The first half of our trip was spent in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai.  Since our daughter was longing for a beach vacation, I opted for the JA Ocean View Hotel perfectly located next to the beach on The Walk, Jumeirah Beach – the city’s famous seaside promenade. Plus, it was close to the Dubai Mall, and the World’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa.
The JA Ocean View Hotel is a 25-floor, 4-star hotel with 342 rooms and suites all with balconies offering you sweeping views of the beautiful, and bustling Jumeirah Beach and promenade.  All rooms are also equipped with free wifi.  Upon entering the hotel for check-in, all of the staff was courteous and friendly.  The hotel was immaculately clean.  The décor was simple, yet elegant – white with hints of silver and turquoise to mimic its oceanic surroundings.
Our room, room 2411, was situated at the far right end of the 24th floor.   A large dark wood door opened up into a spacious room that included a comfy King bed, full-sized bath, large wardrobe, mini fridge, and floor-to-ceiling sliders that opened up to the balcony.
The balcony was one of our favorite parts of the room.  It offered views of the beach and promenade, the Jumeirah Palm, as well as the hotel grounds below including the temperature-controlled swimming pool deck that faces the Arabian Gulf.  Best of all, the balconies are super private. Our neighbors next door, above or below couldn’t see us nor could we see them. That’s a plus for couples traveling. .:wink wink:.  But, we were traveling as a family this time around.
When traveling with small children, two things are important, having a refrigerator and a
bathtub.  The JA Ocean View Hotel had both. The bathroom, in fact, was beautiful and clean, and was stocked with Elemis Spa products. It had a large deep tub that also doubled as a shower. There was a vanity large enough for both my husband and I to comfortably use
simultaneously.
Of course, there was a
toilet, and bidet.  There was also another apparatus to the right side of the toilet, akin to a showerhead that caught our attention.  Let me tell you, after using that thing, my husband and I are both planning on including one of those bad boys in our bathroom once we have it renovated.
With our reservation came free breakfast. The two days we stayed at the JA Ocean View Hotel we enjoyed the food served. There was an omelet and pancake station along with pre-made buffet items: turkey bacon, sausage, fruits, yogurt, dry cereal, and more.  Best of all, the location of the breakfast was on our floor, which made it easy for us to maneuver back and forth between our room with our temperamental four year old.
The JA Ocean View Hotel does offer room service, which we took advantage of on two occasions.  Both times it was to order warm milk for our daughter. In this instance, the term “warm” meant piping hot. Imagine dealing with a cranky toddler crying for milk they can’t drink. Oh and room service is slooow! We didn’t complain, but if you’re looking for something quick, I suggest venturing outside to one of the many restaurants in the area, and there’s a Boots pharmacy nearby as well.
The JA Ocean View Hotel has a spa onsite: Calm Spa and Salon (read review here).  Their health club has modern fitness equipment, a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. On our last day of our stay, my husband surprised me with a one-hour aromatherapy massage session at the spa while he tended to our daughter. It was a much needed thoughtful gesture that helped end my stay at the hotel on a good note.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the JA Ocean View Hotel.  If you’re looking for a luxury hotel, that’s clean, beautiful with friendly staff to match, and has beach and sea views I’d suggest checking out the JA Ocean View. That is, of course, if you don’t mind being in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle of life in Dubai.
The Walk, Al Mamsha Street, 27
Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence,
Dubai 26500, United Arab Emirates
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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.