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4
Good
4551 reviews
Brilliant
3086
Good
1020
Average
287
Poor
91
Awful
67
  • 5 room
  • 5 pool
  • 5 beach
  • 5 service
  • 5 dining
  • 5 amenities
  • 5 food

18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Brilliant

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 24th August 2010

"I stayed at Jebel Ali for 5 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. The hotel was great - by far the best hotel i have ever stayed in. I stayed in a junior suite and the beach was less than a minute walk away from my room. The breakfast was delicious and worth getting up for early in the morning. It was 5 days of luxury but due to the short stay in Dubai i wasn't able to appreciate everything the hotel had to offer. For those thinking about staying at this hotel bare in mind eventhough its a great hotel it is quite far from the main attractions and if you up for a lot of sight seeing then you may be better with a hotel more central - taxis are expensive and traffic horrendous."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 2nd August 2010
  • 5 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

Fantastic Honeymoon Destination

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 25th September 2009

"My husband and I went to the Jebel Ali Hotel and Golf Complex for our honeymoon in November 2007. Being a keen golfer, my husband thought this the ideal location to relax and unwind after a hectic wedding and he was correct. From the moment we arrived in Dubai, nothing was too much trouble. The hotel was luxurious, the staff attentive and friendly, the food was fantastic, weather hot and the golf course was first class. There are a number of restaurants on site to eat out in the evening, all top class food, the pools were relaxing with swim up bar and our room was very comfortable with a fantastic view over the golf course/bay and with the peacocks roaming. There were lots of excursions on offer from the hotel including shopping at the Mall of the Emirates which is retail heaven and a nights racing at Nad al Sheba Racecourse, all very reasonably priced. We really enjoyed our week stay at the Jebel Ali and hope to go back soon. We could not recommend it enough."

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  • Travel date: 25th September 2009

i loved this city and everything in it. ...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 28th April 2008

"i loved this city and everything in it. This is a magical city. if your going to dubai. i would recomend this place to any one who wants a relaxing and calm summer break. Very hot so bring sun cream! they have every thing from a kids club to their own private beach!. v hot water. ive been 3 times now and am going a 4th with my best friend. this year. i cant wait to show her everything this amazing city has GO TO DUBAI!"

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  • Travel date: 28th April 2008

I travelled to Dubai with my Mother as a...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 1st January 2008

"I travelled to Dubai with my Mother as a surprise for her 50th birthday; we only stayed at Jebel Ali for 3 nights which wasn't really long enough. I have travelled quite a bit and I must say the only disappointment was the room. It certainly was not 5 stars; it was small, dated, and a little shabby. We arrived at night so I felt a little let down and went to sleep wishing I had picked another hotel. Morning broke and I opened my tired thread bare curtains (black outs which I guess were a plus) and there it was...the spectacular 5 star grounds. We cheered up and headed for breakfast. The food was great, hot and cold buffet and the staff were friendly and helpful. The grounds really do out way the sub standard rooms, I mean how long do you really spend in your room anyway?? The beach is superb and you feel like you’re are on a Caribbean island, just squint and you won't see the cranes! The hotel is about 35 mins from the city centre which we were glad of as we didn't fancy staying on a building site. Overall we had a fantastic time; I would definitely go back to Jebel Ali as the resort itself is beautiful... One more thing...we did a 4x4 desert tour which was great, we were picked up around 2.30pm, taken to the desert for some "off roading" bumpy driving and had various stops to see the sunset, camels etc. Afterwards we had dinner in the dunes with entertainment and buffet food which was edible, although check the meat is cooked...great fun!!"

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  • Travel date: 1st January 2008

Dubai was an amazing place to go on holi...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 15th September 2007

"Dubai was an amazing place to go on holiday. We stayed in Jebel Ali resort for four nights which wasn't enough. It was beautiful; the staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for us. The rooms were lovely and the food was delicious. We eat in the resort two nights and tried other hotels the other two nights, they were also fantastic. During or stay we visited the 7 * hotel Burj al Arab which was amazing - you must have afternoon tea on the top floor!! I can't wait to go back."

