Updated On: January 31, 2024 by Marwa Abdel Moniem
Dubai – a city of the optimal and ultimate! Everything is top-notch here, including vacations. If you can dream it, Dubai can achieve it – that’s in a nutshell! This high-class living city is not the destination of day-to-day budgets, though. It would be best if you had enough – no big – cash to enjoy the ultimate luxury Dubai offers.
How luxurious your stay could be in Dubai is a question to which this article will give you an answer. It will help you decide how elegant you can afford, giving you a glimpse of the top five lavish hotels in the city. So, keep your pen and calculator handy to figure out the approximate cost of your stay in Dubai.
How to Choose a Luxury Hotel in Dubai
Booking a hotel is an essential part of the travel experience that requires some research and a thorough look at reviews. But more important is your priorities and the hotel that best fits your needs.
Whether you are adventurous or a beach bum will spell the difference when booking a suitable hotel. Then, you can decide on the location: a cityscape, a landscape or a resort. Let your interests lead you to the best place to take time off from the daily grind.
No worries. Regarding accommodation in Dubai, you will find what you want and get what you pay for. But be prepared to fork out considerable amounts of cash because hotels and resorts in Dubai will likely cost you an arm and a leg.
Dubai boasts a multitude of choices that would help you tailor-fit your vacation so that you have the most rewarding travel experience and get the ultimate value for your money. This article will narrow the list of choices to the top five luxury hotels in Dubai.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
If you ask me about luxury, I will tell you it is incarnated at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Everything in there welcomes you to the lap of luxury, from the broad exterior to the minor interior details.
This easily spotted hotel stands on an artificial island 280 metres away from Jumeirah Beach. The sail-shaped hotel is 321 metres tall, with a private bridge connecting it to the mainland.
Being their guest means you get royal treatment from the moment your plane touches down at the Dubai International Airport. You can choose how to reach the Burj Al Arab: by helicopter that will land you on the 56th floor of the hotel, or you can be chauffeured in a Rolls Royce Phantom!
The Burj Al Arab has 202 luxury duplex suites, including two Royal Suites, all overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The minor suite is 169 square metres, and the largest is 780 square metres.
You can also get more pampered in any of the two Royal Suites, which have revolving beds surrounded with mirrors that you can get them to spin around with a push of a button. Both suites have super king beds covered by 100% Egyptian cotton sheets.
Staying at the Burj Al Arab, guests can have a good night’s sleep by choosing their favourite pillows from a selection of 17 types offered at the hotel.
The spacious bathrooms take you to another grandeur level with their mosaics and oversized Jacuzzi tubs. Adding to the relaxing spa mood, Hermes beauty products for him and her are also available on the sinks, plus perfumes and Eau de colognes.
You can enjoy technology from your cosy bed with a tinge of gold. The rooms have a gold TV screen, iPad, and iMac. You will also find a printer and a fax. Curtains can be flung open and shut through a remote-control system from your seat.
The Burj Al Arab has 18 available lifts to guarantee guests won’t have to wait to reach their desired floors. That means there is an elevator for every ten rooms. More than 1,600 employees are working at the Burj Al Arab, providing personal service that would spoil rotten their guests all day and night. That is an eight-employee to one-suite ratio.
A butler is available on each floor 24/7 to offer private service to guests just at their request. Those butlers are at your disposal at any time. So, do not hesitate to ask anything you want.
The Talise Spa and Water Sports
Stretching over two floors with big windows overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the Talise Spa is an indoor pool with separate areas for women and men. Besides spa services, guests can also get caviar or gold facial treatment. You will find treatment rooms, whirlpools, sauna, and steam rooms in each male and female section.
This award-winning spa also features a squash court and a fully-equipped fitness room so that you will get your physical warm-up routine.
A Sindbad’s Kids Club is there to take care of your children aged between 1 and 12 years old while you enjoy your indoor spa or outdoor water sports, such as kayaking, windsurfing, diving, water skiing or yacht cruising on the Jumeirah Beach.
With nine restaurants catering to the guests, the options are endless. Starting on the ground floor, you will find the buffet-style Bab Al Yam serving European and Middle Eastern dishes. Al Muntaha, on the 27th floor, is famous for its ceiling-to-floor windows and can be a perfect choice for lunch. Or you can try dining at the mysterious Al Mahara (Oyster Shell) with tables arranged around a sea-water tank that contains exotic fish. This is just a peek at what you are in for.
