The best luxury hotels in Dubai

Executive Traveller runs a fine-tooth comb across Dubai’s top five star hotels and resorts.

By Chris Ashton, April 12 2022
The best luxury hotels in Dubai

Dubai is one of the world’s most spectacular cities; an oasis of imagination and engineering that soars above the sands of the Arabian Peninsula. It goes without saying it’s home to some of the most opulent and luxurious hotels on the planet.

More beautiful than a mirage, with a fascinating cultural heritage to match, Dubai is a vital hub of business and international trade in the region. As the home city of Emirates, it’s a popular stop en route to Europe too, and adding a couple of extra days to your trip is always a good idea. 

The pool terrace at the renowned Burj Al Arab
The pool terrace at the renowned Burj Al Arab

 

The best luxury hotels in Dubai

Want to see what all the fuss is about? In no particular order, these Dubai hotels are guaranteed to make you swoon.

1. Burj Al Arab

Billed as the world’s first six star hotel, Burj Al Arab put Dubai on the map as a destination to watch. When it opened in 1999, it was unlike any at the time, a work of architectural genius with a distinctive silhouette and a suite of glamorous rooms to match. 

The iconic sail-like Burj Al Arab
The iconic sail-like Burj Al Arab

Its shine has not diminished either, with the 202 over-the-top guest rooms and eight sumptuous bar and restaurant options – including the glittering new Gilt cocktail bar and signature seafood restaurant Al Mahara – still luring well-heeled visitors in droves.

Al Mahara Restaurant is a signature of the Burj Al Arab
Al Mahara Restaurant is a signature of the Burj Al Arab

When you’re not treating your tastebuds or lounging poolside overlooking the Persian Gulf at the pool terrace, you can kick your experience into high gear, getting behind the wheel of the hotel’s rental fleet of Aston Martin, Lamborghini or Ferrari supercars.

2. Raffles The Palm Dubai

Raffles Singapore is a throwback to a time when hotels were experiences, not just places to stay. Raffles The Palm Dubai is cut from the same cloth, offering palatial indulgence and service that befits its man-made location on the outer rim of the Palm.

An aerial view of the stunning Raffles The Palm Dubai
An aerial view of the stunning Raffles The Palm Dubai

Within this five star Dubai hotel you’ll find sprawling rooms, villas and suites, each lavishly furnished with rich silks and sparkling chandeliers. It’s elegant and luxurious, combining elements of European and Middle Eastern design into one sumptuous package.

There's no room for minimalism at Raffles The Palm Dubai
There's no room for minimalism at Raffles The Palm Dubai

Lobby lounge ‘Blüthner Hall’ is a grand spot to enjoy afternoon tea, while Sola Jazz Lounge and Matagi Japanese, and all-day venue Le Jardin will satisfy you from dawn till well after dusk.

3. Atlantis, The Palm

It may share a name with the city lost to the sea, but you won’t have any trouble finding Atlantis The Palm. Occupying pride of place at the peak of the iconic island structure, its dining and nightlife are legendary, and its waterpark officially the largest in the world.

The over-the-top lobby at Atlantis The Palm sets the scene
The over-the-top lobby at Atlantis The Palm sets the scene

Add in signature suites like Grand Atlantis (with not one but five balconies) and the multi-level Underwater Suite, where your views include stingrays and sharks swimming by or the city skyline gleaming in the distance, and you have a resort worthy of all its praise.

The Underwater Suite is one of the most-prized rooms at Atlantis The Palm
The Underwater Suite is one of the most-prized rooms at Atlantis The Palm

Neighbouring hotel Atlantis The Royal is expected to elevate the experience even further when it opens later this year, adding additional signature restaurants including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, together with an impressive rooftop pool and bar.

4. One & Only The Palm

With so much competition in Dubai, luxury hotels have their work cut out to stand apart from the pack. One & Only The Palm succeeds in every way, with ornate Arabian-inspired architecture, manicured gardens peppered with soothing fountains, and a whole lot more.

The main pool at One & Only The Palm
The main pool at One & Only The Palm

Every detail has been carefully considered, creating a seamless and refined experience you won’t find anywhere else in the Emirate. With just 64 beautiful rooms, 27 spacious suites, and four highly-coveted beachfront villas, it retains an air of exclusivity too.

One of four beachfront villas at One & Only The Palm
One of four beachfront villas at One & Only The Palm

Dining is curated by six Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno; Guerlain Spa a sensory journey with nine treatment rooms, an adult’s only pool, and highly skilled therapists. And, with its location on The Palm, the beachfront is destined to become a favourite haunt.

5. Park Hyatt Dubai

Glittering highrises and man made islands are what most associate with Dubai. Yet, it has an intriguing cultural side too, much of it found along the shores of Dubai Creek. At Park Hyatt Dubai, overlooking that very waterway, the best of the old and new is within reach.

The lagoon pool at Park Hyatt Dubai
The lagoon pool at Park Hyatt Dubai

Each of its chic Dubai hotel rooms, like the Mediterranean-inspired Lagoon Beach Suite, combine European and Middle Eastern aesthetics to create a space that’s warm, inviting, and relaxing. Basically everything you’d want from a hotel of this calibre.