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  • Travel date: 15th September 2007

A stunning five star hotel just 20 mins ...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 19th April 2007

"A stunning five star hotel just 20 mins from Jumeirah beach area. The advantage of this meant no building work could be seen. Seven restaurants in total which are also shared with the palm tree court hotel. Loads of facilities including an elemis spa and professional golf course where many major tournaments are played. Taxis from here into Dubai city centre are 15.00 for a 45 minute journey and the hotel also runs a free shuttle service into the city centre, which also stops off at different shopping malls on route. Overall a lovely hotel, really lovely surroundings and would recommend especially for honeymooners."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 19th April 2007

We had a lovely week in Dubai in Februar...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 26th July 2006

"We had a lovely week in Dubai in February, very relaxing and away from the building work which is currently overshadowing some hotels within Dubai. The only slight let down to the trip was the standard of the hotel. We picked the Jebel Ali thinking it would be away from the mass of skyscrapers currently being built (which it was), and still give us the luxury of a 5 star Dubai hotel. Although the grounds are superb and the daytimes passed wonderfully, the hotel itself was not up to scratch. The rooms are in need of an upgrade (seeing as its rated as a 5 star hotel), the restaurants I would rate as average, and the service levels and friendliness of staff was not a patch on the standard I have experienced at the other 5 star hotels I have stayed in Dubai (Jumeriah Beach Hotel, The Royal Mirage, Mina Al Salam). The breakfast dining experience is not to the level you would expect at a 5 star hotel. The choice within the buffet was good, but finding a table was not easy without having to wait, the room is dark and dingy (unless you're one of the few people that manage to sit in the window), and the waiter service was poor. On the positive side the surroundings outside are beautiful, there are really nice pools - a choice of 3 (although 1 was closed for the whole of our stay...but pleased to see it was for refurbishment), my husband loved the golf course, the spa is at a high standard with some great treatments, and there were quite a lot of families there so seemed like a lot for kids to do within the sports centre. If you get a good deal to stay at the Jebel Ali, and are not expecting the usual luxury of 5 star Dubai, you certainly won't be disappointed within the surrounding grounds and if you're a golfer or a spa lover....this could be an ideal place for you. Personally if I had to choose I would rather pay a few hundred pounds more to get the 100% luxury treatment you can get elsewhere."

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  • Travel date: 26th July 2006

Relaxing holiday

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 12th December 2012

"Just returned from 10 day stay. Excellent hotel, staff very efficient. Excellent value for money, cannot wait to go back next year"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 15th September 2005

Best Place to Stay

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 2nd December 2012

"My friend and I have returned from the Jebel Ali. What a fantastic Hotel. We were already booked in the Palm Tree Court but upgraded to the Royal Jasmin Suite where you receive all the added attention eg butler service, shoe polishing, clothes pressing, complimentary drinks between 6-7, breakfast in a separate restaurant where you can enjoy the A la Carte menu with a nice glass of champagne with breakfast, the beach boys put you towels on your sunbeds and so much more. We had a fantastic time and it was so relaxing. Would like to thank Lynell, Melody and Danny on our reception desk, and a huge thank you to Chris and Mosses who were out butlers for 11 days as well as all the staff at the Palm Tree Court and our buggy boys who took us wherever we wanted to go. The weather was around 45 degrees and the sea was 34 degrees beach wonderful - what more can I say - I could go on forever - one of the best holidays I've ever had. Will be going back next year."

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  • Travel date: 14th September 2005

Jebel Ali Dubai - relaxing

2
Poor
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Reviewed 12th December 2012

"We stayed at the Jebel Ali for 10 days at the end of August, beginning of September. The weather was boiling, hitting 50 degrees for the first five days, so lying by the beach was only possible under the shade of one of the many palm trees but still very sweaty! The sea is not refreshing as it was 38 degrees but was nice for a hot dip. There are three pools, one a little tired looking but the other two were fine (unless you like doing laps, as neither are very big). There is dreadfull panpipe music piped throughout the hotel and was often on repeat so I think for two whole days we listened to Jennifer Rush Power of Love which was a little tedious to say the least. especially as it also played underwater in the pools so there was no escape! The hotel, as others have mentioned is a good 40 minutes from the city which was good at the moment as Dubai resembles a half finished Manhatten and was unbelievably hot with the desert wind. However, it is right next to the new Palm Island development and currently all you hear is dynamite explosions in the distance as the blow up the reef to make the island but in the not to distant future the lovely hotel sunsets are going to be masked by cranes and skyscrapers like the rest of Dubai as they start the buildingwork. From a cultural point of view there is not really much reason to visit the city or Jumeira beach. The gold souks were dirty and smelly with the heat and surprisingly very few visible tourists which was quite intimidating at times. Women are recommended to cover up as much as possible which is highly advisable. The city is very modern (in terms of the new builings) and cosmopolitan with many nationalities (mainly from the middle east, eastern africa and india) but it is definately not "Westernised" as many of the brochures state so be prepared. The best thing about the Jebel Ali, however were the free sports. We had private morning tennis lessons for free (plus free equipment hire), and played badminton, squash, pool, table tennis, sailing, waterskiing, golf (£30), gym, sauna and jacuzzi, camel riding and swimming in the pools at night (the best time to avoid the heat). The rooms are very nice in the main hotel (try to get room 160 or 260, 360 etc as they are the cheaper golf view rooms but are at the end so you also get a view of the sea and marina from one side of the balcony). Eating at one of the many hotel restaurants is generally expensive but there is no other option (expect to pay £20 for an average bottle of wine and £20 for a garden BBQ per head or £30-40 for a restaurant 3 course meal per head), all the restaurants are roughly the same price too so there is no cheap option. The staff however are excelent and tend to you every need."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 11th September 2005

