Thailand’s Centara Resorts & Resorts group opened its first outpost within the UAE in October, with Centara Mirage Seashore Resort Dubai occupying pleasure of place alongside Nakheel’s Deira Islands waterfront metropolis mission.
Because the third Centara Mirage (a model recognized for its uber-family-friendly choices) property globally, it follows the group’s Misplaced World-themed resort in Pattaya and the Explorer’s Playground-themed property in Vietnam.
With that in thoughts and a toddler in tow, we set off to find what child-friendly staycations on the resort seem like.
Regardless of the sultry summer season weekend on which we go to, the foyer is packed to the brim. And that’s saying one thing, because the area is well one of many largest lodge reception areas that I’ve seen, with dozens of plush couches, a foyer bar, and a large passageway resulting in the reward store, lifts and spa.
Effectively, there are a number of check-in counters all alongside the hall, that are staffed when issues get busy. Not so conveniently, after standing in a queue for quarter-hour, we’re knowledgeable it is for giant teams solely.
When our flip to check-in lastly arrives, the receptionist has us on our method in below 5 minutes, armed with a QR-code-studded handbook to assist with spa bookings and restaurant reservations.
Centara is on the brand new Deira Islands growth, a waterfront metropolis off the coast of Dubai. Should you really feel the necessity to step out of the premises, Souk Al Marfa and the Waterfront Market are solely a stone’s throw away.
Globally, the resort has applied Centara Full Care, a programme developed in collaboration with Ecolab and Swiss certification firm SGS. A crew of hygiene and high quality managers monitor the 12-pronged motion plan, which follows pointers set by the WHO, World Journey & Tourism Council and native well being authorities in all six nations the Centara model is current.
We keep within the Mirage junior suite, a spacious room with a wraparound balcony, double mattress and a bunk mattress. Different room choices include a double mattress, two double beds with or with out bunks and a two-bedroom suite with three double beds. The resort is sizeable, with 607 rooms and suites in complete.
The junior suite has a well-appointed format with loads of open area for youngsters to bounce round in, with a sofa, baggage rack and cabinet discreetly tucked away in their very own corners.
The double mattress is lush with out being squishy-soft and is huge sufficient to sleep three, lest the toddler decides tonight is the evening she completely “should sleep between mommy and dada”.
The lavatory’s not huge, however segregates the bathroom from the washing space with a frosted glass door. It’s stocked with Purple Lotus merchandise, whereas another room classes provide Natural Essences.
The balcony is an actual spotlight, and affords views of the seashore, myriad swimming pools, water slides and the lazy river that snakes across the property. It’s a contented sight.
There’s so much to unpack right here, however the spotlight of this property is its swim-tastic choices. A lagoon-shaped household pool is open to all whereas the heated spa pool is for these ages 16 and above. A 3rd pool on the seashore is supplied with an extended line of inflatables for individuals who fancy a exercise within the water, after which there’s the ocean, after all.
Three waterslides, yet one more than enjoyable than the following, are poised above their very own little pool, whereas little ones can toddle about in a shaded splash pad with a mini slide, fountain spouts, misty tunnel, water weapons and a great deal of different aquapark options set in only some inches of water. A lazy river wraps round all of those, full with single and double floats, and several other merriment-inducing “waterfalls” alongside the circuit.
Whereas the pool enviornment faces west, if it is nonetheless too scorching within the afternoon, ship the youngsters to the tender play space or arcade-style video games room, whilst you make a beeline for Spa Cenvaree.
That stated, there’s loads for adults to do within the arcade (I stay the undisputed air hockey champion within the household) and for youths to take pleasure in of their devoted candy-themed spa.
The grownup spa focuses on conventional Thai therapeutic, and affords therapies equivalent to Tok Sen (which entails the masseuse tock-tocking away in your physique with a wood hammer); Signature Salt Pot Muscle Melter therapeutic massage (which entails steamed clay pots full of coarse salt and medicinal herbs being gently rolled over the physique); and Thai Warrior (which is part-massage, part-deep stretch and completely loosening). All of those value Dh680 for 2 hours.
The kids’s spa affords therapies equivalent to Rapunzel hair braiding, face portray and nail artwork (Dh250 for 90 minutes); Strawberry Shortcake physique therapeutic massage (Dh150 for 45 minutes); and Celebrity mini facial, hand and foot therapeutic massage (Dh250 for 90 minutes).
The resort additionally organises day by day actions for little ones, together with a seashore disco, film evening and firework shows.
Nonetheless you select to combine and match your actions, one factor’s virtually for sure: your kids will slumber soundly all evening.
There are not any fewer than six eating places at Centara, most of which function on a buffet system: Suan Bua and Mirage Household Lounge primarily serve Thai dishes, and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for these on the all-inclusive package deal; Sheesh does Lebanese fare; Uno Mas is a European restaurant; and the poolside Sands and Waves serve snacks and barbecue.
Of the varied dishes we sampled throughout our two-night keep, listed below are just a few highlights: the purple and yellow curries and basil noodles at Suan Bua’s lunch buffet are masterful, as is the fish tagine at Sheesh’s Lebanese dinner buffet. Sands does a imply Hawaiian pizza and Caesar salad off its a la carte menu, and a creamy pasta alfredo (in style with the little ones) at its night buffet. The creme brulee at Uno Mas is moreish, however the set menu total is nothing to put in writing residence about (extra on this under).
Highs and lows
The myriad swimming pools are the USP of this resort.
Whereas everybody can get into the principle “household pool”, it by no means feels overly crowded as some toddlers spend the day within the shaded water park, whereas older kids enjoyment of burning their vitality on the water slides, as others bob about within the lazy river.
There are many eating places to satiate your style buds after a full day of watery enjoyable , however the set menu at Uno Mas (the one possibility when you take the all-inclusive package deal) leaves a lot to be desired. It’s bereft of choices in comparison with the luxurious restaurant’s a la carte menu, and those supplied (amongst them a shellfish soup, steak and chocolate pastry) are common at greatest.
Keep away from the couple’s remedy room within the spa if even considered one of you is getting the hammer-heavy Tok Sen therapeutic massage, which sounds to the opposite like incessant building work — not fairly very best for rest. That is undoubtedly one for households with kids, until you don’t thoughts being round hopped-up-on-chlorine tots.
Have little one, will revisit — come fog or sunshine.
The underside line
Rooms at Centara Mirage Seashore Resort Dubai begin at Dh499, together with breakfast for 2 adults, however excluding tax. As much as two kids can keep and dine without spending a dime. Charges for the Mirage junior suite reviewed right here begin from Dh1,144, per evening, together with taxes. Test-in is from 3pm and check-out is at midday, however the resort tries to be versatile the place potential; www.centarahotelsresorts.com
This evaluation was performed on the invitation of the lodge throughout the international coronavirus pandemic. It displays lodge requirements throughout this time, providers might change sooner or later.
Up to date: July 24, 2022, 4:25 AM