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When only the best will do. We have selected 5 Outstanding luxury hotels in Dubai you really want to stay in.
The Palace of Dubai. Literally.
Compared with the city’s glitzy and unashamedly gaudy Burj Al Arab and Atlantis The Palm Hotel, Al Qasr, which translates as “The Palace,” offers a distinctive Arabic flavor (Persian rugs and ornate oil lamps) without resembling Ali Baba’s grotto.
Step inside the lobby and the scent of freshly cut rose petals — which are scattered into a center pool — hits you square on, while rooms look out onto Arabesque waterways and the Persian Gulf. +971 4 366 8888
One & Only Royal Mirage
Despite the name, there are in fact two One & Only resorts in Dubai, both within a couple of miles of each other.
Celebrity favorite Royal Mirage is the more worthwhile of the two.
Guests have included Michael Jackson and David Beckham, who’ve slept within the Arabian architecture, immaculately cultivated palm tree gardens and probably lounged on the crisp white beachside cabanas.
It’s also a great place for water sports expert South African instructors offer wakeboarding and wakesurfing lessons in the calm waters right off the beach.
One of your few chances in the Middle East to wake up with a penguin.
Not only is this five-star hotel a shopper’s dream (it’s attached to Mall of the Emirates), it looks out onto the most bizarre scene in the desert — Ski Dubai, one of the largest manmade ski slopes on the planet.
The hotel has crafted its suites accordingly, with chalet-style decor, Molton Brown hues and fake fireplaces.
From the bedrooms and dining room, visitors can see the piste, tobogganing track, chair lifts and even a gaggle of penguins flown in to live in the 22,500-square-meter fridge.
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab is a knockout from first glance with an unusual design that is built to look like a giant billowing sail reaching over 1,000 feet into the air.
Come sundown, the hotel’s exterior is aglow with a light show that moves across the sail-shaped structures.
The hotel’s interior is equally impressive with luxurious 2-floor suites. The Royal Suite is the most opulent and features a towering 4-poster canopy bed on a rotating pedestal and a staircase built from marble and gold.
Each floor of the hotel has its own reception desk and team of butlers ready to assist you with requests, whether that’s a chauffeured Rolls Royce to tour the town or reservations for a seafood feast of Caspian caviar, Tasmanian salmon with foie gras and grilled Atlantic lobster at the on-site restaurant Mahara.
In a city that strives to be over-the-top, the Shangri-La offers first-class luxury in a more restrained and very refined setting.
There are 302 guest rooms with deep soaking tubs, rain showers and warm décor with sleek lines and local artwork. The signature restaurant, Shang Palace, serves high-end Cantonese specialties while Marrakech serves contemporary Moroccan cuisine in a bright and airy courtyard.
Loungers circle the curved swimming pool where guests can relax after a game of squash or a workout in the fully equipped fitness center. And the hotel’s location on the storied Sheikh Zayed Road puts it right in the center of Dubai’s action with shopping, entertainment and wild skyscrapers just a few blocks away.