Live like a king at the city's most extravagant rooms
Time Out Dubai staff
Dubai’s hotels are the lifeblood of local industry: the emirate is expected to attract 8.8 million international visitors in 2012, making it the eighth most visited city in the world. And despite there already being 386 hotels in the city (64 of which are five-star), new luxury hotels seem to be springing up all over the place – in layman’s terms, the city’s hotel industry is on the up. Though summer is a comparatively quiet time for many hotels, it offers a fantastic opportunity for residents to take advantage of discounted rates and enjoy a Dubai staycation. We’ve listed five great deals and profiled five of the most lavish hotel suites in the city: very likely five of the most opulent in the world. You know, just in case you wanted to push the boat out…
Burj Al Arab Royal Suite Features: Spread over two floors, this suite’s lower level includes the dining area, a majlis-style lounge and even a library (which, as the hotel representatives are keen to point out, has ‘tufted’ carpets). On the upper level is a master bedroom with – brace yourself – a rotating four-poster canopy bed. There’s also a second bedroom; both have adjoining marble bathrooms, a spa bath, walk-in shower and porcelain fittings.
Fun facts: The 780 sq m suite was designed by Khuan Chew, founder of interior design group KCA International. As for celebrity inhabitants, Jumeirah isn’t at liberty to name names (spoilsports!), but assures us that ‘world-class athletes, Grammy Award-winning singers, diplomats and royal families’ have all stayed here. Also, despite the extraordinary cost of the Royal Suite, it was occupied for 70 percent of 2011. Did we mention the rotating four-poster bed? Oh, yes, of course we did.
Armani Dubai Suite Features: Perched on the 39th floor of the world’s tallest building, this 390 sq m suite offers spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf. The suite features two luxurious bedrooms – one with what’s described as an ‘oversized’ king-size bed (would that be emperor-sized?) and the other with twin-bedded accommodation. Both bedrooms feature a 40-inch LCD flatscreen television, and en-suite bathrooms. The living room is equipped with a full-service bar counter and private pantry. Perhaps most impressive is the private gym, which boasts the latest cardio equipment.
Fun facts: This one-of-a-kind Armani Dubai suite was designed by Mr Giorgio Armani himself. In fact, the he likes the suite so much he stays here on every visit, and he hand-picked the books in the library.
Price: From Dhs40, 000 per night (includes airport transfers and At The Top Burj Khalifa tickets for two). Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).
Atlantis Bridge Suite Features: This 924 sq m suite spans the Royal Towers, above the signature arch of Atlantis Hotel. There are vast lounges, two terraces boasting views of the Palm, the coastline and the Arabian Gulf, and three bedroom suites. Did someone say 24-hour personal butler and chef service? If you’ve got enough friends, you can sit them around the 16-seater dining table.
Fun facts: The aforementioned dining table is bedecked in gold-leaf. And yes, this is where Kim Kardashian and mum Kris stayed.
Fairmont Imperial Suite Features: The three Imperial Suites are the largest of Fairmont Dubai’s suite collection. Each penthouse comprises two storeys and floor-to-ceiling windows running along the length of the 548 sq m space, providing panoramic views of the city’s skyline. There’s also a private rooftop terrace that’s ideal for al-fresco dining when the weather’s right, as well as a Jacuzzi and sunroom.
Fun facts: The suites were refurbished in 2009 as part of a Dhs35 million revamp plan. Past guests include Sir Richard Branson, the late Whitney Houston, Robbie Williams and, most recently, Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez.
Prices: From Dhs20,000 per night. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 5555).
Kempinski Ski Chalet Features: What better place to escape the heat than in a ski chalet? In Dubai. That’s right: in the city that has everything (except snow storms), Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates offers what is perhaps the most bizarre of luxury hotel suites in the form of the three-bedroom Grand Ski Chalet, which boasts views of Ski Dubai’s snowy slopes, as well as cosy, alpine-style interiors.
Fun facts: An overnight stay includes a kids’ ski lesson for two, access to Ski Dubai for four, and a spa treatment for two, as well as a bespoke dinner party for six people, courtesy of the hotel’s top chefs.
Prices: From Dhs35,000 per night. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 0000). For more images of Dubai’s most lavish hotels, see www.timeoutdubai.com.
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort Royal Suite Features: The Royal Suite at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort is the most luxurious room in the hotel, designed delicately with carved wooden furniture, leather upholstery with traditional touches of the region. All Royal Suites are one-bedroom with a private balcony and a terrace, offering a panaromic view of the Sea. As a Royal Suite guests enjoy bathrooms with jaccuzzi bath tub and walk-in shower. Access to club lounge and all lounge facilities are included.
Fairmont Dubai Imperial Suite Features: The largest in Fairmont Dubai’s suite collection boast two storeys, highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows running along the length the astonishing 548 sq m penthouse. This sheer abundance of space also makes room for a rooftop terrace, ideal for outdoor dining during the cooler months, state of the art Bose home entertainment system and indoor Jacuzzi and sunroom. All penthouses offer great views of the city as far as The Palm Jumeirah – and a personal butler, of course.
Price: From Dhs20,000 per night. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 332 5555).
The Ritz-Carlton Suite Features: A beautifully appointed sea view presidential suite, with a spacious dressing area, leading to an even more spacious marble bathroom with Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Has a beautifully furnished lounge and dining area plus equipped kitchen.
Atlantis Lost Chambers Suite Features: Both bedroom and bath views face directly into the mesmerising underwater world of the Ambassador Lagoon. Stretching over three floors, the Neptune and Poseidon Suites welcome guests with a grand foyer leading down a sweeping staircase into an elegant aquatic-themed dining and living area, with butler's pantry. Then, of course, there are the sumptuous bed and bathrooms with their underwater views. If guests are unable to tear themselves away from watching the 65,000 marine animals, a 24-hour dedicated private butler is available to serve refreshments. Floor-to-ceiling viewing panels into the Ambassador Lagoon from both the bedroom and the bathroom.
Hyatt Regency Dubai Royal Suite Features: Welcome to a lavish, split-level two bedroom suite on a private concierge floor, with sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf and the city. The suite offers one king-size and two twin beds, a dining room that is designed in a way so that it can be used as a meeting room as well for 10. It also includes limousine airport transfers, when you just have to get away.
The Palace Imperial Suite Features: Located on the very last floor of the hotel, the original and tastefully decorated Imperial Suite is the most opulent of the suites, taking up two levels at the face of the hotel. The Imperial Suite exudes pure luxury and features four bedrooms with two spacious living rooms, a study room, two dining rooms and four bathrooms. Its best feature might be its great views of The Dubai Fountain.
Park Hyatt Royal Suite Features: Dramatic decor of a spectacular top-floor 220 sq m suite complements personalized butler service, airport transfers and daily fruit and mineral water. Includes private kitchen with separate entrance for cook and waiting staff, private balcony offering panoramic Dubai Creek and marina views, separate living, dining and kitchen areas, bath with tub and walk-in shower and bedroom with plush king bed.
Price: From Dhs15,000 per night Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, (04 602 1234).
The Address Downtown Dubai Spa Suite Features: With a generously-proportioned private outdoor spa bath, private balcony and spacious terrace complete with sun loungers and views over The Dubai Fountain, a Spa Suite is a haven of relaxation in tourist-frenzied Downtown Dubai. At just over 1,700 sq ft, the whole suite is bigger than an average two-bedroom apartment in the city.
Price: From Dhs8,000 per room per night, including breakfast. The Address Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard (04 423 8888).
Raffles Dubai Middle Eastern Royal Suite Features: Every bit as impressive as it sounds, the suite spans a whopping 650 sq m (think five-bedroom villa). The master bedroom claims to house the largest bed in town, while there’s also a second guest room, two his-and-hers en-suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes. The Royal Suite also has its own bar to allow guests to entertain in private, a kitchenette with its own elevator to allow discreet access for the round-the-clock butler service.
Price: From Dhs20,000 per night. Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences Penthouse Features: This 42nd floor, 540 sq m luxury penthouse offers superb 180 degree views of the Arabian gulf and Dubai Marina. A private terrace with stunning sea views lends itself perfectly to a party among friends and the modern open-plan kitchen and living areas have plenty of room for entertaining. It has a fully equipped kitchen and four double bedrooms over two floors.
Pullman Mall of the Emirates Executive Suites Features: 33 Executive Suites feature living room, dining area and en-suite ‘chill-out’ area. Separate powder room, pantry and a walk-in-closet, and even an espresso machine.
Price: From Dhs3700 per night. Pullman Mall of the Emirates Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha (04 702 8000).
Rixos The Palm Dubai Grand King suite Features: Impressive 360-degrees view through floor-to-ceiling windows, plus terraces and balconies, three bedrooms, separate large living room and a large terrace suitable for hosting small events.
Price: From Dhs18,000 to Dhs30,000 per night. Rixos the Palm Dubai, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah email@example.com (04 457 5555).
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Royal Suite Features: This Moroccan inspired suite measures 140 sq m. It is designed to combine stylish contemporary décor with Moroccan touches and ornate works of art. A living room, two dining areas and two king bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom featuring a luxurious walk-in rain shower. Plus access to the Oceana Beach Club.
Media One Hotel Chill Out Suite Features: The clue is in the title: this spacious studio suite targets a slightly different clientele to most suites in Dubai. Each hotel room offers a selection of gadgets, IP phones, digital flat screen TV with satellite channels, IPOD docking station and internet access. Geek chic.
Price: From Dhs2,950 Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).