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A look at what $25,000 a night gets you at One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai

Nov. 20, 2020
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A look at what $25,000 a night gets you at One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai
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There's no better feeling than scoring a sweet suite upgrade.

Most major hotel chains offer their top-tier elite members complimentary upgrades to suites, pending availability. But there's a limit to these upgrades — you'll typically find yourself in a junior or one-bedroom suite.

There are plenty of points properties in Dubai, many of which offer luxurious and spacious standard and suite accommodations. For most people checking out the city for a few nights, that's more than enough.

But for a select few, a standard suite doesn't cut it. Whether you're after the utmost privacy or you looking for as much personal space as possible, there are a handful of super-premium rooms in the desert city.

One of them — the beach garden villa at One&Only Royal Mirage — is more than a premium suite. It's a 3,300 square-foot private beachside sanctuary within the megapolis. With nightly rates hovering around $25,000, it's fit for a prince. And with the typical stay ranging from six to eight weeks, most villa guests rack up a bill north of a million dollars.

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But you don't need to be a millionaire to check it out — just take a look at the video tour below and keep reading for more about this uber-luxurious space that I visited as a guest of the hotel.

As you'd expect, the villa is located far away from the main resort area. It has a dedicated multi-car driveway just past a private security booth.

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

In addition to the lush and perfectly manicured gardens, you'll find two Club Car golf carts parked under a shaded terrace, with chauffeurs ready to whisk you off to other areas of the resort at your beck and call. Speaking of which, as a villa guest, you're entitled to priority restaurant and spa reservations during your stay.

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But let's go inside.

As you open the double doors, the first thing you'll notice is the marble-lined hallway leading to the living room and private plunge pool.

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

If you take a left instead, you'll be in the blue-accented master bedroom, designed with traditional Arabian motifs throughout. The king-bedded room has a TV, plenty of seating and, my personal favorite, a private indoor terrace overlooking the pool.

The terrace is yours to customize. When I visited, there was a small gym set up with a treadmill and some free weights. Rest assured that your personal butler will happily arrange to have the equipment swapped with whatever you'd prefer. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to ask if One&Only could source a Peloton in Dubai.

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

The ensuite bathroom features a double vanity, indoor and outdoor shower, freestanding soaking tub and massive walk-in closet.

As you walk out of the bedroom, there's a small business center with a printer and desk. There's also a half-bathroom with crystal-plated faucets across from the workstation.

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

If you continue down the hallway, you'll find yourself in the second master bedroom. This one is decked out with green accents and a glittering chandelier.

Just like the main master bedroom, there's a private terrace here too. This one was clearly designed for a pandemic-era stay when schools are closed — there was a small kids' play area with plenty of educational toys. But if you left the kids at home, you could ask to convert this space into a yoga retreat or library.

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

The second main bathroom also has a double vanity, freestanding soaking tub, shower and separate toilet. Instead of an outdoor rainfall shower like in the master, this bathroom sports a private hammam steam room with space for two. As such, One&Only offers its villa guests access to a private massage therapist 24/7.

The rest of the villa is designed as a common space.

There's an eight-seat oak wood dining table, perfect for entertaining. The resort is happy to provide a range of catering options depending on the occasion.

The hallway continues to the living room, which features a velvet sofa, some freestanding chairs and a television.

Dubai can get really hot in the summer. Thankfully, you're just steps away from a private pool. When you rent the villa, you're in control of the pool's temperature — too hot or too cold, just ask for an adjustment.

The expansive terrace features a sparkling blue pool, as well as covered day beds and table, hammocks and chaise loungers.

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

No matter the outdoor temperature, you won't forget that you're in Dubai. Take a look back at your villa and you'll see the Marina downtown area in the distance.

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

If you're ever feeling confined to your villa, the resort itself features four pools. There's even a gazebo reserved for you at the main pool throughout your stay.

If you prefer the sand, you'll be pleased to learn that your backyard opens to a nearly mile-long stretch of beach reserved for resort guests.

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

And when it comes time to eat, you can dine in your dining room — or feast at one of the 16 restaurants spread throughout the property.

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

Now that you've seen what $25,000 a night gets you in Dubai, it's time to ask for a credit limit increase on your Chase Sapphire Reserve® — or just hope for an extra special upgrade during your next stay at One&Only Royal Mirage.

All photos by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

Note: The author was staying at the hotel on a discounted/free rate given by the public relations team.

Featured image by Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023