The Cranley Report®: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
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Shops & Amenities Children’s Facilities & Clubs Golf    
Rooms, Suites & Villas Entertainment Spa    
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Dubai
Hotel Address
Al Sofouh Road
c/o Dubai International Marina Club
(P.O. Box 24883)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
 
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Hotel Summary
Category Resort Hotel
Awards Won 2008
Best Bar in Dubai Awards – 'barasti', winner

2007
Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards
‘Best Bar Food’ – 'barasti', winner
‘Best Contemporary Restaurant’ – Tang, Commendation

2006
Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards
‘Best Newcomer’ – Tang, Commendation
Hotel Opened
1999
Refurbishment 2008
Horizon Pool
Horizon beach restaurant and bar
Up grade of televisions
Cranley Summary
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai is situated on a private beach next to the marina on the Jumeirah coastline. The hotel is just 37 kilometres from Dubai International Airport and offers extensive facilities to its guests for a property of its size. There are a range of 211 sea and city view guest rooms and suites, each having large floor to ceiling windows, high speed and WiFi internet connections, and bright modern bathrooms. Within Le Méridien Mina Seyahi facility there are six restaurants, bars and pool bars with further food and beverage outlets which guests have access to at the adjoining Westin property, which shares the same 1,200 metre beach side resort. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi has two large gyms, totalling 377² metres, four floodlit tennis courts, an infinity pool, well equipped children’s club, water sports centre, Business Centre, large Amphitheatre and gardens for outdoor events with a capacity for up to 3,000 guests. Guests staying at the resort also have access to the spa at The Westin Dubai hotel which is reached by a short walk through the connecting gardens. The new golf course at the Els Club - Dubai’s Sports City together with the Emirates and Montgomerie courses are a short drive away. A 238 berth marina is only a stones throw away from the hotel, however the hotel does not have berthing arrangements here. Guests arriving by private vessels may anchor in the bay in front of the beach, making the hotel an ideal destination point for nautical guests who wish to dine on shore.
Hotel Location & Layout
Location Description
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai is set in lush gardens which lead onto 1,200 metres of private beach on the Jumeirah coastline. Situated next to the marina and close to the Dubai Marina Development, a selection of shops and restaurants are only a short walk away. Whilst the hotels preferred golf partner is the Els Club at the Dubai Sports Club, the hotel is also located close to the Emirates Golf Club and Montgomery Golf Course. The hotel offers a six times daily complimentary shuttle service to the Mall of the Emirates, also home to Ski Dubai. Dubai International Airport is 37 kilometres away, complimentary transfers may be arranged for guests staying in Royal Club guest rooms and above.
Airports
Distance 37 km
Airport Transfers Approximately 30 minutes in light traffic.
Chargeable taxi and limousine service available.
Cities and Sights
Distance 135 km
City/Sight Transfers Approximately 1 hour 50 minutes in light traffic.
Chargeable taxi and limousine service available.
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Layout Description
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai is set back from the road and has a wide covered entrance driveway. Reception and Guest Relations are situated to the left of the large marbled entrance lobby with the shopping arcade and Business Centre being located between these two desks. The Concierge, Info Centre and guest lifts are positioned to the right. To the rear of the lobby, the 24 hour restaurant, Waves, is located to the right whilst the Lobby Lounge area and Tang, an award winning restaurant are situated to the left. The extensive gardens, beach and resort facilities are reached via a large central glass door beyond these restaurants. Horizons, 'barasti', the children’s Penguin Club and The Westin Dubai hotels facilities are all reached by garden paths and the gym, floodlit tennis courts and 'the dhow' are all located next to the marina area to the left of the hotel.
Lobby & Guest Relations
Open Hours
24 hours
Languages Spoken English, Arabic, Afrikaans, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and several other languages spoken.
Payment Methods All major credit cards and cash accepted.
Foreign Exchange All major currencies exchanged.
Exchange rates are commissionable.
Taxis Arranged Street taxis can be arranged on request.
There can sometimes be a short wait.
Tours Arranged A full range of tours and tailor made packages can be organised through the Info Centre and Concierge to include:

Abu Dhabi City Tours
Al Ain City Tours
Camel Riding
Desert Safaris
Dhow Tours
Dinner Cruises
Dubai City Tours
Fishing Trips
Liwa Full Day Safaris
Night at the Races
Oman Dhow Tour
Sand Skiing
Sharjah and Ajman City Tours
Snorkelling or Scuba Diving
Wadi Hatta or Hajar Mountains
Guest Relations 24 hours
Guest Relations desk
09:00 to 18:00 - Info Centre
Executive floor Reception
Concierge Services
The Concierge is on hand 24 hours a day and will assist guests with any arrangements including restaurant reservations, limousines, car rental, airport transfers.
Medical Facilities Doctor available on Saturday to Thursdays between 11:00 to 12:00 excluding, Muslim Holy Days
Staff are trained to administer first aid for minor incidents.
Out of hours, a typical response time for a doctor is within 20 minutes, according to the hotel.

Parking 518 uncovered parking spaces are available in total, of which 128 private spaces are available between the road and the front of the hotel with the remaining spaces being at the gym and marina areas.
Cranley Comment
The large entrance and lobby has an expanse of windows to the front and rear of the hotel which offer plenty of light. The décor is uncluttered and has marble floors, seating areas around the pillars which reach up to sweeping curved ceiling features. To one side there is a curved reception desk with guest chairs and a large seascape painting behind with further Guest Relations and Concierge stations. The Business Centre is situated at the beginning of the shopping arcade while the large Info Centre which has maps of the resort and information on tours, is located next to the guest lifts. To the rear of the lobby is an open elegant lounge which leads to Tang restaurant, the lounge has a baby grand piano which is played in the evenings creating a relaxed environment.
Shops & Amenities
Description
Info Centre – tours and information
09:00 to 18:00, 7 days a week

