1. Address Boulevard [ book here ]
This place has a direct access to Dubai Mall and the Metro Station, making it a brilliant choice for those coming to Dubai for its awesome shopping experience. It also offers great views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, an area famous for its shopping spots where you can easily lay your hands on Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vitton and the like.
This hotel has 3 swimming pools for you to take off your stress after some city. Elegant architecture to make you feel special, and state-of-the-art technology that lets you control everything from lights to temperature with a handheld device – that’s how it is here. The restaurant is designed to give the feeling of a private home, what with its awesome global platter, library, and art room.
The Dubai International Airport being only 15 minutes and the Dubai International Financial Centre and City Walk only 10 minutes’ drive away, the Address Boulevard is at the most popular location of Dubai.
2. Palace Downtown [ book here ]
This place will make all your royal fantasies real, situated as it is in a traditional palace. Overlooking the Dubai Fountain and the lake around the Burj Khalifa, the palace comes with all the advantages of modern day luxury, and even more. You get palm-fringed pools and Hammams among other facilities.
There are four different restaurants to offer you lip-smacking dishes from all across the globe, including Argentinean, Mediterranean, Thai and the obvious Middle Eastern.
Palace Downtown is only a 5 minutes’ walk away from the Dubai Mall and the Souk Al Bahar shopping and entertainment centers, prime spots in Downtown Dubai.
3. Palazzo Versace Dubai [ book here ]
Located along the shores of the historic Dubai Creek and designed like a 16th century Italian Palace, the Palazzo Versace Dubai gives you the best of Italian baroque royalty, Middle Eastern splendor and 21st century luxury.
It is only 15 minutes away from the Dubai international Airport and 8 minutes from Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.
The best bit is that every piece of furniture in this hotel of 215 rooms and suites and 169 residences has been tailor-made exclusively by the House of Versace. To retain the flavor of palazzos, each of the 8 restaurants and bars has an al fresco terrace, reminiscent of courtly dinners and meetings. The beautiful gardens and views from the hotel make the Palazzo Verscae an ideal location for fairytale weddings.
4. The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club [ book here ]
This is a hotel renowned worldwide for its polo fields, and located as it is in Dubailand between the Emirates Road and the Dubai-Al Ain Road, it is the perfect destination for you if you want to indulge in the sports for kings while at the same time getting the best of other luxuries. The main attraction are the horses though, and adults and children can interact with them under supervision.
The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club is just 16 kilometers from the Dubai Mall, as is the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai International Airport is 19 kilometers from the hotel.
5. DUKES Dubai [ book here ]
Want to feel British while enjoying awesome views of the Arabian Gulf and the Marina skyline? Then the aptly named DUKES DUBAI is the place for you.
It is like a piece of Britain in the Middle East. There is the Great Britain Restaurant (GBR) which serves awesome British fare. Then there is also the West 14th Beach front bar that serves some of the world’s best Martinis.
The state-of-the-art gym at the 14th floor offers stunning views of the iconic Dubai Marina Skyline from floor to ceiling windows. You can indulge in water sports at this place.
Both the Dubai International Airport and the Al Maktoum Airport are half an hour away, as is the Dubai Mall, while the Mall of Emirates is just 20 minutes away. Everything at Dubai Parks and resorts can be accessed in 30 minutes from the DUKESW DUBAI.
6. Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre [ book here ]
The Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre is located right in the middle of DIFC, Dubai’s financial and business hotspot. It is 1.9 kilometers away from the Dubai Mall, 2.1 kilometers from the Burj Khalifa, and 9 kilometers from the Dubai International Airport.
Apart from having an awesome interior, this hotel comes with four top of the line restaurants – the Firebird Diner by Michael Mina, Luna Sky Bar, Penrose Lounge and the Cigar Lounge Churchill Club.
7. Armani Hotel Dubai [ book here ]
This hotel is right in the Burj Khalifa. Yes, you read that right. Occupying 11 floors of Dubai’s most famous building, this is the brain child of the iconic fashion designer Giorgio Armani.
With their curved lines and Japanese tatami and luxury fabrics, the rooms have an understated elegance.
Each of the 7 restaurants in this hotel has awesome dining options. The famous Armani Prive has the most popular nightclubs in the area and the Armani Hashi serves amazing Japanese dishes. Then there is the Armani Spa, whose name says it all.
This is obviously among the best properties in Dubai, and is a 20 minutes drive from the Dubai International Airport.
8. Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai [ book here ]
This is a 5-star piece of Asia located centrally along Sheikh Zayed road, which is 10 minutes from the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. The 302 rooms of this hotel are architecture under the theme of geometric patterns and designed to provide the best experience for the visitors. This is in the Trade Centre Area which is wildly popular among tourists for the luxury shopping destinations.
The eating options are simply too many. There are eight restaurants and bars, including the signature Shang Palace. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, offers treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine. From the IkandyUltralounge, you get to have awesome views of the Burj Khalifa while sipping at your cocktail along the poolside.
The Financial Centre Metro Station is just a 5 minutes’ walk away from the hotel, while Jumeirah Beach Park is less than a 5 minutes drive. The Dubai International Airport is only 15 minutes by car.
9. La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK Dubai, Autograph Collection [ book here ]
Love chique art that makes you want to rule the night? Then La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK Dubai, Autograph Collection is the place for you. Spacious guest rooms celebrating the urban luxuries through décor highlighted by sophisticated neutral furnishings and contemporary artistic twists, the rooms are straight out of a lifestyle magazine.
