The land of superlatives and over-the-top everything, from the world’s tallest building to the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, Dubai defines decadence like no other. The emirate was also one of the first to open its doors to vacation-hungry travellers with, of course, some COVID-19 vaccination documentation.
So, if religions define heaven as the ultimate place of rest for the mind, body and soul, there is a preview available for mortals. It’s in Dubai and it checks all the boxes.
Here’s a curated list of the most luxurious hotels in which to relax and unwind.
Check out this extraordinary hotel on the shores of Dubai Creek in the Jaddaf Waterfront Culture Village area if you want to live the luxurious life like the Italian designer Donatella Versace. The best part about this opulent gem is every single piece of furniture and fabric that adorns its 215 rooms and suites, and 169 residences, is tailor-made by Versace exclusively for the hotel.
The hotel has also launched an e-gift platform, where buyers can choose to ‘gift an experience’ as a treat for themselves or as a gesture to a loved one. The first Palazzo Versace was opened on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2000, but this second edition in Dubai is highly recommended if all things majestic are your idea of life.
Atlantis, The Palm
Sitting proudly at the end of The Palm, this hotel is a prime example of all things lavish. Whatever your luxury fantasy in Dubai, it is all here. The luxury resort has 1,539 rooms, 23 restaurants, the largest aquarium in the UAE, an award-winning water park and a presidential suite on the 22nd floor, which is at least 10 times bigger than an average city centre apartment.
Atlantis spoils the traveller for choice when it comes to places for soaking up the stunning views of the azure waters of The Palm, beaches and renowned Dubai landmarks. A favourite hotspot here is the Wavehouse, which is also the emirate’s ultimate entertainment destination. The first-of-its-kind concept is a collection of spaces that morph seamlessly into each other, featuring a dedicated restaurant, an adults-only bar and a beach-themed outdoor terrace. The hotel has also introduced free in-resort PCR COVID-19 tests to help ensure the wellbeing of its guests.
Al Jaddaf Rotana Suite Hotel
Rotana’s flamboyant hotel is a striking 318-room property consisting of 14 floors, creating a dramatic addition to the burgeoning Al Jaddaf district. And for satiating your taste buds, the decadent property features five distinct dining experiences.
Visit Timo, the signature Italian restaurant that promises authentic Italian fare in an elevated and stylish setting. Two impressive chandeliers take centre stage, exuding an ambience that is sophisticated yet warm and inviting.
Caesars Palace Bluewaters
Located on Bluewaters Island, a vibrant lifestyle destination that connects to the iconic Jumeirah Beach Residence, this hotel is a haven of sophisticated style. The art collection, designed by the maestro of modern American glamour Jonathan Adler, complements the interiors, bringing a slice of ancient Rome to the property.
Soak up the sun by the multiple pools or take a private cabana on the stretch of soft white sand, enjoying uninterrupted views of the Persian Gulf. While you are here, do not miss the world-class dining at chef Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
A chic city retreat on the beach, the Nikki Beach brand is known for its beach club concept combining music, dining, entertainment and fashion, and this property is no different. With its signature white décor with tribal influences, plush sun beds and open cabanas surrounding the pool with its swim-up bar, this is the perfect place to enjoy exceptional food and entertainment in an international party atmosphere.
With the sundowner season back, nowhere does it quite like this hotel. It is perfect for those Instagram-worthy Dubai sunsets. Head to its Soul Lounge for unspoilt Persian Gulf views. For some retail therapy, Nikki Beach also offers a complimentary shuttle service to the brand-new outdoor retail park, City Walk.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, this hotel is located within the Mall of the Emirates. With a grandiose, palatial exterior and elegant interior design, it reflects all the best aspects of the city it calls home. Located next door within the mall is Ski Dubai, an indoor snow and ski resort.
Gearing towards wellness, the property has now launched a new room category designed for fitness. The Kempinski Fit Room is complete with innovative in-room workout solutions and on-demand fitness services. Each Kempinski Fit Room is equipped with a Technogym bike and a console that features an on-demand library of round-the-clock cycling classes run by trainers from around the world.
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