The Interior of Burj Al Arab
You might need to take a deep breath before you enter the Burj Al Arab and get an overdose of unapologetic opulence. The lavish interior is manifested everywhere around you, from the marble walls and flooring, embroidered silk wallpaper, leopard upholstery, and a 24-carat gold leaf covering about 22,000 square feet of the interior.
Everything is gold glittery inside the Burj Al Arab, which loudly speaks of extravagance and richness taking guests to over-the-top levels of luxury. It has been designed to recreate the glory of the Arabian heritage and for guests to enjoy glamourous Arabian nights at this jewel of Jumeirah. There is no wonder the Burj Al Arab has earned the reputation of being the world’s, and not only Dubai’s, most luxurious hotel.
Atlantis, The Palm
A marine-themed resort on Dubai’s Palm Island, Atlantis spans over 46 hectares and combines luxury with an adventure that will make your vacation one of a lifetime.
Overlooking the Dubai skyline, Atlantis has more than 1,500 rooms with partial or complete views of the iconic Palm Island or the Arabian Sea. The real big deal is the underwater suites with aquatic-themed dining and living areas.
The Underwater Rooms
Each underwater suite is 165 square metres and is built over three floors. The upper floor is where you find the reception that leads you to the dining and living rooms through a sweeping staircase. You can dine and have a majestic quality time while enjoying the view from the double windows that overlook the Ambassador Lagoon, which is, in fact, an aquarium that houses about 65,000 fish and marine animals. The living room also has a good view of the Aquaventure Waterpark.
There is a spiral staircase leading to the main bedroom and bathroom from the living area. The bedroom also has a candid look into the lagoon. All three floors of the underwater suite are connected via elevator if you think it is an easier way to move between the floors. Much to your comfort, a private butler is available around the clock and ready to offer any help.
The Royal Bridge Suite
You see it all from here: the Palm Island and the Arabian Gulf. From its floor-to-ceiling windows, the Royal Bridge Suite gives its residents a panoramic view that could only elicit an awe-struck reaction.
This three-bed suite interlinks the two towers above the arch of the Royal Towers and can be reached by a private elevator. We are talking about a main and king bedroom with separate bathrooms for him and her. The third room is a double queen and has an en-suite bathroom.
Entering the Royal Bridge Suite, you will be hit by pure luxury, with a gold-leaf table serving as a dining area for 16 persons and a large reception to accommodate the residents and their guests. A library and a media centre are also available with the latest high-tech options at your fingertip. The Royal Bridge is believed to be the most expensive hotel suite worldwide.
The Lost Chambers Aquarium
With several chambers and lagoons around the legendary undersea Atlantis City, the Lost Chambers Aquarium will take you on an adventure to the tropical sea life, where you will see sharks, rays, seahorses, and reef fish, among countless other exotic creatures – all for you to discover.
You need to purchase a ticket to the Lost Chambers Aquarium, which you can pair up with a visit to the Aquaventure Waterpark on the same day. This waterpark is famous for its kid-friendly waterslides, tube rides and mammoth dry play structure. It is considered the world’s largest waterpark, containing 105 slides, and it is accessible to guests staying at Atlantis, The Palm.
Palazzo Versace Dubai
If you are a classic type of person, Palazzo Versace Dubai is sure where you would love to spend your vacation. The hotel takes you a step back in time to the 16th-century Italian Palace with its neo-classical atmosphere and Arabian architecture.
Located in the entertainment district of Dubai, this is one of two Palazzo Versace hotels in the world constructed to fuse the design of Versace with a touch of luxury accommodation. Think of it. You are at the world’s first fashion-branded hotel!
Palazzo Versace Dubai opened in November 2015 in the neighbourhood of Jadaf, close to Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Mall. This might sound so wow to shopaholics.
Dubai Fountain and the Lush Creek Waterside Park are notable landmarks in the area. This 5-star hotel is about 0.5 km away from the Dubai International Airport.
The classic Italian theme is apparent to guests staying in any of Palazzo Versace’s 215 rooms and suites. The rooms are sound-proofed and include Frette Italian sheets, parquet flooring and silk furnishings. Those are the essential services, but the level of luxury and comfort can go further through the roof if you decide to stay in a deluxe, premier, junior or grand suite available at Palazzo Versace.
Deluxe Versace Rooms
If you want to get extra-pampered, then choose a deluxe room. The delicate touch of Versace could be sensed in all bedding details with linen and upholstery patterns fashioned by the prestigious Italian company.
Guests staying in those elegant and spacious rooms also have a leg up in terms of bespoke services offered by the executive lounge. You say it! Guests can also choose rooms with views of the surrounding Culture Village or Dubai Creek.
Premier Club Rooms
With a stunning view of Dubai City or Dubai Creek, the premier club rooms are designed with spacious living and workspaces measuring 110 square metres. A super king-size bed covered with Versace linen is found in the bedrooms, including a walk-in wardrobe and a vanity table fit for a Hollywood star.
Luxury business travellers could find what they are looking for in the junior suites at Palazzo Versace, which feature well-equipped study and work areas for guests’ satisfaction. Those rooms are 95 square metres and have king-size beds.
The suites also have spacious living and dining areas with views of Dubai City.
Measuring 130 square metres, the grand suites are meant for luxury travellers. Chic interiors include a king-size bed with Versace linen, a dressing area, and a Hollywood-style vanity table.
The floor-to-ceiling windows are designed to let in plenty of sunlight. Guests can choose rooms overlooking the Culture Village or Dubai Creek views.
Food and Drink
Versace-themed restaurants grace this hotel, serving classic Mediterranean dishes and, of course, Italian pizzas. Giardino, the hotel’s all-day restaurant, is one of Dubai’s most elegant eateries.
Besides its fine selection of Mediterranean dishes, Giardino also serves international culinary styles: Italian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and Middle Eastern – you will find your craving!
If you are a guest at Palazzo Versace, you will have a vacation full of physical and recreational activities. It’s a combo of luxury, comfort and fitness.
Windsurfing, skiing, diving, horseback riding and Tennis are some physical activities you might try during your stay. But, if you are thinking of meditation, a Yoga class is provided – that’s an excellent time to contemplate!
Besides indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Palazzo Versace has beach activities like sun lounges. A treatment room is also available to provide body wraps and massages. Remember to visit the spa centre and take a Turkish bath. You are not daydreaming; you are at Palazzo Versace!
Mandarin Oriental Dubai
Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, this chic hotel stands out for its uninterrupted sea and skyline views. A beachfront resort, Mandarin Oriental boasts 256 rooms with many private balconies and terraces.
With a blend of tangerine and gold décour and some earthy tones, Mandarin Oriental rooms provide a seamless design with the finest materials. Guests staying in panoramic rooms are blessed with L-shaped balconies with impressive city views. The bathrooms feature Natura Bisse toiletries, adding to the luxe appeal.
Mandarin Oriental has a good range of activities to fill vacationers’ time. Five outdoor swimming pools and spa treatments are available for travellers to re-energise while enjoying their elegant stay in the city.
Al Maha Desert Resort
Secluded in the desert of Dubai, this award-winning resort resembles an ancient Bedouin encampment. Al Maha has you covered if you seek a retreat in the desert. All luxury, comfy and fun, this desert resort in Dubai promises you an unmatched experience you will never forget.
We are talking about luxurious Bedouin tents catering to your modern needs of free WiFi, private sun decks and swimming pools, and spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. The hotel has 42 suites with magnificent desert views.
The suites feature handcrafted furniture from the Arabian and Bedouin cultures. They have private pools with a gaze at the wildlife. You can elevate to a higher level of luxury by booking a Royal Suite, whose floor-to-ceiling windows allow a dramatic view of the desert.
Preserving the heritage of Arabia, this desert resort has its signature activities, such as falconry, dune drives, camel treks, and nature walks. Come and have fun!
A Taste of Luxury
Dubai has all types of luxury that could leave you bewildered about which to choose. But, once you have decided on your taste, you will quickly know the way. If you are asking for luxury, Dubai is, without a doubt, the answer. Remember, all the luxury roads lead to Dubai!