Best Dubai Hotels: 12 Most Extraordinary and Beautiful Hotels in Dubai (Plus Stays in Abu Dhabi)

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Updated on: 5 August, 2021

Dubai has some of the most extraordinary and beautiful hotels in the world to offer , which we would like to introduce to you below. It is really unbelievable what kind of imposing buildings there are.

We may not be able to afford all of the hotels, but paying them a visit is definitely worth it! In addition to the most beautiful hotels in Dubai, at the end of the day you will also find a beautiful hotel in Abu Dhabi that you shouldn’t miss. We also give you a brief overview of the most important travel information about Dubai.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DUBAI HOTELS

1. ATLANTIS THE PALM ON PALM JUMEIRAH

The hotel Atlantis the Palm , which with its 46 hectares is certainly one of the most extraordinary Dubai hotels, is located on the artificial island The Palm Jumeirah in front of Jumeirah Beach. You will get your money’s worth in the large water amusement park.

In addition, it also has an underwater world with 65,000 animals. A large spa and wellness area complements the luxurious facilities. There are special programs for children.

The suites are a highlight. In the underwater suites you can spend the night in the underwater world itself. The Royal Bridge Suite offers luxury on 924 square meters, its own dining room, a meeting room and its own chefs.

In all suites you can enjoy free butler service and free films on demand as well as your own cabana on the beach and swimming pool.

➜ Book a hotel:  Click here for Atlantis The Palm

2. BAB AL SHAMS DESERT RESORT AND SPA

If you’d rather get to know the desert instead of the sea, then the Bab al Shams Desert Resort is recommended, which is just 45 minutes by car from Dubai’s international airport.

With its classic Arabic architecture, which is nevertheless adapted to modern needs, this hotel impresses the guest in terms of appearance alone. Each room is decorated with lovely wall paintings . Magnificent pillows and divans complete the furnishings.

The hotel, of course, makes use of its charming surroundings and offers camel hikes , a desert safari by jeep  and excursions into the desert on horseback. Traditional Arabic cuisine and international specialties are served in the four on-site restaurants.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here for the Bab al Shams Desert Resort
➜ All desert safari offers from Dubai : Desert safari from Dubai

3. BURJ AL ARAB JUMEIRAH

You probably already know the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel , which has shaped Dubai for decades with its unmistakable sail- shaped silhouette . The Burj Al Arab on its small private peninsula is still the epitome of pure luxury and one of the most beautiful Dubai hotels.

An example of this luxury is that you can take off at any time by helicopter from your own hotel launch site. The Burj Al Arab Hotel can fulfill almost every wish of its guests. But it is also distinguished by its efforts to protect the environment.

In the Burj Al Arab’s own aquarium, the hotel takes care of injured sea turtles and then releases them again. Guests can participate and are made aware of the problem.

If you can’t afford a night in the Burj al Arab , you can get to know the hotel on a cocktail tour in the Skyview Bar .

➜ Book a hotel: Click here for the Burj Al Arab

4. ARMANI HOTEL IN THE BURJ KHALIFA

One of the most beautiful Dubai hotels was designed by designer Giorgio Armani personally: The Armani Hotel , which extends over 11 floors in the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

When designing the hotel, Armani was guided by simple Japanese elegance . The rooms are mainly kept in black, gray and white tones. He used traditional Japanese bamboo mats and dark teak wood for the furnishings.

In addition to the design, the view from the 828 meter high building is breathtaking. The hotel also offers all amenities from the outdoor pool to the Turkish steam bath.

3. ANANTARA DUBAI THE PALM RESORT & SPA

If you love the lightness and elegance of Thai architecture, you will find it again in the hotel Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & SPA on the island of Palm Jumeirah. The wooden bungalows built on stilts bear witness to the whole aesthetic of Asia.

This shows the character of the extraordinary Dubai Hotels, which manage to combine the charm of the whole world. This hotel is the only hotel in the whole of the United Arab Emirates that allows guests to stay in over-water villas and step into the sea from their bungalow as soon as they get up.

This is really a wonderful experience that I could have gotten used to during my visit. The impression of sleeping directly in the sea is reinforced by the infinity pool. The hotel offers original Asian cuisine from Thailand and China. A Thai cooking course rounds off this program.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here to go to the Anantara Resort

4. ONE & ONLY THE PALM

Also on the island of Palm Jumeirah, but on its western edge, is one of the finest and most beautiful hotels in Dubai, the Hotel One & Only The Palm . The architecture is based on the Moorish and Spanish-Andalusian styles.

