If you have the cash to splash, Dubai has some of the most luxurious (and expensive) hotels in the world. Time Out picks 10 of the best.
Time Out Dubai staff
The Address: Despite being one of Dubai’s newest hotels this spacious Downtown Burj Dubai property is already redefining city style in the emirate. Without the beachfront location of many of the city’s classiest gaffes it stands out with the superb views of the world’s tallest building. But this is one address that will not be overshadowed by the towering neighbour. Little touches like iPod docking stations and Plasma screen TVS are, of course, now standard. As is the use of the best quality furnishings and luxury touches. Certain suites have outside baths and this is one hotel that will appeal to business and leisure guests. As long as they’re happy to pay the premium. Call 04 436 8888 for more information.
Al Maha: Relaxation comes at a price. As one of the most expensive hotels in Dubai the Al Maha Resort is reserved for a select few, but those that can make the cut are safe in the knowledge of money well spent. The resort is a world class sanctuary set in 225 square kilometres of pristine desert landscape. Private plunge pools, couples therapy and the knowledge that there is not a traffic jam anywhere near by will relax you before your treatments begin. Call 04 303 4222 for more information.
Bab Al Shams: A cheaper but less exclusive alternative to Al Maha, Bab Al Shams is a luxury hotel in the middle of the dunes. This grid of low-rise buildings made from pre-scratched, crumbling mock-sandstone is filled with hidden corridors and secret stairwells: rooms open directly onto the sands, while a swimming pool, spa and four restaurants cater to guests’ needs. The range of activities isn’t as extensive as at Al Maha (and mainly revolves around desert excursions), but there is a well-equipped children’s centre, which should keep your ankle-biters entertained. At night, enjoy a sunset shisha at Al Sarab bar or try out the Al Hadheerah desert restaurant, which offers a Disneyfied Arabian experience complete with belly dancer, band and some fairly potent shisha. Call 04 809 6100 for more information.
Burj Al Arab: The iconic Burj Al Arab is a representation of all that is opulent and extravagant about Dubai. It is an obvious choice and one that is likely to appear on worldwide lists of the most expensive and luxurious hotels. If you’re wondering what you get in a seven-star hotel think personal butlers, massive suites, discretion, privacy, pillow menus, breathtaking Jumeirah views and..well, the list goes on really. It is often said that the decoration might not be to everybody’s tastes but there is no denying that a stay in the Burj is one of unprecedented dedication to pleasing the high-rolling guest. Call 04 301 7777 for more information.
Dar Al Masyaf: Nobody would argue that the Madinat Jumeirah hotels of Mina A’Salam and Al Qasr offer an exceptional level of service and quality but for the absolute pinnacle of the complex the discerning traveler knows that Dar Al Maysaf is impossible to beat. The name means “summer house” in Arabic and these large villas have a real feeling of seclusion and intimacy. They can be reached by taking a short abra ride from elsewhere in the hotel and after you’ve found your room taking a dip in a private pool or eat in one of the mini-complex’s private restaurants.
Park Hyatt: The Moroccan-style spa at Dubai’s beautiful Park Hyatt offers some of the best treatments in town including a popular couples hot stone massage. Guests can enjoy their own pool and a wide range of facials and massages before returning to the hotel for lunch of lounging in the spa area for the ultimate in relaxation. Definitely a good place to check into for spa fans as the creek views give an unusual twist on the usual beachfront or cityscape. Call 04 602 1234 for more information.
Raffles Dubai:Not a patch on its Singaporean sister in terms of history but still pretty striking and certainly one of a kind, Raffles Dubai has already become something of an iconic building. Especially for the less tourist-heavy area it inhabits. Leave Dubai Airport and cross Garhoud Bridge and you will be presented with the giant pyramid that is the Raffles Hotel. Adjoined to the Egyptology themed Wafi mall Raffles is one of the most expensive hotels in Dubai and the pyramid’s peak is one of the city’s most exclusive clubs. Call 04 324 8888 for more information.
Ritz Carlton: Staying at the Ritz Carlton, like flying in a private jet and having your own butler, is as clear an indication you are going to get that you have made it. Despite a proximity to the high-rise Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah it is a complete cocoon of calm. Inventive treatments and a dedication to providing quality finishes mean that the experience is one that is up there with the very best spa breaks the Middle East has to offer. Call 04 399 4000 for more information.
Grosvenor House: Close to the beach but with all of the elegance and sophistication you would expect from the chicest city retreat. Grosvenor House is an exercise in relentless style. From the superb Gary Rhodes Mezzanine restaurant to the effortlessly stylish Buddha Bar every part of the hotel has been selected to enhance the overall effect of cool. Fantastic spa and business facilities all combine to make this one of the underrated delights of Dubai’s hotel scene. Call 04 399 8888 for more information.
The Monarch: Number One Sheikh Zayed road is one of the world’s most exclusive addresses and The Monarch is a hotel that deserves it. Gigantic suites and stunning city views are the flagship boasts of the hotel that has already garnered a good reputation with the wealthiest international clients. Call 04 501 8888 for more information.
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N!N! Aug 01, 2011 08:40 am
Stayed at this hotel for 11days and it was truly fantastic. i would recommend to anyone looking to stay in dubai. Cant wait to go back.
jane Mar 21, 2011 08:58 am
Fantastic hotel. Staff first class they aim to please. Rooms and service superb. Lovely bathrooms. Food in all restaurants fantastic. They always remeber your name, likes, dislikes. Highly recommend to everyone. Stayed at least a dozen times. added bonus you can go to Royal Meridein facilites anytime you want to with free shuttle bus 7am-1am.
jane Mar 21, 2011 08:54 am
Styaed at the address. a disaster. Filthy balcony. It was our 30th wedding anniversary went club level. Got non view room. They said they would change it for 600dhs a night extra. ramadam so no afternoon tea! Restaurant poor. Would never go again. No feedback from our complaints but they did clean the filthy SMALL balcony!!! Never recommend. Not like the Grosvenor House or Royal Meridien- they always go the extra mile.