Park Hyatt Dubai is a palm-filled oasis on Dubai Creek
Park Hyatt Dubai is a palm-filled oasis on Dubai Creek

Taking advantage of its creekside location, it’s home to a myriad of al fresco dining options too, from QD's Bar & Grill on the water’s edge to French-infused Brasserie du Park and the very popular Cielo Sky Lounge, a roof bar perched atop the Dubai Creek Yacht Club.

6. Bulgari Resort Dubai

The name ‘Bulgari’ sets an expectation when you hear it. One of the globe’s leading jewellery brands, they’ve also fashioned one of the very best hotels in town: Bulgari Resort Dubai.

Bulgari Resort Dubai is as beautiful outside as within
Bulgari Resort Dubai is as beautiful outside as within

Situated on the unique Jumeira Bay, a man made island in the shape of a seahorse, the sun-dappled escape features 101 rooms and suites, complemented by 20 Bulgari villas with pool, garden and sea views. Interiors are as elegant and tasteful as you’d imagine.

The resort is situated on a unique seahorse-shaped island
The resort is situated on a unique seahorse-shaped island

Adding a further dash of exclusivity, the resort is home to a private marina complex featuring 50 boat berths and the first world’s Bulgari Yacht Club, with peerless views over the sea.

7. Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is Dubai’s seaside playground; a posh neighbourhood where luxury resorts line the shore and beach umbrellas are never vacant for long. Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah is in the heart of this iconic strip – and it offers a lot of good reasons to check in.

First impressions count at Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
First impressions count at Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

To begin, there are numerous delicious restaurant and bar options, a smorgasbord of cuisines from Turkish to Peruvian and Japanese. Cocktails in Hendrick’s Bar, mezze plates in Shai Salon, fresh sashimi at Sea Fu… there is a venue for every occasion.

The lavish bathroom within the Royal Suite is a knockout
The lavish bathroom within the Royal Suite is a knockout

Guest rooms are enchanting too, each with sea, city and garden views that make you stop and take notice. If there’s one, in particular, worth noting, it’s the Royal Suite, boasting Venetian chandeliers, a baby grand in the living room, and a bathroom so exquisite it’s almost a destination in itself.

8. Shangri-La Dubai

Shangri-La Dubai is in good company amid the towering skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed Road. Its restaurants will take you on a culinary journey through Asia, Europe, India and South America, while CHI, The Spa and the pool offer welcome respite from the desert heat.

Indulge with a private dinner on Level 42 at Shangri-La Dubai
Indulge with a private dinner on Level 42 at Shangri-La Dubai

Within its plush confines are 302 spacious rooms and suites, together with 126 apartments, each affording sensational views of the forest of glass and steel that surrounds it.

Glittering chandeliers are a signature of Shangri-La Hotels
Glittering chandeliers are a signature of Shangri-La Hotels

Horizon Club and Presidential Suite guests also have exclusive access to Level 42, a terrace and one of the most photogenic spots in Dubai. For something truly special, a private dinner on the terrace can also be arranged.

9. Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Four wheel driving amid the desert dunes is just one of the city’s must-do activities. Rather than just take a day trip, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa allows you to fully immerse yourself in its untamed wonder with camel treks, falconry, signature desert safaris and more.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa offers the quintessential desert experience
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa offers the quintessential desert experience

Just 45 minutes drive from the city in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the five-star tented resort is designed to showcase its wild and rugged landscape, but not at the expense of comfort.

Inside one of the opulent tented suites at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
Inside one of the opulent tented suites at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Each of its 42 air-conditioned suites features beautiful, handcrafted furnishings, a private deck and temperature-controlled pool. Signature alfresco restaurant Al Diwaan is a perfect spot to indulge and enjoy the view, while Timeless Spa is a perfect spot to relax after exploring the desert.

10. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

Dubai hotels rarely do things by half measures. At the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, a beachfront oasis with interiors by acclaimed designer Jeffrey Wilkes – also responsible for the brand’s Bangkok and Tokyo flagships – you have a hotel that ticks every box… sometimes twice.

The lobby at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira is designed to lead your eyes to the sea
The lobby at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira is designed to lead your eyes to the sea

Entered via a forest of lights leading your eyes to the sea beyond, a swimming pool lined with deckchairs and cabanas, and rooms adorned in bright blues and earthy tones that echo the landscape outside, every aspect of the hotel feels in perfect harmony.

The Mandarin Panoramic View Room offers a stunning view to the city skyline
The Mandarin Panoramic View Room offers a stunning view to the city skyline

When the time comes to satisfy your hunger pangs, eight venues including modern Portuguese Tasca by José Avillez and Netsu by Australian chef Ross Shonhan have got you sorted.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

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Surprised the Armani hotel isn't here - surreal oppurtunity to stay in the world's tallest building. 

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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Park Hyatt Dubai is always my pick; refined, classy and very boutique.


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