Discover the mystique of Dubai's soaring city skylines, desert expanses and kaleidoscopic souks at these jaw-dropping hotels - must-visits for the discerning luxury traveller.
Based near the Downtown area of Dubai yet right on Jumeirah Beach, Four Seasons Resort Dubai offers the best of both worlds. Escape the heat on an exclusive personal shopping experience where luxury transfers chauffeur you to your chosen mall - either Bloomingdale’s at Dubai Mall or Harvey Nichols at Mall of the Emirates - where you will meet your dedicated personal shopping consultant. The experience also includes pampering time, a transformative makeover from a professional makeup artist and post-shopping afternoon tea for two.Take me there
There is no mistaking the iconic silhouette of the sail-shaped Burj al Arab; offering unrivalled service, private beach access and some of the finest dining venues, there’s no mistaking why it is repeatedly voted one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Visitors can arrive by helicopter experiencing a striking birds-eye view of the city before unwinding at the terrace in one of two impressive pools or in a cabana. Be sure to enjoy a drink at the Skyview Bar perched 200 metres above the city.
The wave-like design, synonymous with the Dubai skyline is strikingly memorable and ensures each room boasts a sea view. A mind-blowing array of amenities include swimming programmes, yacht cruises and the Talise climbing wall. Embark on a gourmet journey through the resort’s 21 bars and restaurants sampling a variety of cuisine such as Mediterranean and Latin American delights. Beside the main resort yet tucked away in attractive gardens, is Beit Al Bahar, meaning ‘house of the sea’, a collection of beautifully appointed luxury villas styled after an Arabian village.
Set in a peaceful corner of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, away from the hustle of buzzing Downtown Dubai, the resort offers a more lo-fi alternative to the city’s glitzy skyscrapers. If you’re after a unique experience, take a camel caravan to the dunes of Margham for sand-skiing, or ask the concierge to arrange an an overnight safari, sleeping under the stars.
Those seeking an intimate, tranquil setting should consider a stay at Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf. Accessible by scenic waterways, the traditional two-storey summer houses inspired by old Arabia come complete with 24-hour butler service to cater for your every need. Sip sundowners at the courtyard of the summer house, the perfect private spot for pre-dinner drinks before taking a traditional abra boat to Pai Thai, the resort’s romantic Thai restaurant. Indulge in specialities such as sundried crispy beef at this sublime alfresco spot.
The latest addition to the Madinat Jumeirah complex sits in an enviable position on an endless stretch of private pristine coastline. Rooms have a soothing ambience and are generous in space with extended terraces. The Royal Suite sits grandly at the highest point of the hotel with panoramic views of the Burj Al Arab and boasts two large bedrooms and its own cinema room and fitness rooms. To cool off, visit the Wild Wadi Waterpark™ situated next to the hotel where all guests receive complimentary access.
Meander through the walkways and waterways of the comprehensive Mina A’Salam which translates to ‘harbour of the peace’ to discover a private beach, several bars and restaurants and the award-winning Talise Spa. All suites and rooms are decorated in contemporary Arabian style, adorned with authentic fabrics and artefacts. If you’re seeking exclusivity, choose the Arabian Gulf Suites to gain access to the Premium Leisure lounge which includes daily breakfast, refreshments and pre-dinner drinks and canapes.
Elevated two kilometres above a private beachfront and approached via a tree-lined avenue adorned with sculpted Arabian horses, Jumeirah Al Qasr is the focal point of the Madinat Jumeirah resort and is every bit the majestic residence it looks. Begin the weekend on a high note at The FridayTake me there
With an onsite waterpark, 23 restaurants and bars, an aquarium and full spa and fitness services, there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied. To further enhance your stay, try the Imperial Club, where a dedicated team will be on hand to provide a personalised service from the moment you arrive. Experience private check-in/ out, access to the Imperial Club Lounge including complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening drinks and plan your stay with the help of the Imperial Club Concierge team.Take me there