The home of the (in)famous beach bar – Barasti – Le Méridien hotel guests can actually make the most of two beachside gems, as they are also allowed to use the facilities of sister hotel The Westin right next door. Guestrooms are pleasant enough, if a bit dated, but try and book a sea-facing Club Room – on top of a better view, it’s worth the extra as you’ll get complimentary airport transfers and DVD rentals thrown in, along with free buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktail hours in the Le Méridien Club Lounge. The hotel has a prime location on a decent stretch of beach and the kids’ club here is excellent with a full range of activities. Weekends at Barasti can be especially raucous, so if you’re travelling with your family, request a room as far away from the noise as possible or you’ll be awake listening to revellers right up until the early hours of the morning. Shake it off by tucking into the fantastic Waves breakfast spread before everyone else and then letting off some steam at an aqua aerobics class, before retiring to the beach to lie under a palm tree.
The essentials • Make the most of the watersports centre, 1,200-metre private beach and five swimming pools. Work out at the Club Mina Gym or just unwind at the Heavenly Spa.
• The complimentary Penguin Club for children is available seven days a week and babysitters can be hired to look after kids under four.
• The Waves brasserie is open 24/7, the elegant Lobby Lounge is ideal for light snacks and the Opera Italian restaurant serves up classic dishes.
• Barasti is ideal for sundowners but you can also have a drink at the swim-up bar in the Horizon pool.
• Le Méridien is near to Jumeirah Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina Mall, and Dubai Media City.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina