Luxury is no mirage

Royal Mirage brings alive magic of Arabia.

The Royal Mirage Resort in Dubai which recently announced a major Dh275 million ($74.8 million) expansion, will be taking part in the Dubai Summer Surprises for the first time this year.

Considered one of the most stylish resorts in the region, Royal Mirage is offering special rates from Dh500 per night for a deluxe room during the promotional period.

Two children under 12 years can stay free when sharing parents' accommodation, the hotel says.

The rate includes complimentary shuttles to Wild Wadi and city centre shopping malls.

For GCC and Middle East residents the resort offers a special 'Dubai for free promotion' under which guests can stay four nights while paying for three between June 20 and August 30 - subject to room allocation and availability.

The resort is also offering a summer conference package 'Meet in Style'. The package includes overnight stay, conference rooms, refreshments - and all support materials and equipment necessary for the meeting.

The resort announced two additions to its already distinctive Palace at the recent Arabian Travel Market under the $75 million expansion.

The addition of The Arabian Court and the Residence and Spa, which will pay tribute to Arabic architecture and hospitality, promises to provide guests a deeper experience of the 'magic of Arabia'.

The Arabian Court has been designed as an ancient dwelling disguised behind a sheltered oasis, projecting beauty and tranquillity.

Crafted in the spirit of the orient with dramatic Arabian architecture, the 162 guest rooms and 10 suites are located within a landscape of fountains, walkways and lush gardens each overlooking the sea from their private balcony or terrace.

The three restaurants and lounges feature the grand kitchens of the past to a modern voyage through the Near East and beyond.

Guests of the ornate Residence and Spa will be pampered by a selected, dedicated team, within three Royal Villas, 18 suites and 32 deluxe rooms where prosperity and seclusion abound in this elegant haven.

Spacious and created with the finest detailing, each is sea facing with the villas housing a private garden and swimming pool.

The dramatic Hammam & Spa is reminiscent of the great buildings of the traditional Arabia with towering domes, carved arches and intricate design.

The Spa will be the first run by Givenchy in the Middle East encompassing 12 private treatment rooms, private consultation, organic juice bar and Givenchy Boutique.

The two new properties are on schedule to open on December 15 to join the existing 250-room Royal Mirage Palace.