Apparently floating white columns with a floral pattern, doors made of gold metal engraved with geometric patterns and roof terraces illuminated with candlelight cast a spell over the viewer.

This hotel gives you the impression that you have landed directly in a thousand and one nights . With only 90 rooms, you will never get the impression that the hotel is overcrowded. The hotel’s 101 Dining Lounge and Bar is considered the best place in Dubai to experience sunsets.

The hammam, which also adapts to the Moorish style, should not be missing from this Arab hotel.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here for the One & Only

5. AL MAHA RESORT & SPA

If you are looking for even more seclusion, then the Al Maha Resort & Spa is the hotel for you. Located in a green palm oasis in the middle of the desert, this hotel recreates the way of life of the Bedouins.

The hotel’s suites are decorated with Arabic hand-made carvings and furnishings. The architecture of the suites is similar to that of a Bedouin tent.

Binoculars are available so that you  can watch the oryx , which is bred and released into the wild here as part of the environmental protection program with the support of the hotel.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here for the Al Maha Resort
➜ Tour to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: Safari at sunrise

7. KEMPINSKI HOTEL PALM JUMEIRAH

The Kempinski Hotel Palm Jumeirah is located on the man-made sand island of Palm Jumeirah on the northwestern edge . Outwardly, it resembles one of the dream castles that Disney brings to life in its films.

Special highlights of the hotel are certainly the huge swimming pool, which extends over 1200 square meters, and the 500 meter long white private beach. If you’ve always wanted to go water skiing, you’ve come to the right place.

The hotel is also  counted among the best hotels in Dubai by its guests , as it offers unusual excursions. For example a trip to a wadi. A wadi is a natural river in the middle of the desert in which you can also swim.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here to go to the Kempinski Hotel

9. JUMEIRAH DAR AL MASYAF – MADINAT JUMEIRAH

If you’ve got a taste for boutique hotels , the Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf – Madinat Jumeirah Hotel is right for you. The architects of this hotel tried to combine Venice with an oriental flair.

Set within a huge complex of waterways and gardens , this beautiful hotel is a gem. Here you can have breakfast with an idyllic view of the Burj Al Arab. In this facility you can relax great, even though you are in the middle of the mega city Dubai.

This hotel is very impressive not only because of its luxurious furnishings and perfect service, but above all because of its visual power and abundance of images.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here to go to Dar Al Masyaf

10. WYNDHAM DUBAI MARINA

Do you like to look at ships and also want good food nearby, as well as the opportunity to be in the center of the action in the evening? Then the Wyndham Dubai Marina is the right hotel for you.

Located directly at the marina, you can watch the ships from lofty heights, relax in the hotel pool and in the evening stroll past the magnificently illuminated panorama of the marina and the glittering world of the skyscrapers.

The view and the large panoramic windows are undoubtedly the hallmarks of this hotel. If you want, you can also dine on the 31st floor with a view of the Dubai Eye.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here to go to the Wyndham Hotel

11. THE MEYDAN HOTEL

The futuristic  The Meydan Hotel is located directly at a horse racing track and is therefore a real must for racehorse fans. Architecturally, it is also worth seeing, as it was built in the shape of a wave. The park, which was built with great care, makes it an oasis in the middle of the city.

All sights can be easily reached from the hotel, which is located in the heart of Dubai. In addition to the racecourse, the hotel has another highlight to offer you, because it has a huge rooftop infinity pool with a direct view of the race track.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here to go to the Meydan Hotel

12. PARK HYATT DUBAI

Would you like to relax with special wellness treatments or are you out and about with your partner? Then the Park Hyatt Dubai Hotel is right for you, as it is particularly recommended for this. But there are plenty of other reasons to stay too.

There are special scented aroma treatments and also its own golf course. These services are rounded off by the excellent location directly at the Dubai Marina and the breathtaking view of the ocean from the rooms.

As a special feature, the hotel offers rooms for people with allergies. It is an oasis of relaxation and fun in every way.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here for the Park Hyatt Hotel

ONE OF THE NICEST HOTELS IN ABU DHABI

THE QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA

Since the Emirates are very close to each other and are not very large, the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort can also be reached from Dubai. However, Abu Dhabi Airport, which is about two hours away, is more advantageous.

