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The most ultra-luxury holidays in Dubai

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  • By Lottie Nicholls
  • Published 13 December 2022
  • Revised 06 March 2023

Home to high-end five and seven-star properties dotted across the city featuring everything from extravagant lobbies to breath-taking views and leading service, luxury hotels in Dubai are easy to come by.

However, there is more to creating a luxury all-round experience than Egyptian cotton bedding and private concierge services (although these are key players, naturally).

With an abundance of incredible Michelin-starred restaurants, sports cars, private yachts, and helicopter pads - not to mention the expansive shopping malls - this UAE jewel caters to all expectations, eventualities, and tastes when luxury is on the menu.

For those seeking pure relaxation, golden beaches and award-winning spas offer the perfect tranquil environment, whilst the thrill-seekers among us can delight in the city’s action-packed activities such as 4x4 dune bashing, hot air balloon rides, sky diving, and splash-worthy jet skiing. 

With so much to see, do, and experience, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed by the idea of planning a luxury holiday to Dubai. That’s why we've combined a selection of some of the top places to stay and things to experience in the city, so you can have an ultra-luxury holiday without the stress.

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Luxury rooms and suites

Luxury suites in Dubai are everywhere. The hospitality scene in this city is notorious for extravagance, serving up a variety of luxury hotels and resorts that cater to every visitor. From romantic getaways at adult only hotels to action-packed stays at exuberant family-friendly resorts, whatever you’re looking for, this city will have it.

If you’re seeking a private oasis, every room at Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf at Jumeirah Resort resembles a chic summerhouse equipped with a spacious living area, private swimming pool and beautiful Arabic courtyard, effortlessly combining privacy and luxury.

Each room also has its own private balcony while on-call butlers are available around the clock to help assist you with anything you may need.

If its excitement and adventure in the form of aquaparks and waterslides you’re after, be sure to swing by Atlantis, The Palm. This family-friendly resort is an oasis of exciting activities and experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

The accommodation options vary across a series of spectacular suites, from Grand to Presidential and Underwater, for a truly magical experience. The stunning decor boasts comfort and opulence while the hotel’s integrated entertainment and city activity packages offer guests a plethora of exciting experiences outside of the resort, too.

Of course, no list of luxury rooms and suites in Dubai is complete without featuring Burj Al Arab. Crowned the most luxurious hotel in the world, this sail-shaped skyscraper is quite literally lined with gold.

Solid marble features sparkle with 24-carat gold leaf throughout the hotel, whilst rooms boast deluxe four poster beds upon impressive structures, feather-soft furnishings, and magnificent panoramic views over the city’s twinkling skyline. 

Unsurprisingly, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant is home to the largest Swarovski crystal ceiling on the planet, whilst the largest fleet of chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royces also call the establishment home.

To top it all off, the Burj Al Arab boasts phenomenal round-the-clock concierge services, which can all be accessed via a 24-carat gold iPad. Now if that’s not the epitome of luxury, we don’t know what is…

Other Luxury hotels include:

The presidential suite at Atlantis, The Palm

The presidential suite at Atlantis, The Palm

World-class dining

If you’re looking for a slice of the A-list lifestyle while visiting Dubai, the city’s fine-dining scene is a wonderful place to start.

Dubai plays host to a rolodex of award-winning hotel restaurants boasting eclectic dining experiences and Michelin-star fare curated by the best chefs in the world, so you’ll have your fair share of first-class venues to choose from.

From Indian to Arabian, French to Japanese, and even harmoniously blended fusion food such as MediterrAsian, there’s nothing this city doesn't have on offer to tantalise taste buds – even for the fussiest of diners. Pair this with a variety of impressive backdrops, atmospheres, and locations, and you’re in for a well-rounded gastronomic experience. 

Whilst big names like Hutong and Nobu boast Michelin-star experiences with top quality food outside of your resort, award-winning hotel restaurants provide an equally exclusive experience from the comfort of your resort.

Guests at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah can delight in Social by Heinz Beck’s exceptional Italian cuisine. The relaxed atmosphere of this delectable venue offers delicious traditional dishes along with reinvented classics, hand-crafted by brilliant three-starred Michelin chef.

Meanwhile, over at One&Only The Palm, Dubai, STAY restaurant swanks feasts of carefully-curated dishes from Master Chef Yannick Alléno’s thoughtfully created menu. Serving delectable French cuisine in an innovative manner, this vibrant eatery serves up French flavours that are perfect for those special occasion dinners. 

