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Today: Top 10 best luxury hotels in Dubai
Between its gravity-defying skyscrapers and stunning desert landscape, Dubai is a dazzling metropolis, blending past and present to electrifying effect and offering something for everyone. You can splurge on a shopping spree at Dubai Mall, the world’s second largest shopping mall, encompassing an aquarium, ice rink, and the Dubai Fountain, or bargain for gold in the Gold Souk, a traditional market composed of over 300 gold merchants. You can gaze over the city’s skyline from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on earth, and explore Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago featuring a waterpark and dolphin habitat. Or you can escape the heat at Ski Dubai indoor ski resort or bask in the sunshine on Dubai’s beaches. Synonymous with world-class hotels and resorts, this must-visit city is also a luxury traveler’s dream. Here’s my round-up of the 10 best luxury hotels in Dubai.
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10. ATLANTIS THE PALM DUBAI
This dynamic property is rising in Dubai from the coastline of the largest man-made island in the world, the Palm Island. Positioned as the flagship property it is, Atlantis The Palm is situated at the apex of the Palm Island’s outer crescent, surrounded by the beautifully tranquil sea of the Arabian Gulf. The palatial hotel is one of Dubai’s most impressive resorts, part blockbuster luxury hotel (more than 1,500 rooms and suites!), part aquatic wonderland. The resort has some of the most elegant hotel rooms in Dubai, designed to immerse guests in absolute comfort and unparalleled luxury. The hotel’s underwater suites have breathtaking underwater views, including the “ancient” ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis and its 65,000 marine inhabitants. Families will love the hotel’s Aquaventure Waterpark, where they can discover an underwater world at The Lost Chambers Aquarium or meet the incredible marine mammals at Dolphin Bay and Sea Lion Point.
- Hotel website: Atlantis The Palm Dubai
- Other accolades: Atlantis The Palm Dubai also features in my top 10 lists of the best underwater hotels in the world, the world’s best hotel breakfasts, and the best family hotels in the world.
9. PARK HYATT DUBAI
Located in Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club on the banks of the majestic Dubai Creek, Park Hyatt Dubai provides an idyllic setting for a luxury getaway. This 5 star resort offers 223 luxury rooms including 34 suites, all of which offer stunning views overlooking the Dubai Creek and marina. The hotel’s award-winning dining venues offer the finest in Western, Thai and French cuisines. With floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-fired ovens and theatre kitchens, the hotel brings excitement and style to dining, both indoor and al fresco. As a premium Dubai city resort, the property also offers its guests a number of exciting activities such as Seawings, the aerial seaplane taking off of Dubai Creek and an 18-hole, par-71 championship course that rolls into thousands of undulating yards, or pampering spa treatments at the luxury Amara Spa, one of the finest Dubai spas.
- Hotel website: Park Hyatt Dubai
- Travel tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking Park Hyatt Dubai via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
8. JUMEIRAH AL QASR
Al Qasr means ‘The Palace’ – and this hotel truly is the jewel in the crown of Madinat Jumeirah (or ‘city of Jumeirah’). Designed in the style of a Sheikh’s summer residence, the hotel replicates traditional royal architecture, coupled with luxurious modernity throughout. Approached along a tree-lined avenue, adorned with beautifully sculpted Arabian horses, the hotel itself will take your breath away. The design of 292 rooms is a tribute to the age-old architectural styles of Arabia. As part of the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Al Qasr offers all the facilities and activities of the wider resort, with traditional wooden abra boats transporting guests to more than 40 world-class restaurants and bars. The resort boasts a re-creation of an ancient market, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, with 70-plus boutiques and galleries, a mile-long private stretch of beach, watersports, 19 indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and complimentary access to Wild Wadi Water Park.
- Hotel website: Jumeirah Al Qasr
- Travel tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking Jumeirah Al Qasr via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, a bottle of wine in room on arrival, one dinner for two, and one 60 min massage for two).
7. FOUR SEASONS DUBAI AT JUMEIRAH BEACH
Bringing fresh, sophisticated style to dynamic Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach captures the city’s energy and excitement in a glamorous beach resort. Boasting a palatial lobby, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out onto the beautiful gardens and Arabian Gulf, the property is an oasis nestled into the heart of the exclusive Jumeirah area. With polished marble and custom Murano chandeliers, it exudes luxury with understated elegance. The 237 spacious accommodations – including 49 suites – offer views of the Arabian Gulf on one side and Burj Khalifa and the downtown skyline on the other. Three pools, watersports and many shopping and dining outlets provide plenty of activities to occupy all.
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
- Travel tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).
6. RAFFLES THE PALM DUBAI
Inspired by palaces of continental Europe, Raffles The Palm Dubai -formerly known as the Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai – is a five-star luxury beach resort dedicated to the finest elements of life. Guests are welcome to immerse in an elegantly curated stay, dining and leisure experiences at this landmark destination on Palm Jumeirah, and discover Dubai’s iconic palace by the sea. Each of the spacious rooms and suites is embellished with hand-crafted Italian touches and offset by carefully selected amenities to complete the atmosphere of elegance. The refinement is complemented by exceptional leisure facilities, such as a private beach and lagoon pool, five culinary experiences including a Japanese restaurant as well as one of the largest wellness center – Cinq Mondes Spa – with 23 treatment rooms.
- Hotel website: Raffles The Palm Dubai
5. ONE&ONLY THE PALM
Chic and glamorous, One&Only The Palm is an exquisite low-rise boutique oasis located on the lush, landscaped private peninsula of the Palm Island crescent. Blending Moorish and Andalusian architecture with contemporary chic interiors, the property consists of 90 rooms and four exclusive beachfront villas. At One&Only The Palm, you can hide away from the everyday and soak up the sun beside shimmering pools and the private, white-sand beach; capture the calm of the day in the Guerlain Spa, set amidst ponds, fountains and open courtyards; and tantalize your palate with an enviable selection of bars and restaurants under the culinary guidance of three-Michelin-stars Chef Yannick Alléno. Across the water is One&Only Royal Mirage, the property’s equally stunning sister resort, where the world’s most discerning travelers are also assured of a warm welcome, understated luxury and discreet, attentive service.
- Hotel website: One&Only The Palm
- Travel tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking One&Only The Palm and/or One&Only Royal Mirage via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and one dinner for two).
4. ARMANI HOTEL DUBAI
The Armani Hotel Dubai is located within Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, and part of a mixed use development consisting of 160 rooms and 144 residences. The downtown hotel is up to the 8th floor and then 38th and 39th floors, and the residences occupy levels 9 to 16 of the Burj Khalifa Tower. The property is suave and understated, with each design detail personally chosen by Giorgio Armani himself. Behind guestroom doors, understated elegance reigns: walls are adorned with handmade leather from Florence, floors covered with Japanese tatami, and bathrooms clad in gray stones from Alicante, Spain, all blending seamlessly with the clean, curved lines of the tower’s architecture. The elegant Armani/SPA tailors every experience to each guest and features a lovely outdoor pool wrapping around one of Burj Khalifa’s corners. The hotel’s dining venues serve Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese and Indian cuisine.
- Hotel website: Armani Hotel Dubai
- Other accolades: Armani Hotel Dubai features in my top 10 lists of the world’s best city hotels and best hotels owned by celebrities.
- Travel tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking Armani Hotel Dubai via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, one lunch or dinner for two, and $35 USD spa credit).
- Review: read my review of Armani Hotel Dubai here.
3. BURJ AL ARAB
The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, a glittering architectural marvel in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, is more than just a stunning hotel, it is an emblem of modern Dubai, a world-famous icon, and a symbol of extreme wealth, hence making the resort very popular among the rich and famous. Still the only (self-proclaimed) 7 star super luxury hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab offers oversized suite-only accommodation, with each suite composed of two floors that are connected by a marble staircase. Here, you can soothe your soul in a spa-like bathroom with Jacuzzi, mosaic floor, and full-size Hermes products. The opulent lobby, dotted with huge golden columns, leads to several boutiques and exquisite restaurants. The property also features a spectacular outdoor deck area, floating above the sea, which includes two pools, a restaurant and a bar.
- Hotel website: Burj Al Arab
- Other accolades: Burj Al Arab also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most instagrammable hotels, the world’s most amazing hotel lobbies, the world’s most outrageous, over-the-top hotel experiences, the world’s most expensive hotels, the world’s best hotel redemptions, and hotels with private helipads.
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking Burj Al Arab via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and a 50 min massage for two).
2. THE BVLGARI RESORT DUBAI
- Hotel website: The Bvlgari Resort Dubai
- Travel tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking Bulgari Resort Dubai via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).