What distinguishes this hotel is first of all its unique location in one of the largest continuous sandy deserts in the world, the Liwa Desert. Also known as the “Empty Quarter”, it is a symposium of colors and an astonishingly diverse fauna.

The lovingly designed hotel resembles an Arab fort. Each of the rooms and suites is unique and decorated with dark wood carvings. The pools offer a lot of privacy. From here you can plan excursions into the desert – if you want, even at sunrise or sunset. A special highlight is a full moon walk in the desert.

Or you do it like us and celebrate New Year’s Eve with a tent and BBQ in the desert! We camped very close to the resort and made a detour the next day.

➜ Book a hotel: Click here to go to the Qasr Al Sarab Resort

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HOTELS FOR MERE MORTALS

Our recommendation:  JA Ocean View Hotel
➜ Hawthorn Hotel & Suites by Wyndham JBR
➜ Park Hyatt Dubai 
➜ Nassima Royal Hotel
➜ Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
➜ Le Méridien Dubai Hotel

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DUBAI: A QUICK OVERVIEW OF DUBAI TRAVEL INFORMATION

1. DUBAI, A SHORT TRAVEL GUIDE

Dubai has some historical landmarks . This includes the Dubai Creek , the oldest port in the city. Dubai grew out of a community of pearl divers and fishermen and it was in this port that pearls were sold.

Even today, traditional dhows (ships) can still be seen here, with which fishermen earn their living. The old town with a museum on the city’s history as well as historical buildings and mosques is also located near Dubai Creek. Here you can stroll through the gold or spice market and soak up the atmosphere in you.

Dubai is of course even better known for its spectacular new buildings and construction projects. From 2001, Dubai had two new islands of its own planned, which were heaped up in the shape of a palm tree on rocks and sand. The more famous of these is the Palm Jumeirah Island , which extends over 4 kilometers in length and 6 kilometers in width into the sea.

This is also where Dubai’s largest underwater world is located in Atlantis the Palm. Dubai’s shopping centers are also gigantic and are among the largest in the world. The Dubai Mall is located next to the Burj Khalifa and has its own ice rink and aquarium on its 350,000 square meters. There is a spectacular water show right next to the Burj Khalifa.

The Mall of the Emirates is another well-known shopping center of similar dimensions with its own ski hall. The Dubai Marina offers many different entertainment options with its numerous canals, yachts, restaurants and shopping opportunities. The landmark of Dubai, the Burj Al Arab and the pyramid-like Wafi City Mall are also worth a trip.

Dubai is also known for its beaches. The most famous is the iconic Jumeirah Beach. As a community tip, the Al Sufouh Beach, which is not very crowded, but still offers views of the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah palm, and the Mamzar Beach Park, which is considered a remote gem.

A vacation in Dubai should definitely include a trip to the desert . The magnificent play of colors and the amazingly diverse fauna will stay in your memory for a long time.

2. THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO DUBAI

Dubai, as a desert country, is constantly characterized by hot temperatures. That is why it is important to keep an eye on the best travel time for Dubai . The average temperature is very high at 27 degrees Celsius. In summer it can rise to 41 to 45 degrees Celsius ! On average there is rain one day a month in winter. Rain is almost impossible in summer.

Nevertheless, especially in summer, the humidity is unbearably high due to the sea fog. The sea is also very warm now and not really refreshing. It makes most sense to travel to Dubai in the cooler winter months from November to March.

3. MEANS OF TRANSPORT IN DUBAI

The Dubai Metro , the Dubai Tram and the Palm Monorail serve as public transport in Dubai . The Dubai Metro goes to attractions such as the Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina, the Gold Souk and Dubai’s financial district.

With the Dubai Tram you can visit sights such as the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Marina and the Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The Palm Monorail, on the other hand, enables you to get around directly on the island of Palm Jumeirah.

Buses are available in the form of the hop-on hop-off bus that goes past the main attractions. Otherwise there are also local bus routes.

➜ City tour:  explore Dubai with the hop-on / hop-off bus

Another option is always to take one of the countless taxis that are not only available in Dubai on the street but also as water taxis. You can find out more about this on the official homepage.

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