Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina shares it’s facilities with its neighbour The Westin Dubai giving you access to huge gardens, 5 pools, 14 restaurants and bars, private beach, water-sports, relaxing spa… what more could you want?
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM LE MERIDIEN MINA SEYAHI
Located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, the resort sits on the edge of Dubai Marina and Media City. The hotel is less than 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport (traffic dependent) and has brilliant public transport links with a tram stop outside that connects with the Palm Jumeirah Monorail and the Dubai Metro.
There is a new waterfront development being built opposite the hotel called Dubai Harbour. Once complete, it will be the biggest and most advanced cruise terminal and marina in the region and will be home to restaurants, bars and shopping outlets within easy reach of Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.
With only 220 rooms, the hotel is a lot smaller than The Westin next door which was perfect for me. What I love about the rooms at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort is you feel at home. It’s luxurious, super clean but cosy. Most of all, the beds are comfortable with enough pillows supplied to suit all needs. The balcony is spacious with cushioned table and chairs.
The rooms are equipped with AC, TV, desk electrical outlet, alarm clock, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary bottled water, fruit, fridge, safe, mini bar (for a fee), ironing board/iron and trouser press.
The bathroom was a great size with hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers and complimentary shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body moisturiser supplied. In our room, the bath had a fixed shower head which was perfectly warm and powerful.
Enjoy the extensive gardens
There’s a huge area of lush gardens back from the private beach and in front of the Westin Dubai and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. You will be spoilt for choice with where to plonk yourself on a sun lounger in the various grassy areas or by the swimming pools. There is an adults only area which is a fantastic idea if you want to chill in peace (no offence to parents out there)!
DINING IN LE MERIDIEN MINA SEYAHI
Breakfast in The Latest Recipe
Mornings dining in The Latest Recipe sure did set me up for the day. I always head straight for the cooking station and this chef knows how to make an omelette, some hotels scrimp on the fillings, not this guy! You can find more hot dishes with shakshuka, crepes, pancakes and more.
There was a selection of smoothies, juices and fruits to quench your thirst. If you’re a pastry lover, you will not be disappointed, so many different choices each day. We’ve not finished yet… delve into the cheeseboard, pork station and cereal bar if you can fit this in! The staff were welcoming and love to chat, they even remembered it was my birthday. The staff came out with candle-lit muffins singing for the occasion, lovely touch!
Asian grazing at Sui Mui Restaurant
We ordered the Grazing Table to be shared with 2 people and what an experience. The chef talked through our palates and allergies to ensure the selection in the Grazing Table was perfect for us and he got it just right! The soup was flavourful, the main dishes were mouth-watering and the dessert was exquisite. The fresh ingredients, magnificent presentation and attentive staff made for a wonderful experience. Thankfully I live in Dubai so by the end of the meal I found myself planning my next visit, great new find!
Ladies Night at Mina’s Kitchen
We indulged in the Monday’s Ladies Night at the new concept Mina’s Kitchen at Westin Dubai. The deal was 3 complimentary drinks and half price buffet which was immense, there was so much choice to satisfy all palettes from around the world. The interior is stylish but pretty big so we preferred to take in the evening in the terrace, a really enjoyable evening was had by all! They also offer a Long Breakfast and Mariners Seafood Night – would be worth a try!
A touch of Santorini at Fish
I’m a big fan of this casual dining taverna on the beach. As you enter the white-washed narrow entryway with a cobbled floor, you immediately feel the Greek vibes. There is a selection of fish which is sold by weight and cooked to your palette, you can taste the spectacular Aegean cuisine with sharing plates, tzatziki, vine leaves, pasta dishes and much more.
Casual dining at the Horizon Bar
This swim-up bar is perfect in high Dubai temperatures but also serves as a great relaxed place to dine in the evening. They have a real mix of International, European and Arabic flavours with some great happy hour deals.
Going Italian at Bussola
Having eaten here a few times, I can safely say I’ve never had a bad meal. You can opt for formal dining downstairs or the more casual pizzeria on the terrace upstairs. Start with savouring the taste of Aubergine Parmigiana, move on to the stone oven pizzas that just melt in your mouth and finish off with some simple gelato. A real traditional Italian treat.
Up Beet at Bounty Beets
This venue offers a quirky interior and lots of puns on the Up Beet menu with gluten-free, vegan and healthy offerings. As we weren’t feeling so well, we thought an ‘Unbelieva-bowl’ would be a fab option to settle our tummies, it was delicious! Enjoy regular Bounty Beets deals with ‘Social Hour’ from 3-6pm, High Tea Mondays, Up Beet Tuesday, Lunch & Network and even Yoga!
ACTIVITIES AT LE MERIDIEN MINA SEYAHI
Heavenly Spa by Westin
On entering Heavenly Spa by Westin, the soft decor was as warm as the welcome. I was shown round the changing area, given the softest dressing gown I’ve ever felt and enjoyed the jacuzzi and sauna – get there early to make the most of it! My chosen experience was a wonderful Food-for-the-skin body treatment – excellent exfoliation, nourishing body wrap and marvellous massage. After this I chilled with jasmine tea in the relaxation room – true to the spa’s name, it was heavenly!
Keeping fit at the resort
If you can’t still still on the sun lounger and love a spot of aqua-action, check out water sports centre which offers a full range of activities from skiing, SUP, windsurfing, wake boarding, kayaking, banana or donut ride.
Working off the breakfast feeds and ramping up the fitness levels is easy with the well-equipped gym ‘Club Mina’, volleyball courts and tennis courts to work on your serve.
Keep the kids entertained
I don’t have kids but it was great to see there were lots of activities for the kids so parents can take some time to zone out too. The little ones will not be bored with a kids’ club, games on the beach and two shaded children’s pools.
SPECIAL TOUCHES AT LE MERIDIEN MINA SEYAHI
Birthday wishes from the Marriott team
Not sure how the hotel knew it was my birthday, whether it was from Marriott Bonvoy details or registering passports on check-in, but when I went to my room after a day on the sun loungers I found flowers, birthday card and a small cake with chocolate wafer with ‘Happy Birthday’ written in gold. It’s these touches that make you feel warm towards the atmosphere of a hotel.
Earn points with Marriott Bonvoy
I’d not had a Marriott Bonvoy membership before but as a new user and I went straight up to Silver Elite status after staying for over 10 days which comes with additional benefits. This is well worth having to work up to free nights in any of the Marriott Hotels!
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