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The best hotels and resorts in the UAE
Visitors to the UAE are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation choices, from distinctive boutique hotels to luxurious oceanfront resorts and perfectly situated business hotels. No matter the nature of your trip, here are the best places to hang your hat.
Arabian LuxuryBurj Al Arab
Repeatedly voted the world's most luxurious hotel, the magnificent Burj Al Arab offers guests the finest service and facilities throughout its magnificent suite-only accommodation.
Jumeirah 3, Dubai; +971 4 301 7777; jumeirah.com
A site to behold, Emirates Palace is one of the most inspiring hotels in Abu Dhabi with 85 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, breath-taking palatial architecture and ornately decorated interiors.
West Corniche Rd., Abu Dhabi; +971 2 690 9000; emiratespalace.com
Jumeirah Al Qasr
Designed in the style of a Sheikh’s summer residence, the hotel replicates traditional royal architecture, coupled with luxurious modernity throughout. As part of the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah, it offers all the facilities and activities of the resort.
Al Sufouh Rd., Dubai; +971 4 366 8888; jumeirah.com
One&Only Royal Mirage
One&Only Royal Mirage pays tribute to Arabian architecture and hospitality on a truly regal scale. The resort is composed of three distinct environments: The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa, interspersed by courtyards, rich green lawns and immaculate flowerbeds.
Al Sufouh Rd., Dubai; +971 4 426 1100; oneandonlyresorts.com
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
A spectacular Ottoman-inspired beachside resort on the West Crescent of Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah, the magnificent Jumeirah Zabeel Saray offers palatial pampering, Royal Residences and an Avenue of Indulgence.
Crescent Rd., Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; +971 4 453 0000; jumeirah.com
Classic ElegancePalazzo Versace Dubai
One of the most prestigious and iconic hotels in the city, Palazzo Versace Dubai represents the essence of the Versace lifestyle, which evokes fine workmanship, supreme quality and sophisticated style, synonymous with the Versace brand.
Culture Village, Al Jadaf, Dubai; +971 4 556 8888; palazzoversace.ae
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Situated on Palm Jumeirah Island, this Waldorf Astoria resort offers a blend of timeless elegance, exceptional amenities and unparalleled service that perfectly reflect the Waldorf Astoria legacy.
Crescent Rd., The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; +971 4 818 2222; waldorfastoria.com
St. Regis Dubai
Located on the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road, St. Regis Dubai extends the legacy of the Astor family to Dubai with interiors influenced by the beaux-arts architecture of the original St. Regis in New York.
Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Rd., Dubai; +971 4 435 5555; stregisdubai.com
Royal Rose Abu Dhabi
Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, this luxurious hotel hints to a 17th century French palace, with interiors that are equally opulent – overlaid in intricate gold-leaf designs and adorned with ornate chandeliers.
Al Markaziyah District, Abu Dhabi; +971 2 672 4000; royalrosehotel.com
St. Regis Abu Dhabi
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi soars to new heights of splendour that is steeped in a sophisticated Art Deco past. The hotel’s understated interiors were inspired by the region’s rich heritage and the St. Regis brand’s legacy.
Corniche Rd., Abu Dhabi; +971 2 694 4444; stregisabudhabi.com
Family FriendlyAtlantis The Palm
Situated on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, the five-star Atlantis beach resort is an aquatic wonderland by the sea, offering guests relaxation and thrills that the whole family can enjoy.
Crescent Rd., The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; +971 4 426 2000; atlantisthepalm.com
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
With its iconic wave-like design, this five-star hotel is one the best family hotels in Dubai, with a wide array of leisure and entertainment facilities, including free unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Jumeirah Rd, Dubai; +971 4 348 0000; jumeirah.com
Located on Yas Island, one of the world’s most extraordinary entertainment and leisure destinations, this landmark hotel sits just minutes away from Ferrari World theme park, Aquaventure Waterpark and Yas Mall.
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; +971 2 656 0700; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
JA Palm Tree Court
Dedicated to an exceptional standard of family-friendly travel, this Dubai beachfront family hotel is part of the award-winning JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. Jebel Ali, Dubai; +971 4 814 5555; jaresortshotels.com
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
This luxurious hotel by Kempinski is directly connected to Mall of The Emirates, where Ski Dubai, Magic Planet, and Vox Cinemas keep the entire family entertained.
Al Barsha 1, Dubai; +971 4 341 0000; kempinski.com
Beach ResortsNikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
A luxury lifestyle beachfront resort with impeccable design and signature entertainment inspired by the beach, sea and sky.
Pearl Jumeirah, Dubai; +981 4 376 6162; nikkibeachhotels.com
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Designed with true Asian flair, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort offers enchanting beach side accommodation with a distinct blend of serenity and splendour on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah island.
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; +971 4 567 8888; dubai-palm.anantara.com
Zaya Nurai Island Resort
Situated on a island of staggering beauty, just a 12-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi, this exclusive all-villa island resort is the perfect retreat for those looking for peace and tranquillity, complemented by clear waters, powder-white soft sand and lush vegetation.
Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi, +971 2 506 6212; zayanuraiisland.com
Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Set on a pristine, natural beach, five-star Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach blends Arabic design with cool contemporary style, creating an atmosphere of light, sophisticated luxury.