Kunooz – jewellery and watches
10:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 21:30 Saturday to Thursdays, and 15:30 to 21:30 on Fridays

Heat Waves – beach clothes and lotions
09:00 to 13:30 and 14:00 to 18:30 daily

Albarajeel – newspapers, cigarettes, maps, souvenirs and toys
08:00 to 23:30, 7 days a week

Circle of Friends Nail Salon – Nail Bar
10:00 to 20:00, 7 days a week

Rindals Salon - ladies' and gents’ hair salon
10:30 to 18:00, 7 days a week

ATM machine
Cranley Comment
The Info Centre in the lobby area provides assistance to guests seeking information on the resort and local area, tours, and bookings for car hire. Between the Reception and Guest Relations desks there is a small arcade with a jewellers, beach shop and general shops which sell post cards, perfumes and guide books. Both the Circle of Friends Nail Salon and Rindals, a separate ladies’ and gents’ hair dressers are situated in the basement level of the hotel. Locally, within a short walk there are a small selection of shops and restaurants along the promenade of the in-shore Dubai Marina. The hotel runs a complimentary 6 times daily service to the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai and the Gold and Diamond Park.
Rooms, Suites & Villas
Number of Floors 10
Total Rooms 211
Elevators 3
Rooms per Elevator 70
Total Staff 535
Staff per Room 2.5
Check-in Time 14:00
Check-out Time 12:00
Late Checkout Subject to availability.
Smoking Rooms 66 smoking rooms available:

Deluxe Land View - 18
Deluxe Sea View - 48
Room Service Full menu served 24 hours
Wood fired pizza available 12:00 to 23:00
Laundry Service A next day, same day and express dry cleaning and laundry service is available, Bank Holidays and weekends incurs an additional charge.
Laundry; handed in before 09:00 will be returned the same day.
Dry Cleaning; handed in before 09:00 will be returned the same day.
Express Service; incurs an extra charge
One Hour Pressing; service is available between 08.00 to 21.00
Alterations (minor) can be carried out between 08:00 and 21:00
Shoe-shine service is available 24 hours (complimentary for Royal Club rooms and above)
Club or Executive Facilities
Guests staying in qualifying Royal Club rooms and above have use of the Royal Club Lounge on the 9th floor which is open 24 hours a day. The large lounge has a dining area, two computer terminals with printing facilities, and a seating and terrace area overlooking the gardens, beach and sea. A complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast is served between 07:00 to 11:00, tea and cakes between 17:00 and 18:00, with happy hour and canapés between 18:00 to 19:00. Complimentary International newspapers are available and there is also a DVD and book library. Children under 12 are not allowed in the lounge but receive vouchers for use in Waves restaurant.
Cranley Comment
Guest rooms and suites at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi all have large windows which offer plenty of natural daylight with sea view rooms which are even numbered having the added benefit of balconies which overlook the sea and the hotels landscaped gardens. The land view Deluxe and Royal Club rooms are large enough to accommodate both a queen size and double bed, making these suitable for families. All the rooms have been furnished in a practical manner and have a seating area and desk/work space which doubles up as a dressing table. The size and configurations of the bathrooms vary across the room categories and have either a full length or corner bath with Royal Club rooms and above having a separate shower.
  Type of Room, Views & Facilities
Type No. View Facilities Max. Occupancy Size m2
Deluxe 154

112 Sea
42 Land

Electronic locking system
Viewfinder spy hole
Security lock
Individually controlled air-conditioning
Work space/desk
DDI line
Voice mail
WiFi (complimentary)
High speed internet access (complimentary)
3 pin square British sockets
Television
International Satellite TV
Movie channels
In room video games
Radio/TV
Floor to ceiling windows
Energy saving key card light switches
Fibre optic reading lights
Lights can be controlled from bed side
Double closet
Full length mirror
Iron and ironing board
Safe
Safety deposit boxes at Reception (complimentary)
Mini-bar
Tea and coffee making facilities
Complimentary (national) daily newspapers
Balcony with 2 chairs in Sea View rooms
Turndown service
Duvet
Hyper allergenic pillows
En-suite bathroom
Single vanity basin unit
Bath tub with fitted jet shower
Bathrobes
Slippers
Shaving/make up mirror
Shaving point
Hairdryer
Bathroom scale
Telephone in bathroom
Television speakers in bathroom
Luxury Le Méridien toiletries

99 Interconnecting Rooms

2 adults and 1 child in Sea View rooms and 2 adults and 2 children in Land View rooms 35 - 37
Cranley Comment
There are two configurations of Deluxe rooms at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort. The larger is land facing and has both a queen size and a double bed, the smaller sea view rooms have less living space but have the benefit of a balcony. Each room has a small seating area with table and workspace/dressing table, closet space and luggage rack. The rooms are decorated in light colours, with either sky blue walls and a slightly darker shade of carpet, or peach and russet browns with two tone light wood built-in furniture. The tiled bathroom has a bath with shower fitted shower, single vanity unit and luxury Le Méridien toiletries.
Type No. View Facilities Max. Occupancy Size m2
Royal Club 34

21 Sea
13 Land

As for Deluxe rooms with the added benefit of:

DVD/CD player
Dressing area
Shoe shine service (complimentary)
Balcony with table and 2 chairs in Sea View rooms
Corner bath
Separate jet shower
Luxury Hermes toiletries

Royal Club Lounge facilities

19 Interconnecting Rooms

2 adults and 1 child in Sea View rooms and 2 adults and 2 children in Land View rooms 34 - 35
Cranley Comment
Guests staying in Royal Club rooms have additional facilities of the Royal Club Lounge which is situated on the 9th floor of the hotel. Royal Club land and sea view rooms differ slightly in that the rooms with a land view are slightly larger and have both a queen size and double bed making these ideal for families. The sea view rooms although smaller have the additional benefit of a balcony. Each room in this category has a seating area and the dressing area separates the bedroom from the bathroom and has a ‘tall boy’ with built in mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms are decorated in light colours, with either sky blue walls and a slightly darker shade of carpet, or peach and russet browns with two tone light wood built-in furniture. The tiled bathroom has a corner bath and separate shower, single vanity basin unit and luxury Hermes toiletries.
Type No. View Facilities Max. Occupancy Size m2
Royal Club Superior 16

