The Rooftop Terrace and Spots Lounge – One & Only Royal Mirage
“The Rooftop & Sports Lounge is the resort’s most dramatic outdoor evening venue, where the sky is the ceiling…The mood is chilled out, a laid back atmosphere that continues as guests climb the stairs and relax around the central dome under the stars. The abundance of embroidered cushions and candlelight creates warmth and intimacy in the magical, musical Majlis serving cocktails and oriental Mezzehs late into the night…” this is what the official website states about the Rooftop bar, located in the Arabian Court of the One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai. And guess what – it is absolutely true!
The city of Dubai is known as a hub for business, travelers, pleasure and “the place to be”. Dubai and it’s vibrant life brings allows you to meet new people and expats everyday and brings back together old friends, after travelling around the World for many years. One of these expats and old friends is Isabella, who recently moved to Dubai and celebrated a reunion with Servicexcellence after 3 years of living in different countries. To celebrate this occasion and cheer to the first successful month of living in Dubai as a happy expat, we invited Isabella to the Rooftop Terrance and Sports Lounge last night. We wanted to impress her with stunning views, chilled cocktails and the amazing and unique Arabic hospitality that Dubai, and especially the One & Only has to offer, and met her at the resort just before sunset.
When we arrived at the Rooftop Lounge, we found ourselves to be the only guests, but did not mind a bit of privacy at all. On arrival, we were greeted friendly and welcomed with arms wide open. It seemed like that the service staff was happy to finally welcome the first guests of the night. And for a long time, we remained very private and had their full attention.
We took a seat on one of the high tables, overlooking the resort and glancing over the Palm. It was early, the sun was shining bright and it took more than an hour for it to slowly start setting down. We could feel the heat and even though we sat in an open air space, the sea breeze did not reach the rooftop at all. The chilled drinks and the freshly made mint sauce that was served with cucumber cuts, were refreshing and exactly what we needed.
The service was just as great as the view. A young, Indian gentleman served us right from the beginning, recommended us which cocktail to choose and spoiled us with spicy nuts and fresh vegetables. He kept on checking on us and made sure that we had what we needed – at all times. Only when we left, we found out that the bar’s manager had been there the entire time as well, but did not acknowledge us at all. Even when we left she did not look at us or wished us a farewell. We did not mind all at, as Mr. S was super friendly, attentive and went beyond his duty of taking good care of us. He threw some jokes, he made us smile and made us think back of our short sun-downer-visit with memorable experiences to share.
We will definitely be back one day, but the next time we come with a whole group of friends to make the place more lively and choose a day of the year, when the temperature falls below 30*C in the evening.