Although come sunset the Burj Al Arab may cast a shadow over Al Naseem, it is by no means in its shadow.
From the carefully considered landscaping, the impressive artwork, modern luxurious features and the attentiveness of the staff, Jumeirah have just got it right.
Upon arrival expect to receive a warm welcome to the backdrop of an impressive art installation depicting a metallic herd of racing camels shimmering under the summer sun. The grand entrance and floor to ceiling windows frame it’s bigger sister which looms immediately off the coast in a stunning blue-sky backdrop.
The resort itself is sprawling and its asymmetrical design makes for interesting exploring (and getting lost!). The meandering corridors and paths through the beautifully green landscaped gardens are peppered with more modern art and interesting iron works. In total, the resort spans 4 pools and 10 bars & restaurants dotted throughout the gardens and beach. For families there’s plenty of fun to be had in the main pools, there’s a dedicated kids club and a Turtle Lagoon, which is part of Jumeirah’s turtle rehabilitation project. For those without little ones, there is a dedicated ‘adults only’ pool featuring a detailed mosaic bottom with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore and allow for privacy. The attentive staff are always on hand to serve you a refreshing beverage (or five) in your chosen den, leaving you feeling totally spoilt and truly relaxed. And for the beach lovers among you let’s not forget that Al Naseem has prime location along the waterfront with beautiful white sand, crystal blue waters and an impressive aspect from the Marina to the towering Burj Al Arab.
Let’s move onto the stunning decor and cleverly thought out design of the rooms. We stayed in one of the Resort Deluxe rooms which was extremely spacious and made to feel even larger by its genius open plan design. A huge walk in bathroom and dressing room sits open in the middle of the room but gives you the option of privacy by using sliding plantation screens, allowing you to create a room within a room. The curiously designed free-standing sinks will leave you baffled as to the plumbing ingenuity and you will be encouraged to run a nice hot bath once you see the tub. All the rooms are designed to offer a soothing ambiance in a relaxed contemporary setting with lovely Arabian touches ensuring you don’t forget where you are. As you’d expect from Jumeirah the beds are enormous and ludicrously comfy. The design of the hotel means all the rooms have a beautiful view of the gardens, the stunning pools or the beach.
For lunch on our day of arrival, we elected to try out the infamous New York burger joint, Black Tap. It has a fun ambiance with an urban chic design. Think graffiti-ed walls and neon signs. Packed with an eclectic mix from kids enjoying their weekly treat, to couples on a date day, to groups of friends catching up over burgers and beers. With a core offering of burgers with options to customise, the place will satisfy the dirtiest of burger hankerings.
For the inner child in you (and if you’re not already fit to burst), choose one of their mighty “freak shakes” to finish off. Think Willy Wonka meets Ronald McDonald. Given my love of unicorns and all things pink, I opted for the Strawberry Cotton Candy shake. It was sickly sweet but oh so good, however when the table next to me received their Cookie Dough shake I did find myself with a touch of food envy.
After a leisurely afternoon digesting my guilty spoils, the next thing to worry about was where to make a dinner reservation! If you weren’t aware, Al Naseem forms part of the sprawling Madinat complex which offers over 50 dining options throughout the various hotels. With its reputation preceding it, we decided to try the newly opened and onsite restaurant Rockfish. It certainly did not disappoint and is already somewhere I’m planning to return to (watch out for an upcoming post). Although hot this time of year, the outdoor Drumbar, which forms part of the same venue, will make an exceptional outdoor spot for a sundowner in winter with front row seats to the stunning night time views of the Burj Al Arab.
As a result of the combination of an agreeable meal, the arrival of Rockfish’s dangerous ‘Gin Trolley’ and thanks to the super comfy beds, we managed to oversleep so my apologies for the lack of steer on breakfast options. We did however make it out for an afternoon of sun in one of the beautiful cabanas at the Wadi Pool. Here we were waited on hand and food by the wonderfully friendly staff who cannot do enough for you. Our waiter visited us several times throughout the day to bring cold towels, top up our cool bag full of chilled water and to check if we were ready for our next ice cold beer. The level of service at Al Naseem really did stand out. It was attentive without being intrusive and all the staff are genuinely lovely. They’re happy to have a chat and a joke with you and just add to the whole experience, not to mention they know how to make a mean cocktail!!
Food was once again on the agenda and I’m pleased to say we enjoyed a lovely, late lunch at Sugarmash, the bar adjacent to the adult pool. We opted to share a couple of small dishes and can recommend the Coconut Fried Fish Tacos. The Teriyaki sliders could have done with a bit more flavour but were still enjoyable. This lovely little spot also sports some wonderful art features, as evidenced by our table for lunch….
The final word… Al Naseem truly is a 5 star experience that would stand up against any international resort. Jumeirah really do know how to do luxury, top-notch service and without a shadow of a doubt Al Naseem is right up there with my favourite hotels in Dubai. Thank you for a wonderful stay and we cannot wait to return!