A selection of the best five star hotels in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A selection by Laura Becker
Experience luxury and romance at One&Only Royal Mirage, a resort located on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, facing the Bay of Palm Island. Boasting 1 km of beachfront and 65 acres of lush gardens, this resort is just a 10-minute drive away from Aquaventure Waterpark and Mall of the Emirates, and a 20-minute drive from Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Guests who stay three nights or more will receive a complimentary Aquaventure Waterpark pass at nearby Atlantis The Palm. The resort is divided into three distinct environments – The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa – each with unique rooms and themed restaurants. Enjoy gourmet dishes from all over the world at the resort’s 8 restaurants, including Mediterranean, Moroccan and Indo-European cuisine.
Rooms: 451 Stars: 5
Experience ultimate luxury at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, situated on its own island. Reach the island by chauffeur-driven fleets of Rolls-Royce’s or a dedicated helicopter transfer service. Enjoy panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the suites, with features such as a reactor speaker, complimentary Wi-Fi, and widescreen interactive HD TV. Dine at eight signature restaurants, including the renowned Al Muntaha for contemporary European cuisine. Relax at Talise Spa with ladies and gentlemen’s relaxation areas, infinity pools, hot tub, saunas, steam rooms, and plunge pools. Lounge at the terrace with two swimming pools, 32 luxury cabanas, a restaurant and a bar. Get exclusive access to Summersalt Beach Club, with cabanas, sun loungers and views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf.
Rooms: 201 Stars: 5
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is a luxurious 5-star resort boasting stunning outdoor pools, a fitness centre and a shared lounge. Located in the Jumeirah district with direct beach access, guests are just 250 metres from Mercato Mall, 2.6 km from The Village Mall and 3.1 km from City Walk Mall. With a wide range of dining options, from Sublimotion, a unique multi-sensory experience by two-Michelin-starred Chef Paco Roncero, to Tasca, the signature Portuguese restaurant awarded a Michelin Star, there is something for everyone. All rooms feature a coffee machine, private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a hair dryer, and a seating area. Club rooms and suites offer exclusive access to the Club Lounge with views of the Dubai skyline. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental provides a range of beauty and wellness treatments, while the fitness studio offers the perfect place to stay active. Dubai International Financial Centr.
Rooms: 256 Stars: 5
Experience five-star luxury at Jumeirah Al Naseem, a beautiful resort located in Dubai’s Umm Suqeim district. This luxurious accommodation features a spa centre, private beach area, hot tub and water sports facilities. Guests can savour a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant, and can also enjoy complimentary access to Wild Wadi. All rooms are air conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a seating area, private bathroom and complimentary bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. Other amenities include free shuttle service, car hire, hairdresser’s, tennis courts and golf courses. Mall of the Emirates and Galleria Shopping Mall are both within easy reach, and Dubai International Airport is just 21 km away.
Rooms: 352 Stars: 5
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi is a 5-star beach resort, occupying a prime spot on Jumeirah Beach. This luxurious resort offers everything you need for a relaxing stay, including 5 resort pools, a 500-metre private beach, 8 restaurants, Jungle Bay waterpark and comfortable rooms. The modern and classical design of the rooms, with high ceilings and grand mirrors, is complemented by free WiFi, Nespresso machine and marble bathrooms. Guests can also take advantage of the Heavenly Spa, tennis courts, fitness centre and water sports centre. Children can enjoy the kids pool, beach games, kids club and the newly opened Jungle Bay waterpark. With a range of cuisines from steakhouse to Thai and Latino-Asian, all served formally or informally, and special menus for children, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi is the ideal destination for a luxury holiday.
Rooms: 286 Stars: 5
Situated in Dubai, 300 metres from Marina Beach, Address Beach Resort is an award-winning building design featuring two 77-story towers connected by a sky bridge. It offers a range of accommodation, including family rooms, a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, a terrace, a 24-hour front desk, room service, currency exchange, and free WiFi. The resort also provides guests with a rooftop infinity pool almost 294 metres above the sea with stunning views of the Bluewaters Island, Dubai Eye, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), and Dubai Marina. To make the most of your stay, you can enjoy the signature The Spa at Address (the highest spa in Dubai located on the 75th floor) and take advantage of 2 open-air swimming pools and Kids Splash Pad, as well as a sauna, an on-site bar, and a business area.