1. AL MAHA, A LUXURY COLLECTION DESERT RESORT & SPA
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, is nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve where desert wildlife abounds. Offering secluded tranquility and iconic vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif, the property showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins and also offers a sense of desert adventure. Offering unsurpassed luxury, the suites – reminiscent of Bedouin tents – are faced far apart and blend gently into the desert. Beautifully furnished with a unique collection of authentic Arabian artifacts and antiquities, all suites boast private pools with spectacular views of the desert and its wildlife (gazelles & Arabian oryx). A stay at Al Maha includes all meals and two activities per night’s stay (choose from a camel ride with sundowners, archery, nature walks and more).
- Hotel website: Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
- Other accolades: Al Maha Desort Resort also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s best desert retreats, hotel rooms with a spectacular view and the world’s most luxurious glamping sites.
- Travel tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking Al Maha Desert Resort via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
- Review: read my review of Al Maha Desort Resort here.
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Top notch video for the Armani Dubai Hotel, and for the entire review of Dubai’s luxury hotels in general. I am inspired to visit again Dubai, as I last visited in 1990 and 1991. Obviously, much has changed since then. I do offer one critique, though. At approximately 14:15, you capture yourself in the video as you pass the mirror in your hotel room. It’s a cinematography faux pas that is best avoided and detracts from the otherwise professionalism of your videos. Regardless, this video truly makes me want to return tot he Near East soon.
Also, if it ever possible to review the luxury hotels of Seoul, South Korea, or the Business/First Class seating of Korean Air, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you again for a wonderful video.
Curious if you had any thoughts about the Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort?
Dubai is a place which never fails to amaze the peoples across the world. I have a plan to visit Dubai can you suggest me some budgeted hotel which can afford by me.
Very Nice Blog! This article describes the best places to travel if you planing in 2020 and we would love to visit some of these next years. keep sharing this stuff, please!
very nice blog to say about the Dubai hostel and if you visit Desert safari dubai so join us
Just amazing — i go with 3. BURJ AL ARAB
Dubai is one of my most favourite places to visit and I am really glad to read all the details given in this article which I wasn’t aware of. Thanks!
Dubai is always the the best tourist place in the world. You have shared very informational details in this article. Thanks a Lot.
These are the best luxury hotels in dubai. Given the Best Information for all
AL MAHA is one the best hotel in Dubai.
It’s very helpful content thanks for sharing, I have a plan to visit Dubai & i have booked H hotel Dubai, Because i can see it’s a five-star hotel in dubai and in this hotel all services are available like jym, spa, bar, swimming, dining, and wedding events.
H Hotel Dubai
Dubai is one of the paradise on the earth.
In a world where one can choose to go or not go to a certain destination, this is one of them that I would pass!! Not that it isn’t beautiful but it isn’t a place for me to visit.
You hit the nail on the head by listing the Jumeirah Al Qsar! I loved staying there. The Friday brunch was superb! I’d also recommend Grosvenor House on the Marina..
Been this year in Al maha and Armani .
Al maha- old, bad management, bad service, very local service, like a 2 star hotel .
Armani- BEST ! Amazing design, service, food! Unbelievable good!
Our personal preference would be The Palace at One and Only Royal Mirage. The service, the architecture, the space on the beach, and the choice and standard of restaurants are excellent. But Al Maha was also excellent when we stayed. The Four Seasons Jumeirah, One and Only The Palm, and The Burj are also worthy of my top 5. What are your views on The Palace?
Just returned from Grosvenor House and what a lovely place. The staff there really made our stay. The Club Lounge is a nice place to relax with drinks and nibble. We have also stayed at The Four Seasons and The Park Hyatt. The service at Grosvenor House topped them both. Facilities at The Four Seasons are great, but the service was not up to the legendary status the brand is known for.
What about Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah?
Dubai never fails to amaze! Anyone that wants to visit and experience Dubai, Burj Al Arab is definitely a good choice. Thank you for sharing!
Dubai is the tourist place for the move and also for the adventure
Ive been to Dubai four times now four times now and every single time I’ve stayed in a Grosvenor House residence, its my favoured hotel in the world, it does not break the bank, is in a great location and the food is simply amazing. It is Marriott so the sister hotel (Royal Meridian) is also accessible, where you have a private beach and even more resteraunts, definitely a place to check out: it is higher rated on Tripadvisor than these hotels also!