Feeling bling? Check out the most expensive hotel rooms in the GCC...
Time Out Dubai Staff
10 Yas Hotel – Diwan Suite – $6,300
The newest entry on this list is the Yas Hotel, which opened its doors last year to coincide with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Yas’ Diwan Suite features three bedrooms and 572 square metres of living space. Also included is private terrace access, a lap pool, a private elevator, a full chef’s kitchen, and a dining room accommodating up to sixteen people.
9 Qasr Al Sharq – Qasr Al Sharq Suite - $9,600
The most expensive hotel in Saudi Arabia is Jeddah’s Qasr Al Sharq, with its signature suite consisting of two en-suite master bedrooms with dressing rooms and whirlpools. But don’t take our word for it. Qasr Al Sharq describes the suite as 'a private bastion of luxury [that] will envelop you as you float over magical carpets adorned with the finest Italian furnishings and accessories'.
At around 1,000 square metres, the suite also includes an office, a majlis, dining room, kitchen and in-suite spa facility.
8 Al Maha Desert Resort – Presidential Suite - $9,700
Owned by the Emirates Group, the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is located about half an hour’s drive outside Dubai in the midst of the Arabian desert. The resort’s presidential suite includes a large temperature-controlled swimming pool surrounded by decking, along with three large bedrooms, spacious bathrooms, an extensive kitchen, residential quarters for guests or private staff and a barbecue.
7 Palace Hotel – Imperial Suite - $11,400
Located in the heart of the Dubai’s Old Town and close to the Burj Khalifa, The Palace Hotel is one of Dubai’s finest. It has some of Dubai’s finest prices to boot. The Imperial Suite – on the last floor of the hotel – encompasses four bedrooms, two living rooms, two dining rooms (for when one just isn’t enough), four bathrooms and a study room.
The 500 square metre suite also has a spacious private balcony with primary views of the Dubai Fountain.
6 Monarch Hotel – The Monarch Suite – $14,000
The 'crowning glory' of Dubai’s Monarch Hotel is the eponymous Suite, based on the 32nd and 33rd floor. The area offers over 1,130 square metres of 'state of-the-art technology with an artistic blend of contemporary design and flashes of Arabian décor'.
In addition, guests staying at the suite can take advantage of a private cinema and library, as well as a private terrace, pool, steam room and sauna.
5 Raffles Hotel – Royal Suite – $15,000
Raffles has two signature Royal Suites – one with an Asian theme and one Middle Eastern – along with the usual four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms and a dining room. Also included is a gentleman’s bar, an entertainment room, and an adjoining terrace.
4 Emirates Palace – Palace Suite – $17,400
Abu Dhabi’s landmark hotel the Emirates Palace also has some landmark prices. The Palace Suites – 'a palace within a palace' – include a master bedroom, two guest bedrooms, together with a bath, Jacuzzi and rain shower.
3 Zighy Bay – Private Residence – $17,600
The highest-priced night’s stay outside Dubai in the Middle East is at the Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay, in Oman. Located on its own stretch of private beach, the Private Reserve is a 3,000 square metre area which includes three villas, a gym, a wine cellar, private security quarters and an 'oversized infinity pool'.
Also included in the price is either a speedboat or paragliding arrival, a two-hour private champagne and canapés evening cruise, a signature massage per person per stay and a live-in butler. Why not?
2 Burj Al Arab – Royal Suite – $18,000
Dubai’s iconic hotel isn’t renowned for its bargain-basement prices on suites. So it’s no surprise to see it coming in at second place, with the Royal Suite costing $18,000.
For that price, guests can relax in a two-level 780 square metre area with 'lavishly appointed interiors, majestic colour scheme and sumptuous furnishings.' Also included is a private elevator, a private cinema, as well as a rotating four-poster canopy bed in the master bedroom. A chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce is available for transfers, or you can be flown there by helicopter for an extra charge.
1 Atlantis, The Palm – Bridge Suite – $42,000
For the painful price of $42,000 – way more than twice the cost of the second most expensive evening in the Middle East - guests at the Atlantis’s Bridge Suite can look out over the Arabian Gulf from the hotel’s signature arch. What else is thrown in? A dedicated elevator and butler, plus a reception lounge, a dining area with a gold-leafed table, a library with a media centre and three large bedrooms.