There are many places to stay in Dubai. It’s a city full of hotels where life tends to happen. After all, they are the only places to get a glass of wine with dinner, a champagne breakfast or a bottle of rum to ring in the night ahead. Everything screams luxury in Dubai …sometimes the word is tossed around a little too much. But in my opinion, here are five of my most favorite hotels in Dubai that are worth checking out. Not in any particular order:
1. One&Only, The Palm – After a very leisurely drive up the trunk of the Palm, and then down the bordering island to the very tip, bringing you right back to where you thought you started, you end up at the One&Only, the Palm. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can take a six-minute boat ride from the mainland marina and save yourself the fifteen minute drive. Whichever you choose, this hotel is worth the wait. Secluded from everything, a peaceful and calming serenity wraps you when lounging at the centre pool under the palm trees on oversized patio mattresses perfect for that little intimacy (appropriate, of course) between you and your companion. impeccably manicured from the greenery, gardens, flower beds and the freshly raked private beach. The hotel itself, grand in its environment with exquisite touches of Arabia throughout the lobby, restaurants and other common areas. No detail has gone unnoticed here and you certainly will feel in a lap of luxury when staying at the One&Only.
2. Park Hyatt - Amazing! A large resort surrounded by palms, white drapes around private cabanas, grand restaurants and crisp modern white lines framing every room. The Park Hyatt wins in Dubai’s resort luxury category (in my opinion, of course). Linked to a stunning marina full of some of the most impressive yachts makes for a lovely view when dining around the hotel or better yet… on one of the yachts. One of the most impressive hotels in Dubai and certainly will not disappoint throughout. A great location for taking in the more cultured areas of Dubai and near the city’s center.
3. Zabeel Saray - One of my favorite hotels that is inspired by a Palace like structure and recently featured in the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol movie’s Mumbai scenes. Walking into the eclectic and Gotti-inspired lobby, every color, fabric and prop highlights the rich decor. Towering ceilings with Arabian touches framed by modern design make dining an elaborate experience. From shisha on the veranda with pristine blue water and white sandy beach views just over the pool area, to traditional tea and dates in the colorful lobby make for a unique experience when staying at Zabeel Saray. Fit for royalty, it’s the perfect place to work on your king or queen alias standards. The incredibly sensual and rich guest rooms are linked by dark wood and cream coloured hallways reminding you of this destinations cultural and diverse highlights.
4. One&Only, Royal Mirage – A sister to the One&Only, the Palm, highlighting the Mediterranean and Moroccan inspired architecture capturing all five senses in a truly authentic experience. A great place to wander into restaurants, common areas and a fabulous beach with white Moroccan umbrellas to soak in the Arabian Gulf air, crystal blue water waves rolling onto white sandy beaches. A lush resort ground full of green plants, flowers and palm trees nestled around a stunning pool nearing the beach. A fantastic location away from the city centre, plenty of great restaurants, bars, shisha spots and the famous Jumeirah Beach Walk.
5. Al Qasr – Joined by Madinat Jumeirah, Al Qasr will whisk you away on an Arabian Adventure perhaps providing you with a glimpse of bedouin style living delivered with highest class of Arabian luxury. Matt greens, blues and beige in color throughout the villa property make for a rustic and decadent peacefulness to relax. Driving up to Al Qasr, you are welcomed by impressive golden horses designed with intensity in their pose to show the grandness of this resort. With all the luxuries of a five-star combined with a very Arabian experience, this resort will not let you down. The amenities of this resort are plentiful as it is surrounded by sister properties, a souk, high-end shopping outlets, ample ethnic inspired restaurants for the romantic, young at heart or party-going crowd. Take in the views of the Burj Al Arab and the Arabian Gulf and allow yourself a leisurely cruise on an Abra, a small boat that connects you to all this resorts experiences. One of my favorite places to spend some time at the pools, restaurants and certainly a favorite to show off when visitors come to Dubai.
Of course none of them are cheap! I have good taste.