It doesn’t stop at mere décor though. The food is internationally renowned, with three restaurants, a lobby café and a rooftop bar offering dishes from all over the world.
The hotel is in a prime location, being only 1.8 kilometers away from the Burj Khalifa, and 2.1 kilometers from The Dubai Fountain. The airport is at a distance of 11 kilometers.
10. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai [ book here ]
When it comes to luxury, the Ritz Carlton chain never fails to disappoint, and what other place to get the best of it than in Dubai, one of the biggest shopping destinations of the world?
Located along the famous Jumeira Beach Residence (JBR) Walk and only 2 minutes from the beach on foot, the property is hugely popular among its guests for its spa facilities. Walk for 5 minutes and you would reach the famous Dubai Marina.
All the rooms in this hotel face the sea, giving you glorious views day in and day out. The food in this place is very popular as well, including Palm Grill, the newly opened beach restaurant that overlooks the Arabian Gulf. The other themed restaurants offer dishes Asian, Arabian and Mediterranean.
It takes 15 minutes by car to reach the Mall of The Emirates and Emirates Golf Club from the Ritz Carlton, Dubai, and half an hour to the Dubai International Airport.
11. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah [ book here ]
The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah comes with its own island, and is only 2 minutes walk from the beach. Not only do the suites speak of royalty (yes, each of them comes with a 4 carat gold iPad), the guests arrive at the location either by chauffeur driven Rolls Royces which form one of the world’s largest fleets, or by the hotel’s own helicopter service. The terrace offers breathtaking views of the sea, along with two swimming pools and 32 luxury cabanas, apart from the customary rooftop restaurant and bar.
Speaking of restaurants and bars, there is the Sky View Bar suspended 200 meters above the sea, and the Al Muntana, Burj Al Arab’s most famous fine dining restaurant. The hotel’s Talise Spa is one of the most luxurious experiences in the world.
From the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, you can reach the Wild Wadi Waterpark, the Madinat Juemirat, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai and the DIFC using the hotel’s own shuttle service. In fact, being a guest at the hotel gives you an unlimited access to the water activities at the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which is just 5 minutes away. It takes 15 minutes to reach the Souk Madinat Jumeirah by walking.
12. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai [ book here ]
Fancy swimming with super-cute dolphins? Then you must book a stay at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. This place, located in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island with an awesome view of the Arabian Gulf, comes with an underwater aquarium, and also provides complimentary access to the Aquaventure Water Park which is the largest of its kind in the Middle East, and the Lost Chambers Aquarium.
The rooms have Arabian and oceanic décor and some of them include their own terrace with views of the palm or the sea.
For food, you can hop into the Yuan serving traditional Chinese Szechuan fare. Then there is the award winner Nobu with contemporary Japanese dishes with Arabic touches. If you want traditional British, there is Bread Street Kitchen & Bar where you can also get beverages with recipes by Gordon Ramsay. At Levantine Bar & Terrace, you get authentic Lebanese with awesome beverages and shisha while enjoying heavenly views of The Palm and the famous Dubai skyline.
This place itself comes with some of the biggest boutiques and shops. You can book a 15 minute helicopter tour around Dubai, or to reach the airport. The Mall of the Emirates is a 20 minutes’ drive, while the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai mall takes 25 minutes. The Emirates golf Club is 3 kilometers away.
13. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam – Madinat Jumeirah [ book here ]
The name translates to the beautiful ‘Harbor of Peace’. Rightly so, because it is the gateway to the Madinat Jumeirah, one of the most renowned boutique hotels in Dubai. The Jumeirah Mina A’Salam was completely refurbished in 2015. And what makes it special is that with its own golf facilities, the Madinat Theatre, the Sinbad’s Kids Club among others, it offers one of the most complete experiences. Madinat Jumeirah has 40 top of the range restaurants, bars and lounges. See what we mean?
This place offers complimentary shuttle service to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, the Madinat Jumeirah, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Burj Khalifa, and the DIFC.
14. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates [ book here ]
Only a 5 minutes’ walk from the Mall of the Emirates and adjacent to the Ski Dubai, this property is located in the heart of Dubai. This is the only hotel featuring the Aspen Ski Chalets and offers views of the skiing slopes of Ski Dubai. And from the 24-hour concierge, you can arrange a desert safari for yourself. So there is both ice and fire for you!
This is the not the only variety though- there is food. Salero Tapas & Bodega offer authentic Spanish cuisine, while Olea offers Levantine fare.
The Dubai International Airport is 20 minutes drive away from the place, as is the Emirates Golf Club, while the Wadi Waterpark is 3 kilometers away.
15. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah [ book here ]
This hotel is located on the famous Palm Jumeirah, and is just a 10 minutes’ drive from the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and half an hour from Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa.
Apart from the usual luxury, each of the suites has the signature Waldorf Astoria beds. As for the food, you get 6 restaurants to choose from. Mezzerie offers Arabic cuisine, while Lao has South Asian. At Social, there is stuff prepared by Michelin chef Heniz Beck.
Spoilt for choice? But that is the charm of Dubai, isn’t it? It gives you all. So take as much as you can in your upcoming holidays, and book a spot at any of these hotels to make your royal fantasies real.