Rooms: 217 Stars: 5
Experience the ultimate in luxury at the Armani Hotel Dubai, one of the finest five-star hotels in the city. This iconic hotel, envisioned by fashion icon Giorgio Armani, is located in the Burj Khalifa, boasting 11 floors of opulence. Stylishly designed rooms feature curved lines, Japanese tatami and luxurious fabrics, as well as modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and free WiFi. Guests can indulge in a variety of international cuisines at seven restaurants, or relax at the extensive Armani Spa with personal treatments and sequential bathing. Enjoy direct access to the Dubai Mall, with Dubai International Airport a short 20-minute drive away.
Rooms: 160 Stars: 5
Experience the opulence of Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, a luxury hotel situated in the heart of Dubai. Recently opened in September 2020, the hotel offers a range of amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, kids’ club, concierge service, luggage storage, currency exchange, restaurant, and free private parking. The spacious rooms are equipped with comfortable beds, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, safety deposit boxes, and en-suite bathrooms. Guests can enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, as well as à la carte and continental options. The hotel is located 6 km from Grand Mosque and 6.4 km from Dubai World Trade Centre, with Dubai International Airport being 7 km away.
Rooms: 595 Stars: 5
Experience the ultimate in luxury and relaxation at Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort. Situated on the beachfront, this 5-star resort offers stunning views, air-conditioned rooms with all the amenities, a garden, terrace, restaurant, bar and concierge service. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a wide range of activities for the whole family. All rooms come with a desk, coffee machine, minibar, safety deposit box, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony and pool views. Start your day with a delicious à la carte breakfast and explore the nearby attractions such as Dubai Marina Mall (14 km) and Ibn Battuta Mall (15 km). Al Maktoum International Airport is 14 km away.
Rooms: 30 Stars: 5
Experience a luxurious 5-star resort at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. Located on the beachfront, it offers free WiFi, two outdoor pools, a private beach, a spa and an indoor pool. Rooms and suites are decorated in a modern style with a touch of Arabic elegance. Each suite has a living area with a flat-screen TV, dining area and PlayStation/Xbox available on request. The gleaming bathroom features custom Murano glass pendant and a deep soaking tub, mirror with built-in TV and a separate rain shower. Enjoy eclectic dining experiences at SUQ, Mercury lounge or Hendricks bar. There are also two tennis courts, a jogging track, cabanas and day villas. Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain are 15-minute drive away, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai International Airport are 20 km away, and Mall of the Emirates and Gold Souk are both 10 km away.
Rooms: 237 Stars: 5
Best areas to find hotels in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1. Deira: Deira is one of the oldest and most traditional districts of Dubai, located on the northern side of the city. This area is known for its bustling markets, traditional souks, and stunning views of the Dubai Creek. Hotels in Deira offer easy access to many of the city’s attractions and shopping centers, as well as the Dubai International Airport. Popular hotels in Deira include the Hyatt Regency Dubai Airport, the Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek, and the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers.
2. Downtown Dubai: Downtown Dubai is the heart of the city and is home to some of the most iconic attractions in Dubai, such as the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. Hotels in the area are close to many of the city’s top attractions and offer easy access to the Dubai Metro. Popular hotels in Downtown Dubai include the Address Downtown, the Armani Hotel Dubai, and the Ritz Carlton Dubai.
3. Jumeirah Beach: Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dubai and is known for its stunning beaches and luxurious resorts. Hotels in the area are close to many of the city’s top attractions, such as the Wild Wadi Water Park, the Mall of the Emirates, and the Dubai Aquarium. Popular hotels in Jumeirah Beach include the Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and the One&Only Royal Mirage.
4. Palm Jumeirah: Palm Jumeirah is an iconic man-made island in Dubai and is home to some of the city’s most luxurious resorts. Hotels in the area offer stunning views of the Palm and easy access to many of the city’s top attractions. Popular hotels in Palm Jumeirah include The Atlantis, The Palm, the Sofitel Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah.
5. Business Bay: Business Bay is a thriving business district in Dubai and is home to many of the city’s top offices and corporate headquarters. Hotels in the area are close to the Dubai Metro, the Dubai Mall, and the Burj Khalifa. Popular hotels in Business Bay include the Address Dubai Mall, the Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, and the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.
6. Dubai Marina: Dubai Marina is one of the most popular tourist districts in Dubai and is home to many of the city’s top attractions, such as the Dubai Marina Mall and the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. Hotels in the area offer stunning views of the marina and easy access to the Dubai Metro. Popular hotels in Dubai Marina include the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, the Marriott Marquis Dubai Marina, and the Ritz Carlton Dubai Marina.
7. Al Barsha: Al Barsha is a popular residential district in Dubai and is home to many of the city’s top attractions, such as the Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai Miracle Garden. Hotels in the area offer easy access to the Dubai Metro and the city’s other attractions. Popular hotels in Al Barsha include the Grosvenor House Dubai, the Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City, and the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel.