I stayed at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach in Dubai from 28 to 29 May 2017. It was my first business trip to Dubai. Therefore, I was looking forward to testing a few 5-star hotels for our international luxury online magazine VERTIGO.

Mövenpick is famous for its delicious Swiss premium ice cream. But did you know that Mövenpick also runs 83 hotels and resorts in 24 countries and employs 16,000 people? Committed to supporting sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts with headquarters in Switzerland has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world.

MÖVENPICK HOTEL JUMEIRAH BEACH

In Dubai, Mövenpick runs five hotels. I opted for the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, which is located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence, the most dynamic and lively seaside district of the city. It is close to the Arabian Gulf and just a short walk from The Beach Mall, which features beachfront shops, restaurants and the UAE’s first outdoor cinema.

When you leave the hotel, turn to the left and go straight ahead. You will find a big choice of cafés and restaurants and some beauty salons. The interior design of some of the beach restaurants is really fascinating (Bombay Bungalow, Almaz by Momo, Ladurée).

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THE CHOCOLATE HOUR IN THE LOBBY

(Above) The lobby of the Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach. The check-in was swift and the lady at the front desk was very kind. Even though I arrived quite early at about 9 o’clock, I only had to wait 15 minutes to go up to my suite.

During Ramadan (26 May to 24 June 2017), Muslims around the world fast for a full lunar month from sunrise to sundown. Therefore, no food and drinks are served in the lobby of Dubai’s hotels. During the rest of the year, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach offers chocolates in the lobby from 4pm to 5pm.

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A WELCOME GIFT IN THE EXECUTIVE SUITE

(Above) My 70 sqm executive suite with views over Jumeirah Beach. It features a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower, a spacious living room and two balconies. In-room facilities offer free high-speed internet, air-conditioning, a working desk, a safe, LCD TV, a Nespresso coffee machine and a minibar. I enjoyed the sea view while working two hours on my laptop.

There are two TVs, one in the bedroom and one in the living room. If you wish, you can close the wooden sliding door between the bedroom and the living room. An ideal choice for couples or families (e. g. if one guest wants to sleep or watch TV and the other guest has to work).

When I got back to my room at about 11 o’clock, I found a handwritten card of the hotel manager and a nice welcome gift on my table: a bottle of Italian read wine, four delicious chocolates and a bowl of fresh fruit. I appreciated this welcome gift, which I didn’t receive in any other hotel in Dubai, very much. It’s not a question of money, but of common courtesy.

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AFTERNOON TEA AT THE EXECUTIVE LOUNGE

(Above) As a guest of the executive suite, I had access to the executive lounge, which I appreciated very much. The first afternoon, I worked on my laptop in the business lounge and enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea with sandwiches, pastries and a cappuccino. The staff was very friendly. In the executive lounge, they serve soft beverages from 7am to midnight, breakfast from 6.30am to 10.30am, afternoon tea from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and evening canapés from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

If you have a business meeting in the morning, I recommend that you have breakfast in the executive lounge rather than in the restaurant of the second floor, which is quite crowded. The lounge has an outside terrace with views of the Palm Jumeirah. Additional benefits include return transfers from Dubai airports and pressing on the arrival day (two pieces). A beach kit is available at the public beach counter including a towel, an umbrella and a beach mat.

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FOUR NEW MÖVENPICK HOTELS IN DUBAI

(Above) I didn’t take a swim in the swimming pool because it was closed due to renovation.

The hotel, which was opened in 2010, is only a 30-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. It features 294 rooms, two restaurants, a bistro, a sports lounge, a pool lounge and a lobby lounge. The hotel focuses on families and honeymooners. It offers several on demand facilities for families with small children (stroller, special toilet seat, babysitter etc.). Most of the guests come from the UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Russia.

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts will open four new hotels in Dubai: one in Media City, one in the business district and two downtown. The key objective of Dubai Tourism is to attract 20 million visitors per year by 2020.

I was very satisfied with my stay at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach and definitely recommend it to our readers. If you have the intention to travel to Dubai, you should avoid the summer months June, July and August because of the big heat waves.

VIDEO MÖVENPICK HOTEL JUMEIRAH BEACH, DUBAI

More infos on the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
http://www.movenpick.com/en/middle-east/uae/dubai/hotel-dubai-jumeirah-beach/overview/

As a partner of the Dubai parks, the Mövenpick hotels in Dubai offer their guests special prices:
http://www.movenpick.com/en/middle-east/uae/dubai/hotel-dubai-jumeirah-beach/offers/offer-detail/dubai-parks-package/

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