Proving that experience and ambience are just as important as the food you’re eating, Ossiano at Atlantis, The Palm features a unique underwater surrounding for a truly immersive experience. Delight in the magical existence of the tropical marine life as you peruse an award-winning Mediterranean menu from Gregoire Berger.

Top restaurants include:

  • Bleu Blanc at The St. Regis
  • Scalini at Four Seasons Resort Dubai and Jumeirah Beach
  • Al Mahara at Burj Al Arab
  • Il Ristorante – Niko Romito at Bulgari Resort

Social by Hienz Beck at Waldorf Astoria The Palm Dubai

Social by Hienz Beck at Waldorf Astoria The Palm Dubai
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Thrill-seeking activities

Dubai is famed for attracting thrill-seekers with an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime encounters.

Many of the city’s top hotels offer services which allow guests access to a range of activities, from water sports and excursions to treks and tours including wine tasting, starry sleepovers, and authentic dance classes – you name it, the city has got it.

Desert experiences such as dune basing, sand-skiing and camel riding take place among the rolling sand dunes, providing guests with a taste of true Arabian adventure.

Hot air balloon experiences and helicopter rides over the city bring a sense of privacy, tranquillity, and romance while you soak up awe-inspiring views. Or, why not discover unique animal experiences such as turtle feeding and falcon holding? A firm favourite for families.

Atlantis, The Palm boasts its very own Aquaventure Waterpark, which is one of Dubai’s most popular attractions. The park’s plethora of pools, endless waterslides, sandy beach, and fascinating aquarium keep adrenaline junkies entertained for hours, whilst Splashers Island is perfect for little ones, too.

One&Only Royal Mirage Residence & Spa also offers complimentary passes so guests can enjoy the sunshine and water slides on a day of their choosing.

Wild Wadi Waterpark is another top water park in the city. Situated on the powdery sands of Jumeirah Beach, this park is packed with over 30 exhilarating flumes - and if you’re staying at any Jumeirah hotel in the city, you’ll receive complimentary access for fabulous family days out!

Other luxury activities include:

  • World-class golf courses
  • World’s best scuba dive sites
  • Horse riding 
  • Tennis 
  • Mountain biking 
  • Culinary experiences
  • Local nightlife & exclusive parties
Discover a list of the best tours & itineraries in Dubai and start planning your next visit, today.

Wild Wadi Waterpark

Wild Wadi Waterpark

Luxury spas

Synonymous with luxury since the dawn of time, spa treatments are an integral part of any holiday (in our humble opinion), and Dubai brings you some of the best. With the vast majority of the city’s five-star hotels boasting fabulous in-house spas, it's hard to choose which ones to head to first.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai has a menu of treatments and therapies that aim to soothe, their signature treatment being the Nomadic Sensory Journey, featuring Emirati drumming as part of the healing process, incorporating Asian beauty knowledge with cutting-edge technology.

Or, perhaps you fancy sampling a traditional Hammam-style treatment, instead? Whatever you choose, be sure to unwind round off your experience in the soothing steam.

Fairmont The Palm Hotel & Resort’s Willow Stream Spa is also delightful. Boasting signature therapies and revitalising treatments across 11 tranquil suites, Willow Stream provides its guests with not only a sense of luxury and relaxation, but a true sense of privacy.

Couples' suites come complete with their own relaxation lounge, sauna, steam room and even a quiet balcony with pool views; offering you everything you require for a truly luxurious treatment for two.

Other top spas include:
•    Jumeirah Al Qasr’s spa and wellness centre
•    Spa at The Ritz-Carlton
•    Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
•    Raffles’ spa and wellness centre 

The spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

The spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Nowhere does extravagance quite like Dubai. Famed for first-class hospitality and impeccable dining scene, the City of Gold epitomises the VIP lifestyle that everyone strives to experience, at least once or twice. 

Enjoy glamourous touches from the city’s most luxurious hotels, where welcome drinks follow limousine transfers.

Embark on culinary journeys with Michelin-starred chefs who guide you through their carefully curated menus, whilst expert mixologists craft the perfect cocktail. And revel in a range of rambunctious activities exclusive to the eclectic nature of this magical metropolis. 

For more inspiration, browse our list of Dubai special offers or call us on 0203 816 0985 to speak to one of our experts.

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