Last summer, Max took me on a trip of a lifetime to Dubai. We stayed in The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, a luxurious 5* hotel. In July 2017 we jetted off to the land of towering skyscrapers and fast cars. This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, so I wanted to share my experience with you all. Continue reading for my Westin Dubai hotel review.
Dubai had been on my bucket list for a long time. The rapid growth of this glamorous city out of the desert fascinated me. As an admirer of luxury hotels and restaurants, I had to go and see it all with my own eyes.
When it comes to beautiful hotels there are certainly no shortages of those in Dubai. There are infinite amounts of luxury accommodations that offer elegant dining, stunning suites and indulgent services.
Max and I stayed in The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, an exquisite 5* hotel located in a serene setting on Jumeirah Beach, with exceptional views over the Arabian Gulf. The Westin offers 9 unique restaurants and bars, representing an enormous range of cuisines. Hotel guests of The Westin can also use the shared facilities in the sister hotel, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi (located next door).
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is in a prime location, it’s central to all of the main attractions. It took 5 minutes to drive to Dubai Marina, 15 minutes to Atlantis, The Palm, 10 minutes to Burj Al Arab, 15 minutes to the Mall of The Emirates and 20 minutes to the Burj Khalifa. The hotel is also very close to public transport links, however, we only used taxi’s during our stay.
As we pulled up to The Westin’s grand entrance, it felt like we were entering an Arabian palace. The hotel staff greeted us with a cold towel and fresh juice and led us in to the extravagant lobby to check in.
The hotel is quite large, with a total of 292 rooms and suites. We stayed in a Deluxe Room, which was so spacious and comfortable. We had a large bathroom, featuring a separate bath and shower, a huge bed and a balcony. The rooms blend classical and contemporary interiors seamlessly, with high ceilings and modern furnishings. Each room comes with a Westin Heavenly Bed (the comfiest bed ever), Nespresso machines and huge plasma televisions, the perfect spot for a bit of relaxation.
The resort is huge, there are 6 pools to choose from including a lanes pool, lagoon-style pool and children’s pools. The Westin also has 400m of private beach, exclusively for hotel guests. We really were spoilt for choice when deciding our sunbeds for the day. However, we often found ourselves located at the pool bar with frozen strawberry daiquiris (essential in the Dubai heat).
The Westin offers plenty of fitness activities too, with tennis courts, a gym and its own water sports centre offering motorised and non-motorised water sports.
We opted for the half-board dining option throughout our stay. We were given a certain amount of credits to spend at the restaurants, which went a long way. The half board option was a great way to save money and experience the restaurants on offer at The Westin.
We chose the buffet breakfast in Blue Orange every day, which was phenomenal. They had every type of food you could possibly imagine. The quality and variety of food was unbeatable. We then had lunch or dinner at the hotel depending on our plans for the day.
One of my personal favourites was Bussola, an authentic Italian eatery offering a traditional menu with a twist. Bussola offered a formal dining experience in the downstairs restaurant or a more casual setting in the upper deck pizzeria. Bussola also has the best seat in the house to watch the sunset over the gulf. We loved it so much, we visited multiple times throughout our trip.
Another fabulous restaurant we visited at The Westin was Spice Emporium, offering Thai fine-dining. The menu included a variety of curries, salads and traditional dishes soaked in the dynamic flavours of Thailand. The food was exceptionally flavoursome, it was a culinary experience.
On our last evening we had dinner in Hunters Room & Grill, one of the most highly regarded Steakhouses in Dubai. With an ultra-stylish interior, an open-view kitchen and enviable wine cellar, we were transported to South Africa. When we were seated, the waiter brought us a bread basket selection with butter and a 10 different types of salt. I am a huge bread basket lover, so I was totally obsessed with this. Max and I chose the Chateaubriand to share and we were not disappointed. I would go as far as saying it was the best steak I have ever eaten.
One afternoon we decided to venture over to Barasti Beach Bar on the Le Meridien complex for lunch. We had previously heard about Barasti for its large outdoor seating area with Dubai’s best live sport big screen, therefore we had to visit. The food and cocktails on offer at Barasti were delicious! They also have live music throughout the week, it’s certainly a place to visit. If you don’t want the fun to stop, you can stay and party at Barasti until the early hours of the morning.
The Westin is also home to the award-winning all-inclusive Bubbalicious brunch every Friday. Not only was there great food and drink available, there was an amazing range of entertainment including a band, performers and a petting zoo. If you are in Dubai on a Friday, the Bubbalicious brunch is a must.
One of my favourite spots in the hotel was The Sandbar, a beautiful bar and lounge area on the beach. The Sandbar offers a relaxing beachfront ambience. The selection of oversized bean bags, swing chairs and hammocks allows you to soak in the beautiful views of the Arabian gulf and enjoy a delicious cocktail from the comfort of your bean bag. The Sandbar is the place to be to watch the sun set over The Palm and the sky turn orange.
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina was a great place to stay in Dubai. From the delicious food, to the beautiful vistas, amazing facilities and the exceptional customer service, we could not fault The Westin. I would highly recommend anyone to visit.
Look out for my next post, The Ultimate Guide to Dubai. I will be sharing all of my tips on where to eat, drink and explore around Dubai.
To read more on luxury hotels, check out my recent post on our trip to Monte Carlo.
Thank you for reading The Westin Dubai hotel review.
The Blonde Sunchaser x