Sea

As for Royal Club rooms with the added benefit of:

Larger living space

2 adults and 2 children 47.5
Cranley Comment
Royal Club Superior guest rooms are situated on the corners of the hotel and have large floor to ceiling windows running along two sides of the room with a balcony leading from one. These rooms are decorated in light colours with light wood furniture which have darker patterned features, a glass coffee table and easy chairs. The blue carpet and light blue cloudy effect on the wall, harmonises well with the soft furnishings in gold and russet browns. The en-suite bathroom are bright and have a mix of white and light grey tiles, white sanitary ware, bath, separate shower, recessed single basin vanity unit and luxury Hermes toiletries.
Type No. View Facilities Max. Occupancy Size m2
Royal Club Executive 3

Sea

As for Royal Club Superior rooms with the added benefit of:

Plasma television
Larger seating area
Dedicated desk and chair
Large balcony

2 adults and 2 children 79
Cranley Comment
Royal Club Executive rooms have additional space and an open seating area with settee and easy chairs at the foot of the bed. A glass and dark wood free standing desk (which can also be used as a dressing table). Each Royal Club Executive room has floor to ceiling windows and a balcony which runs along one side and is decorated with a mix of blues, silver greys and gold soft furnishings. The tiled bathroom feature dark and light grey tiles, a bath and separate shower, single vanity basin unit and luxury Hermes toiletries.
Type No. View Facilities Max. Occupancy Size m2
Royal Club Deluxe Suite 2

Sea

As for Royal Club Executive rooms with the added benefit of:

Entrance hall
Guest cloakroom
Additional Plasma television
Dining table with 4 chairs
Dedicated desk and chair
Kitchenette with sink
Filter coffee and tea making facilities
Balcony with table and 4 chairs
Separate master bedroom
Double vanity basin unit

2 adults and 2 children 107
Cranley Comment
There are two Royal Club Deluxe Suites at the hotel, each has the added benefit of a separate bedroom. There is a small entrance hall with a kitchenette and guest cloakroom leading from it, whilst the living area has a dining table with four chairs, dedicated desk and sitting area. The light separate bedroom has floor to ceiling windows and sitting area with additional television. Soft furnishings within the suite are predominantly deep red which are highlighted by silver greys and golds, this is mixed with a range of free standing wood furniture. The fully tiled bathroom has a corner bath, separate shower, double vanity basin unit and luxury Hermes toiletries.
Type No. View Facilities Max. Occupancy Size m2
Royal Suite 2

Sea

As for Royal Club Deluxe Suite with the added benefit of:

Large living area
Dining table with 6 chairs
Bar
Large desk
Bose sound system
Terrace with sun beds and table with chairs
Kitchenette with:
Sink
Oven
2 hot plates
Dressing room

2 Interconnecting Rooms

2 adults and 2 children 251
Cranley Comment
The Royal Suites have expansive windows along one side of the suite, these lead from the living room onto a large rooftop terrace which is furnished with sun-beds and patio chairs. The curved shaped living area has marble floors and feature ceilings. The open plan style has a dedicated desk, built in mahogany curved bar, a circular dining table and curved side board which separates the dining area from the gold carpeted and royal blue seating area. There is a small kitchen with two hobs and a guest cloakroom that lead from this. The bedroom is furnished with a mix of mahogany furniture and gold and royal blue soft furnishings, the slightly curved full height windows have views over the gardens and the sea. The en-suite bathroom has a corner bath, separate shower and double vanity basin unit with luxury Hermes toiletries.
Restaurants & Cafés
Number of Restaurants
6
Restaurant Comments
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi has a wide choice of six restaurants which are situated in the hotels' main building, along the beach side garden and also at a traditional floating dhow which is moored at the marina. The varied menus and locations offer many types of ambience from romantic, elegant to more casual settings on the beach. Waves is a 24 hour brasserie styled restaurant whilst 'barasti' is a popular meeting point for locals and expatriates which offers live entertainment from Tuesday to Saturday. The award winning Tang, a fine dining restaurant serves a mixture of innovative French and Oriental dishes. Guests are also able to use all of the additional restaurants and bars within The Westin Dubai hotel, which is in the same beach side resort, and charge to their hotel bill. Ciro's Pomodoro located at the far end of the shopping arcade within Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, is a club which serves Italian cuisine and is owned and run by a separate management team.
  Lobby Lounge  
Restaurant Type Cocktail lounge and cakes and snacks
Restaurant Capacity 45
Opening Times 09:00 to 01:00
Dress Codes Smart Casual
Air-Conditioning Yes
Smoking Policy Designated smoking areas on the terrace.
Children’s Facilities High chairs available
Breakfast Options Continental
Cranley Comment
The Lobby Lounge at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi has an elegant contemporary style with a range of comfortable seating arrangements in a sunken area to the left of the marbled lobby. To the rear of the lounge there is a pastry counter and more formal tables with leather chairs. Guests may order food in either of these areas which includes a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers and pastries making both areas a relaxing place to either have lunch, conduct casual meetings or relax for tea or cocktails in a peaceful setting. A baby grand piano sits on a raised platform and is a focal point of the area. The pianist plays between 19:15 and 22:30 four evenings per week and is accompanied by a violinist.
  Waves  
Restaurant Type Buffet / A la carte
Restaurant Capacity 200 total (of which 140 are inside and 60 are on the terrace)
Opening Times 24 hours
Breakfast buffet 07:00 to 11:00
Lunch buffet 12:30 to 15:00
Dinner buffet 19:00 to 22:30
Friday Brunch 12:15 to 15:30