Picture Postcard Location

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 2nd December 2012

"My wife, two teenage sons and I have just returned from five-days in the Jebel Ali and we had a marvellous time. The hotel is about 40-minutes south from the airport by car - out on its own, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. I hired a car, from Budget, for the five-days for £71 sterling, including petrol the total cost was £80. In hindsight a car isn't strictly necessary as there is an airport hotel pick-up and drop off. Plus there is a bus from the hotel into Dubai and taxis are fairly cheap. However, the car was very cheap and it gave us more flexibility to go where we wanted when we wanted. One word of caution for those who are nervous about driving abroad I would say the standard of driving in Dubai is appalling. Indicators seem to be an unnecessary luxury on most cars and the standard method of over-taking seems to be to "cut up" the driver in front. We had standard sea-view rooms in the main hotel. The rooms were okay, nothing special, just standard 3 star (in my opinion) hotel rooms. There is nothing wrong with them, they are just rather ordinary. What makes the Jebel Ali something special is what is outside the hotel rooms. The grounds, beach, pool areas, golf course and marina are fabulous. Idyllic gardens backing on to a beach with fine white sand and palm trees - picture postcard stuff - and the ocean was so warm it was like walking into a bath! There are numerous sun-loungers in the gardens and around the pools so finding somewhere to laze around was never a problem. You can also hire boats and kayaks from a hut on the beach. The food was very good with a wide choice at the breakfast buffet. For an evening meal there are numerous restaurants to choose from serving different types of cuisine. Plus there is a Sports Bar, with televisions showing cricket and football, behind the marina that serves very good quality food at a very reasonable price. The fish and chips plus pint of lager for 45 Dirhams (about £6.50) was not only good value, but exceedingly good quality. In the evenings the Jebel Ali is rather quiet, which suited us, but wouldn't suit those who want to go out clubbing."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 24th August 2005

Amazing Service

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 26th November 2012

"Me and my girlfriend have just returned from 10 days at the Jebel Ali Hotel. The complex consists of the main hotel with its rooms and the Palm Tree Court bit which is villa type accomodation. We stayed in a beach front villa in Palm Tree Court (has a private beach which is amazing). Try to get a villa in the Palm Tree Court rather than the hotel. Didnt see any hotel rooms but from descriptions of other guests i dont think they are on the same par as the villas and they're not right on the beach either. If you can try to get an upgrade to the Royal Jasmine Lounge. You get the same type of villa but you get loads of extras: a butler who does everything for you including unpacking and packing your cases and pressing clothes. Access to members only lounge with free soft drinks, sandwiches & internet access. Complimentary massage in spa (amazing). There are loads of extras (free alcoholic drinks each night 6-7). Service in Palm Tree Court was faultless, everyone was amazing. From poolside staff right up to GM who was high visibility and seemed to know all the guests by name. Food was amazing also, the white orchid restraunt was great and the teppinyaki table was something else. We had heard the construction round about Jumeira Beach was a pain which is why we chose Jebel Ali. Its secluded and miles away from any construction, a real paradise, the private beach was picture postcard stuff. Jebel Ali is about 30 minutes in a taxi away from central dubai but the hotel runs a free shuttle bus and taxi's are quite cheap (£10 round trip). We went on 2x excursions, the 4x wheel drive desrt safari was great as was the evening trip down dubai creek (4 course meal and music included). What can i tell you ? I dont have a bad thing to say about dubai or the Jebel Ali Hotel (although from what ive seen i wouldnt book the hotel only the palm tree court with the Jasmine Lounge upgrade) also try to get sea front villa and not sea facing as that way you are right on the beach. Only mistake i made was going start of August (50 degrees with 95% humidity) although in fairness everywhere was well air conditioned. Here is a summary of musts (have also included couple of photo's of Palm Tree Court reception area - check out the swim up bar on right side of pic & private beach). Palm Tree Court (not hotel) Royal Jasmine Lounge Upgrade 4x wheel drive desert safari dubai creek boat trip (ask for the glass boat one as the other not full AC) clipper bar in palm tree court is great (balingo plays piano he's great) We'll definately be back.."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 16th August 2005
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