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We've spent hours researching blogs and glossy magazines for the best hotel recommendations. These are our top picks of five star hotels in Dubai. Bon voyage!
Updated Mar 29, 2019
“Absolutely love this haven in the middle of Dubai. It's the perfect place to relax in luxury!”
Situated on the manmade Jumeira Bay, an island carved into the shape of a seahorse and adjoined by a 300m bridge to central Dubai coastline, Bulgari Hotel & Resorts, Dubai comprises a private Marina featuring 50 boat berths and the first world’s Bulgari Yacht Club with peerless views over the sea.
The resort offers 101 rooms and suites, as well as 20 Bulgari villas with pool, garden and sea-view.
The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai offers a full range of amenities, such as the gourmet Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, the Il Café open all day , Il Bar with its iconic oval-shaped freestanding bar and La Spiaggia the most exclusive beach Club with private beach and a unique mosaic-design outdoor swimming pool.
Guests can also enjoy the 1,700 square-metre Spa with hammam, indoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon with a traditional barbershop and hairdresser.
Speaking Arabic, English, Hindi and Japanese, staff at the reception can help you plan your stay.
Dubai Opera is 4.1 km from the accommodation, while Burj Khalifa is 4.2 km from the property.
The nearest airport is Dubai International Airport, 13 km from Bulgari Hotel & Resorts, Dubai.
“One of the few 7-star(!) hotels in the world. Impossible to describe as it's like nowhere else, but just to give an idea of the level of service you can expect: you have a guy who come to clean your sunglasses each time you go out from the pool.”
Situated on its own island, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah features ultra-luxurious suites overlooking the sea, 9 signature restaurants and an opulent full-service spa. Guests may arrive at the property by either one of the world's largest chauffeur-driven fleets of Rolls-Royce's or alternatively by a dedicated helicopter transfer service. The new terrace offers two swimming pools, 32 luxury cabanas, a restaurant and a bar transforming the hotel into a full resort.
Featuring floor to ceiling windows with panoramic view of the Arabian Gulf, each suite includes an iPad, complimentary WiFi, a 21-inch iMac, and widescreen interactive HD TV. Bose iPhone docking station and media hub is also available.
The Sky View Bar is suspended 200 metres above sea level and is idea for afternoon tea and cocktails. Al Muntaha is the Burj Al Arab's signature fine dining restaurant serving contemporary European cuisine. Villa Beach restaurant, located right on the beach, is open every day for lunch and dinner.
Each experience at Talise Spa has been carefully crafted and exclusively developed using the world’s most luxurious products to leave you utterly pampered. Both ladies and gentlemen’s relaxation areas feature an aqua retreat. Facilities include separate indoor infinity pools, hot tub and treatment rooms overlooking the Arabian Gulf complement the spa, along with saunas, steam rooms and plunge pools. Summersalt Beach Club is exclusive to Jumeirah Al Naseem and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah suite guests who will be accommodated on first come, first served basis.
All guests will get access to the newly refurbished Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s private beach. Featuring brand new cabanas, sun loungers, along with magnificent views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf, it creates the perfect beachside spot exclusive for Burj Al Arab Jumeirah guests only.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah offers unlimited access to the water sports activities at Wild Wadi Waterpark™, located just a 5-minute walk across the island bridge. Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a 15-minute walk away.
“Fabulous hotel! Our room was extremely spacious and beautifully designed. Really comfortable bed, roomy bathroom, extremely quiet, gorgeous mood lighting and a beautiful view of the canal below.”
Offering captivating views across the city skyline within walking distance of the vibrant Downtown area and Burj Khalifa, the newly opened Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai sits directly on the Dubai Water Canal. It offers an indoor/outdoor swimming pool. The hotel boasts a strong portfolio of chef led dining experiences across 6 F&B outlets with multiple international cuisines and expert mixology.
