Top luxury Dubai hotels
Dubai hotels are unashamedly opulent. This bold, gleaming metropolis set in the desert of the United Arab Emirates bathes in its own splendour of imaginative avant-garde designs. There's sprawling luxury shopping malls, lavish restaurants and a glamorous nightlife. Dubai is home to the world’s most extravagant hotels, including the only seven-star operation on the entire planet: the Burj Al Arab.
Burj Al Arab
At Burj Al Arab, every guest is a VIP. Choose a BMW or Rolls-Royce to pick you up from the airport, or have a helicopter drop you off on the helipad (where tennis legends Andre Agassi and Roger Federer warmed up for the 2005 Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open). The hotel building itself stands out from other Dubai hotels: it boasts an ingenious design standing 321 metres high and appearing like a ship sailing off from the Dubai coast. Suites – furnished in royal blues, deep reds, and rich golds – welcome you to a world of luxury offering jacuzzis, spa baths, private cinemas and even you own personal butler.
Grosvenor Hotel Dubai
The Grosvenor Hotel Dubai is proudly high end but lacks the ostentation of Burj Al Arab. The building is a landmark of style and panache complemented by stunning panoramic vistas of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai Marina. The hotel's famous service is second to none and there's a choice of 422 sophisticated rooms. There are twelve chic and stylish bars and several acclaimed restaurants offering world class cuisine from across the globe.
Atlantis - The Palm Dubai
A hotel which thrives on being the centre of attention is the outlandish Atlantis - The Palm Dubai. A stunning setting on the man made island of Palm Jumeriah, the hotel encapsulates the munificent luxury and ambition of Dubai itself. For the world’s glitterati, this is the hotel to be seen at. Each of the beautiful guest rooms and suites are designed with tastefully subtle oceanic and Arabic influences, and include majestic views of the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf or Palm Jumeriah itself.
Le Méridien Dubai
Expect the same grandeur at Le Méridien Dubai. Enveloped by 38 acres of foliage, it has 383 rooms, 15 restaurants, and three outdoor swimming pools. After taking a boxing, yoga, or spin class at the Natural Elements Fitness Centre, you can soothe your muscles with over 50 body treatments at the Natural Elements Spa. Bacchanalian feasts are offered at Al Mijana restaurant, which specialises in Lebanese cuisine; Kiku offers Japanese fare; and Café Chic serves up fine French dishes under the direction of Philippe Gauvreau, who has 2 Michelin stars under his belt.
Shangri-la Hotel Dubai
The 42-storey Shangri-la Hotel Dubai exudes the Arabian splendour that many other Dubai hotels neglect. Its rooms are finished in earthy tones, while the en-suite bathrooms have bountiful tubs, walk-in showers, and the finest in designer toiletries. The spa is able to offer the usual Thai, Balinese, and Swedish massages, but look out for the milk-and-honey wraps and caviar facials, too.