It’s no surprise that Dubai has rapidly emerged on the travel scene in recent years. The city’s futuristic elements -- bold, glitzy skyscrapers, a Hyperloop train, and man-made islands -- loom over traditional Bedouin culture, which can still be found in the surrounding region. Dubai’s rise has brought a new wave of hotels that cater to families, urbanites, beach-goers, and party-oriented travelers alike. And while there’s certainly no shortage of luxury hotels in Dubai, some deliver perks well above their price tag. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best bang-for-your-buck hotels in Dubai.
Located on the northwestern edge of Palm Jumeirah’s outer crescent, the Atlantis delivers top-notch amenities and a wealth of attractions for both couples and families with kids. The hotel’s on-site water park includes a lazy river, zip lines, and several waterslides. The most famous waterslide — the Leap of Faith — travels through a shark tank. Guests can also engage in dolphin and sea lion encounters at the 42-acre park. More marine life can be spotted at the hotel’s Lost Chambers Aquarium. The massive tank features a 33-foot viewing pane in a public section of the hotel. Additionally, guests can book snorkeling and scuba sessions, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium. The Atlantis’ waterfront doesn’t disappoint either, with an expansive beach that stretches from the Aquaventure Waterpark to the property’s southern tip. Although the location is far removed from downtown Dubai, the on-site attractions, ShuiQi Spa, vibrant nightlife, and 23 restaurants and bars are a destination in their own right.
Another Palm Jumeirah hotel, the Sofitel Dubai is a scenic luxury property with an abundance of amenities. The Polynesian-themed resort includes dozens of vertical gardens alongside its elegant and modern decor, creating a unique atmosphere that’s unlike other Dubai resorts. The superb landscaping extends outside to the pool and waterslide, which are encircled by gardens and palm trees. Guests can indulge in poolside service, or choose to dine and drink at one of the 14 restaurants, lounges, and bars. The private beach can be easily reached from the hotel or appreciated from the comfort and privacy of an in-room balcony. Further comfort and pampering awaits at the SO Spa, which is known for its Turkish bath and couples’ hot tubs. The resort’s eco-friendly practices, which include on-site solar panels, energy efficiency systems, and robust recycling, are noteworthy as well.
3. Amwaj Rotana
The upscale Amwaj Rotana is situated on the southern end of The Walk, a popular beachside boardwalk just south of Palm Jumeirah. The hotel’s modern guest rooms are fitted with furnished balconies overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Those who want to get closer to the water are in luck — the property’s private beach is just a two-minute walk from the ground floor. Even closer, Amwaj Rotana’s two pools offer a refreshing place to beat the heat (and umbrellas for shade). The hotel also has three on-site restaurants, though its proximity to the bustling Jumeirah Beach boardwalk warrants exploring off the property, too. Guests can also take advantage of free shuttle service to nearby attractions, including Jumeirah Beach Park and the Mall of the Emirates.
Located on the eastern end of Palm Jumeirah’s outer crescent, the luxurious Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort is designed with both couples and families in mind. The property boasts three lagoon-style pools and an expansive infinity pool surrounded by lounge chairs, private cabanas, and swaying palm trees. A short walk away, white-sand beaches meet the tranquil gulf waters. Other perks include an on-site spa, a delectable Thai restaurant, and programs catering to kids and teens. Although all rooms offer quality amenities, the overwater villas deliver a stunning setting that can’t be had at similar Dubai resorts.
Located in Dubai’s glitzy new Business Bay, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai offers superb amenities for corporate travelers and nightlife enthusiasts alike. Comprising two 72-story towers, the hotel is the second-tallest in the world. That means you can expect excellent views from the rooftop bar, swimming pool, and many of its rooms. For deeper relaxation, the on-site Saray Spa offers a variety of massages and treatment packages. The soaring hotel also houses 14 restaurants and bars, covering Italian, Thai, Peruvian, and Indian cuisines, among others. For late-night entertainment, there are two on-site nightclubs — 1OAK Dubai and Seven Sisters. Plus, venturing off the property is made easy by free shuttle service to the Dubai Mall.
The contemporary Grosvenor House enjoys a waterfront location on Dubai Marina, while boasting a laundry list of amenities. For starters, the property houses 14 eateries and bars, which cater to a variety of tastes. Top choices include the Michelin-starred Rhodes W1, with its Anglo-French menu and tea room, and the opulent Buddha Bar, which doubles as a high-end restaurant and pulsing nightclub with a resident DJ. Additionally, the Grosvenor House has plenty of places to relax, from the spa, sauna, and steam room to the two on-site pools. Butler service doesn’t hurt either.
Those seeking a laid-back vibe will find what they’re looking for at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort. Located on the southernmost part of famous Jumeirah Beach, the family-friendly hotel provides plenty of on-site amenities to keep guests occupied. This includes a PADI-certified diving center, a great kids’ club, several restaurants and bars, a large pool, and a top-notch fitness center. The rooms are spacious, and although only a few have balconies, many units feature striking views of the sea or The Walk.
Part of Madinat Jumeirah — a massive beachside resort with over 50 restaurants and bars, three outdoor pools, several miles of waterways and jogging trails, a traditional shopping center, and a theater — Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf is a destination unto itself. Rooms and suites are luxurious, with state-of-the-art amenities and large balconies with pretty views. Guests also get free acess to neighboring Wild Wadi Waterpark. But the list of features don’t stop there. There’s also a beautiful private beach, as well as on-site activities like tennis, rock climbing, fitness classes, water sports, and more.
Do you love to shop? Do you love to ski? Why choose when you can get the best of both worlds at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. As one of Dubai’s most upscale hotels, this property is attached to a shopping center of the same name. Guests also get direct access to the adjoining indoor ski slopes, in addition to other high-end features like twin infinity pools, a decadent cigar lounge, a spa with a range of Ayurvedic-based treatments, and rooms with marble bathrooms.
10. Park Hyatt Dubai
Situated next to one of Dubai’s top golf courses, the Park Hyatt Dubai has something other luxury properties in town lack: peace and quiet. The serene location is certainly a perk, but note that most attractions are a drive away. Amenities here are outstanding, from the spa to the pool to the restaurants, and the rooms are stylish without feeling pretentious. To top it off, the hotel offers an impressive list of upscale services, including private yachts, free valet parking, concierges, and cooking classes.
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