The hotel features 9 room types with 5 suite categories ranging between 60-305 sqm. Each has natural lighting from the floor-to-ceiling windows which showcase either a Burj Khalifa or Dubai Water Canal view. Every room contains an array of comforts including the latest in-room technology with touch panels for lighting, a walk-in closet, an in-room safe, a mini bar and a seating area with a 48 inch flat screen TV. The spacious bathrooms offer a freestanding tub and shower and complimentary luxury Amouage amenities.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto brings his famed eponymous concept to the U.A.E. with Morimoto Dubai, and David Myers invites you to savor the flavors of a southern French farmhouse at Bleu Blanc by David Myers and full-flavored Italian with BASTA! by David Myers. Guests can enjoy sundowners and shisha at the Middle Eastern style brasserie, BHAR. The coffee shop Grounded serves coffee from local roasters Seven Fortunes and light bites from the hotel’s pastry chefs.
Six Senses Spa Dubai is located on the fifth floor of the hotel, offering 6 private treatments suites, one for each sense and a hammam suite. For the health conscious, there is a fitness centre with cardio equipment, free weights and a sauna. After a refreshing workout or the relaxing treatment head over to the vitamin bar for juice or a smoothie.
Dubai International Airport is a 20 minutes’ drive from Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, while Dubai International Financial Centre can be reached in 7 minutes. Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa is a 10 minutes’ walk from the property, while the rest of Dubai can be reached through the Metro with the Dubai Metro Red Line being a 20 minutes’ walk.
“The service, food, room and ambiance of the hotel was perfect. One of the best hotels I have ever stayed at.”
Conveniently located in the heart of Dubai’s business and financial hub, DIFC, lies the Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre. It offers a spectacular glass walled outdoor swimming pool and a sun terrace. Guests can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property.
Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries.
Four Seasons Hotel DIFC features four Dubai restaurants, bars and lounges including Mina Brasserie, Luna Sky Bar, Penrose Lounge and Cigar lounge Churchill Club, all ideal for discussing business, entertaining colleagues or relaxing with friends. Service at the poolside terrace and in room service is available.
The hotel has a spa centre ‘The Spa’ with 5 spacious treatment rooms and whirlpool hot tub, and a fully equipped fitness centre.
The hotel also offers car hire. Dubai Mall is 1.9 km from Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, while Burj Khalifa is 2.1 km from the property. Dubai International Airport is 9 km away. Free parking and valet parking is available on site.
“Exceeding expectations. The facility, staff and service were exceptional. Everything was spot on.”
One&Only The Palm offers luxurious beach-front accommodation on Palm Jumeirah's peninsula. Guests can enjoy panoramic views, a private beach and cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno.
The One&Only features spacious rooms, suites and villas that are either situated within the hotel’s Manor House or in private Beach Villas. The rooms and suites overlook the main pool and the palm-shaded terraces. The Beach Villas offer direct beach access and personalized service.
Guests have a choice of 3 restaurants, which includes the over-water Marina Restaurant, Bar & Lounge. Guests can also venture out by water taxi to the One&Only Royal Mirage to have dinner at any of its 7 restaurants.
Activities include golfing, water sports and excursions. The resort's One&Only Spa is set amidst outdoor gardens and features its own pool and 8 private treatment suites.
IMG World and Hub Zero Dubai are just a 35-minute drive from the property.
“Unreal Venice-like experience. Everything was amazing. Loved the beach, the rooms, the butler and boat service. We will definitely be back again!”
Set amongst tranquil gardens, waterways, exclusive pools and the resort’s private beach, the intimate and exquisite summerhouses of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf offers newly refurbished elegant and spacious guestrooms and courtyards, personalised and generous butler service and an understated Arabian luxury experience.
The summerhouses offer an exquisitely designed hideaway, large terraces overlooking the fresh seawater ways and high tech bedroom facilities. Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf's luxurious guest rooms and suites are all located in Arabian-styled houses. All of the spacious rooms are decorated with furnishings of authentic Arabic style, and have luxury bathrooms.
Facilities of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf include a world class golf, Sinbad’s Kids Club, onsite Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah’s own private beach, watersports, tennis and luxury yachts.
With over 40 world-class restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from, you’ll enjoy a dizzying choice of dining options – each with a distinct theme, location and style. Whether you feel like an evening of terrific Thai or a night on the tiles with the finest cocktails, you’ll find your tastes fully satisfied at Madinat Jumeirah.
The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience showcasing the best of Arabia.
Dubai International Airport is located 25 minutes away from the hotel. The property provides a complimentary shuttle service to Wild Wadi, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Khalifa/Dubai Downtown and DIFC. Free parking is possible at the hotel.