Dress Codes Smart Casual
Air-Conditioning Yes
Smoking Policy Designated smoking areas on the terrace
Children’s Facilities High chairs available
Children’s menu
Smaller portions available
Low level children’s buffet area for Friday Brunch
Breakfast Options American
Continental
English
Buffet
A la carte
Cranley Comment
Waves is a 24 hour brasserie styled restaurant that features an International buffet and A la carte menu. The buffet changes seasonally and in addition there are theme evenings some of which have live entertainment. The restaurant has large double height windows which overlook the terrace and a slightly raised area at the far end of the venue where the buffet stations are positioned. The décor has a mix of light and dark marbled flooring, golden walls and blinds, a range of dark wood tables with blue chairs and coordinating crockery. Children are well catered for at the Friday Brunch when they have their own lowered buffet station which is particularly enjoyed by tiny tots.
  Horizon  
Restaurant Type Pool and Beach Restaurant and Bar
Restaurant Capacity 303 total (of which 91 are in the pool area and 212 are on the beach)
Opening Times 09:00 to 20:00
Food served from 12:00 to 20:00
Dress Codes Casual
Smoking Policy Designated smoking areas
Children’s Facilities High chairs available
Children’s menu
Cranley Comment
Horizon having recently been refurbished has a pool terrace, swim up bar and ice cream parlour. A variety of poolside snacks and meals are available including salads, burgers and afternoon teas. The swim-up bar is to one side of the infinity pool with the terrace area overlooking the pool and the beach. Additionally, meals and cocktails can be served under umbrellas on the beach.
  barasti  
Restaurant Type International Beachside
Restaurant Capacity 294 total (of which 32 are on the Upper Deck. 152 are on the Middle Deck. 70 are outside and 40 are inside the disco on the Lower Deck)
Opening Times 11:00 to 02:00
Food served 12:00 to 22:30
Night menu until 22:30 to 01:00
Dress Codes Casual
Smoking Policy Designated smoking areas
Shisha is served in the shisha bar area
Children’s Facilities High chairs available
Children’s menu
Smaller portions available
Children under 12 are not allowed in the evening
Cranley Comment
'barasti' is situated to the left of the beach and is arranged over three floors that overlook the sea. The shaded lower deck has a range of chic relaxing chaise longue beds and low level tables with further well stuffed beach side chairs and tables. The Main Deck has an entertainment area to one side where live bands and DJ’s perform. The bar overlooks the decking area which has solid wood tables and rattan chairs. This vibrant contemporary beach side restaurant serves a variety of International dishes which cover Mediterranean, Asian and classic favourites like Tuna Carpaccio and Rack of Lamb, Chicken Fruity Salad, Steamed Thai Green Mussels, Tuna Burgers with apple wasabi and New York Cheese Cake. Sharing platters and thin French pizzas are also available. To the side of 'barasti' there is also a separate terraced area which serves a variety of shisha.
  Tang  
Restaurant Type A la carte
Restaurant Capacity 33 total (of which 25 are inside and 8 are on the terrace)
Opening Times 19:00 to 01:00
Dress Codes Elegant
Air-Conditioning Yes
Smoking Policy Designated smoking areas on the terrace
Children’s Facilities Children under 12 are not allowed
Cranley Comment
Tang is an award winning fine dining restaurant situated off the Lobby Lounge of Le Méridien Mina Seyahi. Its contemporary style is reflected in both the décor and the dishes which are a fusion of French favourites mixed with Oriental flavours. At the entrance to the restaurant there is a small bar area which serves ‘Molecular Mixology’ champagne cocktails and spirits, including Billecart Salmon Champagne with freeze dried strawberries and candy floss, as well as 'Golden Mojito' and 'Daiquiris' prepared with liquid nitrogen. The circular restaurant has round tables which are surrounded by oversized high backed chairs offering both privacy and intimacy. The gastronomic menu includes Foie Gras poached in Sake with grilled nuts, red cress and Sarawak pepper. Free range chicken prepared with liquid nitrogen, sweet and sour ravioli, bokchoi, langoustine and soy. As an afterthought there are 'Milk and Cookies' prepared with brownies, chocolate consommé, milk marshmallows and croissant ice.
  the dhow  
Restaurant Type Seafood and Sushi
Restaurant Capacity 92 total (of which 50 are on the Upper Deck and 42 are on the Lower Deck)
Opening Times 17:00 to 24:00
Dress Codes Smart Casual
Air-Conditioning Yes
Smoking Policy Smoking area on the jetty.
Children’s Facilities Children under 12 are not allowed.
Cranley Comment
'the dhow' is a fine dining venue and the only floating restaurant on the Jumeirah coastline, it is a traditional Arabic boat which is moored at the marina and is reached by a path through the hotels garden. This romantic setting has panoramic views of the surrounding bay and the hotels resort facilities. The 'Upper Deck' has a lounge bar where cocktails may be enjoyed while the charming 'Lower Deck' has tables overlooking the sea and serves an A la carte selection of seafood and sushi including lobster and platters.
Bars
Number of Bars
3
Bar Comments  
There are three bars in addition to Horizon's swim up ‘wet bar’ at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort. The elegant Lobby Lounge has a pianist who is accompanied by a violinist four evenings per week and serves cocktails, non alcoholic drinks and snacks. The popular 'barasti' is situated to the left of the beach and is spread over three floors offering guests a choice of casual relaxed environments from the beachside lower deck and disco to the bar, entertainment and laid back restaurant setting. Tang restaurant is situated off the Lobby Lounge and has a small cosy bar serving a range of interesting cocktails. Guests are also able to enjoy the bar outlets at the Westin Dubai hotel which is in the same beach side resort, and charge to their hotel bill if required. Ciro's Pomodoro located at the far end of the shopping arcade within Le Méridien Mina Seyahi is a club which serves Italian cuisine and is owned and run by a separate management team.
  Lobby Lounge  
Bar Type Cocktail lounge
Bar Capacity 45
Opening Times 09:00 to 01:00
Dress Codes Smart Casual
Air-Conditioning Yes
Smoking Policy Designated smoking areas on the terrace.
Cranley Comment
The Lobby Lounge at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi has an elegant contemporary style with a range of comfortable seating arrangements in a sunken area to the left of the marbled lobby. A range of cocktails are served in this relaxed peaceful setting, coffees and teas are also available. A baby grand piano sits on a raised platform and is a focal point of the area. A pianist plays four evenings per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between 19:15 and 22:30 and is accompanied by a violinist.
  barasti  
Bar Type Beach Bar
Bar Capacity 294 total (of which 32 are on the Upper Deck. 152 are on the Middle Deck. 70 are outside and 40 are inside the disco on the Lower Deck)
Opening Times 11:00 to 02:00
Food served 12:00 to 22:30
Night menu 22:30 to 01:00
Dress Codes Casual
Smoking Policy Designated smoking areas
Shisha is served in the shisha bar terraced area
Admissions Policy Children under 12 are not allowed in the evening
Under 21’s are not allowed in the Disco
Cranley Comment
'barasti' is a vibrant contemporary bar and restaurant situated to the left of the beach and is popular with locals and expatriates, it is arranged over three decks which overlooks the sea. The shaded lower deck has a range of chic relaxing chaise longue beds and low level tables with further, well stuffed beach side chairs and tables. A popular disco is situated to the rear of this deck. The 'Main Deck' has an entertainment area to one side where live bands and DJ’s also perform. The bar overlooks the decking area which has solid wood tables and rattan chairs and serves a variety of cocktails, draft beers, wines and soft drinks while the restaurant serves a variety of International dishes which cover Mediterranean, Asian and classic favourites. To the side of 'barasti' there is also a separate terraced area which serves a variety of shisha.
  Tang  
Bar Type Cocktail Bar
Bar Capacity 10
Opening Times 19:00 to 23:00
Dress Codes Elegant
Air-Conditioning Yes
Smoking Policy Designated smoking areas on the terrace.
Admissions Policy Under 12’s are not allowed.
Cranley Comment
At the entrance to Le Méridien Mina Seyahi's award winning restaurant - Tang, there is a small intimate bar area with bar and table seating. The curved bar has a selection of spirits on show and a candy floss machine! The bar tenders serve ‘Molecular Mixology’ champagne cocktails and spirits, including Billecart Salmon Champagne with freeze dried strawberries and candy floss. 'Golden Mojito' and 'Daiquiris' prepared with liquid nitrogen are also available.
Business & Event Facilities
Wireless Internet Available in:

