Just the mention of Dubai conjures up images of the heights of luxury hospitality. The United Arab Emirates kingdom is famous for hotels that set the standards for modernity and opulence the world over. We'll look at five of the most stunning hotels the region has to offer.
Burj Al Arab
Perhaps the most iconic building in the whole kingdom, Burj Al Arab, built on an artificial island, is the tallest hotel in the world. Designed to appear as a massive sail in the wind, the building glows in the evening light as sunbeams cross the massive amounts of glass used in building the structure. Inside, the establishment is just as impressive, featuring sumptuous two-floor suites. The most extraordinary of all is the Royal Suite, featuring a rotating four-poster bed and a gold and marble staircase. Each floor has its own bespoke reception desk and a crack squad of butlers prepared to wait on your every need. Should one of those needs include a drive to town, each room is assigned a Rolls Royce, personally chauffeured no less, to take you around town. Or if you're staying in, the five-star restaurants can provide dishes to the highest culinary standards imaginable.
Qasr Al Sarab
In the heart of the world’s biggest sand desert rises Qasr Al Sarab, like some sort of bonkers mirage. It resides in the so-called Empty Quarter that comprises part of the Liwa Desert, and its decor speaks the beautiful and terrible grandeur of its surroundings. The rooms are all draped in detailed mosaics and be-jewelled detailing. Each room has a majestic view overlooking the massive desert, however, the Deluxe Terrace accommodations sport the absolute finest, with broad terraces allowing for fantastic views of the sweeping dunes and Foxy Casino free spins 24/7. Four restaurants provide the finest Arabic cuisine 24 hours a day. A massive swimming pool provides welcome relief from the blazing heat, complete with spas, massages and herbological beauty treatments.
The Shangri-La tries to set itself apart from the competition by offering a more demure and restrained hospitality experience whilst not shortchanging customers on the luxury Dubai is famed for. The rooms are decorated with tasteful aesthetics and local art, whilst all carrying hot tub, rain showers and the latest modern conveniences you would expect. There’s a fantastic restaurant, the Shang Palace, serving top-shelf Cantonese food. For more local flavours, Marrakech provides the finest in modern Moroccan dishes in an expansive, airy courtyard. A round swimming pool helps guests cool off after taking advantage of the fully equipped on-site fitness facilities. The hotel’s proximity to the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Road leaves guests in good stead to conveniently take advantage of the best in retail and entertainment Dubai has to offer.
Translated as “the palace”, the stylish decorations steeped in a classical historical style recall the sense of a luxurious sheikh’s holiday home. The hotel is connected to the much bigger Madinat Jumeirah resort complex comprised of massive facilities and a choice length of sand at the Jumeirah beach. Almost 300 rooms boast a sharp take on the classical Arabic decorative style, many boasting gorgeous oceanic vistas on offer. Guests can get pampered at a fully functioning health club complete with a massive indoor pool, opulent spa, and even a water park to keep children happy.
Bab Al Shams
Situated on the edge of Dubai, Bab Al Shams is a more intimate choice of residence close to the edge of the desert. The premises are smaller than most of the other hotels, but the watchword here is quality rather than quantity. Despite the reduced size, there are still eight bars and restaurants, a beautiful spa and luxurious rooms. Al Hadheerah is the most prestigious of all the dining options, modelled after an Arabic souk replete with live music, henna artists, belly dancers and even falconers. The Al Sarab lounge, situated on the building’s rooftop, offers some of the most stunning views of the desert in the whole of Dubai, the perfect place to relax with your favourite flavour of shisha burning away in the hookah pipe.