“I had very high expectations and these were not only met but exceeded. Remarkable service, amazing food, and beautiful facilities. A truly amazing experience!”
Occupying a beach front location, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is a luxurious 5-star resort featuring free WiFi in all areas, a private beach, 2 outdoor swimming pools and a lavish spa. An indoor pool and a state-of-the art fitness centre are also available. Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain are a 15-minute drive away.
All rooms and suites at Four Seasons Resort Dubai are decorated in a modern style with a touch of Arabic elegance. Each suite includes a living area with a flat-screen TV and a dining area. PlayStation/Xbox are available upon request. The gleaming bathroom has custom Murano glass pendant and features a deep soaking tub, mirror with built-in TV and a separate rain shower.
For an eclectic dining experience head to SUQ with its dynamic market style or relax at Mercury lounge located on the sixth floor overlooking Burj Khalifa. Hendricks bar, overlooking the sea, serves cigars and cocktails in a gentlemen’s club inspired atmosphere. In-room dining is also available upon request.
The hotel offers 2 tennis courts and a jogging track by the beach. There are special programs for younger guests designed to engage their minds in a casual, fun environment. In-house guests can enjoy the exclusivity and privacy of the cabanas and day villas.
The Four Seasons Resort is 20 km from Palm Jumeirah and Dubai International Airport. Mall of the Emirates is 20 minutes away by car. Gold Souk is 10 km from the property.
“A magical resort. The view, rooms, and the staff are amazing. Highly recommended!”
Showcasing an outdoor pool and its own private beach, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai is located in the heart of Jumeirah near the new Dubai Canal. Guests can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property.
A seating area with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, as well as an iPod docking station are available in the rooms. You will find a Nespresso machine and a kettle in the room. Each room comes with a private bathroom, a bathtub and bidet, with bathrobes, slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.
Guests can enjoy 5 on-site restaurants as well as play tennis at the resort. There is a 24-hour front desk
Its located just 1.9 km from Al Ghazal Mall, 7 km from Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. 4 km away from Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai Financial Centre. The nearest airport is Dubai International Airport, 10 km from Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai. Free private parking is available on site.
“Exceeded all expectations. The best hotel I have stayed in! Especially the rooftop and outdoor spaces were amazing.”
FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai perfectly blends incredible, contemporary architectural design with unique, intuitive service to deliver amazing, memorable experiences. It boasts its own private beach as well as 5 outdoor swimming pools, including a 55m long option, running through the heart of the resort. Guests can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property.
The hotel has 468 spacious guest rooms and suites, spread across 16 floors, decorated in a simple yet elegant style with exquisite touches at every turn and breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf.
The impressive new resort has an array of stunning facilities, including outstanding dining venues hosted by world-class chefs and a modern spa.
An extraordinary landmark on the trunk of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai is strategically located for convenient access to Dubai’s business districts, as well as the city’s many exciting tourist and entertainment attractions. The resort is also easily accessible from Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), which are both just 30 minutes’ drive away. mall of Emirates is a 20 minute drive away, whilst Dubai Mall can be reached in 30 minutes. All the amusement parks of Dubai parks and Resorts can be reached in 30 minutes.
“Unreal hotel! The staff at this hotel were absolutely fantastic. In 25 years of international travel this was the best staff ever.”
Situated on the fronds of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Rixos The Palm Dubai is a luxury multi-concept beach resort offering panoramic views of the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, the glittering skyline of Dubai Marina and Dubai’s prominent landmarks.
It features an oasis themed pool and the Rixos Anjana SPA offering extensive range of treatments.
Each of the 231 rooms and suites offer at least one balcony with a sea view and are decorated with modern Turkish design. Each features flat-screen TV, free WiFi and minibar. All have a bathroom with a soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower.
At the heart of the resort is À La Turca, a restaurant giving service throughout the day, complemented by two signature restaurants – the Mediterranean-inspired L’Olivo and the Aegean seafood restaurant that will delight the palate of the connoisseurs. Guests can also enjoy a variety of drinks and snacks from two poolside and beachside restaurants during the day. Guests can further relax in the evening at Nargile - Shisha Lounge.
