When it comes to luxury holidays, Dubai is pretty much the ultimate destination. Its hotels are famous the world over for their level of luxury – but which top the list when it comes to decadence? We’ve picked out the most renowned establishments to help you decide where to go.
Burj Al Arab
Since this is widely considered to be the most luxurious hotel in the world, it’s likely you’ll have heard of the Burj Al Arab already. Designed to look like a billowing sail, it’s one of the city’s most iconic buildings and, if you want to experience a level of luxury you just won’t get anywhere else, this is the place to go.
So, what’s all the fuss about? Situated in the popular Jumeirah Beach area, this hotel goes to great lengths to maintain its reputation. Things like having reception desks on each floor and kitting out every single suite with Jacuzzis and rain showers have definitely helped it stay ahead of the game.
What’s really great about it, though, is all the extra touches. Its restaurants, for instance, are all award-winning and each has something unique to offer. At the Al Mahara, you can dine surrounded by beautiful marine life, while at the Al Muntaha you’ll enjoy some of the best views over Jumeirah Beach, thanks to its position some 200 m above sea level.
Also offering a lavish spa and a 24-hour butler service, this hotel really is the piece de resistance for all you luxury travellers.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
This is another of Dubai’s most iconic hotels. Constructed in the shape of a breaking wave and situated on the Jumeirah beachfront, it offers all its guests rooms with ocean views, as well as a really wide range of amenities – including a whopping 22 restaurants, five swimming pools, a fitness centre, spa and a shopping arcade.
If you’re into your water sports, this hotel should particularly appeal to you, since there are heaps you can try without leaving the resort, including scuba diving, sailing and windsurfing. Plus, as well as having the option to stay in the hotel itself, there are 19 beachside villas up for grabs too.
Should you have your heart set on a suite inside this iconic building, you’ll be pleased to hear you have plenty of choice. There are all kinds of rooms, including those with a balcony facing the water, your very own sun terrace, a living area and kitchenette. And, if you really want to feel at home, you can even get suites split over two floors.
Atlantis, the Palm
Perched on the crescent of the ever-impressive manmade island the Palm, Atlantis is a really interesting option, since it calls itself an integrated entertainment complex, rather than simply a hotel. With its own nightclub – N’Dulge – and selection of 18 restaurants, bars, swimming pools, ShuiQi Spa and land sports facilities, it probably has a point.
The highlight of its entertainment facilities has to be Aquaventure, a water park that spans around 17 hectares and has basically everything you’d expect from this kind of attraction, including water slides and pools, as well as its very own beach. You can also check out The Lost Chambers, a series of underground passages that lets you discover ‘Atlantis’, peeking at ruins and colourful marine life as you walk.