Lobby area
Business Centre
Lobby Lounge
Waves restaurant
Chargeable, access card obtainable from reception or Business Centre.
In-Room Services High speed internet connection - complimentary.
WiFi connectivity - complimentary.
Play station.
Business Centre
There is a small 24 hour Business Centre situated just to the left of the lobby area. It has three computer terminals and is manned during office hours. Facilities include:

3 computer workstations with internet connections
Audio facilities
Printer colour / black and white
Fax
Lap top hire
Typing
Binding
Laminating
Translation services
Technical Concierge
Meetings & Events
Venue Size (m2) Dimensions
L x W x H (metres)
  
  
Lawns and Beach  26,411  Undefined
 3,000
 1,500
 3,000
 -
 -
 -
 -
 
 
Amphitheatre  9,742  Undefined
 500
 250
 500
 -
 -
 -
 -
 
 
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina shares conference facilities with The Westin hotel which has a number of versatile event spaces, suitable for banquets, conferences, lectures, business meetings, exhibitions, team building events and weddings. Dubai’s only Amphitheatre is situated within the grounds of the hotel, which, with the long white beach, make an ideal backdrop for outdoor events.
Cranley Comment
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina has extensive well established grounds which include Dubai’s only Amphitheatre and a pristine beach which make ideal backdrops for large and small outdoor events including product launches, concerts, gala dinners and weddings. The hotel shares the state of the art modern conference facilities with the adjoining property, The Westin Dubai hotel, which has a number of versatile event spaces suitable for banquets, conferences, lectures, business meetings, exhibitions, team building events and weddings.
Children’s Facilities & Clubs
Restaurant Facilities See Restaurants
Children's Pool See Pools
Children's Club
Penguin Club is situated to the right of the garden and has a large well equipped air conditioned games room, a covered play area with bouncy castle, table football and go karts as well as a further canopied sand area with plastic climbing frames, swings and slides. In addition to this there is a mini football pitch and oversized chess board in the clubs secure grounds. The club is open from 09:00 to 18:00 on Sunday to Thursday and 09:00 to 20:00 on Fridays, children must be signed in every two hours. The extensive list of activities are suitable for 4 to 12 year olds with some activities also being suitable for parents too! Special menus can be arranged with snacks at 10:00 and tea at 14:00 and the experienced Penguin Club staff also offer a chargeable baby sitting service in the evenings.
Entertainment
A full program of activities is organised between 09:00 to 16:30 from the Penguin Club, which is located to the right of the garden. Activities include:

4 – 12 years:

Circle Time / Shell Hunting
Jewellery Making
Play Station Games
Cloth Painting
Mini Baseball
Scrap Book Making
Movie Time
Hand Paint Collage
Mini Football
Flower Pot Decorating
Strings and Things
Salon Make Over
Sand Castle Building
Bingo Game
Street Drawing

7 years and above:

Snorkelling
Beach Games
Base Ball
Hip Hop (Mum’s and daughter’s)
Volleyball
Football (teens and adults)
Beach Tennis
Sailing Adventure
Cricket
Table Tennis
Boat Trips
Kayaking
Boxing (Dad’s and son’s)
Frisbee
Badminton
Water Polo
Banana Boat
Touch Rugby
Babysitting service
A chargeable babysitting service is available which is provided by Penguin Club staff, on request. Advance notice of 24 hours should be given.
Cranley Comment
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina has extensive facilities for tiny tots and smaller people. The daily list of activities are supervised and are run from the large Penguin Club which is located on the edge of the garden between Le Meridien and The Westin Dubai hotel. The club has a range of equipment, climbing frames and games, activities are suitable for 4 to 12 year olds and include a variety of educational and non educational activities within the secure club, on the beach and out at sea. Children under the age of 4 must have their own adult supervision There is a shaded children’s pool situated next to the main pool area opposite Horizons swim up bar and restaurant which has a children’s menu available. Waves restaurant within the hotel offers a children’s menu and the Friday Brunch has a special low level buffet area for people that still have some growing to do! A chargeable evening baby sitting service is offered by Penguin Club staff when they are off duty.
Entertainment
  Evening Activities  
Lobby Lounge Classical and easy listening live pianist and violinist on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening between 19:15 to 22:30
barasti Disco and live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Volley ball Floodlit team games held after sunset
Cranley Comment
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort has a well known contemporary beach bar - 'barasti', which has a relaxed casual beachside environment and is a popular trendy meeting point. The disco is open on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays with live entertainment on other evenings. The Lobby Lounge has a relaxing environment where classical and easy listening music is played during the evenings making this a perfect spot for pre or after dinner drinks. For the more energetic, floodlit volley ball is played on the beach after sunset which is also popular with spectators. Ciro's Pomodoro situated at the far end of the shopping arcade within Le Méridien Mina Seyahi is a club which serves Italian cuisine and is owned and run by a separate management team.
Beaches
  Mina Seyahi Beach Complex
     
Location 0 kms
Description Mina Seyahi beach is a private beach and resort which is shared between Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai and The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. Located at the foot of the hotels gardens it stretches along 1,200 metres of sand and has views of the Palm Jumeirah and is unified with a 238 berth marina.
Private/Public Private
Size/Frontage The beach has water frontage of approximately 1,200 metres and is approximately 25 metres deep to the first break of the water.
Facilities Sun-beds & parasols wood and plastic
Towels
Water sports centre
Floodlit volley ball
Penguin Club garden playground

Waiter service available from

Le Méridien:
Horizon
'barasti'

The Westin:
The north and south 'Pool Bars'
Sandbar

Changing rooms, shower & WC facilities
Safety Lifeguards on duty between 09:00 and sunset.
Cranley Comment
The 1,200 metre Mina Seyahi Beach Complex is a private beach and resort which is shared between Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai and The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. Located at the foot of the hotels gardens it stretches along 1,200 metres of sand and has views of the Palm Jumeirah. The Westin hotel is situated at the northern end of the beach whilst Le Méridien Mina Seyahi is located at the southern end next to a 238 berth marina. Guests can utilise facilities at either hotel which includes 4 beach bars and restaurants, a water sports centre, floodlit volley ball pitches, large gardens and a well equipped children’s club which runs indoor, beach and waters sports activities. Between the pristine white sands and the hotels gardens each hotel has a number of pools which have either grass or pool terrace allowing for guests to choose amongst the many sun-bed and beach areas.
Pools
Cranley Comments
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai, has two pool areas of its own, guests also have access to the pools in front of The Westin Dubai hotel which is in the same beach side resort. Horizon is an infinity pool within the main well established garden, this has a well shaded children’s pool adjoining it. The Rock Pool is located to the left of the property between the 'barasti' restaurant and the beach and is overlooked from the gym.
  Horizon Infinity Pool  
     
Opening Times 08:00 to 20:45
Temperature Temperature is controlled at 30 degrees celsius
Depths Max: 1.6 metres
Min: 50 centimetres
Size 30 metres x 12 metres
Facilities Sun-beds & Parasols (wood and plastic)
Towels
Horizon pool bar and restaurant
'barasti' beach bar and restaurant
Changing rooms, shower & WC
Safety Lifeguards on duty during opening hours
Cranley Comment
Horizon is a curved infinity pool situated at the foot of the well established garden at the rear of the hotel. There is a ‘wet’ swim up bar to one side which overlooks the sea and a children’s pool to the other. The surrounding area has some overhanging palm trees which offer some shade. Sun-beds are placed around the pool and on the grassed areas between the hotel and the beach. Horizon also has a terraced area and pool side restaurant where light meals and ice-cream are served.
  Rock Pool  
     
Opening Times 09:00 to 18:45
Temperature Temperature is controlled at 30 degrees celsius
Depths Max: 1.8 metres
Min: 50 centimetres
Size 30 metres x 12 metres
Facilities Sun-beds & Parasols (plastic)
Towels
'barasti' beach bar and restaurant
Horizon pool bar and restaurant
Changing rooms, shower & WC
Safety Lifeguards on duty during opening hours
Cranley Comment
Rock Pool is located to the left of the property between 'barasti' restaurant and bar and the beach. This irregular shaped pool overlooks the sea and is overlooked from the gym. The pool itself, has rock style steps and surround, with a small children’s area adjoining it. There is a grassed area around the pool with a few trees, guests seeking shade will find this under the poolside sun-beds and umbrellas.
  Children's Pool  
     
Opening Times 08:00 to 20:45
Temperature Temperature is controlled at 30 degrees celsius
Depths Max: 50 centimetres
Size 6 metres x 7 metres
Facilities Sun-beds & Parasols (wood and plastic)
Towels
Shade canopy
Children's club
Horizon pool bar and restaurant
'barasti' beach bar and restaurant
Changing rooms, shower & WC
Safety Lifeguards on duty during opening hours
Cranley Comment
The children’s pool is to one side of the Horizon pool and is separated by a rope bridge. The irregular shaped pool has a large canopy which offers shade, with trees to one side and a Robinson Crusoe beach style roped off decking area to the other side which helps to restrict smaller tots from wandering. There is also a children’s area to one side of the Rock Pool.
Sports & Gym
  Gym & Health Club  
Opening Times
06:00 to 22:00
Description Club Mina Gymnasium & Aerobics Studio facilities include:

1 Technogym Treadmill with interactive TV system
7 Life Fitness Treadmill
4 Life Fitness Cross Trainer
1 Precor Cross Trainer
2 Life Fitness Stair Climbers
1 Technogym Upright Bike with interactive TV system
1 Technogym Upright Bike
3 Life Fitness Recumbent Bike
1 Radiant Cable Machine
1 Shoulder Press Machine
1 Chest Press Machine
1 Leg Curl Machine
1 Leg Extension Machine
1 Lower Back Extension Machine
1 Pulley Machine
1 Arm Extension (Triceps) Machine
1 Abdominal Crunch Machine
1 Lat Pull Machine
1 Abductor Machine
1 Adductor Machine
1 MultiHip Machine
1 Upper Back Machine
1 Abdominal Crunch Bench
2 Adjustable Bench
1 Flat Bench
1 Dumbbell set 4-26 kg
2 Barbell Set 10-27 kg
2 Olympic Bench (1-adjustable, 1-flat)
1 Leg Press Machine
1 Biceps Curl Machine
1 Pectoral Fly/Rear Delt Machine
1 Vertical Knee Lift/ Chin Up Bar
1 T-Bar
1 Adjustable Bench
1 Bench
1 Dumbbell Set 5-100 pounds
1 Smith Machine
1 Squat Rack
1 Cable Motion Machine
4 Reebok Swissball 55-75 cm
10 Reebok Medicine Ball 1-5 kg
1 Reebok Core Board
1 Reebok Deck
1 Reebok Resistance Tubing Set 1-4
2 Reebok Yoga Mat
1 Body Coach Vibration Machine
1 Stretch Mate Stretching Net

Aerobics Studio
Separate ladies’ and gents' facilities with:
Sauna
Steam room
Plunge pool

Under 16’s are not permitted to use the gym equipment.
Size Gym 289² meters
Aerobics Studio 88² meters
Cranley Comment
Club Mina Gymnasium is situated to the left of the main hotel in the marina area and overlooks the Rock Pool and yachts. The large gym facility has a wide selection of state-of-the-art equipment, featuring resistance and weights area. There are a number of weekly Thai Boxing and Yoga classes at the aerobics studio which should be booked in advance. The designated ladies’ and gents’ changing facilities have a sauna, steam room, plunge pool and rain showers. Towels, water and complimentary H²O toiletries are provided. Fitness instructors are chargeable and should be booked through the gyms Reception.
  Water Sport  
Opening Times
Mina Seyahi Water Sports Centre
09:00 to 18:00 last booking taken at 16:30
Description Complimentary water sports for hotel guests:

Laser
Windsurfing
Kayak Double
Kayak Single
Hobie Cat

Chargeable water sports

Water skiing
Wake Boarding
Boat Cruise
Donut
Banana rides

Water sports lessons
Cranley Comment
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina has a host of water sports facilities available to hotel guests. The water sports centre is located on the beach between the hotel and the adjacent Westin hotel. Guests can enjoy complimentary non motorised water sports which include kayaks, windsurfing boards and hobie cats, chargeable lessons are available. Motorised sports including Banana rides and water skiing, fishing trips, yachts or speed boat hire are also arranged from the beach. A 238 berth marina is only a stones throw away from the hotel however the hotel does not have berthing arrangements here. Guests arriving by private vessels may anchor in the bay in front of the beach, making the hotel an ideal destination point for nautical guests who wish to dine on shore.
  Land Sport  
Opening Times
Mina Seyahi Complex - Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
06:00 to 22:00 floodlit tennis courts
Description Mina Seyahi Complex - Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
4 hard court floodlit tennis courts
2 floodlit Volley ball courts
Cranley Comment
The Mina Seyahi Resort has four floodlit tennis courts which are situated to the left of Le Meridien along a tree lined walk way. Lessons are available on either a private, semi private or group basis for five or six students. Directly in front of Le Méridien Horizon Pool, are two floodlit volley ball courts which are very popular in the evening.
Golf
  Emirates Golf Club
Description
This was the first grass course in the Gulf region when it opened in 1988. The club features two championship courses; the Majlis and the Wadi. The Majlis was the original course and was designed by Florida based designer Karl Litten. The Wadi opened in 1996 and was re-designed in 2007 by Nick Faldo. Despite a number of new courses, it still ranks as one of the best in Dubai. It has hosted the Dubai Desert Classic fifteen times for the last six years in succession.
Location 5 kms
Holes Majlis 18, Wadi 18
Length/Par Majlis: 7,185 Yards par 72 sss 74 , Wadi: 7,263 Yards par 72 sss 74
Facilities Teaching academy, two driving ranges (one of which is floodlit), pitching and chipping areas, fairway and greenside practice bunkers. Several bars and restaurants.
  Montgomerie Dubai
Description
Covering more than 265 acres of landscaped turf, gardens and lakes, this spectacular golf course provides the player with undulating "links land" style fairways which challenge and intrigue all levels of player. Placement of the drive to the generous fairways remains the cornerstone of any good round. The flat landing area of each fairway can be challenging to find, but a rewarding adventure. With 14 lakes and 81 bunkers, The Montgomerie Dubai, the first and only example of the association between golfing great Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead, adds a distinctive variety to the golfing landscape of the region.

One of the signature holes is the par 5 fourth, dubbed the Snake hole for its saddleback fairway which doglegs towards the green, with 2 bunkers behind forming the eyes of the snake. Further on, the par 5 ninth, with water down the left, is a tough finish to the opening half. The par 3 thirteenth, a hole designed in the shape of the UAE, boasts a 360 degree teeing area around an island fairway and green, allowing for a completely different golf hole to be played every time. However, it is the par 5 eighteenth that offers a more classic test. At 656 yards it is a monster and, with water protecting the front of the green, it defies even the best player to hit the green in two.

Website: www.themontgomerie.com
Phone: +971 4 390 5600
Location 4 kms
Holes 18
Length/Par 7396 Yards, Par 72, sss 75
Facilities Driving range
Teaching academy
9 hole par 3 Academy course
5 star hotel accommodation
3 restaurants
Cigar lounge
Angsana Spa,
Fitness centre
Outdoor swimming pool
Extensive function areas.
  The Els Club
Description
The Els Club is located in the heart of Dubai Sports City which is an area currently undergoing heavy construction of sports facilities and residential accommodation. Sports City is located about 12 kms inland from Jumeirah. The course is challenging for the best players in the world but at the same time enjoyable for all golfers. Stretching 7,538 yards from the tips, it features four sets of teeing areas to suit individual golfers. The course will offer players a challenging round accompanied by all the essential facilities that extend beyond the immaculate fairways and greens. Set on undulating slopes of native desert vegetation, it is a links style layout combining traditional classic design. Ernie Els perspective on the course is “I am delighted to welcome you to Dubai and The Els Club at Dubai Sports City. It is a very exciting development and I am proud of the golf course design we have created. Right from the start we knew we wanted to embrace the uniqueness of the amazing environment and incorporate the natural dunes and native plants. There is a genuine sense that you are playing golf in the desert. We call it a 'desert links.'”
Location 12 kms
Holes 18
Length/Par 7,538 Par 72
Facilities Temporary Clubhouse
Practice facilities
GPS golf carts
Spa
Name of Spa Heavenly Spa by Westin
Opening Times 08:00 to 22:00
Cranley Comment
Guests staying at Le Méridien are able to use the Heavenly Spa situated in the adjacent Westin Dubai hotel within the Mina Seyahi complex. The spa offers exclusive treatments created for Westin Hotels including a welcome ritual with aromatic oils, energy revitalisation and massage. Guests of Heavenly Spa by Westin must be at least 16 years of age to use the facility.
Special Needs
Communal Areas
There are a few areas within the hotel where there are steps, most notably there is one shallow step into the Lobby Lounge, adjoining Tang restaurant and the entrance to Waves which is also situated off the lobby area and there are no ramps in place at any of these locations. The exit to the garden at the rear of the hotel has two sets of steps at the terrace, these however, also have ramps which lead to the garden, beach and resort facilities. Access to the lobby restaurants could be made from here via their terraces.
Rooms & Bathrooms
There are two specially adapted Deluxe guest rooms at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai. The guest rooms connect to another Deluxe room and feature an adjustable closet rail, low level ironing board and safe. The modified bathrooms have a wide doorway, 5 grab rails, low level basin with free space below, faucet lever operated taps and low level shaving/makeup mirror. There is a telephone which connects to Reception, placed between the sink and open wheel in shower area which has a free standing shower seat.
Restaurants & Catering
The food and beverage outlets at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai are not without any problems for those who are physically challenged although access can be reached to most of these areas. Waves, the Lobby Lounge and adjoining Tang restaurant have one shallow step at the entrance, access to these can also be reached via the terrace. Both 'barasti' and Horizon in the hotels grounds have multi levels, some areas are only accessible by stairs however cuisine from these outlets can also be served either poolside or beach side. Guests with special dietary requirements should enquire at the time of ordering which dishes are suitable for them.
Recreation Facilities
Access to the terrace and the garden is reached by either steps or ramp to one side of the hotel. The meandering paths around the gardens are level and there is a path that leads almost to the waters edge of the beach. There are no special hoists, steps or gadgets available for entry to the pools. The Rock Pool has uneven steps with a rail. The gym, situated to the left of the property has a step at the gym Reception entrance.
Visual & Hearing Aids
There is no special equipment or measures in place for the hard of hearing or the partially sighted although Assistance Dogs are welcome. Guests should notify the hotel at the time of booking, if they wish to bring a registered working dog with them.
Staff Assistance
Staff are trained in first aid and are on hand to give assistance when necessary although they are not fully trained in certain aspects of care. The hotel has its own wheelchair for use in certain circumstances and a defibrillator.
Cranley Comment
The specially adapted Deluxe guest rooms at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai, although not huge, have been thought out carefully to offer guests with special needs wide access, low level hanging space and a bathroom with a wheel in shower. Many of the communal areas of the hotel are accessible by ramp, although not always at the main entrance of food and beverage outlets, with those in the resort and beach area also being on multi floors. The resorts gardens have wide level paths with access to the beach and almost to the waters edge. The paths cover the whole of the Mina Seyahi complex and allow access to the Westin beach and pool facilities, however there are steps into The Westin Dubai hotel itself. Guests who are partially sighted should note that neither the lift buttons nor the room numbers are raised or indented, those who travel with Assistance Dogs should notify the hotel at the time of booking their room.
Environment
Measures
Recycling
Energy Saving
Beach Cleaning
Minimise Cleaning Materials
Environmental Audits
Water Saving
Alternative Energy
Cranley Comment
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai has extensive energy saving, water saving, recycling and environmentally friendly and pollution policies in place. Low wattage and voltage fluorescent and LED’s are in place both internally and externally with computer aided systems that switch to low energy modus after hours. Guest rooms are key card operated with energy saving light switches and when balcony doors are left open the air conditioning is also programmed to switch off. BMS systems control chiller temperatures, lifts and booster pumps and sense low utilisation. Recycling of paper, glass and cooking oils is in place both front and back of house and staff computers have low power consumption screens which switch to low energy mode when not in use. The resorts golf carts are powered by electricity reducing carbon emissions. There is an on-site STP/Effluent plant which partially clarifies waste water so that it is suitable for irrigation purposes. The resorts swimming pools use an eco effective Salt Electrolysis system minimizing the use of chlorine. With an on- going environmental program presently in place, the hotel is currently looking at other eco improvements, including the advantages of utilizing solar power as an abundant energy source.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Dubai, Report Details
First Review - 15th September 2008
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