The Anjana Spa unites the Turkish Culture and traditions with wellness with a sumptuous menu of massage treatments such as Balinese, Thai and Swedish. A gym with certified personal trainers is also available.
The hotel also has its own diving center. Aquaventure Waterpark is 8 minutes’ drive from Rixos The Palm Dubai. Free shuttle to Mall of the Emirates is available 4 times a day.
“Exceeds your expectations. One of the best hotels in Dubai. All staff are courteous and helpful. Restaurant service is superb and the quality of food is excellent. Beautiful and clean pool. Amazing private beach.”
Facing the bay of Palm Island and over looking the Arabian Gulf, this luxury resort boasts of 1 Km of beach front and 65 acres of lush gardens.
One&Only Royal Mirage is a 10 minute drive to Aquaventure Waterpark and Mall of the Emirates and a 20 minute drive to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.
Guests staying for three nights or more at the One&Only Royal Mirage will benefit from a complimentary Aquaventure Waterpark at the nearby Atlantis The Palm, once for every two night stay.
The Arabian Styled resort is made up of 3 distinct environments: The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa. Each with unique rooms and themed restaurants.
One&Only’s 8 restaurants serve gourmet dishes from all over the world, including Mediterranean, Moroccan and Indo-European cuisine. Guests can enjoy fresh seafood and international cuisine by the beachfront with clear visa of the water.
The resort offers leisure facilities including 3 large temperature-controlled swimming pools, 3 tennis courts and a water sports center. For children, there is a “KidsOnly” Club with daily programs.
It is located 5 minutes away from Media City and Internet City, Knowledge Village and Marina Mall. IMG World and Dubai Parks are just a 30-minute drive from the resort.
“Excellent and memorable. The accommodation, location and pools are gorgeous. The staff was incredibly helpful. Really deserves the five stars.”
Situated on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is a Polynesian island feel resort. It features a spacious lobby with a green wall filled with 170 types of plants from France, free WiFi and 16 dining and entertainment outlets. It also offers a private beach, 3 pools and Amura kid’s club.
All the accommodations at Sofitel overlook the sea, the palm or the resort. Each one offers a flat-screen TV, a minibar, coffee and tea amenities, a wardrobe and a bose station. The suites and the apartments include a living room complete with a dining area and en-suite bathrooms that offer Lanvin or Hermes amenities.
Guests can savor the various cuisines at Sofitel from International, French to Asian and Italian delicacies. Porter House offers succulent steaks and grills while Maui Beach serves cocktails by the beachside. Hong Loong offers an authentic Chinese cuisine with direct views of the sea and live cooking stations.
The So Spa offers 28 treatments rooms, seawater pool, sauna and French beauty treatments including massages and deep relaxation rooms. The So Fit is a high-tech gym equipped with the state-of-the-art cardio machines. For adventurous activities, guests have access to a boat jetty and 2 tennis courts.
Dubai Marina is a 10-minute drive from Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall are 20 minutes away by car. Dubai International Airport is 38 km from the resort.
“Beautiful hotel. Stunning decor throughout. Staff is friendly and helpful. Beautiful location on the beach. Can't wait to go back!”
This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Situated on the West Crescent of the famous Palm Jumeirah and overlooking the Arabian Gulf, this resort offers luxurious rooms with private balconies, access to Talise Ottoman Spa and free unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark. Facilities include an outdoor pool, 10 restaurants and bars.
All the Ottoman themed rooms at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray are decorated with parquet floors and high ceilings. They have flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. The private bathroom features a marble bathtub and luxury shampoo products.
Guests can enjoy exclusive treatments at the Talise Ottoman Spa, which features the Middle East’s largest Turkish bath. Guests can choose from sports facilities such as the fitness centre, tennis and biking.
The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray resort harbours 10 restaurants offering worldwide specialties such as Turkish cuisine at Lalezar or Italian-inspired delicacies at Plaj overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Voda Bar offers an extensive selection of cocktails in chic surroundings.
The property provides complimentary shuttle service to Wild Wadi, Jumeirah Mina A'Salam and Mall of the Emirates.
This list is manually curated and based on hotel recommendations from blogs and magazines. Please let me know if you think a hotel should be added to the list.
Updated Mar 29, 2019