Jumeirah Rd., Dubai; +971 4 270 7777; fourseasons.com
Jumeirah Al Naseem
The name ‘Al Naseem’, which means a gentle wind or sea breeze in Arabic, perfectly reflects the location of this hotel – on the shoreline of the Arabian Gulf – and the open aspect of its design.
Al Sufouh Rd., Dubai; +971 4 366 8888; jumeirah.com
Boutique & DesignJumeirah Creekside Hotel
Fusing contemporary design with distinctive architectural features, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is an intimate five-star hotel that offers a unique cultural experience with its extensive private contemporary art collection. Garhoud, Dubai; +971 4 230 8555; jumeirah.com
Vida Downtown Dubai
Vida Downtown Dubai is an exciting and refreshingly boutique hotel. Elegant yet minimalistic, the hotel creates a stimulating environment for those who demand all the frills of modern luxury travel but none of the fuss. Downtown Dubai, Dubai; +971 4 428 6888; vida-hotels.com
Rove Downtown Dubai
Thoughtfully designed, Rove Downtown Dubai is an uncommon hospitality experience. It welcomes visitors with its design that integrates contemporary urban styles with enriching Arabesque features. Zabeel 2 Downtown, Dubai; +971 4 561 9999; rovehotels.com
Envisioned by fashion icon Giorgio Armani, this magnificent hotel occupies 11 floors of Dubai’s iconic skyscraper, Burj Khalifa. Each of the hotel’s Japanese tatami style rooms feature elegant designer furnishings. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Dubai; +971 4 888 3888; armanihotels.com
Heritage, art and history merge at this constantly evolving design haven, with 13 unique and individual guest rooms that showcase architectural and cultural motifs of the region. Al Fahidi St., Dubai, +971 4 353 5383; xvahotel.com
Desert RetreatsBab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Located in the heart of the desert, yet just 40 minutes from Dubai, Bam Al Shams presents the ideal destination for those after a desert retreat experience close to the city.
Al Qudra Rd., Dubai; +971 4 809 6100; meydanhotels.com
Banyan Tree Al Wadi
With Bedouin-inspired design, this idyllic all-villa desert retreat in Ras Al Khaimah sits amid stretches of desert dunes surrounded by the evergreen Ghaf trees of the tranquil Wadi Khadeja.
Al Mazraa, Ras Al Khaimah; +971 7 206 7777; banyantree.com
Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within the desert landscape of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha is a place where you can enjoy a true sense of desert dwelling thanks to unique villa design reminiscent of the region’s Bedouin tents.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai; +971 4 832 9900; al-maha.com
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Emerging as a palatial mirage in the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world, The Empty Quarter, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is a regal oasis, blending rich Arabian splendour with the mesmerizing desert landscape.
Liwa, Abu Dhabi; +971 2 886 2066; qasralsarab.anantara.com
Tilal Liwa Hotel
Located on the edge of the The Empty Quarter desert, amid rolling dunes and unspoiled desert landscape, Tilal Liwa it is an elegant four-star retreat for those seeking a desert experience in the true spirit of Arabia.
Liwa, Abu Dhabi; +971 2 894 6111; tilalliwa.danathotels.com
Business HotelsFour Seasons Hotel DIFC
Located within the city’s most prestigious business community, Dubai International Financial Centre, Four Seasons Hotel DIFC is a boutique-style sanctuary perfect for business trips and urban getaways. Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai; +971 4 506 0000; fourseasons.com
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
One of the architectural highlights on Dubai skyline, the spectacular Jumeirah Emirates Towers redefines the business hotel experience by seamlessly combining superb accommodation with excellent business services at a prime location. Dubai; +971 4 330 0000; jumeirah.com
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre
A luxury business hotel that never fails to impress, this Ritz-Carlton hotel features a direct walkway to the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre, the city’s most sophisticated centre for business and leisure. International Financial Centre, Dubai; +971 4 382 2222; ritzcarlton.com
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Part of the iconic Etihad Towers high-rise complex, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers sets a new standard for luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. West Corniche Rd., Abu Dhabi; +971 2 811 5555; jumeirah.com
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Strategically located in the iconic Capital Gate building within the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the largest conference and exhibition venue in the Middle East, this hotel is a perfect base for business travellers in Abu Dhabi. Al Khaleej Al Arabi St., Abu Dhabi; +971 2 596 1234; abudhabi.capitalgate.hyatt.com
Value HotelsNovotel World Trade Centre Dubai
Connected to Dubai World Trade Centre, this 4-star hotel provides a high level of service geared towards business travellers. Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai; +971 4 332 0000; novotel.com
Ibis Styles Dubai Jumeirah
With modern and chic interiors, Ibis Styles Dubai Jumeirah is perfect for those looking to explore the city, thanks to its prime location in and accessibility. Al Mina Rd., Dubai; +971 4 327 7001; accorhotels.com
Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Muraqabat
Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Muraqabat offers a contemporary four-star accommodation right in the heart of the city. Abu Baker Al Siddique Rd., Dubai; +971 4 609 7000; hiltongardeninn.com
Courtyard World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi
Centrally located at the capital’s business district, this four-start hotel by Marriott offers spacious accommodations and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad St. (5th St.), Abu Dhabi; +971 2 698 2222 Centro Yas Island
This stylish and contemporary three-star hotel is conveniently located on Yas Marina, a great choice for travellers interested in theme parks, entertainment and relaxation. Yas Plaza, Abu Dhabi; +971 2 656 4444; rotana.com
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