoughtful gestures are the ones that win your heart instantly.
The room is well equipped with a super-fast WiFi connection,well stocked mini bar, two large wardrobes to fit all your luggage in , hair dryer, (yes i look for this), locker, snack and bites to nibble on
Nothing came as close to the wonderful view from our room at Amwaj Rotana. A picture is a thousand words worth so say nothing more !
Post our check in, a quick change of clothes and we took a tour of the hotel, and were mesmerized by the magnificent, spacious property. The entire look and feel of the hotel is very grand and exhibits style along with class. Once our eyes were satiated with the beauty of his property we headed for the pool. There are 2 pools (kids and adult) right next to each other, works great to keep an eye on the kids. We are a water family, even though it was slightly hot, once inside the pool we refused to step out!
The kids pool has an array of toys for the kids to choose from and keeps them so busy and entertained while we sipped our mojitos served at the sundeck pool bar!
Once out of the pool we ventured to the beach mall which is 2 minute walk outside the hotel featuring a children park, range of shops, restaurants and even an outdoor cinema. Yeah perks of a staycation at Amwaj Rotana are plenty!
Dining/Bar options- You will be spoil for choices when staying at the Amwaj Rotana , and taste buds would sway from one corner to another as they have award winning restaurants which would take a place in your heart right that minute.
JB’s Gastropub: This one is my personal favourite, having been here a few times before as well! Serving an eclectic menu of British and American favourite and fronting JBR.
Rosso: Restaurant and Bar which serves hearty and traditional Italian cuisine and international beverages in an atmosphere of casual elegance.
Benihana: World famous Benihana specializing in Teppanyaki, a meal is a staged experience. this is the perfect place for celebrations with a large group of family and friends to make memorable moments while the artist of the restaurant work their magic right in front of you!
24 hours room service- A must with kids around, you never know when they crave for fries and some hot chocolate!
Rise and Shine! Its time to Horizon! – One thing I never miss is a hearty breakfast in a hotel. I loved that the breakfast is open until 11 am which allowed us to wake up at leisure, enjoy the beautiful view of the Arabian Sea from our room with a cuppa!
We then headed to horizon to begin the day! The breakfast spread has everything from an interactive egg station, bread and cheese counters, to hot stations there was something for everyone.The wide spread of breakfast instantly took my breath away. Eggs, Bacon,beans,mushrooms, variety of breads, cereal,fruits,and a lot of choices , something for everyone!!
Check out: The lovely and every smiling staff took care of our check out very swiftly as we were in a bit of a rush!
Closing my review of Amwaj Rotana with very happy moments, memories we will cherish, the plush interiors of the hotel, our warm, cosy and very stylish room with the most fantastic view to wake up to, the staff who always wore a smile, the delectable breakfast at horizon which kept us going till late afternoon:) I know where I am headed as soon as the routine and monotony kicks in.
(-) I miss the jet spray in the washrooms.
Score on www.booking.com: 8.5
Location and Contact Details: For bookings, please visit www.rotana.com or call on 800 7744 or +971 4 428 2000